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I live in a 2-story home with about 1100 feet on the main floor and upstairs each. I own a Linksys WRT54GS and up to this last June it had always been a sufficient model. In June we had our basement finished off and the router isn't powerful enough to give any better than a low signal in the basement. Is there anything I can do to improve the performance of this router or do I need a more powerful model?

If i need a new model, what are some models that will make the switch the least painful?

If a switch is necessary, what are the steps that will need to be taken (I have a wireless home network with a PC wired to the router and on laptop that I use wirelessly. I also have an Xbox 360, a Wii and an Ipod touch I use my router for)?

Thanks a bunch for any help.
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Hi,

I live in a 2-story home with about 1100 feet on the main floor and upstairs each. I own a Linksys WRT54GS and up to this last June it had always been a sufficient model. In June we had our basement finished off and the router isn't powerful enough to give any better than a low signal in the basement. Is there anything I can do to improve the performance of this router or do I need a more powerful model?

If i need a new model, what are some models that will make the switch the least painful?

If a switch is necessary, what are the steps that will need to be taken (I have a wireless home network with a PC wired to the router and on laptop that I use wirelessly. I also have an Xbox 360, a Wii and an Ipod touch I use my router for)?
Thanks a bunch for any help.
This is a woodworking forum,the routers we talk about here are woodworking power tools
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This is a woodworking forum however i have suggestion. Get a second router. Find the information online to set the router to repeat the signal then place it in an area closer to the basement with good signal. It will rebroadcast the signal and increase the overall range.
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This is a woodworking forum however i have suggestion. Get a second router. Find the information online to set the router to repeat the signal then place it in an area closer to the basement with good signal. It will rebroadcast the signal and increase the overall range.
Opps, sorry. That is a great tip you gave me though. Thanks!
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I have an even better idea, get third router, a REAL router! Join in the fun and make something, and then tell us about it, take some pictures...BUILD!!

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I have an even better idea, get third router, a REAL router! Join in the fun and make something, and then tell us about it, take some pictures...BUILD!!
If I had the room and the time to try and take up furniture-making I would. My father-in-law has a very nice shop where he does a lot of scroll saw work, but my wife has a friend whose husband builds furniture on the side. He makes some absolutely gorgeous pieces.
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Use said, third router to make your own molding to hide a cat5 cable and run it to the basement to supply the second router.
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Just buy a repeater, should be cheaper than buying a new router and would be more efficient, ie:- speed and the attenuation should be better with not having to go through another router.

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Also, before investing more money, try moving the antenna to a horizontal position. That has worked for a few of my applications. Having the router in the middle floor will also help.
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