Solved How can I extend wifi range wirelessly?

October 15, 2017 at 23:15:50
Specs: Windows 8 and iPhone
The issue I’m having is this: my mother lives in a personal care home that has wireless internet, but the range does not reach her room at the end of the building. The owners aren’t willing to do anything, so I’m wondering if there is a solution to boost the signal an extra 150 feet without having to plug into the existing modem? I know the wifi SSID and password, but I need a product that can boost the signal without affecting its quality too much.

I have tried a cheap d-link wifi extender that I had laying around and plugged it into the wall in the main hallway, but the signal is very weak by the time it reaches her. Looking for either a much better extender, or a way to use multiple extenders to boost the signal further.

Thanks for any help offered!


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#1
October 16, 2017 at 04:44:51
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You can use the Wifi meter on your cell phone to see the signal strength to see if you have positioned the extender at the optimal location. If the signal is weak there already it will not help as much as it would if the position were better.
It is too bad you cannot run a Cat5e cable back to the router from the extender and then use the extender as a wireless access point with the same name and log in because that would be much better.
Others may have specific recommendations for extenders but in the mean time you can Google for reviews and go to sites like Newegg and see their customer reviews. Look for patterns and avoid multiple similar issues by reviewers, remember there will be more likely displeased people writing these and some may be from inexperienced users or those choosing the wrong type of product.

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#2
October 16, 2017 at 04:45:42
Without plugging in you are very limited . I would suggest you offer to buy powerlines and give them a try . Other than that , try connecting to the wifi with something with a bigger antenna , or install a usb wifi module with external antenna

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#3
October 16, 2017 at 05:31:17
Sorry if this sounds stupid, but is there a built in wifi meter, or one in particular you recommend downloading?

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#4
October 16, 2017 at 09:30:54
If it were me, I'd talk to whomever is in charge in the care home and ask them if you provide, at your own expense, the means to improve signal quality for your mother, would they allow you to put it up.

If they're willing, a wireless bridge would be what you want.

You want to locate the bridge where it has a strong signal to the source and provides a strong signal to your mom's room. About halfway should do but you might be able to move it closer to your mom so you'd want to do a little checking around once you have the device configured and working.

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#5
October 16, 2017 at 09:38:04
"I would suggest you offer to buy powerlines and give them a try"

I doubt the nursing home will allow the use of powerline adapters because it would have to be connected directly to their modem or router.

An extender might help, but if the signal is already weak at the room, it won't do much good. The extender would likely have to be setup somewhere between the room & main signal, which it would mean it would have to be hooked up in the hallway or another person's room. I doubt they will allow you to do either.


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#6
October 16, 2017 at 09:43:38
I have one extender plugged in the hallway between the modem and her room now and she’s getting a weak signal reaching her, can a second one be set up to boost the first extenders signal, or is the next option running a wire and setting up an access point for her?

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#7
October 16, 2017 at 21:09:57
Your cell phone has a Wifi indicator that will show you more bars where the signal is stronger.
Finding the right spot for it is important.
I assume multiple extenders should work but would need to be spaced out.
A wire from the router if allowed to the extender and then if you download the full manual for your extender you will find the instructions for using it as a wireless access point. This could be placed much closer to her room and fix the Wifi for her entire end of the building. The wire would have to be run safely and neatly if they approve it.

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#8
October 17, 2017 at 00:44:20
This is great information. Thank you for this and thanks guys for taking the time to help me. It’s been a huge help. Fingers and Curt R, changing positioning of the extender has improved her internet since I read your comments, but I am going to see if it is possible to run a cable to turn it into an access point for the residents in that area. Thanks again!

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#9
October 17, 2017 at 22:34:01
You are quite welcome. I figured the cell phone 'meter' would help locating it better.

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