07-14-2011, 06:03 AM
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Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: McKinney, Texas
You could set up one wireless router in your apartment, and then depending on where your room is located, you could put one router in a central location on floor two, then put the third router in a central location on floor three. If interference isn't too bad and the walls aren't too thick you could just stick with one higher powered router on the second floor. It would certainly be simpler than configuring a router and two repeaters.
On the plus side, you would have better signal coverage if you ran two repeaters with your router, however it would take a little more time to set up than just the router by itself.
What you will need:
Decent router with external antennas. Internal antennas normally arent as good as external antennas, especially when it comes to covering the area your trying to. The Linksys WRT54G and GL, although older, are both good routers and have a great reputation when it comes to stability. They both also support DDWRT and can sometimes be found on ebay or craigslist with the DDWRT firmware already installed.
Ethernet cables to connect your repeaters to your router, if you are going to use them. Running WDS (Wireless Distribution System, or basically connecting wireless repeaters to a wireless router, wirelessly) chops the throughput in half with every node the data has to pass though). With Ethernet connected repeaters, the throughput does not degrade. Most routers running DDWRT also support WDS, so these routers can be set up as repeaters.
I would start with a single router, and if that doesn't give you good signal in the far reaches of your apartment complex, then go ahead and grab some repeaters and get 'em hooked up.
Something I would recommend for security is setting up wireless encryption. Last thing you need is some passerby finding your open access point, and using your connection for illegal activity. Run WPA encryption, and hand out the password to everyone that lives in the complex.
Let us know if you have any issues. I kind of went off on a tangent. Hope I didn't throw too much info out there all at once.