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Wireless Range Extension 2 story house

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March 13, 2012 1:40:20 PM

I've just installed a Netgear WDR4500 (n900) in my second floor office.
The wireless range works great for multiple top floor computers as well as the 1st floor TV/ps3/tablet area.
I am having some issue in the backyard and back deck though. (just something about my stucco walls)

So here is my question.
I have my old DLINK dir-655. Would it be advisable to use a powerline connection (I already have Powerline adapters) to the ground floor near the back and piggyback the wireless? (This would also allow me to Hardwire the TV/ps3/htpc)

Thanks in advance!
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March 13, 2012 4:07:19 PM

Yes that would work fine to extend your signal -- just take the DIR-655 and turn off DHCP, give it the same SSID, and use different radio channels than the N900, also use same WPA/2 passphrase.

When you test out the power line speed, if it seems too slow look for sources of interference on the circuit -- like electric motors. Putting the interfering source on a 6 foot extension cord works as well as a power line interference suppressor.
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March 13, 2012 4:23:20 PM

RealBeast said:
Yes that would work fine to extend your signal -- just take the DIR-655 and turn off DHCP, give it the same SSID, and use different radio channels than the N900, also use same WPA/2 passphrase.

When you test out the power line speed, if it seems too slow look for sources of interference on the circuit -- like electric motors. Putting the interfering source on a 6 foot extension cord works as well as a power line interference suppressor.


Great! Appreciate the response.
Now to find that extra adapter in the closet..........
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