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Kevin G

@charter.com

cable wifi repeaters

Hi. I'm new to this wireless thing but the wife and kids really enjoy the new iPad they got for Christmas. Problem is they don't get good wifi coverage in the living room.

I have a Motorola cable modem/router (SBG6580) ethernetted to my iMac. This base is located in my basement office. Any suggestions for wireless repeaters/bridges that might extend the wireless signal?

I have a SBG901 collecting dust and was hoping that it would support DD-WRT but I don't think it does and Motorola claims it doesn't "sell" a repeater/bridge.

Also, is there a configuration that doesn't halve the speed?

I appreciate any help from this esteemed group! Thanks.


Anav
Sarcastic Llama? Naw, Just Acerbic
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join:2001-07-16
Dartmouth, NS
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In order of preference.

(1) wired - if you can pull wire from where your router and cable modem are located to another location in the house where you will get good wifi coverage (with another wifi router acting as an AP/switch or straight AP).

(2) powerline connector (basically plug an ethernet cable from lan port on router into wall plug unit, other paired unit is plugged in at a location ideal for wifi coverage and an ethernet cable from that runs into the lan port of a wifi router(acting as an AP/switch) or a straight AP.
(go to smallnetbuilder to read reviews and actual throughtput, dont buy less than anything of the 500 series.)

(3) same concept as in (2) but there are similar entities using coax lines. Thus if you have a coax line between two locations (not likely from what it sounds like) you can bridge that way with two paired units.
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Kevin G

join:2013-01-18
Nehalem, OR

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Possible?
Could I keep the 6580 tethered to the iMac but run another ethernet cable from the 6580 to the other end of house and then attach the 901 to the end and have it serve as another wireless AP? (I asked Motorola tech support and they said it's not set up to do that.)

hchen42

join:1999-12-23
New York, NY
Your Fig2 is pretty much what Anav's option 1 recommendation. Just make sure you set up SBG901 as a switch so all your devices can communicate on the same network segment.