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How to extend your home wi-fi network

Bill Snyder | Aug. 1, 2014
I love my Victorian flat. But like many buildings from that era, it has lots of doors, lots of walls, and lots of old-school wiring, all of which interfere with my Wi-Fi network. My signal is quite strong in my office, where my router is, but the farther I move away the weaker the signal. I got tired of watching my iPhone drop connections in the living room so I decided to extend my network.

The biggest problem with the kit is that the enclosed manual is incomplete. It leaves out necessary steps. For example, I had no way to know that the adapter should be plugged into Lan Port 1 of my router. Adding security to the network is possible (and you certainly want to do it) but the steps outline in the manual are murky and the included installation software is baffling.

Also getting both adapters to synch can involve a lot of trips back and forth between them, and far too much crawling under the desk if that's where your adapter is.

Linksys has decent support, though the first tech I reached was more or less clueless and I was about to give up. I tried one more time, and reached a much more helpful tech and got my new network up and running.

All in all, I'm happy with the results of this project. Setting up networks using almost any technology can be tricky, but if you don't mind a little work, extending your Wi-Fi is well worth the trouble.

 

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