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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Looking at the specs for that Linksys router, it is a "G" size router. Most "G" routers only have an average indoor range of 150 ft. and that also depends on what type of construction materials are in the home that could hinder that range and the signal. Another router attached would only degrade the signal even more, that is not recommended. A stronger ranged router would probably be a better solution, possibly an "N" or "N+". Hope that helps.
You need to buy a Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander to boost the signal
Move your wireless router to a central location in your network, keeping in mind that the router should be at waist level at the very least, not on the ground.
Plug in the Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander in the room where your wireless router is. You'll move the range expander later, but for setup purposes, it should be in the same location as your wireless router.
Press the Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander's "Auto Configuration" button for five seconds, which will allow the range expander to detect your wireless network and configure itself with the appropriate settings.
Unplug the Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander and relocate it to a location closer to the Xbox 360.
Ensure that the antenna for the Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander is pointing upward, and keep in mind that the higher the range expander is placed, the better performance you will get out of it.
Plug the Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander back in, and your wireless network should have a much greater range, ensuring that your Xbox 360 is able to maintain a good connection to the network.
Make sure you are plugging the SMC into the WAN port on the Linksys router and not the LAN ports. Your internet connection (which is your SMC) should always plug into your WAN port on the Linksys. Any computers that you may need to plug in, like Desktops that are "wired" and not "wireless", should plug into the LAN ports on the Linksys. If you are not using the WAN port on the Linksys for your SMC modem, then that would explain why you cannot get to the internet on wireless or wired computers.
Here's why you are getting the "low connectivity" message:
Computers don't understand why the Internet is connecting or not connecting...so the "low connectivity" message you keep receiving has nothing to do with your wireless signal strength. To a computer NIC, "low connectivity" means your network adapter could not find a DHCP server and receive a valid IP address. When this happens, your network adapter assigns an IP address to your computer in the following range...169.254.0.0, and will display the "low connectivity" message until it is able to receive a valid private IP address from the DHCP server. You can verify this by going to START | RUN and typing "cmd" (without the quotes), then hit ENTER. A black box will pop up....then type "ipconfig" (without the quotes) and hit ENTER. This will show you your IP address, subnet mask, and gateway address, and you can verify that your IP address is in the 169.254.0.0 range. A valid private IP address is typically in the 192.168.0.0 range, but could also be in the 10.0.0.0 range, or the 172.16.31.0 range.
Also, make sure you have DHCP server enabled on the Linksys router for the LAN. This will ensure your "wired" and "wireless" computers receive a valid IP address.
The WAN port on your Linksys router should be configured to "Obtain an IP address automatically using DHCP".
Based upon what I've read regarding and experience with the F5D7230-4 is it will only work with another F5D7230-4 or F5D7231-4, F5D7130, F5D7132 and this are all Belkin products as well I thiink it has something to do with the WDS compliance for this specific model that's why they have clearly specified on the User Guide which devices are guaranteed to work with an F5D7230-4 that is set to AP Mode(Bridge/Repeater).
If you really want to exend the wireless coverage of your Linksys router I suggest you try the Wireless G Range expander(WRE54G v2.0/3.0 version 1.0 I do not recommend since it's somewhat challenging to configure since it has no ethernet port all the setup will be done wirelessly)
click this link for the User Guide of your Belkin router.