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Need to increase wireless network coverage

Posted on 2006-05-21
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Last Modified: 2008-02-26
I have very poor wireless network coverage in my house because the builder installed aluminium backed boards creating Faraday cages. What is the best way to optimise wireless network coverage in my house?

The equipment I have is D-Link DSL-G604T ADSL modem/wireless router. This works in half the house but doesn't reach beyond that.  N.B. The eqipment is in my study (which is at one end of the house but necessary, however, I have 2 ethernet RJ 45 sockets connected to it located in the middle of the house which I can plug new equipment into).

Can I buy an extender/wireless access point which is compatible to do this? Should I buy different equipment and scrap what I already have?

Please recommend the appropriate hardware (manufacturer and model nos.)
Question by:asetia
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lrmoore earned 1500 total points
ID: 16730325
You can use wireless range extenders like this one:

Or you can swap out for a newer "Pre-N" series that is supposed to guarantee better coverage and faster speeds.

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ID: 16730514
The extender you suggest is not compatible with my router.

The Pre-N solution presumably means I have to use the PCMICIA card in my Sony Vaio laptop rather than use the built in Wi-Fi solution which is optimised to facilitate better battery life. I imagine the preN would kill battery life.

Any thoughts?

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ID: 16730537
My apologies, the extender your link points to isn't compatible but the DWL-G710 should be.

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ID: 17255486
I purchased the DWL-G710 only to find it didn't work with my DSL-G604T. Temporarily I have swapped my DSL-G604T with my old DSL-604+ which is an 11Mbps router I had given to my Dad a while ago. I really need to find a better solution.

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