Wireless Device to expand network range
Posted on 2011-10-29
This is for a customer, I fix PCs and MACs for a living. I have not been onsite yet.
Customer has Linksys WRT600N router in basement and many wireless far ends (Laptops both PC and MAC and 2 original iPads and iPhones (4 and 4 S) and ipod Touch's . Connection on 2nd floor is problem; on first floor no problem except for ipod Touch's. However he has ethernet cables in walls from basement near router to many rooms including to 2nd floor rooms.
Hence will THIS work. Get SOME wireless device (Wireless Access Point (WAP), or Wireless Repeater or Something else that is NOT a router) and place it in 2nd floor room and connect it to router in basement via ethernet cable in walls. Then devices on 2nd floor connect to the new device and those on first floor connect to router in basement.
PROBLEM For WAP solution: Amazon writeup on Linksys WAPs says their function is to provide wireless capability for a WIRED router. That is NOT what I want !!! Essentially what I want is devices closer to WAP on 2nd floor connect to it AND devices closer to router in basement connect to it and the single router in the basement does ALL the routing.
AGAIN a WAP may NOT be the right solution here.
Questions Please answer ALL or as many as you can:
Can what I want be done ?
WHAT TYPE OF DEVICE will do it. (Not a model number but just a category of wireless device)
Does the Wireless Device need to be the same brand Linksys as the router ?
If router is WRT600N (W-N) capable and my idea works will the wireless device **ALSO** be W-N capable (for longer distance connections or greater speed at shorter distances).
Note: the original iPad is NOT W-N capable. And I doubt the iPhone or iPod touches are either. The laptops I do not know the answer as I do not have the model numbers yet. But if I can put a 2nd wireless source on the 2nd floor it becomes irrelevant as even W-G would probably work as the distance from the device to the closest Wireless source will not be far.
NOTE: This is a LARGE HOUSE, assume that horizontally the floors are large.
Final question: If your solutionn will fly, please recommend a particular Linksys model (or compatible other brand) that will work well with no bugs and easy to set up. It can be more expensive as my customer is wealthy.
NOTE; Please do NOT suggest Netgear WireLine solutions because that technology REQUIRES that electric plugs near router and far end Netgear device (connected via electric wires in walls of house) be on THE SAME SWITCH BOX OR FUSE BOX and in a house this size it is unlikely the electric plugs in the basement and on the 2nd floor will be on the same box. And in any case if they are on the same box, I already am familiar with that technology. It just seems to me that I should take advantage of the ethernet cables in the walls.