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Old 04-17-2012, 12:24 PM   #1
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Wireless router and extender

Need advice! I will be having knee surgery in a week's time and won't be able to use my downstairs game setup. I need to replace my non-functioning router for internet access. Any good suggestions on a wireless router ~$70 and perhaps an extender? I understand that the extender can use your home wiring to carry the data to a distant router. What do I look for in an extender? Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Your confusing Extender with Power Line Networking. A wireless extender reads wireless data from your router and then rebroadcasts it wireless again.

Power line network plugs into your wall and transmits data from a transmitter to a receiver also plugged into the wall. No wireless involved.

Which one are you looking for?
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:49 PM   #3
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Oops, you're right, I was/am confused... My old router was having difficulties with wireless reception at a distant bedroom (75 feet from router location). My hope is that a new router can fix it and if not, then I'd need an extender. Which would you suggest, Power line networking or wireless extender? FYI, a low cost option is preferred since my son would only use this location during 3 or 4 visits per year and I would use during recovery from surgery. Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:39 AM   #4
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After some searching, I think I've come to a resolution. I'll purchase a long range wireless router (leaning toward Linksys EA3500). If needed, I'll add a powerline network extender setup and be hard wired to the network at the distant location. Alternatively, I could purchase an access point device or cheap router for a wireless connection at this location. Hardwire to the network extender is the cheaper route.

Three very helpful articles and a youtube video are:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/16424...etworking.html
http://superuser.com/questions/23763...range-extender
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Powerlin...view-1333.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sue1Zvmh8JA

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Old 04-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #5
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I recommend getting the Linksys EA3500 however instead of a network extender get a high-gain wireless adapter. I have computers much farther than 75 feet and I can get a 4-bar signal.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:32 PM   #6
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I'm not familiar with them. Which high gain wireless adapter do you suggest? thanks!
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:57 AM   #7
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Well you want something wireless N compatible and have multiple antennas. Here's a start: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rnal%20Antenna

Do you want an internal adapter or a usb one?
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:09 AM   #8
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i will newer buy wireless router for real multilayer games.not even recommend that samone .cause u gonna loose some speed any way.for movement or in FPS games ,u can kill with 1 bullet instead off full LMG magazine.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:05 AM   #9
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Laptops would be used in the poor reception area so a USB adapter is preferred. The Amped wireless UA600 at the newegg link looks intriguing to me...

Add on: Apase, these are work computers not gaming computers. I agree though, I prefer and do use direct hard wire to the router for multi-player on-line gaming.

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Old 04-19-2012, 09:17 AM   #10
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cause we not ON facebook or twitter at all .Gaming FIRST.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:06 PM   #11
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It's a big misconception that you can't game on wireless. Wired is ideal since interference is low but otherwise wireless is fine for gaming especially with 802.11N. Radio waves travel in an ideal environment the speed of light (a vacuum). So give or take a millisecond or two to reach your router, can you really benefit from it?

So not only am I using a wireless keyboard/mouse, I am also on wifi. All of this doing multi-player games. It's very convenient and leaves less of a mess.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:08 AM   #12
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Just wanted to provide a quick update. I purchased the Linksys EA3500 router. Installation was a breeze! We have five bar reception at the primary user locations (upstairs, and up to 75 feet away from router) in our home. The speedtests at distant locations upstairs were 90 to 95% of speeedtest in the computer room. I'm very pleased with my router choice!
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:30 PM   #13
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Just wanted to provide a quick update. I purchased the Linksys EA3500 router. Installation was a breeze! We have five bar reception at the primary user locations (upstairs, and up to 75 feet away from router) in our home. The speedtests at distant locations upstairs were 90 to 95% of speeedtest in the computer room. I'm very pleased with my router choice!
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:41 PM   #14
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High Gain antenna is an easier route, if the router supports it.
That is what I do and I have the router on a 2nd floor and I can sit on my neighbors front porch across the street (approx 250 - 300 ft away) and be on my internet. No problems.
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