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Netgear n600 connectivity

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November 26, 2011 8:07:14 PM

Hello,
I have just installed a Netgear N600 Wireless Dual band Gigabit ADSL2 Modem Router. I was able to get it up & running with tech support help but the range of the wireless is diasppointing at best and hardly better than a my previous Motorola DSL modem and Linksys Wireless-G 2.4MHz, 54Mbps router. It did resolve an issue that I had with IP address conflicts but I expected to really get better range. I have tried to select different channels but that wasn't much help. Also, the 5-G band is not recognized by several of the other devices. Does anyone have any suggestions, Tech support has not been much help.
a b F Wireless
November 26, 2011 8:31:02 PM

Your other devices probably don't support 5ghz band.
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November 26, 2011 8:35:23 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Your other devices probably don't support 5ghz band.

Thanks, I suspected that was the case and I can live with that limitation. It's the lousy range of connectivity that bothers me. I have a two story home and cannot connect to the downstairs area across the house. This is supposed to be a capability of this device.
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a c 79 F Wireless
November 26, 2011 8:36:35 PM

also if you only have a G-wireless network card in the computer the range will not improve.

however check if your Linksys supports DD-WRT firmware and you can convert it to a bridge repeater.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database
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a b F Wireless
November 26, 2011 10:39:26 PM

No router can overcome certain obstacles or environmental conditions if too extreme. That's why switching routers doesn't always help. Not if local conditions are to blame.

Configuring the old Linksys as a wireless repeater is a great idea. However, even that isn't a guarantee. Again, sometimes there are just local conditions that make wireless very difficult to implement. In those cases, you might need to consider other options, such as running powerline networking between or across floors, then dropping wireless routers/APs where needed. IOW, instead of FORCING wireless to do what it can't, leverage and combine other technologies to build a hybrid solution that can.

I’ve also had customers who’ve had great success using MoCA networking in lieu of powerline. A bit expensive, but when it works, it flys.


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