Cadet57
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Home Wireless Network Question

Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:02 am

Ok, in my house my laptop is in my basement. My desktop and subsequent internet connection is upstairs and to the left of the laptop. Will a wirless network work?

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yowza
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RE: Home Wireless Network Question

Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:19 am

I have decent signal in my basement and my w-router is on the first floor (ground+1). It really depends on the materials in you house and the quality of your router. Most modern Canadian houses, like mine, have wood frames and light insulation on internal walls. I use a linksys wrt54g and it's been great. One thing you can always do is buy a booster or high gain antennae, these will increase your signal strenght and are cheap and easy to install.

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RE: Home Wireless Network Question

Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:23 am

It should work. My router can get through about 20 meters or so, including intervening walls, and still maintain a "good" or "excellent" signal strength.

When buying a router, make sure you get one that has replacable antennae. On Zyxels, for instance, you can just screw on bigger ones if you need to.
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RE: Home Wireless Network Question

Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:04 am

I get a full signal in the basement and my router is on the 3rd floor of my house. Point the antenna downward to see if it might help. If you try your router and notice the signal isn't good you can try a booster or even a piece of metal attached to the antenna.
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RE: Home Wireless Network Question

Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:22 am

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 3):
Point the antenna downward to see if it might help.

It will help. I had to do that at one point. I luckily have two access points now and my house is wired for Ethernet so I could put one upstairs and downstairs for good coverage.

On a side note you are putting encryption on the link and disabling the SSID broadcast aren't you? If not you should be.

Other things to consider are range extenders or high gain antennas. Just make sure you don't sit to close to them.
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RE: Home Wireless Network Question

Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:31 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 4):
On a side note you are putting encryption on the link and disabling the SSID broadcast aren't you?

of corse. Dont need everyone knowing I visit this insane asylum...  Wink
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RE: Home Wireless Network Question

Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:21 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 5):
Dont need everyone knowing I visit this insane asylum...

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RE: Home Wireless Network Question

Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:37 am

If there's trouble, get a directional antenna for your computer end, or for the base station, if you've got one with two antennas. Align for max signal. There are also repeaters available that will reradiate the poor signal.

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