BT VOYAGER 2000 EXTEND RANGE REPEATER SIGNAL BOOST STRENGTH
Sorry. All that was for Google's benefit. I've had a epic struggle trying to sort out my parents Voyager 2000, because they live in a big old house with stupidly thick walls, and the range of the thing is frankly lousy. If you haven't already bought one, don't. If you have, read on.
There is no available repeater that works with a Voyager 2000. BT claim that any 802.11b one will work, but refuse to name particular products for some legal reason. Regardless, they are wrong. The thing is a heap of crap.
However, if you are stuck with one, and need to boost range, do what I did:
1. Buy 2 D-Link DWL 700AP Access points. Shop around. You can get them for around £35 in the UK these days.
2. Set up one to work as an access point. Give it the same ID as your Voyager 2000. Connect the two through a LAN cable.
3. Set up the second to work as a repeater. It will thus be repeating the other 700AP, not the Voyager bag of ****, and the problem is solved. From then on, you can add as many other repeaters as you like, at a modest cost of £35ish a time.
It took me a while to sort this all out, but it shouldn't have done - I'm just a novice, but a determined one. You may need to spend a while positioning the various devices correctly, but you will get there. My parents now have a consistent, strong signal everywhere in their house. From where I type this, I am on the other side of two 3-ft thick stone walls. Whatever the dimensions of your house, it can be done.
JT - I'm using a BT Voyager 2000 myself and the range specified (indoors) of 50m is an absolute joke. Seems BT expect most locations to have completely unsupported ceilings in order to meet that criteria.
Do you know any way of boosting these specific devices?
You have a range of 11 frequencies to use, but there's not alot in them, so even dropping to the lowest freq. (longest range) wouldn't make a scrap of difference.
Wireless technology is a ripoff. The ranges the manufacturers quote never come even close as these people dont take into account objects such as walls etc... doh! But of course easily done for marketing purposes!
Most of these manufacturers are now selling special booster antennas which can be added to your equipment to increase range. I have read that they do work. But I fail to see the logic of this. Why not sell these with the equipment in the first place. Oh! Of course they get to make extra cash! Have a look at at any broadband equipment reseller if you are interested. I think I will need to buy some in the next couple months.
TIP: Make sure your broadband wireless router is in a place which is easily accessible from anywhere in the house easily in terms of openness - a place which is least blocked by walls.