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Wifi boosting

By dioneian
Jul 25, 2014
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  1. I have a bt hub my wifi works great in the bungalow but not in the garden I have looked at several wifi boosters but don't know which one to go for HELP PLEASE
     
  2. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 777   +57

    What wi-fi router are you using? On some, you can change the transmission power setting.

    Another option, if you don't mind tinkering, is get a wi-fi router that's compatible w/ custom firmware like dd-wrt. Flash the router w/ the custom firmware and configure it as a repeater bridge. I did this at my parents' house years ago. Bought a refurbished Linksys WRT54G2, after flashing and reconfiguring the router, I was able to extend the range.

    Tomato is another customer firmware. Haven't used it so can't comment on the pros and cons.
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,098   +592

    As I understand, going to max(power) has always lead to premature failure of the router.
    (more power {watts or rf} generate more heat -> sooner failure).

    An RF repeater is a nice solution like the netgear DLW-G810 (albeit is out of production, but you can find others)
     
  4. dioneian

    dioneian TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a bt home hub don't think I can alter power setting ,not clever enough to tinker ,I just want something that dosnt need to much setting up as I am not brilliant with computers.
     
  5. dioneian

    dioneian TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks will I will try and find something similar.
     
  6. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 777   +57

    Good to know. Thanks.
     

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