How do I know if a WiFi signal booster will work with my WiFi network? 

by on August 25, 2010

Q: I posted a question yesterday regarding being able to boost my wireless signal in order to make it reach my mothers computer which is all the way on the other end of the house, where she is currently unable to even locate the wireless signal at all. You provided me with a link to a previously answered question (WiFi Signal Booster Options, which gave me the options of either relocating my router to a more central location in the house, which for us is not possible. The other options were either getting a WiFi Booster Antenna, WiFi access point, or a WiFi signal booster.

I would like to look into either getting a Wifi Booster Antenna, or a Wifi signal booster, before I attempt to setup an additional access point. However, when I looked them up I was unable to locate one that seems like it will be compatible with my current router. We are leasing a router from Comcast, it is a Linksys WCG200-CC. Am I correct that we will not be able to find any compatible Wifi Booster Antenna, or a Wifi signal booster for this router?

I just wanted to double check before we attempted to go the other route. And, beyond that, if we must attempt the additional access point, is this something we should contact Comcast for, or is it feasible for us to set this up ourselves?? Thank you so much for your help!


How many wireless extenders can I set up on a network? 

by on February 27, 2010

Q: How many wireless extenders can I set up on a network and do all have to be on the same channel?


How do I expand the range for my N wireless router? 

by on January 31, 2010

Q: How do I expand the range for my N wireless router?


Can a wireless G extender be used to extend a wireless N router? 

by on December 29, 2009

Q: Is there anyway to make sure my range extender has the right settings? I recently installed my range extender which is a “g” and I am extending my wireless “n” router but my speed has dropped from 11mbps to .05 mbps is that normal?


Setup a wireless range extender 

by on November 11, 2009

Q: I purchased and installed a Linksys Wireless-G range extender to boost my wireless signal so that I can get wireless access in other areas of the building. When I am in range of the wireless range extender I can see the wireless signal but it is not encrypted. So my problem appears to be that the range extender is boosting the signal but is not passing along the security that is needed. What can I do to resolve this problem?

A: Wireless range extenders are super easy to setup if your wireless network is not secure. Obviously it is a bad idea to have an unsecured wireless network though so most people have some kind of security. This just means you cannot use the “auto configuration” button on the wireless range extender to setup the range extender. You will have to either insert the CD into your computer and connect to the device or you will have to use your web browser to change the settings on the device. Read the rest of this entry »


How come a wireless booster is not allowing me to sign onto the wireless network? 

by on November 8, 2009

Q: I share wireless with my landlord, yes this is trouble. Anyway, the router they use does not have great range and I have been unable to use the wireless from my desk.

To solve this problem , they just bought a wireless booster. The side of the booster simply say Linksys Wireless-G range expander.

My problem is now I can see the signal, but I cannot see that the signal is encrypted. This means I cannot connect to the wireless with my desktop.

I moved my computer to the room where we can actually pick up the un-boosted signal and now I can see that the signal is secured, and my comp will provide the key.

In short: My problem is the booster is boosting the signal, but is not passing along that a key is needed. Meaning, when I use the boosted signal I’m still locked out since the router will not connect me to the Internet.

Anyone familiar with this issue or how to solve it? I didn’t see anything on a quick Google or Ask A Geek search.


Is there anyway to boost the wireless signal for my laptop? 

by on October 30, 2009

Q: My daughter has a new ASUS compact desktop computer using Windows Vista. It has a built-in wireless modem that is used to access a free wireless system that her community offers.

Unfortunately the wireless signal at her home is very poor where she has to locate her computer.

What can be done to improve the signal to her computer?

The wireless card is inside the computer and there is no external antennae connector such that an external antennae could be connected and placed in a better location.

Can some kind of a wireless device that would receive the signal from the towns wireless transmitter and then retransmit it to her computers small internal antennae?


WiFi Signal Booster Options 

by on October 13, 2009

Q: Is there a way to boost my WiFi reception for my devices like my laptop and iPod Touch?

A: There are a few things you can do to boost your WiFi signal. The first is a free option you can try which works without buying a WiFi booster so we suggest you start there. It might be possible for you to move your wireless router to a central location in your house or office. By moving your router to a more central location you should be able to cover more of your home or office, which might allow you get signals in spots you were unable to before. Read the rest of this entry »