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I use DSL. I live in my garage. I have 2 routers/modem combos. One is hooked up, one isn't. I have trouble reaching my router's wireless from where it is. The router cannot be moved and I cannot run a wire to the garage. Is there anything I can do, maybe with my other router (I have a phone line in the garage too) to extend the range?
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What router is it, might be able to flash it and turn up the wirless signal power. That or get a good buffalo wireless n.
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What router is it, might be able to flash it and turn up the wirless signal power. That or get a good buffalo wireless n.

The one hooked up is an ActionTec GT784WN (wireless N) and I have a Westell 327W not hooked up. I'd prefer if I didn't have to buy anything new, but I will if I have to.
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Might be able to run ddwrt check here
http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index
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If you can flash it with dd-wrt or TomatoUSB, you can turn that other router into repeater (thereby extending the range).
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Neither of them are compatible :/

Could I buy and flash a compatible router without needing a modem for it? If done so, would this router "repeat" wirelessly or would it need to be hooked up to the other router?
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Neither of them are compatible :/
Could I buy and flash a compatible router without needing a modem for it? If done so, would this router "repeat" wirelessly or would it need to be hooked up to the other router?

If you can find a router that is compatible with dd-wrt or TomaotUSB, flash it with either. Set it to repeater mode, and it'll repeat your wireless network so it covers longer ranges. No need to physically hook up a wire.
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If you can find a router that is compatible with dd-wrt or TomaotUSB, flash it with either. Set it to repeater mode, and it'll repeat your wireless network so it covers longer ranges. No need to physically hook up a wire.

So this repeater basically just needs a wall plug (power) to work?

Any recommendations as to which router to get?
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post #10 of 10
Shoulda made one of these

http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html

If made right, they can transmit or receive up to a 1-2 miles. Now, that's far as hell for such a tiny device.

A pringles can works too.
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