View Full Version : Looking for Advice for Wireless Extender

11-02-2009, 02:53 AM
I have a customer who is having poor wireless connectivity in parts of his house. In the past I have done this by using a Linksys WRT54G running tomato as a WDS. It seems these are getting harder to find so I thought I would see if you guys have any ideas for a low cost solution.

I was looking at frys.com and they have a Hawking HWREN1 Hi-Gain Wireless-300N Range Extender (http://www.frys.com/product/5916674?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG) that looks interesting. Anyone have any experience with it?

11-02-2009, 03:19 AM
I use these, there 400mw in power, paired with a 7dbi Antenna you should be good to go!

Access Point: h ttp://www.highgainantennas.com/product_p/8186hpi.htm

Antenna: h t tp://www.highgainantennas.com/High_Gain_7dB_direct_replacement_Omni_Antenna_p/rpsma-7db.htm

Or you can over do it with a 800mw unit :) (I use these when I do Hotspot for Hotels) h t tp://www.highgainantennas.com/product_p/8186maxx%20gen%20ii.htm

and a 12dbi Antenna

11-02-2009, 03:24 AM
That WRT54G puts out only 19mw just to put things into perspective. The 8186HP power output is adjustable up to 400mw, and paired with the 7Dbi antenna you being able to transmit and receive very effectively.

11-02-2009, 03:47 AM
That thing looks sweet and you can't beat the price.

11-02-2009, 07:34 PM
Any recommendations for a high power/gain units that support N?

11-23-2009, 04:11 PM
Hawking Tech has the largest selection of high gain stuff I have seen. Even little tiny microdishes with LED signal strength indicators, (as you focus in on the signal the led signal meter increases). They have the N gain you are looking for. And much much more, just click on products. Http://www.hawkingtech.com HawkingTech has a LOT more high gain products than just the one you posted. They have antennas that can pick up omnidirectionally for 2 miles (thousands of ap's...)

11-23-2009, 09:22 PM
Could you run a switch with two cat 6 cables to the router and a second router in another part of the house and use the same SSID and same channel (or is it separate channel) and do an intelligent seamless hand off.

So for example you could be one part of the house with one router and as you move to the other part of the house the routers do a hand off based on who has better connection.

Be sure to turn off DHCP on one of the routers.


11-24-2009, 01:34 AM
I like the Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 routers. They're a broadcom based router like the Linksys, so you could keep using tomato or DDWRT and turn the TX power up. However you mightn't even need to - the HP stands for High Power and I get considerably better coverage out of the box with these ones than anything else I've tried.

11-24-2009, 04:22 AM
I also think Buffalo does well with the DDWRT as it allows pushing upwards to I think 251mw from the default of I think around 19-21mw.