2014-06-17 05:23:21 UTC
as wireless access points. After lots of deliberation both on price and
stats, I chose an interesting and cheap product. TP Link's Tl-WR841HP,
called a "High Power" router. It states "Boost Wireless Range", and a 300
Mbps N router, "wall-penetrating wi-fi", etc. Besides turning off DHCP and
turning it into an access point it can also be used as a range extender,
though having only one transmitter/receiver, it can only communicate at half
speed in this configuration.
I chose this router because it was small, lightweight, has screw holes on
the bottom for wall mounting, and I didn't think it would get warm.
Bingo on all accounts. But not only that, this router really DOES seem to
have extended range. I needed to replace the existing WAP with a router so
that I could connect two more WAPs to it, thus giving 3 wireless signals. I
did a before/after with NetStumbler and saved the graphs. A WORLD of
difference. Whereas the previous WAP could only produce a usable noise-free
signal about 50 feet (lots of metal construction in the building), the TP
Link signals from each WAP were reliable at 150-200 feet and across 3
I'm not sure how they manage to do this if the signal limit is supposed to
be .1 watt. But whatever the case I'm very happy I bought this model and
intend to buy more in the future.
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