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Old 08-14-11, 02:54 PM
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Enhancing Weak Wifi Signal

My wifi router is in the opposite corner of the house in a two-story home and I get a very poor signal where I am. What are the hardware options for receiving a better signal? I tried searching online, but have no idea what I should do or get.
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Old 08-14-11, 03:50 PM
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Re: Enhancing Weak Wifi Signal

You probably want to get a wifi repeater, extender or booster. Check Amazon for those terms and you'll find a lot of products.

I did it by daisychaining two Linksys routers. Here's a post from last year with the details:

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/tech-talk/5...extenders.html
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Re: Enhancing Weak Wifi Signal

You might also want to consider using a Powerline system. I've got one and use it to daisy chain a 2nd router in a different part of my house to my primary router over the house's a/c wiring. You don't have to use a 2nd router as I did, you can plug your internet appliance directly into the receiver, which has 4 ethernet ports.

The only catches are (a) both the sender and receiver have to be on the same circuit - not a problem for most homes but for larger ones like mine where there are two different circuits it can be; and (b) you can't use any surge protection between the sender or receiver and their respective wall plugs.
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Old 08-16-11, 11:26 AM
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Re: Enhancing Weak Wifi Signal

A wireless repeater is just going to extend a weak signal. Try the powerline adapters.
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Old 05-24-12, 02:02 PM
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Re: Enhancing Weak Wifi Signal

Kids are saying that a 802.11ac router is the solution to all my range problems and it will make everything super fast everywhere in the home. Anyone try it yet and notice a difference?
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Re: Enhancing Weak Wifi Signal

Can your router be moved to a more central location? Also some routers operate better than others, so maybe a different router may give better signal.
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Ran across this the other day. No idea how well it works.
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Old 05-25-12, 07:49 PM
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Re: Enhancing Weak Wifi Signal

Originally Posted by Aphex Twin View Post
Kids are saying that a 802.11ac router is the solution to all my range problems and it will make everything super fast everywhere in the home. Anyone try it yet and notice a difference?
There's only one 802.11ac router that just came out, and there are no clients yet, so, um, no.
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