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Range Extender vs. 2nd router for better wifi coverage 2 story house


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#1 Rcaf41

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 04:34 PM

I am wanting better wifi coverage on the 2nd story of my home. Normally my children connect their smart phones and/or tablets, but the wifi is slow and spotty upstairs. The router is located downstairs, DLink N with cable ISP. I have heard varying opinions on range extenders and just using a 2nd router connected to the first using bridge mode. I am not biased to either solution, I am just looking for the solutions that give be a reliable and strong wifi signal upstairs. Thx in advance for any help. Btw the most recommended wifi extender in my circles has been the Netgear 600.



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 05:17 PM

and either solution will work. I'd steer clear from Powerline extenders, not from personal experience but just my exposure to them on here they seem to be more trouble than they're worth.


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 06:44 PM

Something to think about:

 

1. if you use an extender which is a wifi router to extender connection you have wifi to the extender and wifi to the router.  You get a certain amount of performance drop since wifi has a lot of overhead and you are doing double wifi to the router.

2. if you connect a second router by its lan port to the first router you don't have the overhead of the wifi between the two device.  If you can connect at gig you are even better than with a wifi connection.

 

Lots of success stories with powerline adapters.  Mostly comes down to proper home wiring and grounding.



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 07:50 PM

Thanks for the feedback. After further review of range extenders versus access points, I am leaning toward using an access point mostly due to the performance drop that comes with extenders/repeaters. I do have a Belkin Wireless G (802.11 G) router I am currently not using and it does have the functionality to be used as an access point. My main D-link router is 802.11 N router and all devices connecting to it have 802.11 N capability. If I connect the Belkin Wireless G router as an access point, will that cause all other devices to then connect at 802.11 G, even those not connecting through the access point but the main router?



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Posted 15 December 2014 - 12:36 PM

The AP will have no affect on the main routers wifi.






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