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Looking for router with strong range looking for help

jackpot25 15 14 March 22, 2016 at 09:37 PM
Hey everyone, I currently have a tp-link 4300 router and it issues have been numerous with one band dropping, low strength signal, and others. I am looking to replace it now and have done a lot of research on routers in terms of products/setup. Looking at them all the consensus seems to be asus and netgear are the brands to go with.

I am looking for a router that can use the two bands concurrently as often with my router the 2.4 band drops and the 5 is active or the other way around. And the wifi signal is bad. In my room my neighbors signal is stronger than mine and the router isn't very far away. One room that is next to a separate garage is made out of metal or aluminum walls as I was told when they installed the internet. The wifi is at times unusable in that room. I know those materials really hurt wifi signals but was wondering if there was a router that might be hurt by the walls but still be usable.

Looking for someone to provide feedback on their router or a recommendation would like to spend around $125 and was wondering which model is the best at this or a similar price point.

Thanks for reading

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I just got a netgear nighthawk r7000 and am extremely pleased with the signal distance and strength. its a little more, about 180 but it also does both bands very well. I've heard good things about the archer c7 and c9 but I don't think the signal strength is as good.
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Is the router placed in a central location?

How many square foot are you trying to cover? A repeater might be needed to get a good signal in far reaching places. There is only so much one router can cover.
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Repeaters aren't the best, if they are totally necessary then yes get one.... but I would recommend upgrading the router first, and then if you still aren't getting the range you need, get a repeater. Repeaters kill bandwidth and can be flaky, I dislike them.
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Repeaters aren't the best, if they are totally necessary then yes get one.... but I would recommend upgrading the router first, and then if you still aren't getting the range you need, get a repeater. Repeaters kill bandwidth and can be flaky, I dislike them.
Totally depends on how you set them up. If they are hardwired more like access points then they don't kill bandwidth.
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ideally you will add Access Points connected via ethernet.
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Totally depends on how you set them up. If they are hardwired more like access points then they don't kill bandwidth.
True, If there is ethernet through the house then I would highly recommend adding AP's, don't even bother with upgrading the router. Doesn't sound like it though, from what I gathered from his post I would upgrade router first, then try repeaters.
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I would reset the router and try to troubleshoot it first.
If you can run a wire to that room then do it. Nothing beats running a wire. Then setup a cheap access point there. This is the best solution.

Most people don't want to run a wire so your next choice is wireless repeater. Unless that tplink is dead you won't get much more range with a new router.

some people suggest powerline adapters, but I tend to avoid it since it works for some people but doesn't work for others. Maybe check costco for a set? if it doesn't work, then it's an easy return.
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I'm not EVEN going to comment on this one. Remember vague questions receive vague answers. This isn't just vague it is confusing.
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Unless that tplink is dead you won't get much more range with a new router.
Sorry, but I disagree. It happens.

I do agree that wired is best though, I think we can all agree there.

And yes, the question is very vague. We need more information.
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Sorry, but I disagree. It happens.

I do agree that wired is best though, I think we can all agree there.

And yes, the question is very vague. We need more information.
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/ba...rove-range

that WDR4300 has average range, meaning a newer powerful router will only help marginally.
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http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/ba...rove-range [smallnetbuilder.com]

that WDR4300 has average range, meaning a newer powerful router will only help marginally.
That article is 5 years old. Yes it depends on the house layout and size and he might actually need wired AP's but in general I still disagree... either way routers are fairly cheap. OP could replace his router, if he experiences no difference then return it and get either a wire, repeater or powerline adapter. I would recommend getting a wire ran over both but, to each their own.

Also make sure the router isn't stored in a cabinet or whatever. Bad placement can cause issues.
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That article is 5 years old. Yes it depends on the house layout and size and he might actually need wired AP's but in general I still disagree... either way routers are fairly cheap. OP could replace his router, if he experiences no difference then return it and get either a wire, repeater or powerline adapter. I would recommend getting a wire ran over both but, to each their own.
so you're saying in those 5 years router technology has made leaps and bounds?

it's just more memory and more processor power.
some routers have better antennas, but it's all still FCC limited. http://arstechnica.com/informatio...t-murkier/

just look at commercial solutions. They use more better-placed routers over powerful ones.
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so you're saying in those 5 years router technology has made leaps and bounds?

it's just more memory and more processor power.
some routers have better antennas, but it's all still FCC limited. http://arstechnica.com/informatio...t-murkier/ [arstechnica.com]

just look at commercial solutions. They use more better-placed routers over powerful ones.
What router do you use? Do you work with home routers daily and know the real world differences?

And yes I am aware of commercial solutions, I currently manage multiple commercial wireless systems which I have set up.

Just like I said above, if the house is large enough.... you may need to get access points. I even recommended that. I'm just saying a new router might be all he needs and should definitely try that sub $200, easily returnable fix before spending money running wires and buying unnecessary equipment.

That's how I would do it anyway.

Here is a quote from a netgear forum. The guy was looking into getting an R7000 actually, the forum is a little old though he says he got an archer c7 or c9 because they were more stable at the time. That is no longer an issue though.
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Currently I have TP-Link WDR4300, It's very stable for me, but the wi-fi range isn't enough for me.

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True, If there is ethernet through the house then I would highly recommend adding AP's, don't even bother with the router. Doesn't sound like it though, from what I gathered from his post I would upgrade router first, then try repeaters.
You still need a router with access points, you might just want to turn of it's wireless features if ti has them.
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