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by: mvdyk03 December 7, 2006 6:53 PM PST

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Maximum Range Router

by mvdyk03 - 12/7/06 6:53 PM

Alright, here's the situation. My father-in-law has a gigantic (and that's not an overstatement) house. His office (where the router is located) is on one side of the main floor. He got some crummy Scientific Atlantic or some such router that doesn't work worth a crap and a really crummy signal is received not that far away on the same floor. Rather than replace the router, he got a repeater that we placed roughly in the center of the house. The problem with that system is that 1/2 the time our laptops connect to the repeater (which results in a great signal) and 1/2 the time they connect to the router (which results in a crummy signal); we determined this by looking at the MAC addresses of the devices to which we were connecting. Anyway, we don't really want to go through the set up hassle of configuring everyone's laptops to connect just to the repeater and "block" the MAC address of the router, so we're looking to finally go to the source of the problem and replace the router.

We don't want to do Pre-N or Draft-N (or do we?) because the name of the game here is compatability with a number of different types of laptops (some Mac, some PC) and maximum possible range and throughput. We are looking at the Linksys WRT54GX4 (the Wireless-G w/ SRX400). Is this our best option or are there other, better recommendations? Will the MIMO work in a mixed-mode environment with this router? How about with whichever ones you suggest?

Thanks, in advance!

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