wifi router can't make it through walls: what's the most effective way to extend the range of our wifi cloud?
January 5, 2009 11:44 AM Subscribe
our new belkin router doesn't have the power to make it all the way through the house. are range extenders good? which one should I choose? (more inside)
posted by krautland to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I gave my parents (in germany) a wireless router for their mac/pc mix household. it's this belkin G
(802.11g), their basic model. unfortunately the router has to sit in a room in the far corner of their house and thick german cement walls (no plywood here) are ensuring the signal doesn't make it all the way across the house into the attic or kitchen. the signal currently covers half the house, so getting through the walls is not completely impossible, they just do to the router what a pair of massive mittens would do to your dexterity.
I'd like to extend that range so that certain rooms they use as offices are covered by the signal. belkin seems to offer a universal range extender
but the german amazon page for that product has a user opinion stating that said extender doesn't really work if it's more than a couple feet from the router itself. I wonder if the hivemind has an opinion on this...
I'm not married to using belkins to extend the range of the router but I am married to the router since exchanging it would be rather difficult for me right now.
what's the most effective way to extend the range of our wifi cloud?