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Advice on buying a wireless router that receives its signal wirelessly, not via ethernet.

My client needs a wireless router that gets its signal from another router.   The modem and first router is in building #1.  Around fifty feet away is a second building.  I need a router (or whatever these are called) that can pick up the signal from router #1 and transmit that signal via both ethernet and wirelessly to computers in building #2.  

It should be well made.  The customer had a gaming adapter that did this (with only one ethernet port for output) but that recently failed.  This will replace it.  It gets hot and humid in the attic of building #2 so it should be well made and give as strong a wireless signal as possible.  It should also have a good antenna so it can pick up a strong wireless signal from the sending router.

Do you have any suggestions as to makes and models that might fit this description?  The primary computer runs Windows XP - though that's probably not relevant.

Thanks,
Al
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What is the existing wireless router?
What equipment do you have on hand?
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Since I'm not onsite I will answer these questions the best I can.

1. There’s a clear line of site. The modem and router #1 are in a greenhouse.  The router is at the peak of the greenhouse pointing to building #2, which is in the attic of another building where the customer’s main business is located.  

2.      In answer to Arnold’s questions:
        A. What is the existing wireless router?

       I’m not sure.  If it’s really important I can call the owner and he’ll climb up to the
       peak of the greenhouse. But I’d rather not as he has a business to run.  

       When I went up to the attic of building #2 yesterday with my laptop I got a strong
       signal, 10 GB download and 1 GB upload, just about as strong as what was coming
       direct from the modem.  By the way, the first thing I tried was a powerline router, but
       there are two electric boxes, so that didn’t work.

      On the client side he has his business computer in his office, linked by a 100 ft
      ethernet  cable. He would like to offer wireless to his customers, so it would be nice if
      the router we buy has guest user access.  
   
       B. What equipment do you have on hand?

       I have a ton of stuff in my basement.  Routers of all types, ethernet cables of all
       lengths… But what I’d like is a fairly simple all-in-one solution, something I could order
       off Newegg/Amazon/Tiger… and the owner’s son-in-law (who knows something about
       computers and networking) could go up in the attic, plug it in and I could then
       configure it via logmein on the office computer.

My customer would like to spend under $150 if possible. It would be nice to get something pretty solid.  The prior setup, the old gaming adapter in the attic linked to a router – that worked fine until it died.  The heat and humidity probably did it in.  


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Thanks,
Al
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Alan Silverman

I think the Securifi Almond should fit the bill.  What do you think?
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Craig Beck

If you just used a wireless gaming adapter previously, just use a cheap wireless bridge such as this...

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopDetail.asp?ProductID=12854&utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&gclid=CPml-ZLwpbkCFUXKtAodmVgAuw
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Alan Silverman

Thanks for all the good advice and have a nice labor day.
Al