Dynex Wireless N Router & Adaptor

Fred Roller froller at tnclimited.com
Tue Jun 23 12:48:22 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-06-22 at 11:21 -0400, Ray Leventhal wrote:
> John Graddy wrote:
> > On Sun, 2009-06-21 at 20:48 -0500, John Graddy wrote:
> >> I recently purchased a Dynex (Best Buy's store brand) wireless N router
> >> and USB adaptor.  I added the drivers to ubuntu Jaunty using
> >> Ndiswrapper.  When I run lsusb, I get a USB device that is identified as
> >> "Belkin Products", so I guess that Best Buy has some kind of arrangement
> >> with Belkin to use their stuff in the Dynex product line.
> >>
> >> This adaptor and router work somewhat.  They advertise an "operating
> >> range" of "up to" 1000 ft. In linux, I get an operating range of
> >> approximately 35 ft. before the signal strength starts dropping off to
> >> nothing.  The network is unusable once I get beyond that 35 feet.  Under
> >> Windows, the operating range is a little better - maybe 50 feet.
> >>
> <snip>
> >>
> > 
> John,
> <rant>
> If the Dynex really is a rebuild of Belkin, simply take it back.  I had 
> a Belkin POS which, anytime my
> 	1) cell phone rang
> 	2) my cordless phone rang
> 	3) I changed a DVD in my Sony DVD changer using the remote
> simply drop the wireless connection.  Oh yeah, I was less than 20 feet 
> from the wireless router.
> I switched to a low end 802.11 g + N Linksys and all is well.
> IMNSHO, Belkin stuff is great for total newbies as their install 
> software rocks in M$Win, but in practice, its just not worth trying to 
> depend on it.
> </rant>
> Now, that being said, are you *entirely* certain that you're connecting 
> to your Dynex labeled unit?  Is it possible that the low radio signal is 
> another router in your neighborhood?
> On another note:
>  >> I'm seriously considering getting the phone company to install an DSL
>  >> connection in another room in my house so I can use a wired network.
>  >> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> If you going to go this route, it might be far simpler to just put an 
> ethernet drop from the router's location to the other room, rather than 
> have to pay for a 2nd DSL connection (either another circuit or having 
> the phone co put in another POTS port).
> HTH,
> -Ray

Is the usb adapter extended range as well.  My extended range linksys is
detected through the house and into the backyard but but my laptop's
integrated wireless card (broadcom) does not have the juice to push a
signal back that far. So I will see (receive) signal at 100' but not
connect (send/receive).  As for penetrating walls, though odd, I have
put the wireless router in the attic (no walls), it has help extend the
signal through out the house.  Down side is the attic can get hot during
the day.
  I agree with Ray though.  If you are going the route of extending by
wire then run a Ethernet cable to the location.  One step simpler might
be to get another router which will configure as an access point (not
another separate network) and set both routers in an overlapping radius
connected by an Ethernet cable.  If done right you should get complete
coverage of around 70x120 ft, roughly, based on the 35 ft reach you
currently receive. (35ft+router+25ft+10ft_overlap+25+2d_router

Fred R.

"Life is like Linux, simple.  If you are fighting it, you are doing
something wrong."

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