Solved Strengthen wifi signal through thick 17th century bldg walls

November 13, 2013 at 05:24:10
Specs: Windows XP

I have an D-Link DSL-2680 router/modem supplied by AOL. Because I live in an 17th Century building, the walls are very thick and cannot get a wireless signal in the other end of the building. Can I use an ethernet cable to connect to another router to improve the signal ? Any advice would be appreciated.

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November 13, 2013 at 08:22:34
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Buy a wireless range extender. It sits roughly midway between the router and the most distant wireless laptop or other device, It picks up the router's outgoing wireless signal and relays it to rooms which would otherwise be out of range.

However, there is a performance hit. Range is improved but wireless data transfer speed will be slower on those devices which rely on the range extender, compared to those devices which don't need it.

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November 13, 2013 at 08:52:03
You will need to put a wired AP in each room. An wifi extender will not work for you in this situation.

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November 13, 2013 at 09:38:57
You can add a second router connected via cable and is probably the most reliable way fo doing it. The following link explains how to do it.


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November 13, 2013 at 16:24:57
Unless you absolutely "must" have/use wifi… consider ethernet over mains (ask LAN over power-line/mains)…

Check the Devolo range of kit and there are others too.. I use Devolo 85Mbps kit. They have superseded it with much faster (200Mbps and 500Mbps) not so long ago but I find 85Mbps is fine...and have done since first they arrived. Very happy with them…

Plug a cat-5 cable from your router into one adapter - and that adapter goes into convenient/nearby mains socket… Plug another adapter into a mains socket in whichever room you wish to use your www service in - and connect that adapter to our laptop/pc…

Works like a charm.

Solves all problems with no messing…

the later versions of what I have is here:

And they now have a wifi extender system operating on the same principles…

This approach would allow you to continue using wifi (only or alongside cat-5…)

I don't have any connection with Devolo; but have recommended them to several chums in UK; and the system (85 or 20 or 500Mbps "wired' system) works fine for them. I suspect the recently arrived wifi system will be equally good.

Similar products/kit wasn't around in N. Am. until recently; or what was around (non Devolo) wasn't anywhere near as effective… But now I think there are more useful/effective products available for N. Am. that are very similar to the Devolo ranges…. However I don't think Devolo have penetrated the N. Am. market; but others more local have taken the hint as it were…

So depending on which side of the pond you're on.. consider Devolo if in UK/Europe etc., or whatever is around in N.Am.?

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November 13, 2013 at 23:38:17
I would agree with trvlr, mains networking is the way to go, as long as both sockets are on the same ring main (if there's only one fusebox then you should be ok) and if you need wireless at the other end you can simply run it into an access point - many cheap wireless routers can be set up as APs. If you need it in more than one location then you simply buy extra adapters. If you are only interested in accessing the net and a small amount of file-sharing then you only need the 200Mbps versions in the UK these start from less than £15 per adapter - PCWorld currently have a twin pack of TP Link ones for £25.

The other great thing about them is that they really are just plug & play, no setting up required unless you are in a building that shares a ring main in which case you can utilise the in-built security system but otherwise there is no need.

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