Help Extending Netgear Range

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Steve L, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. Steve L

    Steve L Guest

    Greetings, I have a small wireless issue and I'm hoping tome of the
    collective experience here can help me out.

    I curretnly have Cable and a cable modem connected to a Netgear WGR614
    Wireless Router, in the basement/family room on the south side of my home.

    The college age kids (home for the summer) are only getting "yellow" to
    "red" reception one floor up and on the north side of the house. I thought I
    could
    buy a repeater, but after reading many of the compatibility stories over on
    Amazon.com of the Netgear Wireless Access point, it may not be the answer.
    Seems this
    is an area where model to model compatibility is an issue.

    I have a number of empty wireless ports on the back of the existing router,
    I am wondering if I couldn't plug in a CAT5 cable that was 25 feet
    long and run it over to the north side of the house and just plug in
    another WGR614 Access point? Seems like that might work?

    Any thoughts or experience on that?

    All responses and suggestions very appreciated.

    Thanks!!

    Steve L.
    Ashby Ma.
     
    Steve L, Jul 15, 2004
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  2. Steve L

    Tiny Tim Guest

    Just a thought....... The signal from the AP antenna radiates in a circle
    around it. If the antenna is pointing vertically then there will not be much
    signal above or below it. If, however, you align the antenna horizontally
    pointing East-West then the signal will form a semicircular arc from North
    to South and rising vertically up through the higher floors. That might just
    be enough to get you a better signal without any further expense or faffing
    about.

    Good luck,
    Tim.
     
    Tiny Tim, Jul 15, 2004
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    dold Guest

    Try some reflectors. Yours sounds like my situation, the WAP is all the
    way at one end of the house, so you don't care about, and don't want,
    signal going farther south. You want to redirect it to the north.
    Also remember that the radiation pattern is like a doughnut, so you might
    want to tip the antennas off vertical, aiming them broadside (not pointing)
    at the desired area. Ant the WAP should be up as high as possible.

    < http://www.rahul.net/dold/clarence/SMC/EZ10-strength.htm >
     
    dold, Jul 15, 2004
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  4. Steve L

    Steve L Guest

    Great little reflectors there, I think I'l lgive that a try!

    Thanks!!
     
    Steve L, Jul 15, 2004
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  5. On Thu, 15 Jul 2004 21:08:09 +0000 (UTC),
    Clarence why do you favor that particular reflector...as opposed to
    the parbolic?

    TIA
     
    brian-s-jones-at-comcast.net, Jul 16, 2004
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    dold Guest

    dold, Jul 16, 2004
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