Access point or powerline range extender to cover an higher range ???

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by etantonio, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. etantonio

    etantonio Guest

    Hi,
    I have a mimo wireless router , the netgear DG834PN ,
    I've to cover several apartments and this in no more sufficient for
    this,
    so now I'm thinking to expand the network but I don't know how, my
    ideas :

    1) to buy a powerline range extender
    http://www.netgear.com/Products/PowerlineNetworking/PowerlineWirelessAccessPoints/WGXB102.aspx

    2) to buy a repeater, but I've no idea of which one

    3) to buy an access point and configure it like a repeater

    can you help me to find the right solution ??

    Thanks

    Antonio
    www.etantonio.it
     
    etantonio, Jan 20, 2007
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  2. etantonio

    Peter Pan Guest

    Consider these instead (same company, different page/link)...

    At
    http://www.netgear.com/Products/PowerlineNetworking/PowerlineWirelessAccessPoints.aspx
    They give details on their powerline wireless access point....

    Basically, for about $130, for two units, one plugs into the modem or
    router, the other plugs into almost any electric outlet (usually on the same
    transformer, very rare to ever have multiple drops for one home/apartment),
    and transmits the signal over the powrline at 54 Mbps, to the second unit
    which is it's own access point.. Can be used directly off the cable/dsl
    modem, or in my case, I have it plugged into my linksys wireless router
    instead (giving me two networks)..

    Beauty of it is, no cables, no wiring, just plug the stuff in, and when you
    move unplug it and take it with you.. However there is a bad part, it costs
    a bit more than just a wireless router (probably $50-$60 more)... Don't
    know what your economic circumstances are, but it was the best extra few
    bucks I ever spent.. During the nice months of the year, I just plug it in
    to one of the exterior ac sockets and use my PDA and laptops in the back
    yard.

    HOWEVER, I have no idea if the power in your area is the same as the US
    (they have seperate pages for non us countries), so you maye have to get
    there after you select a country...
     
    Peter Pan, Jan 20, 2007
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  3. Can you run some CAT5 around the complex? If so, I would probably run
    a few cables to key points and install a few cheap APs.
    Yes, that would achieve the same thing. Restricted bandwidth tho (even
    the fastest Powerline kit is rated at 85Mb and throughput seems
    realistically to be significantly lower).
    Nor me. Bear in mind that each repeater halves the bandwidth.
     
    Mark McIntyre, Jan 20, 2007
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  4. etantonio

    John Navas Guest

    Good idea, but may not work unless the apartments are on the same power.
    Try before you buy.
    In general, stick with the same brand.
    Same as (2).

    4) Try high-gain directional antennas or reflectors in the apartments.

    5) Consider coax networking if all apartments share the same coax (TV
    cable) system.

    6) Consider pulling CAT5 Ethernet cable to the apartments.
     
    John Navas, Jan 25, 2007
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