Extending the range to an existing network

January 28, 2013 at 17:17:40
Specs: Windows XP, 1.794 GHz / 1370 GB Ram

Hi,

I have problems connecting to the main router with my laptops wireless G adapter. It keeps dropping its connection.

Is there something that can connect to the main router wirelessly, create a new network, and be firewalled?

The device will need to be located 65-75 feet away from the main router that is connected directly to the cable companies modem.

Are there devices out there worthwhile other than devices that will just connect you to the router and/or create a new network?

Is there a reason of why not to have a firewall when creating a new network to connect to a public network?


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#1
January 28, 2013 at 23:34:24

"Is there something that can connect to the main router wirelessly, create a new network, and be firewalled?"

To extend the wireless range of your router you can buy a "range extender", also known as a "signal booster". Like this: http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/produ...


"Is there a reason of why not to have a firewall when creating a new network to connect to a public network?"

A firewall is even more essential under those circumstances.


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#2
February 9, 2013 at 17:45:24

so nothing? not even a commercial/business device that can be recommended that is on the market? I was told by a local shop to check out DD-WRT and Tomato as options but DD-WRT forum has produced no results and Tomato does not look to be a site that could provide such a service.

I have tried many paid versions of different box office programs with no favorable results out of the box.

Any suggestions on how to resolve this easily?


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#3
February 10, 2013 at 07:21:28

DD-WRT and Tomato are software solutions to a software problem.

No amount of software is going to overcome hardware limitations of the router. 65-75 feet is a good range for a wireless router. Any further and you need a range extender.

The range extender or something similar posted by phil23 will do the job. The only other option is to fix a high gain antenna to the router but that will only be possible if the router has the possibility of connecting an external antenna.

No need to create a new network, just extend the existing one. Then the laptop has the choice of connecting to either the router directly of the extender, whichever is closest.

Stuart


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