Problem with wireless extender
Posted on 2012-09-07
I have an extremely odd issue going on with a wireless extender. Let me start off by saying I stronly believe in running a cable, but that's just not an option at this point. We had a Linksys small business router in our main office and a netgear wireless router/extender in a shop about 35-40 yds away. It worked fine for a year. A lightning storm blew out the router in the shop. We replaced it with a new one of almost the same exact model, but it just would not stay connected to the signal. It would connect, then drop out a few minutes later. We tried a few different model extenders from different manufacturers, with the same result.
The one that we finally got working was a Netgear WN3000RP. It was doing the same thing as the other extenders but we read that there was a known issue with WPS connections failing and causing the connection to drop over and over. We upgraded the firmware and the connection was finally good. We also decided to upgrade the Linksys Wireless G router to a newer Netgear N Router. The signal is 41% and when it connected it was very fast. So once we got all of this connected and stable it worked for about a month. Now the connection has dropped and will not connect at all. At first I could login to the WN3000RP, but after restarting it, I can ping it, but I can't even log in. So this is about the 5th extender in 1 month. I've replaced the power strips, cables, restored to factory defaults.....Are these extenders really this cheap? Or do I have something else going on?