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Old Feb 19, 2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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How to choose a wireless extender?

We need to boost the signal from the BT Broadband router.

A friend has suggested a Netgear signal increaser.

Is it difficult to set on up? Can it be used by the macbook and and iPhone 4?

The Netgear one on Amazon is around 45. Too much? Too little?

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Old Feb 19, 2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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It seems that netgear device has mixed reviews on the us site.

I use Airport Extreme. Pricy but just works.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4577/a...-faster-wifi-/

And the best thing of having your own wifi station is that if you change services or move, you don't have to change password on your own devices.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:06 PM   #3
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Airport is a router?

If it is a booster, does it need to be connected with cables to our existing router ? (This would present some physical obstacles).
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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I have used an Edimax EW-7416 in several people houses to do this from a BT-HomeHub. Works very well - just set it up (with an Ethernet cable first) then disconnect the cable and move it to a place half-way between your BT-HH and the weakest place in your house you want to cover.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edimax-EW-74.../dp/B001HW0JVU

Works well, cheap and powerful, but can be tricky to setup, although there is a Windows wizard.

If you're in South Oxfordshire, I do this for a living!
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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But the Netgear would do the same trick?

I only say this as if the sister in law has one, it might be helpful to have continuity so we can compare faults/setup issues.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 11:06 AM   #6
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Quite possibly. I guess if your sister-on-law has one and it's doing exactly what you need it for then go for it.
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I highly recommend the Diamond Multimedia 300Mbps 802.11n Wireless Range Extender. I bought one last year and found it works well.
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We need to boost the signal from the BT Broadband router.

A friend has suggested a Netgear signal increaser.

Is it difficult to set on up? Can it be used by the macbook and and iPhone 4?

The Netgear one on Amazon is around 45. Too much? Too little?

Ta.
Airport Express is cheaper than the Extreme.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 01:21 PM   #9
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Ok, we'll go for the Netgear. Thanks everyone for replying.
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