How can I improve my wireless network?

Cisco Linksys e3000 high performance wir...
July 5, 2010 at 08:51:03
Specs: Windows 7 / XP
I have a big, old house, and one wireless router just won't cut it (I even upgraded to a high-end Cisco N-router, which claims the best signal strength).

I've tried repositioning the router to various locations in the house, and there is always a room that can't recieve signal.

So I have two routers (my new Cisco N-router and my 3-year old Linksys B/G router), and one cable modem.

I think the only solution is to have both routers broadcasting, one on the first floor, and one on the second, but I have no idea how to do this. I really want to avoid running a wire from the second floor to the first floor. Can I accomplish this wirelessly?

Is there another solution I'm overlooking?


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July 5, 2010 at 09:33:34
Have you considered networking through the mains? Something like this does the job:

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July 5, 2010 at 09:54:32
Can I accomplish this wirelessly?

Only if they can be put in WDS mode or one can be set to be a wireless bridge. Consult your routers documentation for these features.

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July 5, 2010 at 11:23:08
Even if you do get the routers to connect via wireless, computers will have to connect to the second router via wire. You cannot have a router operating as both a client and a host at the same time.

If you want computers to be able to connect by both routers via wireless they are going to have to be connected via wire.

What you really need is a wireless repeater witch receives the weak signal and re-broadcasts it. You cannot do that with a router.


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July 5, 2010 at 15:54:37
StewartS since these are linksys/cisco they maybe able be flashed to support DD-WRT / WDS so no wire would be required.

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July 5, 2010 at 19:27:05
I haven't heard good things about those wireless signal
boosters. Have you had good experience with them? Can
anyone recommend a brand/model?

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October 7, 2010 at 03:50:03

I've not used repeaters before, so can't really comment on this. But I had a similar situation with weak signal, not long ago.

Now I like to make the most of what I've got (it's cheaper). So I wanted to use my old buffalo router to accomplish this. My main router (cheap edimax) had the WDS mode, but unfortunately my old spare router (buffalo) only supported WDS using WEP encryption. Being my paranoid self, this was not suitable. During my research I found that the Buffalo router could take the DDWRT firmware upgrade, which was pretty easy do. And improved on the encryption security to TKIP.
It did take a few hours of research, flashing/upgrading, and configuring of both routers. But it has been solid ever since; full signal throughout my house, and my workshop now has a 4-port switch that I can use.

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