$200 at the very, very most. The Netgear router was $100. <$150 would be ideal.
Boost router/antenna etc: Doesn't always work, no guarantee that a new router will boost output, high end routers are $$$.
Powerline Networking: May not work, potentially poor speeds. Also you still have to serve multiple devices at the other end anyway so probably not the best option.
Dual DDWRT: Should work with two identical units. Have to flash DDWRT, configuration can be cumbersome/technical. 2X DDWRT compatible refurb units off ebay shouldn't be more than $60, so potentially the cheapest option. May have to play around with positioning.
Dual Open Mesh Boxes: Should work, may have to play around with positioning to get the best results. Config might be slightly technical but much easier than DDWRT. Potentially $$$. If you do want to go this route I would recommend the OM2P over the MR500. The difference is that the MR500 has a 5ghz radio dedicated for unit to unit communication and it's more expensive. Also 5Ghz through walls will drop off a lot more quickly than 2.4Ghz. For home use this might be overkill and you can save yourself $40. Downside is that the OM2P doesn't yet have 40mhz channel support yet, coming in a firmware upgrade, so don't expect 300Mbps. 2XOM2P $160, 2XMR500 $200.
Run Wire: Most robust, guaranteed to work, might require professional installation which likely mean $200+.
Last edited by brbubba; 09-14-2012 at 11:11 AM..
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