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surfsalterpath 01-27-2012 09:05 AM

wireless router=most range?
anyone use any special techniques to throw your wireless routers range further?
researching i came accros netgears best:
using netgears range extender

always heard it was best to use same vendors.
Any better ideas?

Have not purchased these yet.
have been using the wndr3300 and am pretty satisfied
but want more range.

Leo1981 02-02-2012 09:32 AM

dont know about any special techniques but i bought a cheap signal booster from ebay and thats being working fine for me. as for the routers themselves aslong as you buy a decent brand they are all pretty similar in regards to range, so i wouldnt worry about buying the best of the best.

hope this helps,


toshfive 02-06-2012 07:48 PM

how about just adding access point?

isola96 02-07-2012 07:27 AM

You need to get a repeater and put it the farthest part of the house this will take your signal and intensify it.

tripflex 02-16-2012 11:43 AM

I have the N900 I just purchased about a week or two ago. Works VERY well and the range is definitely an improvement. Netgear has used some quality equipment including internal "antennas". I purchased this device as it has the 600mhz compared to the slower versions as i plan on eventually upgrading to DD-WRT firmware once all the kinks have been worked out.

Look into DD-WRT firmware which you can use to flash older routers, you can then adjust the power output on the device.

frankflynn 10-25-2012 11:24 PM

I'm a big Apple fan and I have the Time Capsule (wireless router with a hard disk that back's up all the computers in the house). And I have an Airport express which is a stand alone access point or a network extender. They work very well together for both Mac's and PC (or smart phones or TV's...)

Wuzzat? 10-26-2012 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by surfsalterpath (Post 67166)
want more range.

Twice the Effective Radiated Power will give you 1.4x the range, but if you ask for the ERP the vendors of these products may give you the "I don't know" answer.
The rebuttal is "I respectfully request that you immediately direct me to someone who does know the answer."

Wraith_Daquell 11-06-2012 08:16 AM

It's a little complicated, but much cheaper and more effective in the long run, if you use dd-wrt on two netgear routers. You can just buy two regular routers that are compatible (you can check compatibility here:, install dd-wrt, and set one up as a repeater or bridge. Works like a charm, cheaper, and you're not stuck with a useless range repeater... you have two full routers.

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