extending my wireless network

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by StokeLee, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. StokeLee macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2005
    Stoke-on-Trent. Midlands, UK
    I use a linksys wireless router the 54g one, sorry i cant rem exactly what it is.. but its donwstairs and im upstairs, and sometimes my iMac and xbox both lose their signals,, if i brought that airport express and plugged it in between would it strenghten the signal?
  2. fitinferno macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2005
    London, UK
    According to apple from www.apple.com/airportexpress, you'll see the following note when they talk about using the airport express as a network bridge:

    "AirPort Express can extend the range only of an AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express wireless network."

    Seeing as Apple says this, it might be prudent to avoid it as your bridge...but what Apple says doesn't always prove to be true...however, I'd wait until you hear from someone who has actually done this successfully before buying it and trying it yourself.
  3. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    as i have stated twice before.

    Is the microwave on when you loose your connection?

    That is what kills my connection when the router is right below me one floor down
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    The microwave can/will hurt your wireless signal. But...If its destroying a otherwise strong signal, you may want to get your microwave checked out. It could have a leak.
  5. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    Do you have cordless phones operating on the 2.4GHz bandwidth in your home?
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Assuming you mean the WRT54G, check out sveasoft.. They have 3rd party firmware that can boost wireless power by up to 900%. It costs $20, or you can find free versions at other sites.
  7. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    Just go up to your local computer store and buy a high-gain wifi antennae to extend your range.
  8. Zoowatch macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Sheffield, UK
    a question from me

    i currently have an Airport Express
    can I link it up with this wireless gateway so that the wireless network range can be extended?

    can I wirelessly bridge these 2 together to create a single network or must I only use RJ45 cable to link them up?
  9. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003

    Airport express only works with apple branded and buffalo network equipment regarding WDS (Wireless Distribution System) support.
  10. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Thats what they say, but is that really true or do they not want to have phone support for it? If it follows the standards, it should work with any router (assuming the other router follows all standards too).
  11. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    Yes, you can.

    You can use the WRT54G with Airport Express. I've seen posts on here about that. You will need to use a third-party firmware to enable WDS, I'm afraid I can't help you find that as I dont know where to look!

    If you dont need wireless printing/Air Tunes, Linksys sell the WRE54G which is a wireless expander for the Linksys router. I just bought one of these off eBay for £37, which is less than half the price of an Airport Express, and doesnt need third-party firmware to run it.

    I'd be wary of the firmware which can increase the gain of the router, as it probably wears out the components in the router much quicker. Similar to the stress you put on a computer when you overclock.
  12. wiseguy27 macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2005
    Exactly. The firmware from sveasoft or any other vendor might make your wireless connection stronger, but it is definitely at the cost of the life of your wireless router. The components would just get fried faster. There's a good enough reason why the manufacturer has limited the output power of the signal. Moreover, it's not good for one's health to have very strong wireless signals going through the house (in some cases it's unavoidable, but it's better to avoid it as much as possible).

    I would suggest changing the wireless channel setting on the router to see if it makes any difference - you might have interference from your microwave, cordless phones and probably other wireless devices in your house or the houses around yours. Although it might take some time to figure out which channel is best, I think it's worth the effort. Also try changing the location of the physical wireless router - "line of sight" with the receiver is best, preferably several feet away from the microwave, cordless etc.

    If all these do not help, get an extender. Or get a different router (like the SRX series from Linksys).

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