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Initial post: Nov 20, 2009 5:38:50 PM PST
I have a Comcast business router cable modem that is 4 ports and provides DHCP. I want to provide wireless to all floors of my house (main, top, basement). I have an WAP that is also a router. My problem is that I have double NAT going on. I'm getting sporadic network drops on my wireless clients. I want the wireless clients to use the cable modem router to get dhcp. I also want full wireless coverage on all floors.

I think I need a couple WAPs with repeater functionality or some extenders. I think the router feature on the WAP is preventing this from happening because it doesn't pass the DHCP request to the cable modem router. I'm also not sure on the best way to provide total coverage across the house Bridges? Repeaters? Extenders? Help please!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2009 1:01:55 PM PST
K. Schneider says:
WAP610N or turn off the router capability on your existing WAP. I'd put a WAP610N on each floor of the house hard wired to the Comcast Box. Repeaters will cut your speed in half for each one that is added.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2009 7:30:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2009 7:30:29 AM PST
I was coming to the same conclusion myself. I wasn't sure if bridging two WAPs would be better than having 2 hard wired WAPs. Fortunately, I'm finishing my basement just now so I can run a hard wire down there pretty easily. Thanks!

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 8:49:34 AM PST
Gloria says:
How about a Powerline to take some of the congestion off your wireless network and extend the range?

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 11:08:22 PM PST
Rohan Kelkar says:

Will the Roku HD XR work WIRELESSLY? I do not have a ethernet cable in my living room and my FIOS is in my room connected to a Linksys N router. So I do not need to purchase an additonal USB wireless usb stick right? It's already built in the roku player and will automatically detect my linksys N router?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2009 12:35:47 PM PST
L. Cannon says:
I had the same problem in a four story home. Solution was to junk all existing routers and go with Apple Extreme as the base station and 2 Airport Expresses which are setup are repeaters. Works great, had been trying for years to get full coverage, this does the trick.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 6:23:35 AM PST
Bob says:
I've had great luck with the Linksys PLK300 Powerline Network Kit. Someone else suggested it, and it has worked in my multi-floor dwelling like a charm. Apparently others have had the same good luck, I noticed that 75 out of 93 of the reviews for it were 5-star.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 2:20:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2009 2:25:49 PM PST
Simon Dogood says:
I want to extend the DSL signal in my home for my son's PS3. I have a 2WIRE router from AT&T that is hard wired to the main computer in my home office. The kids computers are connected via wireless adapters, which work fine. The PS3 registers the signal at 27% and is not strong enough to operate on-line at that level. I want to boost the DSL signal so it will be adequate to get the PS3 on-line at an acceptable level. What should I do?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2010 11:29:25 AM PST
mkztg says:
Linksys is selling refurbs of this on their website and they qualify for a $15 discount when you use the coupon code LBCNY2010 at check out. With the coupon it brings it to the same price as the 85mb model..

Just letting people know of the deal I was able to find. I ordered this today. Getting really low wifi at my HTPC and my sat box isn't connected to the internet. With this setup I hope to fix both problems.PowerLine Homeplug Audio Video Network Kit PLK300-RM

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2010 11:38:53 AM PST
mkztg says:
The Roku HD XR model is wifi N built in so you are good. The other models have just recently been updated and now all three are wireless but the XR is wireless N.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 4:44:23 PM PST
Before 802.11N, I solved a similar problem in my home by simply running two wireless routers, connected by a single run of Ethernet cable. In my case, I was lucky enough to have several extra pairs of wire running to my telephone jacks, and so I split off a few pair and ran them to a combo RJ11/RJ45 box. So far, this works fine and I'm able to run Gigabit Ethernet over it reliably. I even put in a few wired hubs in different parts of my home this way so I can connect my printers, NAS device, desktop computers and so forth to them, improving performance of Gigabit devices and reducing the wireless traffic somewhat.

If you don't have existing wires you can use, depending on construction of your home, it might not be a big deal to run the Ethernet that you'll need...just use high quality cable and try to get to the extremes of your home (say, upper floor East end of the house, to lowest floor West), and I always like to run twice the amount I think I'll need "just in case".

Depending on which brand of network gear you use, you should be able to use the same SSID (and passphrase, etc) on each device, giving you in effect one big network. Most newer equipment handles this automatically with little setup, so you don't necessarily need special bridges or extenders. If you go this way (one big network), you'll want only a single DHCP server, so be sure to turn off one of them (although frankly, I'm not so sure there's lots of value to DHCP in most might just leave a small range of addresses DHCP-enabled, and either use static IP addresses outside this range for everything else, or setup permanent DHCP reservations if your hardware supports it). Your PC will choose the one with the best signal strength and hand off back and forth as you move around. You can also create different "subnets" with different SSIDs - say, UPSTAIRS and DOWNSTAIRS - if you want to be more selective about which one you're connecting to at any time. In this case, you'd want multiple subnets and DHCP servers (say, and with a subnet mask of

I have a very large home (6000 sq. ft.) but I found that if placed strategically, the newer N routers give me more than enough range...indeed, with a single router, I'm able to get a reliable signal down to my mailbox, over 350 feet from the device. Some of the bigger brands (I use Cisco/Linksys) have antenna enhancements that can help boost the range considerably if you're close but not quite there.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 11:38:25 AM PST
Try a MoCA set up. You can send internet signal over a coax cable. If your house is wired for cable to all your rooms (or at least one or two on each floor) you can get a wired signal between floors (or to all rooms).

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2010 11:41:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2010 11:42:38 AM PST
@Simon Dogood:
Is your house wired for cable? If so, you can use a MoCA set up to send your internet signal over your cable to the room where the PS3 is so it will have a wired connection.
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