I have set up a wireless network in a client’s office. I used Linksys components including the WRT54GX router and the compatible adaptor cards with the three antennas. My problem is that the office is two stories, with lots of walls (some brick), and I have a hard time getting a consistent good signal to some of the workstations on the net.
I "chatted" with Linksys tech help, and they suggested using the WRE54G V2 range extender, but my router is a "V1", and I assume I need to download the firmware updates to use this extender. I was also told that an additional router could be used as a repeater to expand the coverage area of the net work by one "chatter", but the second "chatter", said that was not possible. This conflicting information makes me wary of any information from Linksys, so I thought I would get the experts opinion/s.
What wireless network equipment manufacturer (router, adaptors, range extenders, etc.) is best? Which is best for widest possible coverage area? Which is best for the most consistent service (workstations not dropping their net work connection)? Is the "power line LAN" a viable alternative to wireless, and are voltage surges due to lightning strikes likely to get to the workstations and destroy the machines? What about the "power line" net work speed?
Thanks for any help..