2 or more Range Extenders for better coverage - is it possible?

Hi,

Is it possible to use 2 or more Range Extenders with one Wireless router to get better reception in one large office/house/apartment? Will this setup affect connection speed/max speed wireless adapters will communicate with particular AP (which will be actually the range extendes)? I saw also somewhere here @ EE that it's possible to use 2 or more wireless router in "bridged" mode to get the same result, is it similar setup or something different? Which way is better? Thanks.
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lamaslanyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The TRENDNET TEW-633GR doesn't seem to support either repeating or bridging.

If you cannot replace your existing router, or run a network cable to wherever you need the new AP, a potential solution might be to use Ethernet-over-Power to connect a new AP to your existing network.  This works well on a home network but might be an issue in an office.  An example is D-Link's DHP-301.

Alternatively you could use a wireless bridge operating in the 5Ghz range (802.11a) and a dual-band AP (802.11a/802.11b/g) connecting to the bridge on the 5Ghz range and connecting to wireless devices on the 2.4Ghz range.  Note:  I'm not sure how well this will work if you are running the TRENDNET TEW-633GR with the 802.11n mode active as this uses the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz simultaneously.  This might not be a problem though if the right channels are used.

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lamaslanyCommented:
Ideally you want APs with both a and b/g so you can bridge using one without affecting the throughput of the other as they use different frequencies.  Typically a is the 'backbone' with clients connecting to b/g.

Note:  Wireless overlap causes higher error rates as the signals interfere with each other.  This typically manifests itself in lower connection rates/reduced range.
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lamaslanyCommented:
And now to actually answer your question!

"Is it possible to use 2 or more Range Extenders with one Wireless router to get better reception in one large office/house/apartment?"
Yes.

"Will this setup affect connection speed/max speed wireless adapters will communicate with particular AP (which will be actually the range extendes)?"
Yes.  Maximum throughput will be affected

"I saw also somewhere here @ EE that it's possible to use 2 or more wireless router in "bridged" mode to get the same result, is it similar setup or something different?"
There is a difference between a repeater and a bridge - both could be described as a range extender.

" Which way is better?"
Depends on your requirements and the relevent importance of certain factors (cost, complexity, etc...).  I'd favour a bridge.

"Thanks."
No problem;  ;)
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lamaslanyCommented:
PS: Out of interest do you have a particular make/model of AP already in use or in mind?
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MACROLEVELAuthor Commented:
In my case I can't replace existing router which is just b/g (TRENDNET TEW-633GR). So should I get just one range extender or one reouter whcih will operate in bridged mode? Please, let me knwo which model will work with my Trendnet. Thanks.
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