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Old 11-27-13, 06:19 PM
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Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

My current router isn't cutting it. The router is in the basement with a dedicated line in. Needs to go up to the third floor. Bad connectivity so far. Any suggestions for a router that will muscle the wireless signal up there?
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Old 11-27-13, 06:55 PM
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

You need:

- dual band
_ both at the same time

And in your specific case you may need a repeater too.
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

The best consumer router that i've had experience with and used is the Asus Dark Knight. The white one is on sale at Amazon right now for $109.

http://www.amazon.com/RT-N66U-Dual-B...us+dark+knight

Not sure if this will be much better across 3 floors though.
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Old 11-27-13, 08:13 PM
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

Funny you recommend that one Fu. I had it in my hands at Best Buy but put it down to solicit advice.

I do have a dual band but it's a linksys and it's going in the garbage.
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

Not sure how much dual band will matter anyway, since 5 ghz can't penetrate through walls as well 2.4 ghz. If the primary problem is range to the top floor of a house, that probably won't help.

It might help to keep the Linksys and use it as an access point/repeater like Raul3 mentioned though. That said, if you haven't already, you can also check wireless channels and make sure you're not overlapping with anyone else in the neighborhood too just in case.
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Old 11-27-13, 08:40 PM
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

buy the Asus dark knight as recommended above, but ditch the antennas that come with it and replace them all with these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833997018

It also may help to replace the wireless adapter on your computer to a high gain with a better antenna as well

or use a repeater like suggested
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Old 11-27-13, 10:46 PM
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

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buy the Asus dark knight as recommended above, but ditch the antennas that come with it and replace them all with these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833997018

It also may help to replace the wireless adapter on your computer to a high gain with a better antenna as well

or use a repeater like suggested
The problem with the antenna for machines is that they all have internal wifi.
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

Yeah, what everyone said.

If you really need the range, check one of the 802.11 ac routers, the latest from ASUS is suppose to reach 300 feet.
http://reviews.cnet.com/routers/asus...5828165-2.html

That would be the more expensive option of course.

Just saw your last post. What kind of devices do you have in the third floor?
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

Originally Posted by Raul3 View Post
Yeah, what everyone said.

If you really need the range, check one of the 802.11 ac routers, the latest from ASUS is suppose to reach 300 feet.
http://reviews.cnet.com/routers/asus...5828165-2.html

That would be the more expensive option of course.

Just saw your last post. What kind of devices do you have in the third floor?
Our phones mostly, but also a few tablets and a media box. It's only me and my wife so only a few devices at once in the entire house but we are having a tough time with signals getting up there.
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Old 11-27-13, 10:58 PM
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

i may try this first before shelling out for a new router, any thoughts?

http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WA8...=wifi+repeater
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

Have you considered moving it to a more central location in the house? Perhaps the second story? If wiring it is not practical, you can use a wireline ethernet kit.
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

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Not sure how much dual band will matter anyway, since 5 ghz can't penetrate through walls as well 2.4 ghz. If the primary problem is range to the top floor of a house, that probably won't help.

It might help to keep the Linksys and use it as an access point/repeater like Raul3 mentioned though. That said, if you haven't already, you can also check wireless channels and make sure you're not overlapping with anyone else in the neighborhood too just in case.
if the op is in an area where there is a lot of wifi traffic, then it isn't that easy because the most common channels are 1,6, and 11. And most routers are set to auto so they will switch between the channels to find the best channel. The issue is that in the 2.4ghz, the channels overlap. You would need 5 channels apart for a no overlap situation. so, say that your neighbor is using channel 1. setting it to channel 2 would still have quite a bit of interference. This is less of an issue on the 5ghz as there are a lot more channels, but as you said, it doesn't penetrate walls that well.

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Old 11-28-13, 06:47 AM
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

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Have you considered moving it to a more central location in the house? Perhaps the second story? If wiring it is not practical, you can use a wireline ethernet kit.
It is where it is right now because I have a dedicated data line running into the house.
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

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It is where it is right now because I have a dedicated data line running into the house.
Well, can use the second router as an access point. If you don't need wireless in the basement, you can get a lower end router in the basement and disable wifi on it. Or if you need wifi down there, just set it 5 channels apart from the 2nd router.
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

I upgraded my 4th generation Airport Extreme to a Airport Time Capsule with 802.11ac this summer when I bought my wife a new computer.

I have full signal strength all throughout my house and I have at least twelve devices running on it.
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If you can deal with a slightly weaker signal, the 56u is $40 ar on Newegg or $45 ar on TigerDirect.com, and you can add some free ar items to use the $30 off $150 v.me coupon
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

I guess a repeater is functionally pretty much the same thing as an extender? My Linksys is fine for wireless devices in the house, but not very good feeding my phone on a different floor so I was thinking about getting an extender.

Note: I found more info in this thread:

I just want to say network extenders are pretty awesome.
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Old 11-30-13, 04:15 PM
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If the Netgear R7000, Nighthawk, ever cross your mind, don't get it. I regret buying this router. While the performance is excellent, getting disconnected while streaming video to the WD TV Live via wired, not wireless, is not good. Sometimes, it would just crash the router completely. All you can do is power off/on. Updated 2 newer firmwares did not help. Messing with the QoS did nothing. Netgear tech support are completely lost. All they recommend is reset the router and update firmware.
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

Originally Posted by fumanstan View Post
The best consumer router that i've had experience with and used is the Asus Dark Knight. The white one is on sale at Amazon right now for $109.

http://www.amazon.com/RT-N66U-Dual-B...us+dark+knight

Not sure if this will be much better across 3 floors though.
I had a linksys and an extender and I got really crappy connectivity on areas of the house and the backyard. I got this N66U about 5 months ago and now I get full coverage everywhere including the backyard - no extender needed. I'm really impressed with it.

I got it with the Asus WL-ANT-157 Antenna which looks like a little radar dish. If it pivoted around on it's own I would have been in geek heaven but unfortunately it doesn't. Anyhow I recommend it.
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Re: Need a Router with a Really Strong Signal

I got my Almost wifi extender last night. Took me about 5 minutes to set it up and have an awesome signal throughout my house. I've yet to try and game with the signal yet (my previous extender gave me all sorts of problem) so I'll report back when I do. I also have a 3rd floor that I've yet to test the signal on... but based on how easy my iPad connected last night from our second story, I'm very happy right now.
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Old 12-05-13, 06:28 AM
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I got my Almost wifi extender last night. Took me about 5 minutes to set it up and have an awesome signal throughout my house. I've yet to try and game with the signal yet (my previous extender gave me all sorts of problem) so I'll report back when I do. I also have a 3rd floor that I've yet to test the signal on... but based on how easy my iPad connected last night from our second story, I'm very happy right now.
Can you post a link please? I can't seem to find the extender you are talking about.
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Can you post a link please? I can't seem to find the extender you are talking about.
http://www.amazon.com/Securifi-Almon...ds=almond+wifi
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