Over the past several months, I've tried three wireless routers (a Belkin, Netgear and most recently, D'Link). The Belkin didn't last long, as it was a "G" and I quickly realized the difference between "G" and "N". I then purchased a D'Link DIR 615 and it worked a little better, but still not quite what I had expected. Next came the Netgear, which I paid about $139 for, but don't remember the model number. This one didn't work any better than the DIR 615 and I immediately went back to it and got my money back from BestBuy for the Netgear unit. My issue is receiving a strong signal over distance, although straight line would only be about 50 - 60 feet. My problem is the layout of my house and the fact that the signal needs to go through five walls via that straight line. My most recent research has led me to the D'Link DIR 825, which is dual band and supposed to provide exceptional coverage. Does anyone here have any suggestions for brand / model? I've even researched the D'Link model that plugs into your wall outlet and supposidly uses your home electrical wiring to carry the signal, but those are a little pricey when you need two.
i recommend setting up another wireless access point. it will in a sense create a hub in which you can spread your network. just make sure your signal in encrypted with WPA2.This message has been edited. Last edited by: 1110,
I'm happy to report my issue has been resolved. I had gone to Best Buy Friday night and was ready to invest / try out a D'Link range extender (repeater) I had been researching online. Once there, found out BB does not sell D'Link products and after explaining my situation to the salesman and considering buying a new (more expensive) router, I asked about a repeater. He showed me one made by NetGear and after looking it over and confirming the return policy, I bought it. Saturday morning, I opened the box, read the instructions for install and about 15 minutes later, had it up and running. Works great and I now get signal throughout the rest of my house (2700 sq feet). This was easier to set up than the original wifi router.
Originally posted by EMC_: I've heard recently that older house with paster and lath walls and ceilings make it difficult for wifi.
This is true! Plaster Walls play hell on Wifi and cordless phones. Normaly I think there is chicken wire/wire mesh support in the plaster that cause the issues. Brick may also be an issue with rebar but I'm not sure.
Repeaters help. I've read that with cordless phones if you have brick, rebar, wire, or stuco issues that the older lower freq cordless phones penatrate easier. Not sure if older wifi freq's have a similar affect.
I'm in a stucco/platser house right now and the wife wants the router and computer desk moved to the back bed room so will have to go the repeater route myself.