critterdoc83
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Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

What signal booster is compatible with Dell 2300 TrueMobile Wireless Router.  Does Del make something and if so, what is it called?  I have poor reception on a remote laptop 35 feet away, changed channels, no help, and have router as far away from electrical stuff as possible.  Router in basement near desktop, laptop second floor of woodframe house, kinda disappointing.
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chrisocala
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Re: Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

I am having the same problem.  I called Dell and got a WG602v2 Netgear Access Point to use as a repeater but I haven't been able to get it to communicate with the Truemobile 2300. I post a reply if I can get this to work.  If someone has any ideas please post them here.

 

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chrisocala
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Re: Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

I found an answer.  The Netgear WG602v2 Access Point will work as a repeater for the Truemobile 2300.

You set up the 2300 to use point to point wireless bridging and enter the MAC address of the 602 in the appropriate area.

Set up the 602 to function as a repeater(had to upgrade the firmware for the 602 first)just as in the instructions and enter the MAC address of the 2300.

I just keep the 602 in the same room as the laptop and it works great all over the house. Even where I could not get on the network before.

Any problems just post to this list .  I tried both Dell and Netgear support and got no help at all but finally experimented myself and it works.

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critterdoc83
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Re: Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

I'm kinda stupid about this stuff, where did you get the Net gear thing and what is a MAC address.  I hooked this stuff up to a satellite modem and Dell's instructions stunk and I could find no help.  Sooooo, please be as specific as possible, I won't be offended.

 

Still trying to learn

 

critterdoc83

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chrisocala
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Re: Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

I got the Netgear WG602v2 Access Point online from Dell.com.  MAC stands for Media Access Control.  The router has one and the Access Point has one.  You can find them on the bottom of the equipment.  It's a 12 digit #. 

You can download the User manual of the WG602v2 from www.netgear.com in the support area.  All you need is Chapters 3 & 5.

You have to change the IP address of your computer(desktop)in order to set up the Netgear.  Also remember to change the SSID to whatever the name of your wirless network is.  If you don't know how to change the IP address it depends on what version of windows you are using. I use XP and WinME.

For the Truemobile 2300, look at the User Guide under advanced wireless and set it up to do point-to-point bridging and enter the MAC of the Access Point in the appropriate space.

You can look at both User Guides to see if you think you can do it.  It's really not hard.  If a people doc can do it surely a critterdoc can.

Any hangups just let me know.  Don't forget that when you get everything set up and anytime you have to reboot your modem or router, always unplug everything then restart the modem first then the router, then the access point then your wireless, in that order or it may not work correctly.

It sounds like you use your system like I do mine.  I have a cable modem hooked to my router, my desktop is hardwired to the router and my laptop is the wireless one.  Most of the time my desktop is off unless I need to print.  I have a 2 story house and my router is on the first floor.  My bedroom is on the second floor and on another side of the house from my router.  My den is on the second floor just above the router.  The den gets very good signal but the bedroom gets poor or no signal.  With this setup I get excellent signal in the bedroom.  I also have a sunroom on the first floor where I could never get a signal but now it's excellent.   The nice thing is that the Access Point is the last link so if I want to move, just shutdown the laptop, unplug the Access Point move it to the new location, boot it up, then boot up the laptop.  This sounds similar to what you are trying to do.

Let me know how it works

chrisocala

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bekaerin
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Re: Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

Hi,

Thank you for your excellent posts.  I just purchased a laptop, and am having the same problem.  I also have a similar setup to yours - desktops hardwired in the basement, and unable to use the laptop upstairs in the bedroom.  I'll try your solution.

I have another question which you may have addressed.  One of my desktops downstairs is a Dell with Windows ME.  The software with the 2300 wireless router says it doesn't support ME.  In your post it looks like you were able to hardwire your router to an ME machine.  If so, could you fill me in on what I need to do?

Thanks again for your help.

- Mike

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chrisocala
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Re: Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

I used the laptop with XP to set up the router and then just plugged in the ME machine.  I can access the router from both machines .  I only put the software on the XP machine.

Good luck

chrisocala

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critterdoc83
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Re: Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

I am still lost, I haven't been able to try your suggestion until tonight. 

 

How do I set up 2300 to point to point?  I can access some options etc, but as far as I can get, I have a choice of gateway mode or Accesspoint mode.  If I choose access point mode, there's nowhere to enter the MAC of the 602, where/how do I enter it?

 

After 2300 is hooked up, how to I hook up 602 to make the changes/download update/etc for it?  Do I plug it into a LAN port on the 2300 and access it from there?  Do I hook it up directly to ethernet port on desktop?  HELP  I'm very sorry to be so stupid but Dell is no help and Netgear is to technical for me.  If you need more info, please let me know.

 

Right now, 2300 set up as gateway mode, 602 hooked up to nothing.  It is unplugged, disconnected, and setting dangerously close to the trash can.

 

critterdoc83

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critterdoc83
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Re: Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

PS

I'm leaving Saturday 7-17 about noon CDT for a week's vacation, I'll wait for a reply but may not be able to get back to you for about a week. PLEASE DON"T GIVE UP ON ME.  Dell lied to me about the 2300, I don't like the fact it won't reach 35 feet upstairs.   I am willing to BUY and use an additional router but wow, trying to set it up makes a guy want a drink, two, three, oh heck, the whole bottle. 

Be as simple as you can for me, I'm the lowly veedhopper,

critterdoc

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critterdoc83
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Re: Signal Booster for Dell 2300 wireless router

Last thing, I promise (for now).  I don't think it makes any difference but I access the internet through a direcway dish.  The modem looks similar to a cable modem, but just wanted to throw that in, because when you say I need to change the IP of my desktop, will that affect my ability to access the dish?  I have the primary and secondary DNS addresses for direcway if we need them.
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