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By David__ ·
I am trying to setup wireless in a very large house. I am useing Netgear 4 port router connected to cable modem. The access point is wired to the router. There are two PC's on the second floor that are only about 60'and 70' away from the access point. The 60' PC has three more walls than the 50' does. The 50' PC gets a very good signal and the 60' only intermitantly gets any signal. What can I do to "boost" the signal. I am very desperate, please help.
Thanks,
David

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by TheChas In reply to Wireless in a large house

RF is tricky.

It's not just the distance, but what is in between the 2 points that has a major effect on signal strength.

The first thing to try, is to move the access point and router to different locations around the house.

What you are attempting to do, is to find a point where plumbing, heating ducts, foil backed insulation, and major electrical lines are not in the direct signal path.

On a similar tact, a metal bathtub near any client can cause some strange reflections.

Next, would be to position the access point to as near a central location as possible.

Finally, you may just need a more powerful wireless system.
If 60' is near the specified limit for the system, you just don't have enough RF energy to get through everything in the path.

Chas

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by David__ In reply to Wireless in a large house

Thanks for the good suggestions, but under the circumstances, not all are possible and or have been tried already.
thanks anyway,
David

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by jgunson2 In reply to Wireless in a large house

I recently setup a wireless LAN in a large 2 story house (3200 sq ft). I put the wireless access point in the office on the first floor. It is a Cisco Aironet 350-series. It outputs 100mW. I'm using a Cisco Aironet 350-series PC card. I can get 11Mbps thruout the house, on all floors. I can get 11Mbps all around my yard - 1/2 acre. I can get 11Mbps almost to the neighbor's house across a cul-de-sac. Output power definately matters. I think you can tweak the power on Netgear and Linksys systems. Look on google.com for Linksys Output Power.

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