Moving house - new network required Hi all,
currently, my home network consists of nothing more than a Belkin Wireless ADSL modem/router (Model F5D7633) as this is all that is required for internet access through 75% of the house. However, I will shortly be moving into a large farm house built in the 1600s, which obviously has a lot thicker walls which will cause headaches with wireless!
Along with my original router, I have three D-Link DWL-2000AP access points. The computer room (and phone line) is on the second of three floors in a fairly central location. It is not important for the top floor to have good connection (only one room) but the bottom floor should have good connection. Cable is not really an option due to the age of the building and it being Grade 2 listed. The Belkin router should give connection over the middle floor and a portion of the ground floor, but I would like to somehow use the DWL-2000APs to increase the signal strength and coverage if at all possible.
Also, there is a cottage attached to the farm house, which is furthest away from where the router will be positioned, and this is where I will be unfortunately!
I was hoping to either use the APs as repeaters, or something along the lines of attaching one AP to the router, and then bridging the other two APs together, one on the ground floor and one in the cottage, which should give good coverage, though it would result in two SSIDs?
Basically, I have a few ideas, but I am new to this and would appreciate any help/advice you guys can give!
reply to brettblade
I would suggest you look into directional antennas. If there are windows within line-of-sight between the main house and the cottage two directional antennas would do the job. Install one in the main house window and one in the cottage window looking at each other.
In the main house to go from floor to floor you should have an external router antenna in a horizontal position. That's because the signal from the antenna is roughly a doughnut shape that is perpendicular to the long axis of the antenna. Meaning the signal travels in a horizontal direction if the antenna is pointed straight up.