Wireless Repeater

Wireless repeaters are used for weak wireless signals and are placed at a halfway point between your computer and your wireless access point. Strong brands include Buffalo Technology, D-Link and Linksys. The devices carry no wires and instead preserve the initial signal, then give it a boost. This is a good option for those whose wireless access point is too far from their computers in their home and office, but don’t want to have to set up wires throughout the location. These locations can include a basement, patio … or even a far away bedroom if you live in a large house. At the workplace, this can include a remotely located desk. By plugging up holes in coverage, wireless repeaters allow for a seamless wireless signal.

Many repeaters double as access points as well, but should be used sparingly as they reduce the performance of the signal each time the signal goes through a repeater. To install the repeater, you switch the access point to repeater mode and match the repeater to the access point. A lot of times this will happen automatically within the repeater.

There are a few common threads when it comes to complaints and considerations among the most popular wireless repeaters, which are the Buffalo Technology AirStation 54Mbps Wireless Compact Repeater Bridge-g, the Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander and the D-Link DWL-G800AP. For one, do the research ahead of time to make sure that your wireless access point is going to be compatible with whichever wireless device you use. In addition, any firewalls or other devices that are already penetrated in your system could have a problem working properly with the wireless repeaters. More important, however, is that many of the wireless access point models have repeater capabilities. This may influence your decision if you have an extra lying around the house or see a good prince on one. Furthermore, pure wireless repeaters just aren’t that popular more and thus aren’t produced as much.

The second primary complaint about wireless repeaters is the difficulty of set-up. Customers have blamed paltry user manual instructions, incompetent or unhelpful tech support representative and in some cases just issues with a bum device. Bottom line: tread carefully when purchasing this device. Be prepared for difficulties, and remember that those who got the wireless repeaters to work were happy with the coverage. The customer just needs to try to get the wireless repeater installed without throwing it out the window.

Below are examples of some repeaters that you can purchase.

The Buffalo Technology AirStation 54Mbps Wireless Compact Repeater Bridge-g is an affordable and compact device with a strong radio. Function as an access point, repeater or a bridge, signals can be linked from one building to another or the device can cover dead spots. With the bandwidth of of 54Mbps, this device includes WiFi and security features and the compatibility to add additional 2.4GHz antennas. The device is configured through your Web browser, is backward compatible with 802.11b and includes a 2-year warranty. There also is a 24/7 toll free support hotline available free of charge for troubleshooting. The device is considered up to five times faster than 802.11b wireless local area networks (LANs). The bridge can connect to up to 6 other Buffalo access points. This device received generally moderate reviews from an extremely small pool of reviewers.

The Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander is another commendable model of wireless repeaters, with the typical set of specifications. User feedback runs the gamut of praise for being a great device so some criticism on the difficulty of installation. However, the manufacturer’s 1-800 us recommended as a valuable solution to this issue, as opposed to online assistance from Linksys. Other considerations include compatibility with other wireless distribution systems (WDSs); the fact that MAC filtering is unnecessary but if you have it you need the address for set-up; transmit rate will be halved from the original source; IP addresses must be entered in firewall systems to enable the wireless repeater. Additionally, many Linksys WDSs also function as a repeater, making the additional purchase possibly unnecessary. This device received moderate reviews in general in a large pool of reviewers.

The D-Link DWL-G800AP and is a 802.11g device that has a frequency rate of up to 54Mbps. It can serve as a wireless access point or a wireless repeater., and is backwards compatible when used in a setting as a wireless access point. The D-Link DWL-G800AP also includes 128-bit WEP encryption, 802.1x authentication and WiFi Protected Access for security purposes. Users outside of your network will not be able to use your wireless Internet unless you grant them permission to do so. This device also was criticized for difficult set-up and compatibility issues and received tepid reviews in general from a small pool of reviewers.

This Wireless Repeater Review is Written/Updated on Nov 28th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Wireless Repeater”

  1. Melissa says:

    i bought a linksys wireless g expander but i am unsure if i need to hook it up with my own router and how that can work? i think i am getting confused with port forwarding. maybe i bought a bad model. i took a look at the reviews on http://www.wifirepeaterreviews.com and lots of people have it working but i don’t know if i did it right. can you let me know if i am doing something wrong?

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