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I have an old Microsoft G router and another desktop at the opposite ends of my house. That machine can see the network, but the signal strength is too low for stable connection.

Besides switching to N router, what can be done to extend the range? Maybe some kind of directional antenna?

Edit: It's funny, but the solution was found in the comments to the blog post at the answer's link :) I re-evaluated the possibility of wiring the place, took out my foot-long drill bit, drilled two holes to the attic and one between floors, and now I'm happy with my 80-feet CAT6 ;)

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Ethernet cable is always going to be more stable than wifi (when they are functioning properly) –  Matt Jan 27 '13 at 21:51

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There are things to do, and they even look cool ;-)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Distribution_System

Using the famous Linksys WRT54GL with custom firmware you can very easily setup a WDS network so as to cloud your house.

http://www.polarcloud.com/tomatofaq#how_do_i_use_wds

I used to do this manually (still with WRT54GL's) but now with a pretty AJAX interface it couldn't be easier.

Plus you get excellent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality_of_service with a single tick-box (no need to throttle torrents manually anymore).

2MB Video of the Bandwidth Monitor:http://www.polarcloud.com/v/scbwm.htm

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If you into simple hardware hacks check out Instructables Wireless Hack. It shows you how to make a simple antenna with the same performance of the $50+ retail extender antennas.

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Yep, a directional antenna (or even a better omnidirectional antenna) will do wonders for signal strength and link quality. There's a few different connectors available, and I don't know what a "Microsoft G router" looks like, so I can't give specific recommendations, but the Internet shall provide, no doubt.

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