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Setting up a wireless Bridge or Repeater

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I'm trying to help out a friend with his wireless setup and we've come up to this problem.

He recently got Verizon DSL. So verizon brought him and GT704WG Wireless DSL Modem/Router.

Now the problem is that we want to be able to get the wireless signal to reach and be strong in all parts of the house. The wireless signal from the GT704WG is not that great. So i want to setup a wireless bridge or set up a repeater. Which one would be better and what product can i buy that will work with the GT704WG. The reason i ask which one will be compatible with the GT704WG is because i know that linksys products that can bridge or act as repeaters are only compatible with other linksys products. I've tried the linksys range extenders and better antennas, but non of those work.

Thanks for the help
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I believe you are looking for an Access Point (AP) if you want to go simple in this solution. Your AP would have a different name (SSID) from the GT704WG. It is possible for the new AP to broadcast the same name and the client would simply pickup the stronger signal (not so elegant solution, but I have done this).
Now, if you want to setup bridging and features like meshed wireless saturation, where the client can be handed over from AP to AP without droping connections (more like cell towers), then you need to probably disable the wireless features of the GT704WG and insert your own APs.
For the AP purpose, depending on the supporting technologies, 802.11a, 802.11b. 802.11g or 802.11n. You can look into NETGEAR. They've never failed me.
For the advanced features you can check out http://www.proxim.com/
Hope this helps!
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Nothing worked with the verizon device, so i a couple of linksys routers and ap's and set them up for my friend. Now everything works
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