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November 24, 2008 9:13:08 PM

hello i have a question, my pc is currently located in my basement, and the signal from my linksys and gigabyte wireless adapter STINKS, so im looking into improving the connection (im looking into a repeater/ranger extender) and i my question is that is an acces point the same as a router? they seem very similar but im not sure.

if anyone can help me with this question and/or help me improve my connection that would be great, thanks :) 
Anonymous
November 25, 2008 6:19:09 AM

An access point is a simpler wireless device that is primarily designed to hook up to a non-wireless router via ethernet.

A repeater/range extender may allow you to extend wireless coverage without an ethernet connection.

Another solution is to link up a second wireless router (usually via ethernet unless the devices support WDS) Used routers are common and cheap secondhand -- though you have to change certain settings before one will work as a simple access point (Netgear site has useful tips).

Probably the best solution is to dump wireless and look at homeplug type solution (mains borne network adapters).
November 25, 2008 1:08:20 PM

how does a homeplug setup work?
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Anonymous
November 25, 2008 2:31:51 PM

Homeplug -- note, I don't use it, but there are lots of enthusiatstic recommendations -- uses the mains power ring in your house to communicate. It sounds scary -- but apparently it just works, is simple to set up and fast.
Anonymous
November 25, 2008 2:34:41 PM

Have a look at the Netgear site. Their homeplug adapters aren't cheap and you need one at each end but there are other brands.
November 26, 2008 1:18:04 PM

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Have a look at the Netgear site. Their homeplug adapters aren't cheap and you need one at each end but there are other brands.

iwill check that out, thanks
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