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Wirless Setup Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Networks' started by dominoe, May 15, 2007.

  1. dominoe

    dominoe Nibble Poster

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    Greetings all
    Im currently setting up a wireless modem for a friend but was unsure on a few points any advice would be greatly welcomed on this .:helpread
    here are the FAQs
    The network will be a in a Semi-detached house, with the computer up stairs and the modem/router downstairs (contected to the master phone socket) theres a rough distance of around 70 foot with walls and ceilings inbetween.

    I was looking at the following setup
    Netgear DG834PN 108Mbps Rangemax Wireless ADSL2 & Netgear WG311T 108Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter .

    would the above do the job and also will that PCI adapter work with the rangemax modem or would I have to get the rangemax PCI adapter as well?
     
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  2. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi,

    Wireless can be "hit and miss". I have found that newer houses tend to allow the signal to travel further due to less walls being made of brick.

    If you have a spare wireless unit, you could set it up to check for signal strength. If not, explain to your friend that the worst case scenrio could be a wireless repeater half way between the access point and computer.

    You will need an access point (total) and one wireless card (stick with the PCI cards opposed to USB) for every machine on the network.

    Boyce
     
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  3. Spilly

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    I've installed several Netgear range max wireless routers and have been using the bundled PCMIA & PCI Rangemax cards my supplier had on offer.

    All worked well except in one location (large old house with flint walls) where I had to add a D-link wireless antenna directional patch indoor 6DBI (ANT24-0600). This unit is a mag mount antenna that really does work significantly boosting signal.

    Sound like a big house, take my advice & use range max at both ends!
     
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  4. kat731
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    kat731 Megabyte Poster

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    Hi,
    if WI-FI is causing you concerns, why not try Homeplugs????
    Have heard good things!!

    Kat
     
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  5. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Im currently running a dlink with that configuration. I have the router downstairs and i use the laptop upstairs with no problems at all. Ive got an old house so its all brickwork throughout, mine is only a 2 bedroomed house tho so that might make a difference.
     
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  6. dominoe

    dominoe Nibble Poster

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    thx for the info guys :) still not shure what to get yet but its given me something to chew on
     
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  7. Darren Wright

    Darren Wright Bit Poster

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    i live in a 3 story house built in the late 1930's & all the walls are brick. My wirless router is a netgear rangemax, i have a PC in the dinning room & my daughters have their laptops 1 on the second floor & 1 on the 3rd floor & they have a good signal on their laptops which have the netgear RangeMax Wireless PC Card (WPN511) & it all works fine.

    You can only try & see what the signal/connection is like.
     
  8. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Well the other way of trying the range is to set up a lappy where the router will be and see if you can pick up its wireless signal, so lond as everything else is turned off first.
     
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