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My dad wants his iphone 3gs to get a more reliable connection in the garage. what sort of repeater do you suggest?

I was thinking one of the smaller ones that simply plug into an outlet, either in the kitchen or in the garage. I have heard that some will repeat the signal sent from the router, but not the packets that the iphone will return back to the router thus they are useless, and I would like to aviod that.

Laptops will connect without dropping usually so there is wifi signal in there, it's just not solid enough for a very reliable connection on a 3gs.

this? http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=wifi+range+extender&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=13237448832854671956&sa=X&ei=dO6tT4CRNebaiQLN3vSrBA&ved=0CNkBEPICMAA

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I have heard that some will repeat the signal sent from the router, but not the packets that the iphone will return back to the router thus they are useless

Whoever you were talking to doesn't sound wholly experienced with IT, to be blunt.

A basic repeater would work, ideally you would want to place it 1/2 to 3/4 of the distance to the garage so the repeater doesn't have quality issues if slight interference were to be introduced (microwave, etc).

A repeater as such would cut your available wifi bandwidth in half, but for iPhone usage this should not be a paramount consideration.
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A repeater as such would cut your available wifi bandwidth in half, but for iPhone usage this should not be a paramount consideration.

Certainly would be fine for the iphone or laptop in the garage as a stronger signal at half the bandwidth would still be an improvement. However would other wifi devices such as my PS3 in the living room, or my Galaxy S II, be affected as well even when I am near the wifi router?

Networking was never much of my thing :/
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