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Five Ways to Increase Your Wi-Fi Network's Range

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Discover ways to extend your wireless network, from things you can do without spending a dime to adding additional APs. Whether your signal needs a little boost, or you need to quadruple the Wi-Fi footprint, Eric Geier, author of Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access, comes to your side. Soon you'll be able to surf and share much more efficiently.

5. Adding Access Points ($30+ for AP and $10+ for Cabling)

Like the method just discussed, adding access points involves adding more APs to your network. This traditional method uses Ethernet cables to connect these additional APs back to your router.

Although this method may require a bit more physical work, it will probably be cheaper. Of course, you'll want to hide the cables somehow. If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, think about running the cable down there and drilling holes up through the floor.

You could also run the cabling through the attic and down into closets or walls. As with the powerline solution, you could use a spare AP or router in this solution, even if it is Wireless G.

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