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What is the range of the linksys router in a typical home or the square footage can one router cover?

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I have two wireless b routers in my home. Its not really a question of the square footage but what obstacles are in the way. My son purchased a Wii and the router would not reach it reliably. I thought about the path the signal had to go from point a to point b and it was directly through a furnace, a fuse panel and a bathroom mirror so I thought that was not fair even though it was only a few rooms away on the same floor. I purchased a wireless access point (router number 2) and put that up higher in a room closer that was easy to run a wire to and plug in. This gave me the upper hand by missing the two large metal objects. I am still having more trouble getting this signal to reliably work than I do beaming my signal across about 800 feet of open field to my mother in laws house where she has a good signal with a wireless card. We learned to put the computer right on a table in the window so I can actually see line of site from my loft office to her 1st floor office and it works. I was about to try all those kinds of antenna's that you might have become interested in.
My advice, don't mix brands I made the system all Linksys and this helped more, get the router up high in the house rather than on some table or the floor, think about the obstacles and you will make progress like I did.

I don't have G but B but I think this will help. Oh yeah, for about $10 I purchased the longer antenna's from Radio Shack that are a steal. This also was part of the recipe for success. I have no cobbled up antennas, but honestly my signal is weak two floor down from the loft in the basement. If I was starting over it would be a router in the middle of the house in the basement perhaps up high and in the middle of the second floor up high with a nice shelf and an outlet so I could get to it easy and see if from a distance without a ladder. Real life: find some shelf you already have, run an extension cord, buy a long network wire already terminated and put the router up there to try it out before you install it for good. I've could go on with lessons but this is a start.

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