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    Devices to give Wi-Fi networks a boost




    BEST PRACTICES

    Devices to give Wi-Fi networks a boost

    By Ryan Matthew Pierson

    One of the common challenges of Wi-Fi is getting good coverage throughout your home or small business.
    There are numerous devices for extending a Wi-Fi network, but picking the best device can be confusing.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/best-practices/devices-to-give-wi-fi-networks-a-boost/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    I recently became acquainted with the Amped brand of routers and range extenders. I first bought an SR10000 range extender but found my existing router must have been too flaky for it to maintain a reliable connection. So I bought the R10000 router and replaced my router. We went from an unreliable 1 bar in our bedroom to 3 (out of 5) and a good solid fast connection. Of course, with the extra power of this router, you have to be sure to put on a good complex password and disable WPS. Unless you want your neighbors to use it, that is.

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    Ryan Pierson states: "Keep your wireless router's firmware updated."

    That is bad advice. You should only update the firmware if there is a problem or a specific security issue that is being resolved. Case in point is the latest firmware for D-Link DIR-655. That firmware, version 2.10, will break a guest zone if one is being used. The guest zone will just flat out not work with that version of the firmware. To fix that problem one must drop back to version 2.07 of the firmware.

    We have long been advised to not update BIOS firmware unless a specific problem is being addressed. The same applies to router firmware. If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayt435 View Post
    Ryan Pierson states: "Keep your wireless router's firmware updated."

    That is bad advice. You should only update the firmware if there is a problem or a specific security issue that is being resolved. Case in point is the latest firmware for D-Link DIR-655. That firmware, version 2.10, will break a guest zone if one is being used. The guest zone will just flat out not work with that version of the firmware. To fix that problem one must drop back to version 2.07 of the firmware.

    We have long been advised to not update BIOS firmware unless a specific problem is being addressed. The same applies to router firmware. If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it.
    I don't see your complaint as a blanket indictment of firmware updates. Features can change, and insecure features (like WPS) can be eliminated by vendors. This doesn't argue against updating firmware -- it argues against clinging to older, insecure features.

    Unfortunately, with Wireless Routers, often it IS broken, and the updates do fix things the user doesn't ordinarily see directly.
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