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Hi,

I have two buildings. 220 feet apart. I have a Linksys WRT310N in the main building in the server room which is in middle of building.  I have added a Linksys Range G Extender to one of the corner offices "almost" directly facing the other building.

In the other building call it the garage, I have a Dell Desktop with a Edimax EW-7128G PCI Card installed in it. I also purchased a "TRENDnet TEW AI86DB indoor directional antenna".

With either antenna, I received anywhere from 13-20% signal or 1 bar depending on if I am using the Edimax wireless configuration tool or Microsoft zero wireless configuration.
I can see the Wireless Network in the Main Building but cannot connect.

We only need the Dell computer in the Garage to be able to connect to the Internet to do some light emailing and research on net.

Any help would be apprciated, please do keep in mind I would like to try and use what we have allready purchased..so connector type's should match the edimax card antenna output.

thank you

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by:engeltje
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Seems you are connecting to the main Wireless router, not to the range extender.
There must be a configuration problem.

1/ Does the range extender give 2 blue lights?
2/ Does the network name (SSID) appear twice in the list?

You can check if the range extender is configured right.

Disable the wireless network on the Dell machine
Connect a LAN cable between the range extender and the workstation.
The range extender has one LAN port you use for configuring. This LAN port can be used for network connection too.
The workstation should be connected to the network over the LAN cable, if the linksys is configured right.

If there is no connection, the Linksys does not see the main router. This can happen if it connects with just enough signal strength but very poor signal quality.

Try this, and keep us posted.
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by:millhouselives
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Hi and thanks for your reply,

I have already checked to be sure I am connecting to the Range Extender. We are, I have verified this by checking MAC address of Range Extender vs. MAC address of Linksys Router and we are connecting to the Range Extender. Yes we have two blue lights. Yes, I can see both the Linksys Router and the Range Extender they have same SSID but different MAC addresses.

As I stated in my original question, we can see the Wireless network but signal is too weak to connect, our line of sight is almost 100% clear. There are two small tree's in line but they are very small.

So, I am really looking for a inexpensive way to strenghen signal on either end.

thanks,
S

Disable the wireless network on the Dell machine
Connect a LAN cable between the range extender and the workstation.
The range extender has one LAN port you use for configuring. This LAN port can be used for network connection too.
The workstation should be connected to the network over the LAN cable, if the linksys is configured right.

If there is no connection, the Linksys does not see the main router. This can happen if it connects with just enough signal strength but very poor signal quality.

 

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by:millhouselives
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Just an update. I have ordered Hawk HAO14SDP Hi-Gain 14 dBi Outdoor Directional Antenna Kit and HAC30N Hi-Gain TM Heavy Duty Outdoor Antenna Extension Cable.

I will be giving this configuration a try this weekend. Will let you know how it works out.

thanks,

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millhouselives earned 0 total points
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As promised, I installed the Hawk HA014SDP antenna this weekend and went from seeing three wireless networks to ten, including the one secured business one I needed to connect too. So all is working great.
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