Wireless Internet routers (including those from Belkin) are quick and easy to install, but come with limited range. If your house or business has multiple floors, thick walls or is long and spread out, it is likely that your Belkin router won't cover the entire area, or the signal might be too weak for use. The good news is that it's fairly easy to extend, or boost, it as many times as you need to.
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Things you need
- Wireless G Range Extender
- CAT-6 cable (for install only)
Plug the CAT-6 cable into your computer's Ethernet port, and plug the other into the wireless range extender. Boot up your computer and plug in the extender.
Open a web browser and type in the IP address provided by your wireless range extender. (Example: 192.168.0.1.) You will be able to find this in the extender's manual.
In the set-up menu of the extender, you will be asked to locate your wireless network. Do so, and provide the password to your network if necessary. You will need to know what type of encryption your password is, for example WEP. If you don't know, check your router's manual. You can also figure it out by trial and error; there aren't many options here.
Finish the automated set-up of your wireless range extender, then disconnect and unplug it. You will no longer need the CAT-6 cable for it.
Place your wireless extender in an area of your building which still receives a good signal strength. If you don't know, walk around with a laptop and test the Internet speed in various locations by opening a browser. Place the extender somewhere out of reach and plug it in. It will retain the settings you have already put into it and will locate your wireless router with no problem.
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