Rebroadcasting WiFi signal long distance

March 27, 2012 at 01:32:42
Specs: Windows 7 Untimate, 8GB
In my office I have two computers hard wired to my router (WRT310N). I have another computer in the same house 40 feet away with a WNA that picks up the signal at 3-4 bars and has no real issues (though I figured wireless N would be much more effective). The next PC is where the issue is.

The PC is located about 140 feet away in my work shop and pick up between 2-3 bars on a good day and 1-2 on a bad day. This isnt too bad surfing google but stuff like netflix/pandora, just not too great.

I have my old WRT54GS2 laying around that still works. My question is, is there a way to use one of the routers to rebroadcast the signal so that that computer can receive a more reliable connection? If so, would it be more effective to use the wireless N router to do the rebroadcasting?

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March 27, 2012 at 07:14:27
Using a second router isn't likely to improve things unless it has a much more powerful antenna.

If it were me, I'd look at some external antennas that could be attached to the system in your shop, but mounted outside. Something like the following may work for you:

If that doesn't work, you'd likely need to go to a pair of point-to-point wireless antenna's. Something like so:

FYI, the above link is just the first one that came up. I've used some EnGenius equipment and been quite pleased with it. I suggest looking through what they have to offer. They probably also have the "booster" or "extender" antenna's I mentioned above.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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***William Henley***

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