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post #21 of 29
The only other way I can think of would be to connect AP's to each other as repeaters but all you'll be doing is spreading signal, you won't increase any bandwidth because it all still goes through the routers wireless. I had endless trouble with a hotel we do support for, it's from the Victorian era and it's built with massive blocks of stone, not plain brick. We couldn't get any penetration through it until we put in 2 very powerful nano stations, and supplemented it with standard D-Link AP's. Not completely relevant to your situation but my suggestion would always be an ethernet cable from the router to additional AP's.
post #22 of 29
First thing you need to do is check the firmware version and get the updated one if it doesn't already have it. Some people are claiming the new firmware makes the range and speed a lot better.

The only option I can think of other than running a CAT5 cable to the lower floor are those devices that use your electrical outlets. I don't know how well those work but maybe it is an option.

I really think either that firmware update or a better router will help.
   
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post #23 of 29
Dark is right, you can try and use Powerline Adapters. I've used those too, Edimax ones I believe. They're actually very cool little devices, you might want to have a look at them, they basically send the ethernet traffice through your electrical outlets and then operate as WiFi AP's. The Edimax ones we used where nice and all but their firmware wasn't very fun to use, still worth a look at.
post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 
okay tyvm.

i logged into the router
and the firmware version is 3.10.12

ill try to look into this firmware update first.


EDIT: when i update the firmware, does it matter from which machine i do it from?
we dont really have the main PC yet, cuz we threw that out and im in the process of building my mom a new pc. (just waiting on the mobo). and if it matters, i would prefer NOT to do it on my laptop, since i will be taking it back with me to school when summer is over

EDIT 2: I logged into the router, (using the IP address of belkin) and went to "firmware update" but theres no new firmware update
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post #25 of 29
There is a newer version of the firmware you could try out. It is 3.10.15.

Belkin N1 Wireless Router F5D8231-4 v3 3.10.15 firmware

I think you might need to plug your laptop into the router with an ethernet cable for updating the firmware.
   
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post #26 of 29
Generally to flash a router with new firmware, download the firmware from the vendor, connect your computer(doesn't matter which one), then find the option in the menu for upgrade firmware and it should have an option to browse for a firmware file, point the router at it and then do the flash.

Just keep in mind that it's not without risks, so be careful and follow any vendor instructions properly.
post #27 of 29
WiFi is significantly slower than Ethernet. If you can, connect as many devices as you cab via Ethernet. Speed would be much faster. Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do about the lag caused by multiple users doing intense web browsing. You CAN try to upgrade the service or upgrade the router to a 802.11n or 802.11ac wireless router but the increase in bandwidth will be most apparent on local transactions such as streaming from one device to another in your network.

Try and set up a policy for internet use in the house. Tell other users to stay away from 720p/1080p during certain times of the day so you can get your game on without lag or interruptions. Flashing a router rarely provides significant performance boosts but is good practice to stay up to date to prevent security holes and perhaps introduce some much needed convenience in its use (improved features, bug fixes, etc.)

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post #28 of 29
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hmmm bringing this back up.

decided to buy a new router.

what router will be good?
keeping in mind i probably would also need QOS so i can limit the internet usage (bandwidth???) on the people that watches movies online.
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post #29 of 29
I've had good luck with D-Link routers. I've also used and not had problems with Netgear, Asus, TP-Link and Tenda. Asus seems to be the popular router of choice on OCN, so I suppose if they're easily available where you are they are probably worth a look.
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