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I just bought this wireless N router and adapter...

Router

Adapter

...in hopes of boosting my signal strength and throughput (please excuse my ignorance and wireless vocabulary). Which it has done. I get 23Mb/s download on my fios connection rather than the 15Mb/s I was getting on my wireless g setup.

Unfortunately I'm having issues with connectivity and lost signal. I don't know if it's the router or adapter that's causing it.

But to my point, I saw within the routers menu I have the option to set it up as a wireless repeater. I've been wanting to hook my PC up through cat5 for a long time now but that hasn't been an option for me.

So is it possible to use the wireless N router as a repeater and keep it next to my PC upstairs and then "hard wire" my PC into the N router with cat5 to increase reliability?

*note the main cable/dsl modem/router is only wireless G
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It should work provided both routers/wireless APs are Netgear.

I've found out over the years that wireless repeating is a pain in the a** to get working properly. Now I know there will be some smarty pants coming along here saying "Oh, I've never had any problems blah blah", but to be honest, wireless repeating is horrible.

From what I remember you have to ideally get the same model of router/AP or at least two compatible ones from the same manufacturer.
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It should work provided both routers/wireless APs are Netgear.

I've found out over the years that wireless repeating is a pain in the a** to get working properly. Now I know there will be some smarty pants coming along here saying "Oh, I've never had any problems blah blah", but to be honest, wireless repeating is horrible.

From what I remember you have to ideally get the same model of router/AP or at least two compatible ones from the same manufacturer.
Yeah I don't have that. The routers are not only different models, but different manufacturers.
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post #4 of 8
If you flash the dd-wrt firmware to both routers it could simplify things. Repeaters are a huge pain...I fully agree. I was never able to get mine to work quite right, and I bricked a router in the process.
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Bummer, I was hoping to find a solution for my crappy connection. Might be my adapter I don't know. The signal tends to drop out quite a bit. And takes a while to find the network when the PC wakes from sleep.

A lot of the time I have the little yield sign on my wireless icon in the task bar. Not sure what that means but it can't be good.
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What's the distance between your router and your PC?

What type of walls are in the way?

Do you have anything that could interfere with the signal, such as microwaves and cordless telephones etc?
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Try changing the channel on your wireless router that can help. I usually try 11 first then if that does not help try around 2 or 3. This can help with signal problems but might not.
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What's the distance between your router and your PC?

What type of walls are in the way?

Do you have anything that could interfere with the signal, such as microwaves and cordless telephones etc?
There are about 2 - 3 walls between, but I never had connection issues with my old G setup.
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