Will a USB Dongle meet my requirements to extend WiFi range

  alternator 29 Jan 13

I have a W7 PC that has a wired internet connection. The Router is a WiFi router but the computer I am interested in is 3 Floors up so there is no WiFi signal. If I put a WiFi dongle in it will this enable me to get a WiFi signal to for example my smartphone or a printer next to the computer on the 3rd Floor.

  alternator 29 Jan 13

sorry just reread my post. I did not really make it clear the W7 PC is the wired internet computer on the 3rd floor so it is connected to the internet I would just like to connect other devices to the internet on the 3rd floor if I can without having them wired.

  Chronos the 2nd 29 Jan 13

No you need things called home plugs which use your electrical sockets to extend your wire/wireless range. I have no doubt others will better advise as I have no experience of these things.

Home plugs

  alternator 29 Jan 13

Thanks for that, but that is how the PC is connected to the router at the moment(ie through the house ring main). I was just not sure as the dongle obviously transmits as well as receives, if that was sufficient to connect. Obvioulsy from what you say it is not. I think I can plug in another router and then use that but I was trying to do it on the cheap

  SillBill 29 Jan 13

You said that your 3rd floor computer is WIRED if so, you probably need a USB transmitter dongle like this > http://www.hercules.com/us/wifi/bdd/p/33/hercules-wifi-usb-transmitter-hwgusb2-54v2-ap-/

Not sure where they can be sourced and also not sure if this is the same thing > http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008PWT9PW/ref=ascdfB008PWT9PW11664704/?tag=pgelec-01-1051-21&creative=22118&creativeASIN=B008PWT9PW&linkCode=asn

  SillBill 29 Jan 13

Second link is broken, copy and paste.

  alternator 29 Jan 13

Thanks for that Sill Bill, just what I was looking for. Thanks again for your help. All the best

  SillBill 29 Jan 13


Just received an email from HERCULES that the USB transmitter HWGUSB2-54v2-ap has been discontinued!

  DanielD 30 Jan 13
  DanielD 30 Jan 13

Sorry - copy and paste above link...


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