Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: Extending Wireless Networks

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Bath
    Posts
    67
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Extending Wireless Networks

    Hi All,

    Time for my fortnightly idiot question/plea for help.

    I currently have a D Link G604-T wireless router, and several clients dotted around all using D Link USA B adaptors - and quite happily chatting to each other. I wish to extend the reach of my network however and there seems to be three options:

    1. Buy a different antenna for the router to extend the reach
    2. Buy a 802.11g wireless repeater (probably from D-link to prevent compatability issues)
    3. Buy a 802.11g wireless access point (again probs from D-link)

    Can anyone advise which might be best/cheapest option?

    FYI: The signal peters off to about 22 where I could install a repeater/access point. From this point it needs to travel through: Outside wall, 3 metres straight, another outside wall and 5 metres straight inside. so altogether only 2 outside walls and an extra 8 metres.

    Any help as always, much appreciated.
    Cheers
    Rich
    Brisbane 4800+ @ 2.5GHz, 2x1GB CorsairDDR2 TWINX PC6400, Asus AM2 M2N4-SLi, ATI X1800XL AIW, 80GB WD800JB (OS) & 200GB WD800JB, NEC ND5170

  2. #2
    Sublime HEXUS.net
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    The Void.. Floating
    Posts
    11,819
    Thanks
    213
    Thanked
    233 times in 160 posts
    • Stoo's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Mac Pro
      • CPU:
      • 2*Xeon 5450 @ 2.8GHz, 12MB Cache
      • Memory:
      • 32GB 1600MHz FBDIMM
      • Storage:
      • ~ 2.5TB + 4TB external array
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ATI Radeon HD 4870
      • Case:
      • Mac Pro
      • Operating System:
      • OS X 10.7
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24" Samsung 244T Black
      • Internet:
      • Zen Max Pro
    You can pick an access point up for about £35?
    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Bath
    Posts
    67
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    So i guess that is the cheapest option...!

    Why would anyone buy a repeater then if an access point is about half the cost?
    Rich
    Brisbane 4800+ @ 2.5GHz, 2x1GB CorsairDDR2 TWINX PC6400, Asus AM2 M2N4-SLi, ATI X1800XL AIW, 80GB WD800JB (OS) & 200GB WD800JB, NEC ND5170

  4. #4
    Does he need a reason? Funkstar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Aberdeen
    Posts
    19,874
    Thanks
    630
    Thanked
    965 times in 816 posts
    • Funkstar's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte EG45M-DS2H
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Quad Q9550 (2.83GHz)
      • Memory:
      • 8GB OCZ PC2-6400C5 800MHz Quad Channel
      • Storage:
      • 650GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 512MB ATI Radeon HD4550
      • PSU:
      • Antec 350W 80+ Efficient PSU
      • Case:
      • Antec NSK1480 Slim Mini Desktop Case
      • Operating System:
      • Vista Ultimate 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407 + 2408 monitors
      • Internet:
      • Zen 8mb
    I'm not really sure about this, so bear with me.

    Wouldn't a second AP need to be set up with a different SSID and on a different channel? Otherwise it's going to interfere with the existing setup isn't it?

    A repeater however does what it says and extends the exisitng wireless network.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    181
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    I recently upgraded my antenna (http://www.allendale-hosting.co.uk/antenna/Products.htm) and it made a huge difference. No dropouts at all now. Fast delivery too. Have a look at their power boosters.

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Bath
    Posts
    67
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Funkstar: So is it possible just to add another access point, by whcih i mean.. is the configuration of that likely to cause me enourmous headaches?

    Mrbanana: Going to have to increase it by quite a lot I think - any advice on how the DBi measurement exactly increases the range?
    Rich
    Brisbane 4800+ @ 2.5GHz, 2x1GB CorsairDDR2 TWINX PC6400, Asus AM2 M2N4-SLi, ATI X1800XL AIW, 80GB WD800JB (OS) & 200GB WD800JB, NEC ND5170

