Large House WiFi Setup

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by BT, Sep 13, 2005.

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    BT Guest

    I am about to move into a new (larger) home and would greatly
    appreciate some assistance with my home WiFi setup. My current
    (bachelor) apartment needs are fulfilled with a D-link DSL G604T but
    the new (marital) home has six bedrooms spread over three floors and a
    'den' at the end of the garden circa 80ft from the main house; in
    that space I need connectivity for 5 desktop computers and 2 laptops
    (all connected via WiFi) I am hoping that I just need to add a
    gateway on one of the upper floors but readers of this group may have a
    better solution; technology advances and there may well be something
    more powerful than the G640T on the market these days. Regards David
    BT, Sep 13, 2005
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    Alex Fraser Guest

    Wireless coverage depends on factors not necessarily obvious to the naked
    eye; there is no substitute for a survey. That said, I think you'll be lucky
    if your router alone is up to the task. There is a chance if it is located
    somewhere on the middle floor.

    The main problem is that Access Points (APs) seem to only work wirelessly
    with other identical APs, presumably because there is no standardisation and
    so proprietary protocols are used. In particular, that means an AP will not
    be able to communicate wirelessly with your router.

    Basically, wires between the router and additional AP(s) you may need would
    make life much simpler. Is that an option?

    Alex Fraser, Sep 13, 2005
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    poster Guest

    all connected *to what* ? I'd think that they could be cabled together
    cheaply and easily, and would pass data faster if they are used for file
    transfers one to another... if you're linking them all to the internet on
    a router inside the house, they might all work, but you're perhaps asking
    a bit much for them all to be working at once, and all to have good sigs.

    Is a (phone or ethernet) cable to the end of the garden, impossible ? I
    would expect it to be a more reliable option for voice calls too, than a
    VoIP connection via this (possibly unreliable) wireless link. BICBW and
    it may all work properly... having used cabled LANs for 20+ years might
    be some distrust of this overcoming rational thought :) Peter M.
    poster, Sep 13, 2005
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    BT Guest


    Wires are possible but they would have to be surface mounted and I have
    the feeling that my partner would object strongly! If I read you
    correctly; I should be OK if I purchase a D-Link AP - is that so ? I
    see that D-Link have a device called a '108 Mbps SuperG MIMO Wireless
    Router' but cannot see if it is compatible with my G640T
    BT, Sep 13, 2005
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    BT Guest


    My wife is going to throw a wobbly if I run cable through the house -
    it is a very old house, solid walls, so everything would have to be
    surface mounted. I was hoping to connect all the computers plus a
    couple of network printers via WiFi
    BT, Sep 13, 2005
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    poster Guest

    sorry, I must be mistaken - I assumed the shed was the space into which
    there would be these umpteen computers... My mistake.
    poster, Sep 13, 2005
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    Alex Fraser Guest

    I doubt it; no AP that I know of claims to be able to communicate wirelessly
    with any (wireless) router - only an identical AP. But you could disable the
    AP functionality on your router, wire it to a nearby AP, and have another
    (identical) AP located elsewhere operating as a repeater.

    Alex Fraser, Sep 13, 2005
  8. powerline networking is another option, thread hereabouts.

    Phil Thompson, Sep 13, 2005
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    ts86 Guest

    I haven't read all the other replies, but consider 85mbps Powerline
    networking adpaters around the house/den.

    You could use those for a transit link, say between main house and
    out-house, or for placing Wifi access points at different locations in
    the whole setup for better coverage. I guess WDS might even properly
    work as all access points would be connected to the same wired bit.
    ts86, Sep 14, 2005
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