Router to wireless

By jjsprott
Dec 30, 2008
  1. I have 4 computers networked together with a Linksys BEFSR81 Cable/DSL Router. I would like to add a wifi network for more devices. How and what?

    My internet enters from isp cable modem in small business office in garage. Then to Linksys in the house, where all 4 PCs (including office PC in garage) are hooked up. I have another PC in another room that needs hooked up but have no more ports on router. Also I would like to add in wifi in entire house (including garage) for future equipment. I have tried a wireless router with wireless PC cards but could not get a strong enough signal to do any good. So I ran cat5e.
  2. tuant

    tuant TS Booster Posts: 201

    Which type of wireless routers, have you tried using Wireless N routers? This should give you the signal strength you need however if this is not sufficient then perhaps you need a signal booster/extender.

    Make sure your wireless routers and cards are using the same technology (ie: Wireless N Router and Wireless N adapter)
  3. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 242

    Wireless N routers aren't the answer. What you need is a Wireless G router with a strong output. The standard routers only pump out about 26 mW with a 2dB antenna, nowhere near strong enough for decent range.

    What you're looking for is a 100mW Engenius with a 7dB Dlink omnidirectional antenna. Watch the difference then. I guarantee you'll hit 500 ft through trees, walls, etc, without any problem.
  4. jjsprott

    jjsprott TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If I remember right, My wireless router was N but a cheapy. Does it matter if the two are different Mfgs?
  5. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 242

    No, it shouldn't in most cases (unless they use a different revision of the draft, possibly. N is not standardized yet).
  6. jjsprott

    jjsprott TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If I went to wireless G, what make/model is best? I don't recognize Engenius, can I get it from Newegg?
  7. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 242

    Engenius is a relatively unheard of, but very good product. Most of what they do focuses on high powered corporate products. They do have a consumer line, though, such as the ESR-1220.
  8. jjsprott

    jjsprott TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry. Been real busy. Still struggling. What about if I purchased a Cisco Small Business WAP200 Wireless-G Access Point? Would that work for expanding my network wireless?
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    *most* 11n routers are compatible with 11g. If so, just set the G-MODE only.

    802.11n has compatibility issues between venders!

    Take one wire from your linksys to any LAN slot on the wireless (ie leave the wireless WAN port empty).
    Disable the wireless DHCP service and the linksys will keep all the connections on the
    same subnet. Config the SSID, channel, admin password and encryption and you're good to go.
  10. gguerra

    gguerra TS Maniac Posts: 317

    Just get a good 11g router. I know this one is good at long ranges and relatively cheap. We have been using it here at our company for 2 years+, rock solid and great signal strength. We also use Cisco here at our company (we have a total of 3 wireless routers) and the buffalo is just as good (so far). The cisco's are built for harsh industrial environments (require a housing) but you can't go wrong with the Buffalo
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    I am partial to Netgear equipment

    The issue is 11.g, not the vender per se :)
  12. gguerra

    gguerra TS Maniac Posts: 317

    I like linksys myself. His issue seems to be weak signal which is why I suggested the Buffalo router. The router I suggested is a high-power model. More info here I mentioned the Ciscos because he asked about them. They work well but are $600+ each. At least the ones we use are (Cisco Aironet 1200 series)
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