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gum digger
28-07-2010, 03:13 PM
Hi
a friendly is currently having problem receving wifi signal on his top floor when his main modem router dsl 604g is on the bottom level. what do you guys suggest to get.

Billy T
28-07-2010, 03:28 PM
There are only four ways to increase the received signal.

Increase sending power (more powerful router signal)

Increase receiver sensitivity

Use a better transmit aerial

Use a better receive aerial

Or a combination of any two, three or all four of the above.

Making sure the upper and lower aerials are both vertical might help, or at least ensuring that they are aligned in the same fashion, as cross-polarisation also reduces signal pickup.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

Agent_24
28-07-2010, 03:31 PM
Before wireless they had these things called cables. They provide 100% perfect connection no matter where you are located.

Honestly, I would really suggest they use ethernet. It will be so much more reliable.

inphinity
28-07-2010, 03:36 PM
Try changing the orientation of the aerials. What material is in between the router and the user device? Metal reinforcing in flooring / walls etc?

The Error Guy
28-07-2010, 05:01 PM
Wireless can be just as reliable and even better than Ethernet, but there are limits to both. use http://www.dd-wrt.com and increase the Tx (transmit power) value by say 10. also by receiving problems do you mean low signal strength?

Chilling_Silence
28-07-2010, 06:12 PM
*Can* be but rarely isn't.

Also, increasing the power by 10mw when you have a 2 or 3db antenna is an improvement of almost nothing.

Whats your budget for this venture?

plod
28-07-2010, 06:21 PM
Once again I will mention the airport extreme base station. It has been totally faultless in the 3 years I have had it. No problems at all in our two story residence. Yes it is at the upper limit money wise.

CYaBro
28-07-2010, 06:47 PM
Rather than having the antenna pointing straight up try tilting it on an angle.
Won't make much difference but may be just enough.
Those D-Links have crap signal too though so getting a decent wireless router is what I would do.

PENTIUM
28-07-2010, 07:05 PM
Anyone who knows anything about radio knows to go from one story to another you put the antenna into the horizontal position.
We have a 3 story house and get excellent wireless connections throughout.
Using a Netgear router but the D-Link previously used was just as effective.

nofam
28-07-2010, 07:44 PM
EoP - something like this (http://www.netgear.co.nz/nz/Product/Powerline/Powerline-Ethernet-A/XAV101).

Chilling_Silence
28-07-2010, 11:23 PM
Once again I will mention the airport extreme base station. It has been totally faultless in the 3 years I have had it. No problems at all in our two story residence. Yes it is at the upper limit money wise.

+1, especially the Extreme, they're awesome! Even for Windows users!!

The Error Guy
29-07-2010, 09:04 AM
EoP - something like this (http://www.netgear.co.nz/nz/Product/Powerline/Powerline-Ethernet-A/XAV101).

These are pretty decent, I have used them before to set up a mates 360 for Live, cant be bothered spending $100 on M$'s WiFi Adapter

SP8's
29-07-2010, 11:43 AM
Remember to wall mount your router and point the aerial down, that way the radio waves go up & down, not out. :rolleyes:

SolMiester
29-07-2010, 11:49 AM
I use these at work....http://www.data-alliance.net/-strse-163/Ubiquiti-PicoStation2-1000mW-AP/Detail.bok

They are awesome!...they even power through the Ethernet switch, so I can move them around for the best location, but as they are so powerful, there is no need...Only about $160!

gum digger
29-07-2010, 11:58 AM
thanks guys. the house is using cat 5 cables so i suggested him to extend it to the top floor so wired & wireless acess point can be used. something like this
http://www.xpcomputers.co.nz/product-asus_wl520gc_wireless_router_%28access_point%29_4_ port_125mbps_with_ezsetup-5351

this way i have 1 wireles point on top floor and one on bottom floor through the original modem, i dont know if this will work?

1101
29-07-2010, 12:49 PM
[QUOTE=PENTIUM;934941
We have a 3 story house and get excellent wireless connections throughout.
[/QUOTE]

wifi as good as cable, phfffft :banana :banana :banana

NO 2 multistory homes will be the same (they can be but u know what I mean)
some sites NEVER have reliable wifi
some wifi works perfectly where it just shouldnt (eg:with router in what is almost a faraday cage; eg: on the 3rd , 4th floor )

Moving aerials elsewhere in the room sometimes helps

SolMiester
29-07-2010, 12:56 PM
thanks guys. the house is using cat 5 cables so i suggested him to extend it to the top floor so wired & wireless acess point can be used. something like this
http://www.xpcomputers.co.nz/product-asus_wl520gc_wireless_router_%28access_point%29_4_ port_125mbps_with_ezsetup-5351

this way i have 1 wireles point on top floor and one on bottom floor through the original modem, i dont know if this will work?

If thats the case, you have to use the 2nd as a bridge to the 1st access point

Chilling_Silence
29-07-2010, 12:58 PM
The GC model is crap, it's only 2MB. If you're going to do something like that you really want a device with 4MB Flash, to install most firmwares like Tomato / Gargoyle etc.

DD-WRT will work with it, but it's not as nice IMO....

1101
29-07-2010, 12:59 PM
just wondering
does anyone know the max legal power for 2.4G in NZ law/regulations ??