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Standard User amxor
(experienced) Tue 17-Nov-09 23:11:26
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Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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I have just had virgin broadband installed but for logistical reasons the router had to be placed downstairs (although my PC is in the loft room, the farthest point away in the house). As a result, I get very poor signal frown

On the first floor (the one below the loft), I get approximately 80% signal from the router (to a laptop with a Wireless N USB dongle) which allows me to download at approximately 5.5MB/s, which I am more than happy with. I therefore bought a wireless N range extender, assuming that it also would get 80% signal and receive 5.5MB/sec (and the software indicates it is getting 85% signal and a synch speed of 270Mb/s).

Having set it up, it is all working nicely except the maximum transfer rate I can achieve through the extender is 2.5MB/sec and I can see no reason for this...

Is it simply the range extender cannot send/receive 5.8MB/sec in both directions or does the extender I have bought simply lack processing power?

Please advise and as I am stumped. If the extender simply cannot handle the speeds I expect, what other solution is there (apart from CAT5 which I am unable to use)?

Thanks for your help!

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Now surfing with LLU courtesy of VirginMedia at 50 mbits
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Isn't it funny how the word 'politics' is made up of the words 'poli' meaning 'many' in Latin, and 'tics' as in 'bloodsucking creatures
Standard User Seansmit17
(knowledge is power) Wed 18-Nov-09 00:17:57
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Re: Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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Well.. if the wireless signal is not strong enough to get to the loft you can get more expensive wireless N routers and adapters that have more power and can reach that little bit further.

Other than that i don't really know what you can do other then use a cat5 witch you said you cant or move the router witch again means having a long cable.

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Virgin Media 50MB
50606 kbps (6325.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
1378 kbps (172.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/results.php?t=12584...
Standard User amxor
(experienced) Wed 18-Nov-09 07:20:17
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Re: Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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Sorry, I forgot to mention, I already have a wireless N router, extender and network cards. Now it has settled, it seems the signal from the router to the extender is 85% and from the extender to my pc is 85-90%

Former ZeNite, but caps 'made' me vote with my feet!!
Now surfing with LLU courtesy of VirginMedia at 50 mbits
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Isn't it funny how the word 'politics' is made up of the words 'poli' meaning 'many' in Latin, and 'tics' as in 'bloodsucking creatures

Edited by amxor (Wed 18-Nov-09 07:21:29)


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Standard User Seansmit17
(knowledge is power) Wed 18-Nov-09 14:06:49
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Re: Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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I know you have one,

I was saying think about getting BETTER wireless N router/extender

The Dlink DIR 666 or 685 has a stronger wireless that can cover more area than the dlink 615 that VM provide.

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"When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity; when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion."
- Robert Pirsig (1948-)
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Virgin Media 50MB
50606 kbps (6325.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
1378 kbps (172.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/results.php?t=12584...
Standard User amxor
(experienced) Wed 18-Nov-09 20:25:40
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Re: Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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Sorry, I did not mention that I scrapped the D-Link DIR-616 and replaced it with a Linksys Unit.

Former ZeNite, but caps 'made' me vote with my feet!!
Now surfing with LLU courtesy of VirginMedia at 50 mbits
Xbox360 Gamer-Tag: amxor
Isn't it funny how the word 'politics' is made up of the words 'poli' meaning 'many' in Latin, and 'tics' as in 'bloodsucking creatures
Standard User Seansmit17
(knowledge is power) Wed 18-Nov-09 20:58:21
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Re: Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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Could you not run an Ethernet cable outside the house and up the wall to the loft?

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- Robert Pirsig (1948-)
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Virgin Media 50MB
50606 kbps (6325.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
1378 kbps (172.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/results.php?t=12584...
Standard User amxor
(experienced) Wed 18-Nov-09 23:11:06
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Re: Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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Unfortunately it isn't my house and the owner won't give me permission to run cabling frown

Former ZeNite, but caps 'made' me vote with my feet!!
Now surfing with LLU courtesy of VirginMedia at 50 mbits
Xbox360 Gamer-Tag: amxor
Isn't it funny how the word 'politics' is made up of the words 'poli' meaning 'many' in Latin, and 'tics' as in 'bloodsucking creatures
Standard User Seansmit17
(knowledge is power) Wed 18-Nov-09 23:28:53
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Re: Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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you renting then?

There is no reason why you couldent just run a cable tho as long as there is no hole drilling involved.

I know someone who just chucked it out a window to upstairs and the in the window again.

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"When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity; when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion."
- Robert Pirsig (1948-)
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Virgin Media 50MB
50606 kbps (6325.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
1378 kbps (172.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/results.php?t=12584...
Standard User amxor
(experienced) Thu 19-Nov-09 14:38:35
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Re: Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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I'm living with the parents at the moment and they don't want unsightly cables everywhere, or holes in their house frown

I've bought some Belkin 200 mpbs homeplugs and will see if it offers any improvement.

Former ZeNite, but caps 'made' me vote with my feet!!
Now surfing with LLU courtesy of VirginMedia at 50 mbits
Xbox360 Gamer-Tag: amxor
Isn't it funny how the word 'politics' is made up of the words 'poli' meaning 'many' in Latin, and 'tics' as in 'bloodsucking creatures

Edited by amxor (Thu 19-Nov-09 14:42:53)

Standard User amxor
(experienced) Thu 19-Nov-09 22:38:28
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Re: Edimax Range Extender & Virgin Media


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Homeplugs were next to useless and performed poorly when compared to the wireless. Seems I'm stuck as I am frown

Thanks for the help!

Former ZeNite, but caps 'made' me vote with my feet!!
Now surfing with LLU courtesy of VirginMedia at 50 mbits
Xbox360 Gamer-Tag: amxor
Isn't it funny how the word 'politics' is made up of the words 'poli' meaning 'many' in Latin, and 'tics' as in 'bloodsucking creatures
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