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What is the best way to set this up linksys home network?

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October 21, 2013 9:39:50 AM

We are moving to a new home which has ethernet wired throughout the corners of the house, but for the most part we will be connecting laptops and devices to the wireless network.

Comcast is providing the internet service

Items we own to use in creating the network:
* ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
* Linksys EA4500 App-Enabled N900 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router with Gigabit and USB
* Older Linksys wired router
* Older Linksys wireless router (2)
* Netgear 5 port gigabit switch

Currently
The cable modem runs into the basement near a cement wall. From this, 4 cables run to different rooms in the home (bedrooms & office)

Ideally
I would think the ideal setup would be:
cable modem -> linksys EA4500 & then linksys EA4500 runs the ethernet wires to the rest of the house and we use the older routers as Access Points when plugged into the rooms in the corners of the house (bedrooms/office)

My concern is that using the EA4500 would be a waste because it's near a cement wall and wouldn't be able to provide much range from down there.

Given this equipment, how would you suggest to best set up the home network?

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October 21, 2013 10:41:19 AM

You should leave the EA4500 wireless on and use the two older routers as APs in distant areas as you planned. On the three wireless radios use the same SSID and passkey, but a different radio channel for each selecting from 1, 6, and 11.

The EA4500 will not penetrate the cement wall well, but it will provide the surrounding area in the basement with a good signal.

After you connect the Ethernet cable to an LAN port on the AP routers, the other three LAN posts will also be available just like a switch for wired devices nearby.
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October 21, 2013 11:11:05 AM

RealBeast said:
You should leave the EA4500 wireless on and use the two older routers as APs in distant areas as you planned. On the three wireless radios use the same SSID and passkey, but a different radio channel for each selecting from 1, 6, and 11.

The EA4500 will not penetrate the cement wall well, but it will provide the surrounding area in the basement with a good signal.

After you connect the Ethernet cable to an LAN port on the AP routers, the other three LAN posts will also be available just like a switch for wired devices nearby.


thanks, i will give that a try -- i was considering trying to use the old wired router to get the EA4500 to a more central location, but it seems like a lot more work than necessary.

i will update my progress once everything is up and running

thanks again
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October 21, 2013 11:25:55 AM

Since you have two other APs, I would not think that you will have coverage problems even with the EA4500 in the basement.
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