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Old November 17th, 2007, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wireless router fun

3 weeks ago I bought a new router, not because my old one was broken but because technology updates a lot and I figured I should go for the newest stuff. However, my mom gets ****ty connection strength because of several unimportant factors.

I want to have one router set up to function as 'boost' to the network. As in, I want to run ethernet to a different part of the house so that I can get better coverage of the house and have a better connection on my upper floor. The router is currently in the basement, and my moms computer is a few floors up, tucked in between a few walls.

What do I have to do to each router to make it so the second one is a signal booster?
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Old November 18th, 2007, 07:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old November 18th, 2007, 11:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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turn off dhcp on one of them and see if you can run it as a wireless access point... i know you can with some.
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Old November 19th, 2007, 03:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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this probably means i have to shut my connection down for a while huh?
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Old November 19th, 2007, 03:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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this probably means i have to shut my connection down for a while huh?
is that ok, or are you running a server that's vital to stay up?
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Old November 19th, 2007, 03:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I tried to run a server but it is a POS.

I can do that, it is just that my mom is online now lol.


Speaking of that server though..

I have an old dell from '03. It has a 2.66ghz Pentium 4 with 768MB of ram. It has a fresh install of windows XP. It also has an extra hard drive for music space. I wanted to use this as storage on my network to free up my harddrive. It was working great with iTunes until i put about 3gigs of music onto the spare HD. Now, whenever I start the computer up there is 100% of the CPU being taken up (as told to me by the task manager).

I will bring it to computer class tomorrow, but i was just wondering if you had any idea why this is happening.
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Old November 19th, 2007, 04:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks jin. All I had to do was set the second router to dhcp disabled.

Now anywhere in my house I get GREAT wireless signal.
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Old November 19th, 2007, 05:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You're welcome, but it wasn't me...

Essentially what you are doing is setting up an ESS instead of a BSS. This is used in places like campuses, airports, etc. It's why I can walk from one building on campus to another without ever losing a connection.

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Old November 19th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Haha I wasnt even paying attention I guess. Thanks to you, Linux.

And I think I get it, because my old school was on a college campus and I remember walking everywhere without losing internet connection.

Pretty sick.
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