Long range wireless router recommendation?

by on February 9, 2010

Q: I currently have high speed internet at my home (cable) and a belkin wireless router (F5D7230-4). It works okay, but it has to be unplugged quite often as when multiple devices are connected at once it often drops one of them. But while the wireless in the house is decent, my daughter’s room is above the garage, which is 150 feet away from the main house. She gets horrible reception, usually getting about 1 or 2 bars out of 5, and further when multiple computers are accessing the internet they ALL slow way down. What router would you suggest I upgrade to to offer a longer range, as well as the ability to be used by multiple computers at once?


5 Responses to “Long range wireless router recommendation?”
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    First off, use a hard line Ethernet connection as much as possible. The fewer devices you have using the wireless connection the better, as they all work off the same airwaves.

    I use a D-link DIR-655 at home and personally haven’t had any problems with it.

    Given how far away your daughter’s room is you’ll probably need to purchase some wireless repeaters to boost the signal or run Ethernet to her room.

    For more tips and ideas see this article from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/setup/wirelesstips.aspx

     
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    Thanks for the reply 🙂 Right now I have a 150ft ethernet cable running to her room, and then she has to plug into it with her laptop to get use of the internet because if she connects wirelessly she gets horrible reception

    . My wireless router is right by the front door, which is the closest point to her room, then there is 150 feet of yard, and then her room, so there is really no good place to put a repeater as it is all outside area. However since she already has an ethernet cable running all the way to her room could I simply plug a router, or repeater into that to give her an instant perfect wireless connection?

    What would be simpler? I ask because i have a Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband Router on the way as my D-link (dir-655) performs so poorly, so if i installed the linksys in the house, and then plugged the D-link into her ethernet port in her room would it act like a repeater, or would that not work? I am sorry to ask but i am now just learning how these things work.

    Is that what i want to do or do i need to buy a repeater to plug into her ethernet cable? If so does anyone have any suggestions on relatively cheap ones that would fix my rpoblem? thanks in advance.

     
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    Another reason i am asking is that I just recently learned about port forwarding, so I downloaded the program “simple port forwarding” to forward my ports. of course once i get my new router i will have to change the settings to the new router, but what happens when there are two routers in the mix? i guess that is what has me wondering if i can simply plug in my second router to act as a simple repeater, or if that will not work.

     
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    Don’t install two routers on your network. That will just lead to trouble as they both try to fight over things.

    If you want to give your daughter wireless access you’d want to plug in a wireless access point device at her end of the Ethernet cable.

    Here is a cheap option that should do the trick: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156232

     
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      Cool, thanks man, will check it out.