I have a number of access points around the house, because the aluminum
siding and interior ducting wreaks havoc on the wifi signals. Here is what
I would suggest:
- Pick up an inexpensive 802.11n router (like the this Asus:
- Disable its DHCP server (so it doesn't conflict with the existing network
- Configure its SSID and encryption the same as your main access point (so
you can just transparently go from one to the other)
- Connect one of its LAN ports (in the Asus, the yellow ports, not the blue
"Internet" port) to the switch in your office - or replace the switch with
the one in the Asus
In fact, if you are using an 802.11b/g AP elsewhere, I would replace it
with the above. 802.11n is a great improvement over 802.11g, and the Asus
is an excellent value.
NFI, just happy with the gear.
After getting tired of fooling around with boosters, antennas, etc, I
finally ran a Cat 6 direct burial cable out to the shop, which is a metal
pole barn, and being such, relatively impervious to WiFi. That solved the
problem of connecting my shop computer to the net (but of course raises the
whole other issue of time wasting net surfing out in the shop...).
Anyway, now I could use wifi out in the shop since my iPad and phone can't
connect to the wifi inside the shop. I have a four port switch out there I
am using to connect the computer and my solar panel stuff to, so I have
room for an access point. I'm looking for a recommendation for an
inexpensive, reliable access point; I don't need a booster or range
extender since it's only got to work inside my 24 x 48 foot shop building.