Wireless network question. I just moved into a hotel with a 802.11b wireless network for internet access and am having problems maintaining my connection. [Inside, there is more!]
The closest access point is mounted high on the wall about 30 feet down the hall. In my room, I have a G4 Powerbook and a laptop running Windows XP, both with 802.11g wireless cards. On both machines I get a fairly consistent signal level of 5-10 Mbps, which isn't great, but is OK. My connection, though, seems to be pretty unstable. For example, I'll have the same signal strength as always, but not be able to connect to any sites or receive e-mail. In other words, the status indicators show the same signal strength, but I seem to have some DNS issue where I can't ping anything - sometimes the computers can ping each other, but sometimes they can't. The signal drops out from time to time and I usually have to wait a few hours before I can get any sites or e-mail again.
There are three Linksys devices that make up the access point, one of which is a WAP 11
, which apparently can also be used as a repeater to extend range. My question is, would it work to mount another WAP 11 over my door to strengthen the signal? Also, I have an Airport Extreme Base Station, can I use this as a repeater somehow, or does it only work with other Airport Base Stations? I've googled some of this, and it seems like a Linksys repeater is the way to go, but the consistent signal strength puzzles me.