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  • Linkmeister
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    Thanks for the help, guys. These things are expensive! I saw a Linksys one at Ofc Depot for $80; the netbook only cost about $320!

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  • craigwatanabe
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    an access point simply plugs into one of your unused ports on your wireless router. Yes it requires running additional lengths of cable however to extend a signal you need another broadcast point. Much like a repeater that extends the broadcast signal of a radio station you need to hardwire it in order to run that signal wirelessly another great distance.

    In most cases simply moving your wireless router to a higher point and away from your computer or cordless phone will give you better results

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  • Linkmeister
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    Originally posted by helen View Post
    More than likey you need to run an Ethernet cable between the access point and the router.
    Yeah, I'm figuring that out. A short Ethernet cable (Hah. There's no such thing as short Ethernet cable) between the router (thank the FSM it's got four ports) and the Access Point whatsit.

    I take it back. Dynex makes a 3-foot cable, and Best Buy supposedly has it in stock in Aiea.
    Last edited by Linkmeister; January 30, 2010, 08:55 PM.

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  • helen
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    More than likey you need to run an Ethernet cable between the access point and the router.

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  • Linkmeister
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    Originally posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    an access point looks like a wireless router but has no ports. It simply acts like a repeater for your wireless router. I've used them for just the reasons you are having including the inability to unscrew my wireless router's antenna. This is why in the future I'm only buying wireless routers such as a Linksys router that can unscrew it's antennas so I can install a high-gain antenna, set a remote antenna more central to my house or simply put up an outside aerial for maximum range.
    Where does this thing physically go? Between the PC and the router? After the router? Via Ethernet cable (meaning I'd need another one)?

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  • craigwatanabe
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    an access point looks like a wireless router but has no ports. It simply acts like a repeater for your wireless router. I've used them for just the reasons you are having including the inability to unscrew my wireless router's antenna. This is why in the future I'm only buying wireless routers such as a Linksys router that can unscrew it's antennas so I can install a high-gain antenna, set a remote antenna more central to my house or simply put up an outside aerial for maximum range.

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  • Linkmeister
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    Originally posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    Sure...you're 40-50 feet from the wireless router, down a hall and thru a couple of doorways. That's why you're getting two bars and a "Fair" condition. Get an "Access Point" and plug it in one of your four ports and move it down the hall a bit. Or buy a high-gain antenna that can screw onto your wireless router (Linksys has that ability) and increase your signal strength.
    What's an Access Point? I've checked, and this antenna doesn't unscrew. Coat hanger taped onto it, maybe?

    The box claims this thing has a range of about 400 feet, too, so a tenth of that seems like it should be doable, no?

    Added: I've looked at the config for the router and there's a setting for "use as access point." You think that would work? It gives me the following instructions:

    "When using the Router as an Access Point, you must specify an IP address for the Access Point. This IP address must fall into the same range as the network that you will be connecting it to. To access the advanced setup interface of the Router again, type in the IP address in the web browser and login."

    So what IP address should I use? The same as the router (192.blah blah)? It also says that enabling bypasses routing and firewall instructions. That doesn't sound like I should do it, unless I'm misunderstanding what that means.
    Last edited by Linkmeister; January 30, 2010, 03:37 PM.

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  • craigwatanabe
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    Originally posted by Linkmeister View Post
    Slightly separate question: We just got an ASUS netbook, and it's in use about 40-50 feet from the wireless router, down a hall and thru a couple of doorways. Often I can't connect the ASUS to my own signal; I only get two bars and a "Fair" condition. There are four or five other signals in the neighborhood, so I can piggyback, but I'd rather use the Dynex router I bought for the purpose than somebody else's.

    Is there a good explanation for why the signal isn't stronger?
    Sure...you're 40-50 feet from the wireless router, down a hall and thru a couple of doorways. That's why you're getting two bars and a "Fair" condition. Get an "Access Point" and plug it in one of your four ports and move it down the hall a bit. Or buy a high-gain antenna that can screw onto your wireless router (Linksys has that ability) and increase your signal strength.

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  • Linkmeister
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    Slightly separate question: We just got an ASUS netbook, and it's in use about 40-50 feet from the wireless router, down a hall and thru a couple of doorways. Often I can't connect the ASUS to my own signal; I only get two bars and a "Fair" condition. There are four or five other signals in the neighborhood, so I can piggyback, but I'd rather use the Dynex router I bought for the purpose than somebody else's.

    Is there a good explanation for why the signal isn't stronger?

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  • craigwatanabe
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    Originally posted by Palolo lolo View Post
    changed router= 54Mbps
    it happens. I've gone thru three routers in six years

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  • Palolo lolo
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    changed router= 54Mbps

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  • craigwatanabe
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    well either Helen is eluding to the possibility that a wireless user is hoarding bandwidth on your computer, or I think your router is heading south. Put a coffee can over the aerial of your router and see if the throughput goes up. If nothing happens I think your router's going bad.

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  • Palolo lolo
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    Originally posted by helen View Post
    I realize you would have a password to administer the router. But say for example a friend comes over and wants to temporary use your wireless setup for a hour or two, would that friend require a password or a key to use your wireless setup?
    yes, a 10 digit code

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  • helen
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    I realize you would have a password to administer the router. But say for example a friend comes over and wants to temporary use your wireless setup for a hour or two, would that friend require a password or a key to use your wireless setup?

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  • Palolo lolo
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    Originally posted by helen View Post
    Before you do that. Is it possible for you to see the settings of your wireless router? One thing I would look for is to see how many systems your router is currently supporting.

    By any chance is your wireless router doesn't require a password or a key to use it?

    Is the signal strength that your system detect is that strong but still gives you 2 Mbps?
    just have 2 laptops on it and usually not at the same time.
    It is password protected
    signal strength is good to excellent. It's 100Mbps hard- wired. If I turn off and back on,it may go up to 48 but drops like a rock to a steady 2Mpbs. New router ordered but got the weird Amazon message, "this item can not be shipped to Hawaii" ...WTF? Ordered a different router from Amazon: no problem. I think their system is random

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