Boosting my Wifi Network
February 15, 2014 7:08 AM Subscribe
I just moved into my first multistory home. Time Warner Cable installed their wifi modem on our second floor, and we have a very weak wifi signal in our (finished) basement. I'd like to know how to boost our wireless signal with minimal sacrifice of bandwidth/speed, and without having to have TWC come in again and move our modem to the first floor. Details within.
posted by zarq to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
The tech said, "Wifi travels down, not up. Ideally you should install the modem on the top floor." So we did. Netflix and streaming video aren't working on the desktop computer in our basement.
TWC's modem is a UBEE DVW3201B. This is the first wifi modem we've had with them. Previously, we were using a Netgear N300 Gigabit Router (WNR3500U / WNR3500L), which the TWC tech connected by ethernet wire to the modem. So now we can access wifi through both the router and the modem. No devices in the house connect to the network through a wire, so I'm pretty sure this is redundant.
* Is it possible to set up the Netgear router as a wireless access point to extend the wireless signal from the modem, without sacrificing speed and bandwidth?
* If so, how would I go about doing that?
* If I'm going to take a big hit on speed, should I buy something else to extend the network's range and if so, what would you suggest?
Logging into the router through http://www.routerlogin.net allows me to set up the wireless repeater function. It's asking for a repeater IP address and the mac address of the base station.
* I can enter the mac address (printed on the modem) but what should I put in for the repeater address?
* What else should I do to set this up?
Any help (explained in terms that are hopefully not too difficult to understand!) would be hugely appreciated.