increase range of wireless signal

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September 26, 2010 at 06:44:31
Specs: Windows XP, 512 MB
Let's say we have an old wifi modem-router that we use to go online. If that router does not have WDS but we still want to increase wirelessly the range of the wireless signal without adding cables,

Should we buy both a new wifi modem-router with WDS to replace the old one and either a second wireless device with WDS feature as well ( either wireless access point with WDS or a second WIFI router with WDS) to be able to increase the range of the wifi signal?

Does every access point available in the market have the WDS/Bridge mode feature?

Between these two choices, which one would work better for the purpose of increasing the wireless range?

1.- using WDS
2.- buying a really long antena to replace the old router's antena and try to make the signal get further away.

Is it true like they say under
that this access point would work as a repeater event if I connected it wirelessly to the old router which has no WDS feature?


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September 26, 2010 at 07:36:56
A better explanation of what kind of range you're looking for would be helpful. Is this inside a home or business? do you want the signal to reach way out to an "out building" such as a dettached garage? What type of distance are we talking about? how many floors or walls are in between the farthest PC & wireless router?

And which signal is it putting out?

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September 26, 2010 at 07:39:07
I just want to signal to get further away inside of the same flat.

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September 26, 2010 at 07:39:59
Might a device like do the trick by connecting it wirelessly with the old wifi router?

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September 26, 2010 at 07:43:44
Just centrally locate the router in the flat & mount as high as possible.

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September 26, 2010 at 07:46:53
ok, and if that does not work, I guess the easiest solution is buying a wds or universal repeater device, right?

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September 27, 2010 at 09:38:01
I had a similar problem and found a home made solution which despite its simplicity actually worked.

There is a video demonstrating it at

and the template for it can be downloaded from

Good luck!

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