Building material has a lot to do with signal propagation, because if there is plaster and chicken wire in the walls you can be in the next room and the signal will be trapped in that room due to the fact its called a faraday cage.
Thanks for that information. I do understand the possible ramifications of interference as I use to certify equipment for EMI compliancy to Bellcore standards at many independent test labs across the country (including UL Labs in Illinois). Also, I do understand that your suggestion is (technically) much better than mine; however, I still think mine is a better first try for the following reasons:
If the signal strength is full, then it will most likely remain full because walls, chicken wire, and plaster do not move. It will also give the OP a chance to "sample" the usage and habits of his landlord without building an entire network. Moreover, if the landlord ends up being a bandwidth hog (eg, constantly downloading/streaming full-length movies), it could affect the OPs service because there is only so much "true bandwidth" to go around. Also, around my parts, FIOS is offered in a 35/10 package and Comcast is offered in a 50/10 package so FIOS is not "all that" around here. Anyway, good suggestion on your part but I'd hate to put out that extra cash just to find out I was sorry I did. Cheers!
Edited by myopinion, 30 September 2013 - 08:29 PM.