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Can a wireless router reach the second floor from the basement

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  • May 23rd, 2009 10:18 am
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Jul 27, 2002
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I had to get a repeater to get my signal to work upstairs from the basement.
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Nov 19, 2002
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My old WRT (v4) reaches the upstairs, but it's definitely slower - I noticed far more stuttering and lag doing video playback on my laptop when it's in my bedroom. You definitely want to play around with placement, antenna angles, etc. before committing to a particular location.
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My WRT54GL is in my basement. I can connect with my netbook about 120 ft away from my house on the street. I believe N rated routers have better range if I'm not mistaken? So if your G rate router doesn't work very well you can try an N.
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I just installed a wireless router in my basement and got rid of my crappy wired router.

I haven't done any meaurements yet but might have time today. No problems on the main floor.

With the WRT54GL you can install Tomato and boost the signal strength.

Linksys default is 42 and the firware will allow something over 200 but it isn't recommended as the quality will actually degrade and it may overheat.

Safe and reliable levels are in the 70 to 84 range. I haven't messed with it yet but will when I get the time.