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Setting up a wireless network
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Posted December 20, 2010 at 10:37AM
We are intending to set up a wireless broadband network throughout the building where we live. The building is a sheltered housing building built in the 1970's.
Communal wireless broadband has already been installed via orange. The router is located in our flat (court manager) and the broadband works seamlessly throughout the communal areas which are on a floor below the flat, outside in the garden front and rear and obviously in our flat.
We then have two corridors leading off our flat comprising a 1st and 2nd floor on both sides. One of the corridors has a stainless steel lift to go up to the floors.
Now we have had a quote to extend the broadband across to both of these corridors using Netgear wireless access points connected to the router via RJ45.
The quote wasn't too bad but then I have also been reading about using Linksys WPA54G access points which require no wiring between the points.
What is the range of these WPA54G's? How well do they work through multiple walls (breeze block construction) and cupboards full of electrical boxes, and would they need range extenders from the WPA54G's to extend the range further?
Also would they work wirelessly past the lift (I think not), or would it just be better to cable across to the corridor where the lift is?
Any help would be kindly appreciated.
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