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Wireless Router for Large House, also suggestion for range extender

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Last response: in Wireless Networking
January 30, 2012 7:37:29 PM

What wireless g/n router for under $200 will give me the most range?

If I find that I still dont have enough signal all over, in what way would be best to extend the range?

The main load will be media sharing, streaming HD hopefully.

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a c 430 F Wireless
January 30, 2012 7:55:26 PM

The best way to extend your wireless range is to have a wired access point or 2nd router configured as an AP) at the other end of the house. Repeaters cut your bandwidth in half so they are not a great solution unless nothing else will work.

So for what you have ($200) a pair of THESE one as a router and the other as an AP (wired with CAT 5e) at the opposite end of the house would be very effective.
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January 30, 2012 8:01:12 PM

RealBeast said:
The best way to extend your wireless range is to have a wired access point or 2nd router configured as an AP) at the other end of the house. Repeaters cut your bandwidth in half so they are not a great solution unless nothing else will work.


Thanks.

Do most home (sub $200) routers get the same range? (was thinking a linksys e series)
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a c 430 F Wireless
January 30, 2012 8:03:55 PM

Linksys E4200 is excellent but way overpriced IMO compared to the Netgear N600. They should all get similar range if they have the dual band N, but for an optimal wireless network in a large house I find that an AP makes a huge difference.
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January 9, 2014 5:35:59 AM

RealBeast said:
The best way to extend your wireless range is to have a wired access point or 2nd router configured as an AP) at the other end of the house. Repeaters cut your bandwidth in half so they are not a great solution unless nothing else will work.

So for what you have ($200) a pair of THESE one as a router and the other as an AP (wired with CAT 5e) at the opposite end of the house would be very effective.



How would you set up the 2nd router as AP and waht is a CAT 5e. I live in a very old (1770's) large large farm house. We are having major problems getting signals to 1st floor rooms and room on far side of house. We have the desktop and have 2 people on laptops and another on his WII, and 3 phones that connect to the router. Sorry but on hardware I don't have a clue.
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January 9, 2014 5:36:47 AM

RealBeast said:
The best way to extend your wireless range is to have a wired access point or 2nd router configured as an AP) at the other end of the house. Repeaters cut your bandwidth in half so they are not a great solution unless nothing else will work.

So for what you have ($200) a pair of THESE one as a router and the other as an AP (wired with CAT 5e) at the opposite end of the house would be very effective.



How would you set up the 2nd router as AP and waht is a CAT 5e. I live in a very old (1770's) large large farm house. We are having major problems getting signals to 1st floor rooms and room on far side of house. We have the desktop and have 2 people on laptops and another on his WII, and 3 phones that connect to the router. Sorry but on hardware I don't have a clue.
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August 25, 2015 12:53:12 PM

RealBeast said:
The best way to extend your wireless range is to have a wired access point or 2nd router configured as an AP) at the other end of the house. Repeaters cut your bandwidth in half so they are not a great solution unless nothing else will work.

So for what you have ($200) a pair of THESE one as a router and the other as an AP (wired with CAT 5e) at the opposite end of the house would be very effective.


I read this solution, this is my problem: In my upstairs office I have a ZyXel FR1000Z router model which is connected via an ethernet cable to a Netgear AV500 Powerline plugged into a wall outlet. At the opposite side of my house is a Netgear R6250 WiFi Router which has a corresponding Powerline AV500. My issue is i keep losing the connections between the two which (it seems the only solution) is to unplug the AV500 Powerline and re-power it up.
What I dont understand in your solution is what do you mean by " have a wired access point or 2nd router configured as an AP) at the other end of the house." Wired to what?
What does configured as an AP mean?
Is what you are suggesting is to run a CAT5 cable from the ZyXel directly to the NETGEAR R6250?

I am running MAC OSX Yosmite 10.10.3, workstation, ISP Century Link, CABLE
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a b F Wireless
August 27, 2015 5:21:01 AM

Michael_7 said:

What does configured as an AP mean?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/36406-43-convert-wire...

Michael_7 said:

Is what you are suggesting is to run a CAT5 cable from the ZyXel directly to the NETGEAR R6250?

Yes, that is what he means. Make sure it is Cat 5e or 6. Running cable will provide the only trouble free type of connection between the equipment. It is the only type of "just works" networking and is worth the investment.
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