The Traders' Den  

  The Traders' Den > Where we go to learn ..... > Technobabble
 

Notices

Technobabble Post your general Need for Help questions here.
Lossy or Lossless?
Moderators

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 2011-07-26, 10:30 PM
dcbullet's Avatar
dcbullet dcbullet is offline
Anti-Temperance League
TTD Staff
68.39 GB/422.37 GB/6.18
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Boosting Wifi Signal

In my house, the wifi router is upstairs. My PS3 is downstairs on the opposite side. The signal is so weak as to be unusable.

What's the easiest way to boost the signal without running cable through the walls? It's a "G" wifi system, if that makes a difference.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #2  
Old 2011-07-26, 10:51 PM
mooncusser's Avatar
mooncusser mooncusser is offline
bright ambassador of morning
483.61 GB/1.07 TB/2.27
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: near a man-made island
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

what kind of router? if it takes a 3rd party firmware (like Tomato) there can be setting to increase radio power. higher gain antennas might also be an option depending on make/model.
mobile PWing device
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #3  
Old 2011-07-26, 11:47 PM
rbiased rbiased is offline
143.83 GB/2.84 TB/20.21
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Volcano Cliffs
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

Again, depending on your setup, you may be able to use a device like Apple's Airport Express to extend your wireless network. Just plug it in somewhere where it gets a decent signal from your main router but closer to your PS3 and set it up as an extension to your existing network.

I have one and it works great, especially handy as it has a usb port and an ethernet port as well so I can connect devices that are not wireless to it.

http://www.apple.com/airportexpress/

Last edited by rbiased; 2011-07-26 at 11:48 PM. Reason: forgot to add the link!
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #4  
Old 2011-07-27, 12:18 AM
dcbullet's Avatar
dcbullet dcbullet is offline
Anti-Temperance League
TTD Staff
68.39 GB/422.37 GB/6.18
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

I have a linksys WRT54g. It is probably 4 or so years old.

Does the Airport Express work with Windoze?
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #5  
Old 2011-07-27, 02:48 AM
P A U L's Avatar
P A U L P A U L is offline
old washed up musician
56.29 GB/353.08 GB/6.27
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA USA
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

N systems have greater distance...

You can get one of these:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...8l1358l0.6.2l8

& put it somewhere along the path...
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #6  
Old 2011-07-27, 03:27 AM
paddington's Avatar
paddington paddington is offline
please look after this bear
TTD Staff
83.17 GB/882.10 GB/10.61
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: UK
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

Linksys makes an extender for your router... the most popular router on Earth for like 5 years.
It's here: http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-Wirele.../dp/B0007SQG5S

But - it's $145 and you still have only G (54Mb (22Mb avg after error correction) speeds... I'd get an N (at least twice as fast, up to 10x as fast) router with greater range. It'll be cheaper and more future-proof.
Not sure if the PS3 has an N radio in it, but you'll want the N standard for any furture Netflix-type streaming settop boxes you get (Apple TV comes with an N radio in it and works great with my N router streaming the 720p HD from Netflix). All N routers will connect to an older G device (and usually the old B & A types, too).

Check your distances to be sure, but for the same price as the old G extender, you can just replace the router with one of these N-types:

http://home.cisco.com/en-us/wireless/linksys/specs

I'd probably get the E3200 because it has the Gb ports in the switch, dual-band N radio and is actually less $$$ than the G extender for your current router. The range will be better than the older unit you have (which I also had until about a year ago).



or, can you simply move the router closer to the center of the house or is that impractical?
__________________
"There are some of these recordings where it is just a whirring, and you cannot hear the music. " - Jimmy Page, 2007 / JUL / 26
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #7  
Old 2011-07-27, 08:49 AM
dcbullet's Avatar
dcbullet dcbullet is offline
Anti-Temperance League
TTD Staff
68.39 GB/422.37 GB/6.18
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

It is impractical to put it closer. I will start with upgrading to an N. Then go from there. Thanks.

The PS3 only supports G but the boxee box supports n so maybe that will work.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #8  
Old 2011-07-27, 09:16 AM
direwolf-pgh's Avatar
direwolf-pgh direwolf-pgh is offline
On the Beach
666.18 GB/1.29 TB/1.99
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: down in the basement
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

Fast Ethernet via any electrical outlet

it works quite well / fast solid connection or extension
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #9  
Old 2011-07-27, 10:18 AM
Unidecker's Avatar
Unidecker Unidecker is offline
TTD VIP
2.28 TB/31.75 TB/13.91
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: right here ..where you are.
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

build a cantenna ...google it very easy and cheap to make..
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #10  
Old 2011-07-27, 11:23 AM
dcbullet's Avatar
dcbullet dcbullet is offline
Anti-Temperance League
TTD Staff
68.39 GB/422.37 GB/6.18
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

Quote:
Originally Posted by direwolf-pgh View Post
Fast Ethernet via any electrical outlet

it works quite well / fast solid connection or extension
Whoah, that's the ticket!
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #11  
Old 2011-07-27, 01:09 PM
saltman's Avatar
saltman saltman is online now
opposite of moderate
TTD Staff
471.23 GB/591.81 GB/1.26
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

Sometimes there are conflicts with the security type you use (wep, wpa, wpa2) on the same wifi network if you are using the mixed b, g, n, protocols. If you still have old stuff on your N system, that is going to be an issue. Some devices can only use one of the types and others can use them all. Then you have to make a choice of using slow B G and N with lax security or N only with great security.

I went N only with mine.

I would check the security type that each device you plan on connecting uses and with whichever router you end up with. You are going to want an N router anyway. Go ahead and get it. They are cheap.


You can also get a wifi repeater. I would run a cable. It's easy and better.
__________________
We all see only that which we are trained to see.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #12  
Old 2011-07-27, 07:40 PM
dcbullet's Avatar
dcbullet dcbullet is offline
Anti-Temperance League
TTD Staff
68.39 GB/422.37 GB/6.18
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

I can't run a cable in my house. It's a rental.
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #13  
Old 2011-07-27, 07:57 PM
paddington's Avatar
paddington paddington is offline
please look after this bear
TTD Staff
83.17 GB/882.10 GB/10.61
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: UK
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

Pussy
__________________
"There are some of these recordings where it is just a whirring, and you cannot hear the music. " - Jimmy Page, 2007 / JUL / 26
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #14  
Old 2011-07-27, 10:02 PM
spursfan's Avatar
spursfan spursfan is offline
841.98 GB/957.07 GB/1.14
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

Would these work with the XBox as well?
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
  #15  
Old 2011-07-27, 10:06 PM
paddington's Avatar
paddington paddington is offline
please look after this bear
TTD Staff
83.17 GB/882.10 GB/10.61
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: UK
Re: Boosting Wifi Signal

Anything that has wireless G or N. Does your xbox do wireless G or N?
__________________
"There are some of these recordings where it is just a whirring, and you cannot hear the music. " - Jimmy Page, 2007 / JUL / 26
Reply With Quote Reply with Nested Quotes
Reply

The Traders' Den > Where we go to learn ..... > Technobabble

Similar Threads
Thread Forum Replies Last Post
Boosting the audio signal for DVD - metsker Technobabble 6 2006-07-23 02:13 PM


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forums


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:59 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2004 - , TheTradersDen.org - All Rights Reserved - Hosted at QuickPacket
no new posts