[Wolves] Increasing wireless coverage

Ron Wellsted ron at wellsted.org.uk
Fri Jul 9 11:14:57 UTC 2010

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On 09/07/10 12:06, Adam Sweet wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
> Adam Sweet
Take a look at the Netgear WG302
<http://www.netgear.co.uk/wireless_accesspoint_wg302.php>.  I have
implemented a site with 3 of these with 1 SSID and WPA security.  They
are very flexible.
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