Wireless Router

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ijsportsman, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. ijsportsman macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    I just purchased an AirPort Extreme and I am loving it, accept, one of the problems is that I can't connect my PS3 to the network from a bedroom all the way on the other side of the house. So I started doing some research and saw that possibly the Extreme isn't the best router on the market. Netgear seems to have a pretty good router and so does Linksys. What is your opinion, and do you have a router that has superior range?
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I've set up multiple 802.11n routers and tested the range with the Macbook. There is not any meaningful difference between an Airport Extreme/Time Capsule, Netgear, Linksys, DLink &c. It all depends on distance and obstructions between the device and router.

    Likely the limiting factor here is the PS3 as it is 802.11b/g so will not get the range benefits of 802.11n.

    You can get a secondary 802.11g router that uses an external antennae then replace that antennae with a high gain directional antennae, then disable the DHCP server and connect it to the Airport Extreme, or you could get an 802.11n bridge and plug it into the PS3's Ethernet port. I forget if the Express will act as a wireless bridge.

    Edit: Though if the house is too long or the building blocks too much signal wired is the only way to go.
  3. iambasil macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    London, UK
    As the previous poster mentioned, you could use an Airport Express to extend your network to the PS3. You could place it within a room between your router and PS3 - and it would give the added benefit of being able to stream music to a device within that room.

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