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What's a good way to increase Wifi range in the house?

Hey Techies,

What's a good way to increase Wifi range in the house?

I have to have my Claro Technicolor TG582n in the back bedroom/office for short Ethernet runs to two trading computers.
I've searched Access Points, Boosters, antennas, blah blah.
But I can't tell what would be a common or the best solution. I'm only looking to get a better signal down the hall to the living room. A NETGEAR AC750 -802.11AC that would plug into the wall outlet looked interesting, but I HATE Netgear!

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For my parents house I bought a netgear wifi extender (repeater) in Best Buy which extends the signal from the claro router but it creates a new connection, so those areas connect to connection 2. For static connections it is fine, but for something mobile like phones or tablets it's not the best solution. Extenders reduce the speed so for file transfers it is slow, but for internet it is fine. In my house what kills the signal are the metal mirror closet doors. Through the concrete walls it passes fine. I also have a claro router but use it in bridge mode with a more powerful router to connect wifi to.

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There is nothing wrong with the Netgear extender, that is what I use. The position of your router is also very important, it is supposed to be in the middle of the room instead of next to a wall or in a corner.

You could use a combination of extender and cable. Instead of just boosting the weak signal with the extender, you could use a short cable to provide it with unweakened signal (let's say to pass a heavy/metal door or wall) and the extender would give out the strong signal from that location. Like putting the extender in your hall...

Although nothing beats wire and that is also the cheapest solution although unsightly...

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Not for trading...

My experience with WIFI for trading is not good, i wired all my computers.
That reduced a lot of the disconnects.

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Hey Techies,

What's a good way to increase Wifi range in the house?

I have to have my Claro Technicolor TG582n in the back bedroom/office for short Ethernet runs to two trading computers.
I've searched Access Points, Boosters, antennas, blah blah.
But I can't tell what would be a common or the best solution. I'm only looking to get a better signal down the hall to the living room. A NETGEAR AC750 -802.11AC that would plug into the wall outlet looked interesting, but I HATE Netgear!

thanks,
bill

you can google 'internet over house wiring' for diff manufacture.

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Definitely try to go wired.

But if it isn't an option, just bridge some routers together. In this rent house I am in, with concrete walls, I have two routers -- one upstairs and one down. The upstairs router is just bridged with the downstairs one, because downstairs is where the ethernet connection is for the uplink to the fiber optic line.

It works fine. Try to get two exact same routers and check to ensure they support bridging.

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I agree, wifi is a last resort for trading, I've used someting similar to this (below) and it seems reliable, next best thing to wired, when wired isn't an option.

LINKSYS PLEK400-NP Powerline AV 1-Port Network Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124481&cm_re=ethernet_over_ac_outlet-_-33-124-481-_-Product

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. The position of your router is also very important, it is supposed to be in the middle of the room instead of next to a wall or in a corner.

Do as I say, of course mine is right next to a wall, although there is nothing in that direction that would use wifi. But this gave me an idea to try:

What if I put a large metal plate or aluminum foil on the wall next to the router? Wouldn't that increase the strength of the signal going in the right direction? I might try this over the weekend....

Edit: After googling the idea, it does work, so maybe the OP can use this trick too:

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/at-home/boost-weak-wi-fi-signal-aluminum-foil/

http://www.labnol.org/software/increase-wifi-signal-strength-with-aluminum/8064/

Also 5 ways to boost a router signal:

http://www.wikihow.com/Boost-a-Router-Signal

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Feeling humorous today.

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Wow, I can't believe it worked that well!!! I went outside to the porch so the signal would be weaker and tested the speed. It dropped to 2 Mbps from 16 (in the same room as the router is upstairs). So I went to the kitchen, got a Reynolds heavy duty aluminum foil and made the exact same shape as the video in my 2nd link showed.

I went out on the porch, tested the speed again, and voila! it went up to 8 Mbps!!! I was expecting maybe a 50% increase, instead I got 400%!!!!

Now I am experiencing with the other rooms, and it seems that the direction of the foil effects greatly where the strength boost occurs, which is logical. In certain places there is a decrease, although I thought those places were also in the general direction of the foil antenna...

But for anyone who wants to joke about this, just give it a try!!! Now I am a believer!!!

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