  7. #7
    Sublime HEXUS.net
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    The Void.. Floating
    Posts
    11,819
    Thanks
    213
    Thanked
    233 times in 160 posts
    • Stoo's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Mac Pro
      • CPU:
      • 2*Xeon 5450 @ 2.8GHz, 12MB Cache
      • Memory:
      • 32GB 1600MHz FBDIMM
      • Storage:
      • ~ 2.5TB + 4TB external array
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ATI Radeon HD 4870
      • Case:
      • Mac Pro
      • Operating System:
      • OS X 10.7
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24" Samsung 244T Black
      • Internet:
      • Zen Max Pro
    most dedicated access points come with a repeating mode iirc..
    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Liverpool UK
    Posts
    180
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Stoo
    most dedicated access points come with a repeating mode iirc..
    As true as this is, some of them only repeat signals from certain acces points and models, i have a Linksys WAG354G Gateway and a WAP54G but the WAP54G only repeats other WAP54G's So my advise is if you use access points or repeaters be careful as you may find they aren't compatable.

  9. #9
    The late but legendary peterb - Onward and Upward peterb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Looking down & checking on swearing
    Posts
    19,378
    Thanks
    2,892
    Thanked
    3,403 times in 2,693 posts
    A better antenna/resiting the main access point might be worth exploring as a first step...
    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

    Been helped or just 'Like' a post? Use the Thanks button!
    My broadband speed - 750 Meganibbles/minute

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Bath
    Posts
    67
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Resiting the main access point is not possible unfortunately. The antenna must still be discreet from the main box as well -. Its hard to know where to start really, I guess as big as I can get?
    Rich
    Brisbane 4800+ @ 2.5GHz, 2x1GB CorsairDDR2 TWINX PC6400, Asus AM2 M2N4-SLi, ATI X1800XL AIW, 80GB WD800JB (OS) & 200GB WD800JB, NEC ND5170

  11. #11
    UKMuFFiN
    Guest
    Pringles can, although it may be that they only work as an advantage in open air and line of sight?

  12. #12
    Sublime HEXUS.net
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    The Void.. Floating
    Posts
    11,819
    Thanks
    213
    Thanked
    233 times in 160 posts
    • Stoo's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Mac Pro
      • CPU:
      • 2*Xeon 5450 @ 2.8GHz, 12MB Cache
      • Memory:
      • 32GB 1600MHz FBDIMM
      • Storage:
      • ~ 2.5TB + 4TB external array
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ATI Radeon HD 4870
      • Case:
      • Mac Pro
      • Operating System:
      • OS X 10.7
      • Monitor(s):
      • 24" Samsung 244T Black
      • Internet:
      • Zen Max Pro
    That only works for line of sight unfortunately, so it simply won't work in this case..

    I think your best bet is either the access point (thoroughly researched of course..), or the beefier aerial (does the d-link have removable aerials?)
    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Bath
    Posts
    67
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    The D-link does have the removable aerial, yes - I suppose I ought to try that first.

    What eaxctly do i need to research on the access point tho Stoo?
    Rich
    Brisbane 4800+ @ 2.5GHz, 2x1GB CorsairDDR2 TWINX PC6400, Asus AM2 M2N4-SLi, ATI X1800XL AIW, 80GB WD800JB (OS) & 200GB WD800JB, NEC ND5170

  14. #14
    Goron goron Kumagoro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    3,126
    Thanks
    37
    Thanked
    160 times in 133 posts
    Another (not so cheap) way would be to get directional antennas for the clients.

    I recently bought this from scan

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=167184

    Im guessing i got the last one at the moment.

    Anyway I can now pick up 32 yes 32 networks in my area where as before i would pick up,
    with the laptops built in one, only 3

    So directional even through walls makes a massive difference

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    334
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked
    12 times in 12 posts
    The removable aerial worked well for me with D-Link 624; I have also extended the netwwork with a Dlink DWL-2100AP - it works mostly well. but every now and them some devices have trouble

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. connecting to two wireless networks at the same time?
    By UltraMagnus in forum Networking and Broadband
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-05-2006, 08:45 PM
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 24-07-2005, 10:04 PM
  3. Wireless networks (WLANs) - what do you think of them?
    By Paul Adams in forum Networking and Broadband
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 20-05-2004, 11:49 PM
  4. Wired+Wireless home network purchasing recommendations...
    By D001 in forum Networking and Broadband
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-09-2003, 11:03 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •