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i just rented an apartment that is in the basement of a home. Its private, isulated, quite, and has terrible terrible wireless internet reception...

The downside here is that there is not a wired connection to their router so im stuck with wireless and where i came from i was wired in with everything.... two xbox's, and computer, plus ipad, macbook and cellphone wireless...

how can i extend the network to the basement and hook up all of my devices reliably. First i need to hunt for the best reception down here but i want the best equipment for speed and reliability. I have this now

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/NETGEAR+-+Universal+Wi-Fi+Range+Extender/1243081.p?id=1218240386270&skuId=1243081&st=netgear%20range%20extender&cp=1&lp=1

Its connected and I use the ports for computer and xbox and it works intermittently and speeds are bad. i have yet to find the sweetspot but i havent gotten anything great yet.

Is there a better solution? Could Someone recomended to me a router as an access point? is this possible, will one be better than another?
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I'd recommend to get a second router that can support DD WRT and set it up as a wi fi repeater. IMO if wireless g is all you need the WRT54g is the one you need, or for Wireless N get something from cisco-Linksys E Series routers.

That wi-fi extender probably is not the best thing ever, but getting a second router and setting it up as a wireless repeater will work way better biggrin.gif
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I'd recommend to get a second router that can support DD WRT and set it up as a wi fi repeater. IMO if wireless g is all you need the WRT54g is the one you need, or for Wireless N get something from cisco-Linksys E Series routers.

That wi-fi extender probably is not the best thing ever, but getting a second router and setting it up as a wireless repeater will work way better biggrin.gif

this is what i was going to recommend. It does work. you can even use it as a wireless bridge. meaning you can connected wired connections to it. however the performance sucks dont expect to game on it. got to ddwrt website and look at the supported models. the wrt54g is the most popular model. make sure you check the VER of the router as well as some work better then others with the firm ware. you next best bet is to get a super antenna. you can build a cantenna. or a biquad antenna. or just order a good one off ebay.
    
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I can game on the one I have now when I'm lucky enough to get a connection. I feel if I can get a steadier connection I'll be great to game. I just can't get steady connections in most places.

I. Going to go get the router now. How do I configure it as a wifi repeaters?
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i got them to run a line to the basement and i plugged in a wireless n Netgear router i had and it shows up as a wireless network... called NETGEAR with no protection. how can i edit this? when i do it the typical way it edits my upstairs landlords routers configuration.
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you have to connect to the router stand alone physically not wireless, change the ip address on the router to something like 192.168.100.1 then connect it to to line going upstairs. I am assuming the upstairs router has DHCP enabled which will give the outside or WAN interface of your router an address out of that DHCP pool. Once you have this done and all your systems connecting to your router all your systems will be on the 100 subnet, not the upstairs routers subnet.

EDIt also you don't need to create multiple threads to get the same answer.
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thank you... this was actually a previous thread in regards to something different and i wasnt sure if my response would get answered here as my last question did not
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as far as a wifi repeater, set the SSD the same as the first wireless router, disable DHCP on the second router and presto 1 wireless network through out...
note make sure the channels are separate, router 1 wireless channel 1, router 2 wireless channel 6. Channels 1, 6, and 11 will not interfere with each other.
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