12-30-2008, 04:23 PM
My daughter is happily using her 1 yr. old Macbook Pro she got for Xmas. 2.16 speed, 120gb hardrive... that one.
Our home is 2 story. Her room is upstairs, opposite the Time Warner modem/wireless router from Netgear. We can get signal just at her doorway to the upstairs foyer, but in her room on her bed the signal drops after a few minutes. The same is true of the Dell laptop her sister has, so it's not the computer, simply the signal strength.
Time Warner Level 3 told me they could have a technician install a repeater/booster, but the guy came out today and reported Level 3 didn't know what they were talking about! I need to buy my own booster/repeater and install it on my own.
OK... on to research! I found two repeaters on Amazon, one by Belkin Amazon.com: Belkin F5D7132 Wireless-G Universal Range Extender: Electronics
, one by Hawking Amazon.com: Hawking HWREG1 Wireless G Range Extender: Electronics
, plus another product by Hawking called a signal booster Amazon.com: Hawking HiGain Signal Booster version 2 - HSB2: Electronics
The reviews on each of these seems to be either great ***** or terrible *, with not much in between. Apparently it is 95% an issue of knowing how to configure the repeater as a 2nd router ... The Time Warner install guys did the configuring when they came out last year and I couldn't repeat it if I had to... I don't know my IP address, don't know what encryption is used, don't know what security it is running (though I do know it is identified by the Mac as a "secure network".
Which of the three above products is the most popular to use for someone not router savvy, to simply get a weak or intermittent signal to a distant part of a house?