How to choose a wireless extender?

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    Sir Loin Steak

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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.
     
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    Consultant

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    Sir Loin Steak

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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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    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-7416APN-300Mbps-Wireless-Extender/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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    Sir Loin Steak

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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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    mooblie

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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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    jav6454

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    Airport Express is cheaper than the Extreme.
     
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    Sir Loin Steak

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    Ok, we'll go for the Netgear. Thanks everyone for replying.
     

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