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#1 greatchap


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:58 AM

Hello Everyone,

I need help regarding my wifi router. Internet is used at my home by my parents and my spouse. Basically all cell phones connect to the wifi, a tablet, desktop and a laptop. My desktop is connected through a Ethernet cable and rest all devices uses the wifi.

My building has three floors and mine is the middle one. The size of my floor is around 2000 sq feet. The walls are concrete ones. The wifi router I have is Netgear DGN2200 which does a so so job. When I go to the hall (which is towards one end of the home) the range drops to 1 point or so.

I want to extend the range so I think there are 2 ways to go. Either buy a router with a more powerful wifi output or buy a range extender. I was reading about range extender and found that they do slow down the wifi speed to half to start with. Thus I am wondering if I should go for a more powerful router.

Netgear DGND3700 for example may have a more powerful wifi range but price wise it costs 3.5 times the router I am using currently. On the location front the current router is close to the center of home but towards the edge (balcony). I can't change the location though.The router sits on top of a printer (which is usually off) and adjacent to a cordless phone.

What do you guys suggest ?

Thank you,


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#2 Kilroy


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:43 AM

Get as many additional routers as you need and deploy them as access points where you need them.  The concrete walls are going to have an effect on any wireless signal.  It will be easier to actually install a router, as an access point, in places where you need better signal, then to try and find a router that will work well through concrete walls.


I recommend the ZyXEL router as it is easy to set up as an access point.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:41 PM

I had similar problem with WiFi to my shed, Yes Im a geek who has internet in his shed.

I solved my problems with one of these. TP-LINK TL-PA411KIT AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit


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Edited by NickAu1, 06 August 2014 - 05:43 PM.

#4 greatchap

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 12:34 AM

Thank you for your help. Let me see if I can find TP Link powerline adaptor in my city. I did a bit of searching but I couldn't find it. Otherwise the only option is to use a repeater even though I know signal throughput will be lower.

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