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Increase my WIFI signal in new home

Recently I purchased an Asus AC-3100 router to help with my WIFI signal in new home. The home itself is a single-floor home 2800 sq ft. The router currently sits next to the cable modem which is located in a converted bedroom office. Unfortunately the area does not sit good for local internet providers so for me to have somewhat decent internet I had to have it brought into my house from a telephone line. My question is this...should I move my router to a more centralized location and if so can I just plug into a surge protector. Or should I purchase a compatible range extender so the bedrooms may receieve a stronger WIFI signal? In addition I am confused on why my router does not supply decent enough signal on its own? Hope someone can aid in my situation. Thanks
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  1. WiFi extenders/repeaters should be your last choice. They will greatly degrade the quality of the signal in exchange for coverage.

    Putting the router in a central location is always your best option. Not sure you question on surge protection. Assuming your house phone wires are good it really does not matter a lot which you plug into. If you mean those surge protectors that you plug phone lines into then I suppose you could try it. Some are poorly built and will cause issues if your internet connection is near distance limits.
  2. bill001g said:
    WiFi extenders/repeaters should be your last choice. They will greatly degrade the quality of the signal in exchange for coverage.

    Putting the router in a central location is always your best option. Not sure you question on surge protection. Assuming your house phone wires are good it really does not matter a lot which you plug into. If you mean those surge protectors that you plug phone lines into then I suppose you could try it. Some are poorly built and will cause issues if your internet connection is near distance limits.


    So right now the router is tied into the modem with an ethernet cable. If I moved router to a more central location there would not be that ethernet cable connected just the power cord to the wall. Currently my pc is not wireless. What I meant by surge protector was based on fact I am located where there is significant lightning sometimes, I thought it might be a good idea. I need something to improve the wifi strength in my bedrooms. I have a wifi radio that goes in and out due to lack of wifi signal. Your insight is appreciated.
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    OK I was confused. You did say cable modem but then you said your internet came on on telephone line.

    I would move both the modem and the router to the central location if that is a option. Otherwise you would need a ethernet connection between the 2 devices. I suppose you could use powerline networks if you only have the power cables.

    Your other option I suppose is to leave the router where it is and then use powerline network to carry signal to the remote locations in your house and place a AP connected to the powerline devices. They also make powerline devices with AP built into them but people say they do not work the best.
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