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Bang for the buck range extender?

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I need a wifi range extender, but what which one is the best bang for the buck? I'd like to only pay about $30, but I can't be sure that a $30 one is even worth having. I just don't know much about range extenders. Can anyone help me out?
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So, if you can avoid a range extender, you should. By nature of how they work, bandwidth is immediately cut in half, and then reduced further due to normal wireless issues such as interference, walls, etc. And while there are range extenders that perform well (as well as the technology allows), they are quite a bit more expensive than $30. Ideally you hardwire whatever you need. If it is for mobile devices consider adding an additional hardwired access point to the area. Or get a beefier wireless router.

Regardless, here is a well reviewed range extender but it is $85: https://goo.gl/tT9ULj
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So if I get 100mbps download, it will be cut to 50mbps?
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Best case scenario,yes.
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Ok next question. Got my range extender all set up and working. How do I share files from one computer to another, if I'm using a range extender? I just have a sharable file on my main rig's desktop. I call it "gaming rig files. Other computers that just connect to the router, can see this folder, and pull files off of it via wifi. I haven't tried it yet, but something tells me this isn't going to work for computers that are using the range extender for network access.

So how do I get access to my shared folder, when I'm using a computer that is connected to the range extender?
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post #6 of 6
the range extender will work as if you are connected to the local network so all you need to do is setup a network share on the PC that you want to share the folder with.

If you dont really care about security then you can also create a share that everyone can access without username and password.

to do this you need to know the IP address or host name of your PC.

take a look at the link below, it should push you in the right direction

http://lifehacker.com/5808814/how-to-share-a-folder-over-your-network-for-beginners
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