Extend Wireless Signal

  FTL 10:45 AM 06 Jul 11
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Hi,

Am looking at extending the wireless signal in our new bungalow.

The walls must be very thick as in the rooms at the other end of the house we get very little signal (only talking about 20m away from room with the current router.

Current router is a BT homehub with the latest firmware so ic annot use the adjust wifi power hack.

We already have an ethernet cable running through the loft from the main room with the router to 1 of the rooms down the far end which my wife uses as a office.

Room with BT HH - Room A Room other end of house with ethernet cable running to it from HH - Room B

is it a simple case of buying a Wireless Access Point (Netgear WG602 for example) and pop it down in room B hooked up to the etehrent cable and then configuring the WAP with the same SSID, WPA2 password, Channel etc?

Would this enable then for full wireless coverage down that end of the house allowing workgroup/internet access etc as though we were connected off the BT HH wireless?

Thanks

Thanks

  mgmcc 11:04 AM 06 Jul 11

"is it a simple case of buying a Wireless Access Point (Netgear WG602 for example) and pop it down in room B hooked up to the ethernet cable and then configuring the WAP with the same SSID, WPA2 password, Channel etc?"

Yes, but as you will be connecting to a different Wireless Access Point in the same network, use a different SSID and Channel number to avoid possible conflicts.

Also, if your wife still needs a wired ethernet connection, you will need to connect a Network Switch to the existing cable run then connect both the W.A.P. and her PC to the switch.

  FTL 11:22 AM 06 Jul 11

example:

so if HH is set to SSID A and on channel 6

I should set WAP to SSID B and on channel 11

Then when in poor signal areas it will connect to SSID B and work exactly the same as though connected to SSID A?

Thanks

  woodchip 11:54 AM 06 Jul 11

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  mgmcc 13:10 PM 06 Jul 11

Yes, that's correct. You can connect to whichever SSID has the stronger signal. The router's DHCP server will still allocate IP addresses to all of the connected devices.

  FTL 09:17 AM 07 Jul 11

@mgmcc - will the laptop auto switch between networks and pick up the strongest signal?

Ie if im in the room next door to Room B will it connect to SSID B and then if in the kitchen next door to Room A will it then auto switch to SSID A as it will be the strongest signal?

Or will i have to manually connect to each network all of the time?

Cheers

  mgmcc 09:40 AM 07 Jul 11
Answer

The WiFi adapter will connect automatically to your Wireless Networks when they are available, but in the order of precedence in the Wireless Networks folder. Therefore, the Laptop will still connect to a weaker signal if that WAP's SSID has precedence over the one with the stronger signal. You could switch of the stand-alone Wireless Access Point when not in the area it serves, then the Laptop will automatically connect to the router instead.

  FTL 09:48 AM 07 Jul 11

Thankyou very much @mgmcc

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