We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

wifi is not accessible

momadha
momadha asked
on
My boss has a master bedroom at his house which does not get a wifi signal. It is not far from the cable wifi router. I think the walls may have sound proofing which prevents the signal from getting thru.

I am thinking of trying a repeater or a signal booster.

What do you guys suggest?
Comment
Watch Question

Is this an 802.11 N? If so, get a better model that has the longest range. Try to move the router in the center of the house. Alternatively, run a cable to the router and plug in the unit for that bedroom. If all else fails, you can get a repeater, but some of them are not available or work well for N network at 5 Ghz. take care.

Author

Commented:
We have tried 3 or 4 different models already. Yes it is a 802.11 n model. We get a signal even out in the back yard (which is farther but not in the bedroom.
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager

Commented:
Does the signal drop only when the bedroom door is closed? What is the construction of the house? (wood or metal studs) There are devices that you can use that will send the signal through the electrical lines.  One of them is the D-Link DHP 301 Powerline Ethernet Kit.

Commented:
A single booster probably wouldn't work if there is something special about the walls in the master bedroom. Have you logged into to router to see if you can crank the power output up? Usually theirs a scale between 1 and 9. You can also try changing the wifi channel, may help reduce interference.

Commented:
If you're getting that much signal drop off the wifi, then you're best bet is to run a network cable from the existing router into the bedroom, and then configure a second wireless router in the room to act as a repeater.
its probably the materials and construction of the room. Metal is reflective, some paint, some of the framing, etc, may be causing the signal to be weak. Check out the model of your router, there are some models which have less range than others. Make sure you have a model that has the highest level of range output. If all fails, then run a cat 6 cable under the house and plug in directly to the router.
Lavi ShiffmanConsultant

Commented:
If running a network cable from the router to bedroom isn't possible, you might opt for a different wiring solution like PowerLine.  Those adapter are able to transmit over the power lines of the house and you don't have to run new cables.

Those adapters are available from various vendors and come in different speeds - 200Mbps, 500 Mbps and 1Gbps.