Wireless range extension for Netgear DG834N Wireless Router and ADSL Modem

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
How do I extend the range of a Negear DG834N Wireless Router and ADSL Modem. I want to do this wirelessly and without using Powerline technology. I have read about configuring some Netgear routers as repeaters but would like clarification on exactly how this is done, including specific recommended model numbers (in the UK) which could be used. I need the extension to have the same SSID and security settings as the main router, so that users can move seamlessly around the entire extended Wi-Fi coverage.
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    by:Jason C. Levine
    Hi socross,

    You can buy either a range extender or external antenna for the router that will extend the coverage area.  The range extender will have to be plugged in to a wall outlet for power but it doesn't use "Powerline" networking to do its thing.

    The antennas may or may not need to be plugged in to operate.  Here's a list of sample products:

    You can set up routers to go in bridge mode, but whether or not you do this depends on the total area you need covered.  If this is for a home, a simple range extender or antenna may be the better solution.
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    The Client was not too keen on an external booster antenna and I was concerned about an all wireless range extender, due to difficult radio path, so in the end I used a Netgear "RangeMax N" Wireless Access Point (WN802T, connected to the main router via higher spec Netgear Powerline adapters (XE103 - 85 Mb/s). Previous Powerline attempt had been with only 14Mb/s units, hence initial reluctance to use them, but at 85Mb/s the extension works fine. The SSID and security setting in the WAP have been set to be the same as the main router, but the two wireless units have been set to operate on different channels. All working fine.

    Thanks for suggestions.
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