What is the best method to extend my wifi range?
Posted on 2014-10-07
I recently moved into a 2700 sq ft. condominium. I ordered 25/10 vDSL service through an ISP and am using a SmartRG SR505n as a modem/wireless router. Unfortunately, the signal does not reach my desktop in my room (desktop is using a Linksys Wireless-N Extreme PCI Adapter).
I must extend the range of the WiFi to reach my desktop. Hard wiring is not an option (too messy / cluttered looking).
I looked at WiFi range extenders (the ones that plug into your wall) and realized this concept probably wont work well because of the shared circuitry design inherent in a condominium. My idea is to purchase an AP (Access Point) or router and use it to extend the range of my existing network. I believe the correct way to do this would be to configure the router/AP in BRIDGING mode.
I purchased a D-Link DIR-850L Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Router but once I plugged it in I quickly discovered I was unable to even set bridging mode on this router! (Or maybe I am wrong?)
Curious to hear suggestions from other EE users, as I am no expert in networking :) Thanks in advance for your time