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need to improve internet connection from wireless router to guest house

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March 27, 2013 5:21:52 PM

I have Westell 6100 modem and a Linksys E2500 wireless router a desktop 3 laptops 2 xbox 360 and 3 smartphones all connected to the wireless router. There is a poor connection when trying to connect to internet usually while gaming on xbox out in our guest house. Should I try to run a cable for a wired connection to the router? or is there something I can do to strengthen the connection. It is not a long distance less than 100ft but would be a pain to drill through both houses.
March 27, 2013 5:26:09 PM

You can get a stronger router if drilling your house is not a valuable option...
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March 27, 2013 5:30:12 PM

if you don't want to run a cable, you can get a wireless range extender.
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March 27, 2013 5:35:46 PM

Is your wireless router as close to the guest house as possible? Maybe the closest window possible?
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March 27, 2013 5:39:27 PM

Homeplug (extra link) may be an option for you as well.

It just uses the wires in your house and should be able to allow a second access point be used in the guest house or even wired devices if you wanted.

You can get a wide range of homeplug devices to meet your speed needs(and lots of companies have them now).

It is not as fast as gigabit, but should give a stable connection.
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March 27, 2013 6:12:26 PM

hesham555 said:
You can get a stronger router if drilling your house is not a valuable option...


someone at best buy suggested asus what is the difference b/w wireless n and wireless ag?
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March 27, 2013 6:13:46 PM

daswilhelm said:
if you don't want to run a cable, you can get a wireless range extender.


i was told that would cut down on the speed of the connection??
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March 27, 2013 6:15:51 PM

UniqueName said:
Is your wireless router as close to the guest house as possible? Maybe the closest window possible?


it's not at the window but in the kitchen as close to my back door as i can get it if the xbox is near the window it is better but still weak
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March 27, 2013 6:34:53 PM

patilookingforhelp said:
daswilhelm said:
if you don't want to run a cable, you can get a wireless range extender.

i was told that would cut down on the speed of the connection??

It typically cuts the bandwidth in half, since it's just repeating everything it receives from your laptop/xbox to the WAP. That was a big deal back in the 802.11b days, but not so much with 802.11n (even half speed should be more than enough for streamed video). There should be models which connect to a WAP on one channel, and repeat it on a different channel. These will not suffer the bandwidth problem (assuming there are no other wifi networks in the area).

Your options are basically:

String LAN cable
Wireless repeater
Ethernet over powerline (e.g. Homeplug)
Get a high gain antenna

The last one doesn't seem to be an option due to your WAP not having an external antenna. However you could buy one for the XBox end. Most of these antennae screw into a WAP so you'd have to get a WAP which supports client mode. But there are models which include their own electronics and share the network over a LAN port. You could plug that directly into the XBox, or a switch (if you wanted to connect other devices).
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March 27, 2013 7:12:14 PM

nukemaster said:
Homeplug (extra link) may be an option for you as well.

It just uses the wires in your house and should be able to allow a second access point be used in the guest house or even wired devices if you wanted.

You can get a wide range of homeplug devices to meet your speed needs(and lots of companies have them now).

It is not as fast as gigabit, but should give a stable connection.


this sounds like a great idea but since the connection issue isn't within one house it would n't be on the same electrical system...but thank you!
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March 27, 2013 8:12:58 PM

So no link from building to building like how a garage is fed from the house?

Ok, well back to wireless i guess.

range extenders add latency because they re-broadcast everything.

Are you a diyer? you may be able to build an antenna to be very directional, but generally, I think you would need one on each side.

cantenna search on google
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