We just moved into a new home that is very spread out. My old linksys router could not get signal to my children's computers. Yesterday I went to best buy in orland park, il and spoke with a salesperson. He suggested the linksys wireless-n broadband router WRT160N which I purchased and intstalled. It is working properly but the signal still does not reach there rooms. I moved it to the center of the house and they get 2 bars but I do not have internet coming in at that point. Can I use a wireless G range expander with the wireless n router? I was on the linksys website and did not see a range extender for wireless n. If I can use a G range extender can I use multiple ones to push the signal further in the house?
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If you have wireless N router. You should install wireless N adapter on your children's computers as well. That way, they are compatible with each other coz I guess your children's PC has wireless G adapters. You wont be able to utilize the N signal of the router if your using wireless adapters..
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There is still a newer wireless broadband router technology. The newer version is the 802.11n router standard. This particular wireless broadband router is speedier and has more features than the 802.11g. The most appropriate wireless broadband router for home use is the 802.11g. The reasons for the choice are solid performance, overall capability and affordability of the 802.11g wireless broadband router.<br />
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D-Link DI-624 AirPlus Xtreme G - is a device which encompasses the elements of other similar gadgets. It is stated that the router is easy to install and reliable in usage. The WEP and WPA security are supported. The wireless router is functional at 100m signal range.<br />
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Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G - there are conflicting claims among the owners of this router regarding the installation, performance and signal range. Customer assistance is available. The owners of the wireless broadband router must be aware of the updates in the routers versions.<br />
Apple M8799LL/A Airport Extreme Base Station - this wireless router is more expensive than its competitors. Macintosh and Windows computers are operational with this router.<br />
SMC SMC2804WBR Barricade - is competitive in terms of features and overall quality. Macintosh, Linux and Windows users are compatible with this router brand. It has two detachable antennas, strong firewall and good signal strength. The product is worth buying since it is low-priced and has a lifetime warranty.<br />
Belkin F5D7230-4 - can be connected with Macintosh and Linux/Unix systems so with personal computers. Its Easy Install Wizard enables the router to be interconnected with the internet wirelessly in a couple of minutes. The warranty accompanying the product is lifetime.<br />
Buffalo G54 AirStation - is not a well known brand of wireless router in the USA. Difficulties are experienced in its setup interface. External antenna improves signal range. Similarities are noted with Linksys. Customer service is quite superior as against other competitors.<br />
There are other wireless routers that are cheaper in prices. These include those discontinued router models which are still functional. These brands could offer the best bargain for home users.<br />
Weak signal problem can be fixed by firmware update however, if the client computer is too far from the router, it can't be helped. What you need is a wireless range expander. What it does is give you another 100% signal or atleast stronger signal to the spot or area where you have a weak or dead signal.
Yes, go to my network places, right click, select properties, then create new connection, the wizard will walk you through, don't forget you have to put in the type of encryption and the Key ,that may be why it's not working. When you set up your new connection, you can select home/office etc, also delete the old connection, as that will cause you problems.
If your router has the external antenna the signal will increase when you point the antenna in the direction where the computer is used the most. It always helps to locate the router in a central area and on the upper floors of a house because the broadcast signal falls like rain. Another trick to try is to change your broadcast channel in the router, the normal default is channel 6. Each channel broadcasts at a slightly different frequency. Hope this helps...Tennis123
Ok, you have several options. Go to a website such as bestbuy.com. Type in linksys and look of wireless access points, wireless usb adapters or a wireless desktop adapter. I would go with the third one.