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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

Both the router and adapter belong to my landlord. I route off his Embarq DSL connection. There are 4-5 computers using this connection in the household, if this matters?

I live on a rural dead end street, with no houses in the immediate area.

Do you think I need to return the adapter because it was dropped as explained on the floor twice?

Thank you for your responses.
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

I think you need two solution

You need wireless router has more power

Engenious Router whch has more power output then most routers
http://www.engeniustech.com/

Or

Use wireless adapter that can use e external antenna
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

My landlord's son purchased a Netgear type N router for max-range, to replace a G type router. I got a connection initially with the new N-router, but I still had problems keeping a connection.

We then went and bought the Netgear wnda3100v2 adapter, I plugged it into the USB port and that produced a more stable connection at about 5Mbps from what I recall. I then used the 3-4' ext. cable that comes with it and attached it to the sliding glass wndo w/velcro. That produced a better line of sight to the main house and I got 11Mbps. I can live with that.

Right now I have 1Mbps. Late last night I had 11Mbps when it appeared everyone else in the main house was asleep. So for some reason connectivity is nil during the day?

I looked at numerous range extenders, antennas, etc. I ass-u-me a range extender might help me at another $60-$70. Netgear has a range extender, appears the reviews on Amazon are pretty good, but it also appears electronic gadgets are more or less a hit or miss deal. Either its great or it or is installed incorrectly and then it sucks.

I have been looking at a Alpha AWUS036NH Adapter w/a antenna, the reviews on Amazon appear to be pretty good. Reasonably priced at $35, and one guy claimed he got a good signal from 400' away in a RV park, can't complain about that.

Does it matter what USB port I use? I have 4 USB ports on my Acer laptop. I moved the adapter to another port and it went from 1Mbps to 5Mbps, not a big leap in numbers, but it seemed to help somewhat. I don't know if that is just a coincidence, but I believe some USB ports generate more power or a better connection?

I keep plugging away at it, maybe exchange adapters for the one I mentioned. I'll have $10,000 worth of equipment before I get the right deal?

Thanks again for your input.
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

I would broadcast stronger at router then wifi client side

Engenious wireless router has over 1000' distance

But anyway , doesn't matter what USB ports you use
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

jmizoguchi; I would broadcast stronger at router then wifi client side
R. Are you saying I should consider replacing the Netgear N router with a Engenious? I believe he has the max range N-router.

Engenious wireless router has over 1000' distance
R. Sounds like a strong signal strength, I'll look into it.

But anyway, doesn't matter what USB ports you use.
R. OK. I was just curious about all those homemade jobs you see on YouTube with the aluminum foil, etc. Sounds dumb, but foil is cheaper than adapters, shipping, etc. So I was curious and tried it with a spare aluminum throw away pie plate, cut a X in the bottom, fished the adapter and pigtail threw the hole and pointed it toward the house 300' away. I went from 1-2Mbps, 10-20% signal w/o the aluminum pie plate to 24Mbps, 40% signal with it. I am fairly impressed with that, just have to find some way to keep it in a stationary position. Or spend more money on another router/adapter?

Thanks again.
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

my preference is to change router although that is your decision at last

it is not quite easily to find external antenna capable N adapter.

this is great products that I used to use
http://www.cantenna.com/
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

jmizoguchi; I would broadcast stronger at router then wifi client side
Engenious wireless router has over 1000' distance

R. Which Engenious router are you referring to? I went on their site, they have several N-type routers.

Thanks.
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

http://www.engeniustech.com/index.php/business-networking/indoor-access-points-client-bridges/285-wi...

this is the bad boy...Smiley Happy

you can even add external antenna if later need it...
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

jmizoguchi;http://www.engeniustech.com/index.php/business-networking/indoor-access-points-client-bridges/285-wi...

this is the bad boy...Smiley Happy

you can even add external antenna if later need it...

R. I checked the ecb-9500 b/g/n router out, it appears that router has only 79 mW of power and is rated as "good" in the range department. Whereas their other routers/extenders have 400-600mW of power. The ecb-3500 b/g, has 600mW power, with range listed as extreme, whatever that means?

I presume my WNDA3100v2 Dual Band N-adapter has a power rating of maybe 50mW?

I believe my landlords Netgear Dual Band Max Range N-router is set in the "compatibility mode" and probably why I only get 3-5Mbps with this adapter, but w/the aluminum pie plate deal I get 11-18Mbps.

I also presume if the router was set to the N only mode, the range/signal would be stronger and I would get a better connection with my N-adapter. But if the router is set in the N mode only, that would disconnect the other G type devices in the house...is this correct?

Also the fact that the N router is set in the "compatibility mode" pretty much eliminates my needing to buy a $70 N-adapter, or nullifying the need for a N type adapter in my situation from what I understand, is this correct?

That a decent G-type 1000mW adapter would suffice in my situation if using "compatibility mode" on the N-router, agree/disagree?
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Re: n600 wireless dual band adapter, (WNDA3100) installion issues

have you look at this?

http://www.engeniustech.com/index.php/business-networking/outdoor-access-points-client-bridges/3350-...


you can install this as access point to existing router.
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