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Hi there all..

At the moment i have a NETGEAR 54Mbps ADSL router DG834G v3 and a spare D-LINK DSL-2640R WIRELESS G ADSL2+ROUTER which seem to lose connection a lot so that's why im running the NETGEAR at the moment also both supplied via AOL

there is 5 connections to it via WiFi 3 been laptops/wireless desktop and used all the time 4th Samsung blueray player 5th Wii and also 1 connection to my PC via ethernet lead.
To add the third WiFi connection been my two youngest girl's Christmas present build iv done has a
http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/A...ter_25842.html ..

Now i know nothing about all these wireless routers so be most happy for any help...

speedtest tells me 6.69mb download and 1.02mb up and use AOL's broadband only but still all wireless devices are low to medium and we are only in a 3 bedroom home.

what gear can i buy for my home without having to upgrade anything other then the router..

Thanks for looking in and any help provided
Edited by Jay.C - 1/18/11 at 6:57am
    
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isnt aol only 56k?, I think you might have to get faster internet
this is my internet connection

Edited by Juggalo23451 - 1/18/11 at 4:44am
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It is possible he could be using AOL for broad band. If you are running AOL on top of broad band see the following.

http://www.overclock.net/networking-...eshooting.html

Look at section "5. Trouble Shooting" for a list of applications to test your signal. If signal coverage is bad, see section "6. Extending coverage" to extend coverage.

BSSID to ESSID is the best if you can run a patch cable.
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Im not using AOL software just use there broadband...
Getting OK speeds for the UK via ethernet
How about something like this...
http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/T...nna_35671.html.
now that would get the wireless signal to receive a better one.. is this correct?
    
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What signal strength do you currently have on each device? If all device have near full signal strength, the added antenna won't help.

If the signal strength is low, an added antenna can possibly help. The antenna you posted above is a directional antenna, so you would want to keep all the computers is the same general area. Depending on where the router is (on one side of the house) and where the computers are, the antenna may or may not work well for you.

If the router is in the middle of the house, I would suggest an Omni directional antenna.

But at this point, lets make sure what your signal currently looks like. Also, what encryption are you using (WEP, WPA, WPA2)? What channel is the router currently using (1,6,11)?

Edit//Just caught the statement about low to medium.

Both of those routers are not the best in the world. Relatively weak single radio design.
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What signal strength do you currently have on each device? If all device have near full signal strength, the added antenna won't help.

If the signal strength is low, an added antenna can possibly help. The antenna you posted above is a directional antenna, so you would want to keep all the computers is the same general area. Depending on where the router is (on one side of the house) and where the computers are, the antenna may or may not work well for you.

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But at this point, lets make sure what your signal currently looks like. Also, what encryption are you using (WEP, WPA, WPA2)? What channel is the router currently using (1,6,11)?

Edit//Just caught the statement about low to medium.

Both of those routers are not the best in the world. Relatively weak single radio design.

That be WPA and channel 11

Yeah something like a patch antenna with a 180 field... the routers in the back bedroom with my set-up and i have just the spot that something like a patch will be suited for... that's if it's suited at all

Now is there a better router i could use also which would give the wireless a boast
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That be WPA and channel 11

Yeah something like a patch antenna with a 360 field... the routers in the back bedroom with my set-up and i have just the spot that something like a patch will be suited for... that's if it's suited at all

Now is there a better router i could use also which would give the wireless a boast
If you need 360, you will need an Omni Directional. If you need to point the signal in a certain direction, you will need a Patch/Planar antenna.

I'm not a huge help in the SOHO market, I'm always working with Enterprise equipment. I have a Dir-825 and it's great.

I have a 3 bedroom house and it completely covers it. Plus I get signal outside, all around the house. Signal is around -75dBm when standing in my driveway.

Some other members might be able to suggest a better SOHO router. I looked on Ebuyer, there were a few on there that were 802.11n models. Most reviews stated that they had bought the router to replace the OEM model from AOL. The signal coverage was better.

A dual antenna router will should most definitely provide better coverage. Plus better throughput.
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If you need 360, you will need an Omni Directional. If you need to point the signal in a certain direction, you will need a Patch/Planar antenna.

I'm not a huge help in the SOHO market, I'm always working with Enterprise equipment. I have a Dir-825 and it's great.

I have a 3 bedroom house and it completely covers it. Plus I get signal outside, all around the house. Signal is around -75dBm when standing in my driveway.

Some other members might be able to suggest a better SOHO router. I looked on Ebuyer, there were a few on there that were 802.11n models. Most reviews stated that they had bought the router to replace the OEM model from AOL. The signal coverage was better.



A dual antenna router will should most definitely provide better coverage. Plus better throughput.
Sorry was meant to say 180 so ill edit that last post
    
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So a Patch/Planar antenna should sort the signal strength out... where i have my router there's a corner which is under route above all the other wireless laptops/desktop.
OK is it possible to up the speeds on the wireless gear by a update buy on a new wireless router..
I see all these routers on the market..wireless G N A and what others and running at 2.4GHz or higher for better results so i understand...
But the stuff im not getting to well is what will work and not be a waste of money..

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