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which would work best at enhancing signal strength of a wireless, Access Point or High Gain Wireless Adapters

Hi Everyone;

         For a long time, we have been battling off and on with low signal strength on a wireless pc on the other side of the house.  In an attempt to rectify or correct this problem, I ordered a Hawking Hi-Gail USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter which I just found out today from the company, AxionTech.com, that it is discontinued.  It was my understanding this wireless adapter works great at enhancing or increasing the signal strength of routers which are required to transmit through walls.  

           From a previously closed post, I also got a suggestion to buy another wireless router and reconfigure it as an AP or Access Point.  It is also my understanding from this now closed post that most modern routers already have an option to select AP within its setup or configuration.  If not, there are 3rd party firmware applications  which can be used to reprogram the firmware of the router just as long as the router supports it.  One such firmware application mentioned was DDWRT which would give a new menu interface of the router.  

           At any rate, I am wondering what I can do on both, the wired and wireless side to put the issue of low signal strength to rest.  Any feedback given to this question will be deeply appreciated.  

             I will look forward to hearing back from everyone and trying out any suggestions given.  

             Thank you.

             George
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Hi

          Thank you for you replies and the resourceful links.  Of course, I will check out the links provided.  I am sure they will prove helpful.

            By the way, could you provide a recommendation for a wireless router which has the option to be configured as an access point?  Also, could you provide a direct online purchase link as well for such a router?  The current single router I have is a Belkin Wireless G router which can not be configured to be an access point and is also not compatiable with the firmware update  DDWRT.  
I prefer a router which already has this as a built-in option as opposed to installing a 3rd party firmware.

           Thanks in advance for any kind followup given to this post.  And, thank you once again for the links.  I will now check them out.  

           George

           
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Hi Greg

         Thanks for the tip regarding the Cisco 1231g AP.  I am in the United States, so, if it would not be too much trouble, could you give me a link to this network device?

          George
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I would recommend getting the same brand access point as your Belkin router. For example, the Belkin F5D7230-4 wireless G router can apparently be configured as an access point: http://www.belkin.com/uk/old-support/tech/F5D7230_F5D7231/Using%20F5D7230%20Router%20As%20Access%20Point%20.pdf

However I'm not sure what stores would have this in stock.
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Hi;

         Could you provide a direct link to the 5Ghz wireless setup described?  The one which has more than 30 channels to select from does sound appealing.  Since I live in the US, could you provide a link to one within this area?

          Thanks

          George
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Hi Everyone;

           I sincerely apologize for the delay in getting back with everyone regarding this post.  Unfortunately, I am still in the process of working out some kinks relating to a Microsoft 802.11b wireless router which has been reconfigured as an AP.  Once I resolve these kinks, I will be in a better position of providing closing comments along with splitting points.  

           On a sidenote, I have found everyone's comments and resourceful links to be eye opening to say the least.  To be frank, I am surprised how much I really don't know when it comes to enhancing performance of a WiFi connection.  But, I will eventually get to the point which is needed to get through the issue at hand.

            At any rate, I will be back in touch soon, ok.  I know it must seem like I have abandoned this question, but, I have not really done that.  Like all my questions, I like to make sure closing comments made with regards to resolution of a problem is accurate as possible just in case someone else may have similiar concerns in the forthcoming future.

             Many thanks again everyone for the visionary insights given.  I will be back in touch.

             Thank you.

             George
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Hi Everyone;

        After careful consideration of all of the insightful options given, I decided to purchase a refurbished Linksys router which supports DD-WRT.  Unfortunately, the setup I was trying to use just simply did not have enough options.  For instance, the Microsoft Wireless router which was to be configured as an AP or access point could only be configured as a repeater if it had a LAN to LAN interface with the main or primary router, namely, the Belkin router.  As a further limitation, the Microsoft router was not compatiable with DD-WRT either which further limits my ability to gain controls over the wireless signal.  As I understand the features available within the Linksys router, it will give me the ability to configure a bridge connection between it and the Belkin router.  This will come in handy working around the other option of having a LAN to LAN port connection between the two routers considering the obstacles of distance and walls within the house.  

            In closing, I want to sincerely thank everyone once again for their shared input.  I must confess I did learn a great deal from this and other related network post I had going regarding my interest in configuring a second router as an AP or repeater.  

             Thank you.

              George
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