The signal just barely doesn't reach my room, as I mentioned. so I bought a range extender (this is kind of like a saga in itself, but suffice it to say that in the end i have the Netgear version and paid WAY more than I did for the router, which is RIDICULOUS.).
Today, my brother's computer suddenly said NO to the repeater, after three days of no problems. He was okay anyplace the repeater didn't reach, but couldn't get online in either of our rooms or the room right below me.
I reset and rebooted EVERYTHING, nothing helped. Finally, i was actually sitting downstairs on hold with the help people, and it just started working for no reason.
what is the DEAL?! Does anybody know enough about repeaters to explain this to me? I know it has to do with switching between devices, but the repeater and the router are broadcasting the same network, with the same SSID and everything.
The repeater is the biggest ripoff in the universe, if you wanted to know.