Simple Wifi Setup?

Our office is reasonably thin, but quite long. It’s also broken up into three areas

* Developer Room
* Front office
* Board room

The developer room is, obviously, where most of the action happens. It’s got an existing wireless connection, but since our office is so long, its range doesn’t quite extend to the front office. It would be nice if the people in the front office could also get access to the wireless network, since most of those people use laptops anyway. And since we’re kitting out the building, why not give the board room its own wireless access point too?

I didn’t think it would be unreasonable to assume that there existed a wireless access point that contained two “remote” APs, that weren’t actually APs at all, but simply extended the range of the main Access Point. This would mean that someone could connect in the developer room, walk the length of the building and enter the board room (where most of our meetings, both internal and external) are held, without having to disconnect and reconnect. Surely this would be a fairly common request?

Apparently not. I spoke to our supplier about this and he told me he never heard of such a solution. He said that most companies just make do with the disconnect – move – reconnect scenario.

There must be *something* out there like this. Has anyone heard of anything like it?

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4 thoughts on “Simple Wifi Setup?

  1. Joanne says:

    Yes! You can get signal boosters/extenders, I know Cisco definitely sell them.

    They probably wouldn’t work with your existing setup (unless it’s cisco) but yeah, you can get that stuff.

  2. John Kelly says:

    Cheers Joanne, our supplier’s response made me question what I would even begin googling for. But it seems as if Linksys’ Wireless-G Range Extender” does exactly what we need.

  3. kstop says:

    Seconded – we’ve got extenders all over our dank basement, and apparently you can get on the network from the bench outside as well, though I haven’t tried this as I opted not to get a laptop and have to carry it everywhere like a dork.

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