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Anyone have any product recommendations for extending my wireless range throughout my house? My office and gaming area is upstairs a long ways from our router. Wireless performance upstairs is probably 20% of what it is downstairs.

 

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Asus have routers that can act as routers and buy another one as an extender.

I wired my house myself so what I did is my router at my cable box plugs into a hub in my basement which connects to 16 connection and I have a wireless router upstairs so it's a different network but still as fast.

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16 hours ago, lucwolfe said:

Asus have routers that can act as routers and buy another one as an extender.

I wired my house myself so what I did is my router at my cable box plugs into a hub in my basement which connects to 16 connection and I have a wireless router upstairs so it's a different network but still as fast.

Is the Asus the one that you can put one on each floor and have total coverage.  

Here are some solid options Shadola:

http://www.netgear.com/orbi/

https://www.asus.com/ca-en/AiMesh/

http://ca.dlink.com/products/connect/covr-3902-ac3900-whole-home-wi-fi-system/

https://store.google.com/product/google_wifi

That is all I got for now.

 

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There are many options some cheap and not that good.  Some expensive and not that good.  I'm kinda in the same boat looking.  Right now I have a wireless router in the basement hardwired to a wireless router on the main floor.  This pretty much covers the house and enough for the firepit outside.  For me I've set each with their own SID and which ever signal is stronger usually wins out so you always get the best coverage when roaming around. 

 

If I do pull the plug at some point I'll let you know what I get.

 

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Fifty I picked up two refurbished TP-Link On Hubs from Newegg when they had them for $100 each, working well for me so far. They are older models but work with Google's wifi app to set up and didn't take very long. I haven't played with the app much but has options for blocking devices, scheduling wifi for devices and blocking sites, so this may become useful as my kids get a little older. 

I had looked at wifi extenders but I wanted easy and MESH seemed to be the way to go.

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I've been testing a variety of wifi routers and range extenders over the last couple of years. The main issue with an extender is you have a secondary point of connection causing a potential failure point for handoff and NAT related issues. Mesh systems aim to fix that by blanketing an entire household with overlapping connections rather than relying on creating multiple separate points of connectivity. I am testing the Linksys Velop mesh system at the moment and the results seem exceptionally promising. I should have a video about the system posted to the site sometime soon.

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