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Thread Starter 
I have a bit of a conundrum right now, since I just ordered 2 new Dell computers for my family. Our house is about 10,000 sq feet so the 2wire gateway provided by my ISP (AT&T) is not sufficiently reaching the other end of the house.

Is it possible to somehow have another router set up so we would at least have wifi? I was thinking of using range boosters but I'm not sure that will work well because of the concrete walls and the distance it would have to go through.

I don't need it to be connected to the same home network or anything, if that makes it easier.

P.S. I don't have any CaT5, only RJ11s.
post #2 of 6
You can get multiple routers and run WDS. Wireless Distribution System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia However, you should run a cat5 cable between the two routers because the benefits of an all-wireless system will not be optimal.

Also, if you get some specific router models you can run custom firmware on your router. Tomato firmware, for example, lets you boost the radio power on your router. You may also be able to get larger antennas for your router. Tomato Firmware | polarcloud.com
post #3 of 6
You might want to look at the netgear max series. They run at 5 GHz which offers better penetration than 2.4 GHz access points/routers. They have a wireless network bridge package available so you just have to place the two access points near the computer/router. Supposed to be pretty easy to setup.

If you do go this route, make sure it says 5 GHz on the box... not all of the max series are 5 GHz.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
To make it worse, my 2Wire Gateway just died. So, I guess I am going to get a Wireless-N router/DSL Modem and maybe a range booster. If that doesn't work, then we shall see.
post #5 of 6
You could get an smaller house! :-) Sorry but I could not help myself.
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post
You could get an smaller house! :-) Sorry but I could not help myself.
That actually has been brought up as a possibility, not for wireless networking reasons, though.

I need to get on this, I'm thinking of trying a 2wire DSL modem and hooking up a DIR-655 to it before everyone goes mad from 6 days without internet.
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