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Belkin N+ Router as a repeater

I am trying to send a wireless signal from my one house to another one I own that is about 100 feet away (corner to corner). I just purchased two of the Belkin N+ routers because I read that they tested at having the most range. Well I am still not quite capable of getting just one to work at the other house and I was wondering if I could set up the other to work as a repeater.

Is that what the Access Point is? How do I do it? I can't get third party firmware, can I?

Can you suggest a better router for me to buy?

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  • Mark Ebner Jul 03, 2009

    Would both need the better antennas? On my old router (a Trendnet 54 G) I replaced the antenna with a 12 dBi antenna and didn't notice much increased range...is that because my computer didn't have the strength to transmit back?

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Whow...so many questions...I will try to touch at least a couple of them...;-)

  • You're right about the range - these routers have a very good range.
  • Terminology: An Access Point is a router like when you getit fresh from the store. "Access" means that the router gives yourLocal Area Network (LAN) access to another network or WAN (wide areanetwork). This other network for home users is usually the internet, orit can be a company network in a business setting.
  • Your second router would be a Bridge, because it "bridges" the network from your second to your first router.
    Take a look at this diagram - this is what you want to build.
  • You will need a third party firmware to achieve this goal - stockfirmware is not able to do that (They rather have you buy anotherproduct...) If your routers is capableof running another firmware depends on your model. Take a look at the "Supported Hardware" page of dd-wrt ( link),type in "Belkin" and see what you can find out about your specificmodel. I read in other places that people were complaining about Belkinregarding 3rd party firmware, but things might have changed.
  • I have a setup like that and use Linksys WRT-54G routers. They are cheap (around 30$) and are able to run tomato firmware (link). They also have two antennas, which means one can be set to receive the signal and the other one to send it.
  • Last resort: Can you run a cable to the other house? That wouldalso eleminate all nasty influences a wireless signal is prone to(reflection,interference, security etc.)
Well - I hope I could shine a little bit of light on your project. Ifyou have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment -I'm happy to help.

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    C. Dante Jul 03, 2009

    With "both" do you mean the Linksys routers? Mine are about 50ft apart and I did not exchange the standard antennas. Better antennas give usually a boost in signal strength, so I wonder why it didn't work on your Trendnet router. Wireless signals are affected by many things: Interference in the same signal spectrum (802.11g/2.4 MHz: Microwaves, cordless phones). Power lines. The weather (refraction) can affect the quality, objects can bend the signal (difraction).

    Third party firmwares often gives you the option to modify the transmit power (standardL 42 mW) from 1-251mW. I changed mine to 60 mW, which does not heat up the router too much. Sometimes even a simple trick like this or this can help you to get a better signal.

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I can always suggest a better solution, called Wireless Access Points. I use the TP Link brand, because they're inexpensive, have detachable antennas, and can be used as a WAP, Client, Repeater, or Point to Point/Multipoint (means you only need to stock one unit for many functions).

http://www.tplink.com/products/product_des.asp?id=116

Price is about $60 and you can spend $10-50 on a different antenna.

Carl

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