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    Boosting Router Signal/Range

    This is a discussion on Boosting Router Signal/Range within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I have had a good read of this forum and others so i am not entirely clueless but researching routers/networks ...

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      Question Boosting Router Signal/Range

      I have had a good read of this forum and others so i am not entirely clueless but researching routers/networks makes my head spin. I would class myself as above average in terms of 'home computing' too.

      Its the same old story; my parents house is pretty big and the Segem cannot reach the kitchen and living room (where they would, ideally, like to use it). They don't want to move the router as it is used in 'the office/study'. It seems like there are a few options availalbe; homeplugs, purchase a repeater, use an old router as a repeater, change the sky router...

      I am leaning toward getting them this repeater from Ebuyer Edimax EW-7416APn Wireless-N Range Extender / Access.. |

      They do have an old Belkin F5D7632-4 which was great but they do not want to break sky T&C by replacing the Segem. I could probably set this up as a repeater BUT i don't live there so it might be easier for them if I just go round with the Edimax, quick (hopefully) install. Done.

      Can anyone give me any advice/suggestions? would this work?

      Thank you!

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      Re: Boosting Router Signal/Range

      Probably but no guarnatees with wireless I'm afraid.

      Ideally you need to place it in a location closer to where you want to use the laptops but where you are still getting a good signal.

      You will only acheive the worst bandwidth in the chain.

      Example Position A
      Laptop to Repeater = 40Mbps
      Repeater to Laptop = 5Mbps
      Resultant connection = 5Mbps

      Example Position B
      Laptop to Repeater = 25Mbps
      Repeater to Laptop = 20Mbps
      Resultant connection = 20Mbps

      Remember whilst the laptop may be able to connector to the repeater at N (if the laptop has an appropriate wireless card), the repeater can only talk to the router at G.

      If you used the existing router you could either use this as a repeater (as above) or you could plug it into the existing router, turning off the wireless on the Sky router. That way you could have a full N connection which may give you better bandwidth at the kitchen\living room. This does no violate the T&Cs.



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      Re: Boosting Router Signal/Range

      Get a pair of homeplugs if you want ease of use and setup, you can even get one with a wireless point built in to extend the range for laptops etc.



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