[FONT="Trebuchet MS"]Hi. I'm trying to extend the WLAN in my friends' rambling old stone house. I bought a [I]Hawking Extender [/I]and put it upstairs; it receives full connection and "excellent" signal but wouldn't connect to the web until I tweaked a few settings like giving it a static IP... Trouble is, despite excellent everything, the loading of pages varies from OK-ish to slooooowww, to let's-make-a-cup-of-tea-and-wait; going straight to the web via the router ([I]BTOfficeHub[/I]) in the room housing the router is lightning fast. Should I poke around in the router settings and make it use [I]OpenDNS[/I], or is my issue nothing to do with DNS?? Any help much appreciated.
If you're able to get to the net it's not your DNS. Most likely it's the connection between the extender and the router. You may need to move the extender closer to the router.
Also if you have multiple layers of security in place, that will slow it down as well....not as much as you're describing though. Perhaps you can turn off security to test only to see if that helps.