Weak wifi signal in big house

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I've got a netgear G54 brand new wireless router installed in a client's house setup with 802.11 g signal.  Problem is router is installed in a room in the garage and it's a big house, so the signal upstairs is very weak.

What's the best way to get a better wireless signal upstairs? Can you give specific names if recommending a device?

Thanks in advance for all your help.
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I would install a second device rather than a single device with better range.
Wireless N does have a better range and speed the the G standard however if the house is two stories high you probably wont get good results from a single device.

You could try one of these:

http://www.netgear.com/home/products/wireless-range-extenders/wireless-range-extenders/wn3000rp.aspx

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How do I set it up and install it exactly?
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How many antennas has the device? Since the antenna transmits the waves in a radial way, sometimes it helps if you put the antenna in horizontal position. That I think is the main thing you can do to empower the reception upstairs.

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device has one antenna

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Try doing what I posted above.....and reply back:)
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I think the key here is that you are using a wireless G device in a house that is two stories. Plus the router is located in the garage.
The router is unlikely to be good enough to give a strong signal over that amount of space. Especially if you have double brick walls and things that will interfere like cordless phones.
I doubt moving the antenna's around will help much. I would go for a repeater of some kind or a second router upstairs. A repeater is probably preferred because it will be easier to maintain one network than two.

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The problem is most likely down to foil lined plasterboard which can cause the signal to degrade over distance and obviously the distance between source and destination has to be a factor. I would be tempted to see if netgear do a wireless access point which can be married to the router to allow for an increased signal within the house, failing that I would start looking at something like a Draytek 2820n if in an ADSL area, as it provides A, G + N wireless signals and appears to cover large distances better.

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