Looking for a way to extend your home’s Wi-Fi signal to your RV parked in the back yard? Here’s a report from a homeowner writing for theAtlantic.com on the Belkin Wi-Fi Range Extender that may help you out.

In our house, the broadband cable comes in on the top floor of one corner of the house, which conveniently is where my office also is. (Why cable connection on the top floor? It is fed straight over from a telephone pole.) But a Wi-Fi router placed up there sends a signal that doesn’t reach the lower floors and the other side of the house, which is where we are a lot of the time. And placing the Wi-Fi router anyplace else would mean snaking Cat 5 cable down the stairway and through other rooms, which my wife has informed me we are not going to do.

Over the years I’ve tinkered with various solutions but the solution I’ve recently tried is by far the simplest: the Wi-Fi Range Extender from Belkin, for $65 – $75.

The extender works by taking your existing Wi-Fi signal and re-propagating it to cover more of the house. Our existing dual-band router now sends out two signals, which I’ll call Network1 and Network2. Nerds will know that one is 2.4GHz and one is 5GHz. The extender creates two new Wi-Fi signals, let’s say Network1_xt and Network2_xt, which are broadcast from its new location. You just need to place it close enough to the original router to receive its signal — and close enough to the now-uncovered areas to extend coverage to them.

Less than five minutes after I opened the box, no joke, the new gizmo was running*, and the two new networks extended coverage to all parts of our house.

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    One Response to “Belkin Wi-Fi Range Extender Works Well”

    • STEPHEN BAKER:

      IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THE FOLLOWING FACTS. THAT WHEN YOU GET A WIRELESS INTERNET ROUTER AND USE THE PLUG AND PLAY DEFAULT SETTING ANY HACKER CAN GET IN. BRUTE FORCE IS NOT REQUIRED. THE INTRUDER JUST BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE NETWORK AND THEY ARE INSIDE. HOW DO YOU STOP THIS TYPE OF INTRUSION. ENCRYPTION AND STRONG PASSWORD ARE ONLY PART OF THE PROBLEM. THE PERSON PROVIDING THE SERVICE SHOULD CHANGE THE PROTOCOL SERVICES FRO TCP/IP VERSION 4 TO TCP/IP VERSION 6. THIS IS IN EVERY WINDOWS COMPUTER. NET BUEI AND NET BIOUS SHOULD BE DISABLED. IF YOU HAVE A FIREWALL SOFTWARE ON YOUR COMPUTER CONFIGURE IT. THE DEFAULT SETTINGS ON MOST FIREWALL PROGRAMS EITHER LET EVERYTHING THROUGH OR NOTHING THROUGH. IF YOU HAVE IDS (INTRUSION DETECTION SYSTEMS)TURN THEM ON. ALL OF THIS WILL HELP. THE MORE YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF THE BETTER IT IS FOR YOU. DO NOT GIVE OUT CONFIGURATION INFORMATION TO ANYONE.
      WITH CHILDREN THERE MUST BE A UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WILL CAUSE HARM TO MANY IF THEY CAN THEY ARE ONLY A FEW PEOPLE. BUT THE WARNING AGAINST CRIMINALS IS A REAL ONE. IT IS NOT A GAME TO PLAY.
      SECURING YOUR INFORMATION IS YOUR RESPONSIBLITY. NO ONE ELSES.

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