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westuspuse
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-07-2012

New router vs range extender

I have a Linksys WRT120N with two desktops connected via wired connections.

 

In the house, there are two students accessing the Internet through WiFi via the WRT120N.

 

One of the laptops (on an Apple laptop)  seems to lose its' connection from time to time.

 

The other laptop (Lenovo) is located the furthest distance from the router and only gets two bars signal strength.

 

Would my best option to improve the signal strength for the Lenovo laptop and hopefully, also increase reliability for the Apple laptop be to purchase a new router such as a Linksys E1500 with speed boost or would it be best to try a Linksys range extender (RE1000)?

 

Thank you.

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sabretooth
Posts: 5,309
Registered: ‎11-11-2008

Re: New router vs range extender

In the WTR120N, upgrade the routers firmware to the newest level.   Once done hard reset the router and reconfigure it from scratch.

 

Now, in the router disable UPnP.  Under wireless settings set Beacon Interval to 50, RTS and Fragmentation to 2304.  Set to channel 1.  Save settings.  Now try.

 

 

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sabretooth
Posts: 5,309
Registered: ‎11-11-2008

Re: New router vs range extender

Please read before you post.  He has a WRT120N and not an E series.  He was thinking about an E series.  I expect an apology.