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Nov 8, 2010, 04:39 PM
I am trying to determine whether I need a WiFi extender or a router. I am new to wireless internet as well as Mac. I am trying to get a better WiFi signal from my sister's connection (she lives a few doors down). I am able to connect to hers as well as others (unlocked) in the area, however the signals are generally weak and only available in two rooms of my home. I would like to use my Mac in other areas. Do I need a router or Wifi usb extender adapter. I was told by a guy at Office Depot that I needed an extender specifically an Alfa which sounds good based on other Mac forums, but I do not know how to download the driver. The download is available at Alfa through File sharing?? I am clueless how that works. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Sep 13, 2012, 09:09 AM
Well you can get a second router but you'd need to pay the ISP for a second connection or flash it to do the same job as a wireless repeater (which it wouldn't do as well as). So you're better of getting a good extender. There are some really high quality ones which can be more expensive than a router but there are some cheap wireless range extenders as well something like that would cost you around $30 and boost that signal easily enough.

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