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I'm looking for a VERY High-Powered Router for my house (For my laptop, 360, etc.)... I need something that can send strong signals to different rooms and levels of my house. Any price is acceptable... The cheaper the better though
WiFi goes both ways. High power from the router may get the outbound signal through steel-framed adobe walls, but it won't get the signals back from laptops and PDAs. High power only works when it's on both ends.
Aaah ... Utopia!! - there is no simple solution to this, unless you are willing to invest in some 700Mhz wireless cards (which are avalible) - these will overcome the issues Mark Oney refers to above, as unfortuneatly your problem is not the "one way" problem it appears to be. The signal has to get back again to the router to complete the loop, and that means overcoming the exact same problem at the computer end as has to be overcome at the router end.
2.4Ghz (and 5Ghz) are both very directional and suscepitable to been blocked by walls and any other solid structure. 700Mhz wireless cards (because of the lower frequency) are able to penetrate walls and other solid barriers far more effectively.
You need a high powered AP like the ECB3500 with 600mW
Just plug it into your router and it will cover just about any house mine covers 2 cul-de-sac one user is about 900 feet away this is without any external antennas.
The ecb3500 has both high power and very good receive sensitivity so it can hear even a distant low powered device like a iphone and transmit back at long range.
Last edited by keenanj; 06-03-2011 at 06:50 PM..
You can choose a model among brands:
depending upon your budget
We just got in a new 800mW 11n access point the engenius EAP300 in our testing it has even better range than the 600mW ECB3500
more info here:
Keenan Systems Wireless Store - Engenius 800mW 802.11bgn EAP300 AP / Repeater
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Last edited by tc998; 01-23-2012 at 07:21 PM.. Reason: edit
bi-directional high power
After getting very tired of consumer-grade junk, I am very happy with gear purchased from caworldwifi. Got a WL24005 AP, and two ASU24005g APs that can be set to bridge, repeater, whatever. These will easily solve the issues raised above.
With a couple of panel antennas for the WL24005 life was good, until a lightening strike took out that AP. Make sure you get the grounding units and install them correctly (but lightening is strong here... same strike also took out one of my TV dishes and killed a tree). Can't post a link here yet, but here's a good page: caworldwifi dot com/Outdoor-wi-fi-access-points/
Recently added a couple of Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH boxes into the mix, and was nicely surprised by both the flexibility and the reach.
The best solution is to use a stable router like the ESR750H and disable the WiFi
Keenan Systems Wireless Store - Engenius ESR750H 802.11abgn dual band wireless router
and then attach a high power 800mW access point like the ECB350
Keenan Systems Wireless Store - Engenius 2500mW EIRP 802.11bgn ECB350 AP / CB / repeater
for a couple reasons
routes are not high powered they are limited to 200mW with most consumer grade routers at 50-80mW.
by connecting a high power AP it gives you a number of advantages.
The AP has longer range and higher power
you can locate the AP up to 100M away from the router / cable modem for better signal.
you can handle more conected users / devices
you can expand range / connections by addign additional AP's
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