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I have a customer with a wireless network in her home.  The router is a Linksys wrt54g and is working fine, it is on the 1st floor of her home, but needs to get wireless connection into her bedroom upstairs and on opposite side of the house.  She has a wired connection available so adding an additional router or access point is not a problem.  What would be the best solution to use, another router (what about IP conflicts with a dual router?), an access point (will this actually work?) or a power line adapter?
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1. Health aspect of wireless communication
If You care about health aspect You shouldn't add more wireless hardware. I don't know if there are medical research about it, but this is similar to cell phones - some think it's safe and others think its not safe. I think that wireless communication has an influese on us, but the effect is different for different people. One will have a headache every time he is in the same room, where AP is located and another person won't have any problems at the moment, but it could have an affect for some time.
I think that if there is possibility not to use wireless hardware You shuld use this alternative.

2. Cable connection (best solution in my opinion)
You said that there is wired connection - why not use it: mount an ethernet socket where You need and connect to the computer - its not so comfortable as wireless connection, but much more stable and healthy.

3. Power line adapter (both adapters must work on the same electrical phase)
This solution is very comfortable, but its more expensive than wireless or cable connection and it has one limitation: You need 2 adapters (one must be plugged near the source of the internet and another near the desired place) and BOTH MUST WORK ON THE SAME ELECTRICAL PHASE. If there are different phases on the house there is no way to use it.

4. You can use an AP
You may plug the AP to this cable connection and configure its gateway to point the router. It may be any AP that can work as a client.

5. Best solution
If it was my house I would try to solve this problem by using cable connection - its stable, fast, cheap and safe.
If You can't use cable for some reason, check the electrical schema of the house. If there is one phase try to use power line adapters (ask if You can return it in case it won't work).
If You don't want to use the solutions I mentioned above, use an AP.

I hope it helps
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I used the Powerline Adapter Route.  Both the adaptors and router were from Netgear and went in without at hitch.  Thanks for the help
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