[Wolves] Increasing wireless coverage

Adam Sweet adam at adamsweet.org
Fri Jul 9 11:09:04 UTC 2010

On 01/06/2010 12:36, Mark Rogers wrote:
> On 01/06/10 10:03, Adam Sweet wrote:
>> hat I would like to know is what would be the best way of doing that.
>> Signal booster? Omnidirectional antenna? Wireless repeater? Can anybody
>> recommend which would be a better bet and suggest a piece of kit for the
>> job? I have no experience of the best way of doing this or the kit involved.
> Without question I'd suggest homeplugs: connect your router to a
> homeplug wherever it is, then just connect a wireless homeplug in
> whichever room is most convenient (and move it around as you need to).
> OK, I'm biased (we sell them) but without any doubt they've generated
> more "thanks, they're great" emails than "it doesn't work" emails, and
> that is a good guide as far as I'm concerned! There are plenty of brands
> around; the Solwise ones seem to be the best in our judgement (they're
> the ones we resell) but Devolo and Negear, amongst others, give you some
> choices. I'd recommend the 200Mbps wireless ones because they seem to be
> better all-rounders, although any of them are going to exceed the
> Internet speeds you're getting so won't be the weak point in the chain.
> Oh, and the home-plug side of things is just plug-and-play - no
> configuration required. You will need to set up the wireless side but
> that's no different from any other wireless solution.

Sorry I didn't get back about this, I've changed jobs and moved house in 
the last few weeks. I managed to increase the wireless signal power on 
my router which seems to have improved things slightly for the time being.

What I was hoping for was that somebody might know what the method of 
doing this would be in a business environment and recommend some 
equipment. As far as I understand, a mesh network has a single SSID and 
password (or other auth method) but multiple access points providing 
wireless coverage over a greater area than a single access point could.

Am I thinking along the right lines? Can anybody recommend some gear 
that does that kind of thing? My Google foo didn't seem to be up to much 
on this topic last time I looked.


Adam Sweet



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