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I've got a Belkin 54G router connected to the internet, and a Belkin range extender model F5D7132.

I can get the range extender connected to the parent router SSID no problem, in repeater mode as opposed to access point mode. My Windows 7 laptop connects to the extender, which has a different SSID, and it connects with the full 5 bars.

The issue is that when going through the extender internet performance is murderously slow, even getting the config pages of the extender or router is bad. When I connect directly to the router, all is well.

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On an extender you are going to have about 50% speed reduction - half the wifi bandwidth is used to talk to the base router.

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Thanks. With a 38mbps connection though that still leaves 19mbps ... it's slower than dialup. –  Alan B Jul 30 '10 at 10:27
    
Are you sure you are getting 38mbps throughput? Run a speed test on the machine through the extender and see what kind of speed you are actually getting. It could be fast but with a high rate of packet loss or other interference. –  JNK Jul 30 '10 at 12:50
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