Hey, I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on Wireless Repeaters to use.
I would like to boost my signal so I can use my wireless devices on the other side of my house. My old router is not compatible with dd-wrt. If at all possible, recommend one that isn't really hard to set up because it sounds like some of these can take a lot of time and I don't have a lot of networking knowledge.
If you can, I'd skip trying to use a repeater and go with a powerline networking connection from one end of the house to the other. Then hook up a second cheap router to the end of the powerline Ethernet connection. Should be a lot more stable than repeating the WiFi signal.
But there is just one little spot in my house that doesn't get a good signal. How much would that connection cost and how hard is it to setup?
@dg91: ah, I was thinking the router was one end and you weren't getting signal on the other end. If it's just one deadzone, you might try relocating the router. if you can find a cheap repeater it might be worth it, as the powerline stuff isn't going to really be worth it just for one deadzone. That or try to find that article on Tested that talks about getting better range out of the wireless router. What router do you have now? Do your devices support wireless N?
My parents wanted one for their place, since they can't get good WiFi upstairs.... I've tried and can't really get it to work reliably yet. I'll probably give it another whirl soon. I should note, not the brand you linked.
I've read posts about making the antenna's stronger/bigger... try googling those. They are cheap and easy solutions and often work very well.
No antenna's on my main router.
Some company really should make an easy to use wireless repeater.
We use one of these at work: Diamond Multimedia 300Mbps 802.11n Wireless Range Extender
It's positioned about 100 feet from the router. According to the wi-fi analyzer app on my phone it boosted the signal from around -85 to around -55. It allowed the guys out back to use their phones for the internet and streaming music much more consistently than without it.
@Bane: Woah, that looks like what I am looking for. I'm going with that.
In my experience they can be iffy. I'd either go with a plug in powerline one, however my recomendation is to just get a nice wireless router!
Spend the money on a better router.