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Author Topic: Extending the range of the DIR-657  (Read 5130 times)

dbobby

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Extending the range of the DIR-657
« on: December 26, 2011, 10:26:48 AM »

The DIR-657 doesn't provide enough throughput at range to stream 1080 HD content reliably throughout my home.  I just bought my husband a Roku to stream netflix to our Pioneer Elite and it works alright, and it struggled initially.  Moving it around helped a bit, but even with our ipads, I can sit on the couch in the family and get adequate coverage, but my husband in the chair 5 feet away gets one bar.

I was just reading about the DLink Wi-Fi Booster DAP-1525 and wondering if I can add that to the 657 for better results.

I'm not highly technical, so just looking for whatever help I can get. 
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Re: Extending the range of the DIR-657
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2011, 10:45:42 AM »

What wireless modes are you using?
Try single mode N?
What security mode are you using? Preferred security is WPA-Personal. WPA2/AES.

Be aware that it's preferred to stream most HD content over a wired connection. Specially BD data. the single mode N @ 2.4Ghz just can't handle it. Netflix and internet streaming should be good though. I do prefer wired over wireless. My 2 cents.


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Re: Extending the range of the DIR-657
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2011, 11:41:30 AM »

Thanks.  when I selected 802.11n only I got a warning that TKIP isn't supported.  I'm not sure what that means to me.

Security is WPA-Personal
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Re: Extending the range of the DIR-657
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2011, 11:43:54 AM »

Ya you need to set the Cipher type to AES only when using N only mode.
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Re: Extending the range of the DIR-657
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2011, 11:46:32 AM »

will that change do anything to our wireless connection or limit it in some way?

I also did speak with tech support at dlink and they indicated that the DAP-1525 will create another network and that I would be better off with the DAP 1360 repeater.

I tried changing the channel, but that didn't make any perceivable difference.
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Re: Extending the range of the DIR-657
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2011, 12:09:50 PM »

How far is the router away from the devices?

Only if your devices don't support AES then maybe. Other then that AES is just a security measure.
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