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I posted this question in a deal thread for an ASUS TM-AC1900 router, that I just bought, but figured this forum would be more appropriate. As background, I bought the new router to improve the crappy WiFi I get using my AT&T Uverse Pace 5286AC modem/router, which sucks. My house is 3000 square feet, single story, so based on some comments in the thread, the new router should be a big improvement.

Now I've starting thinking about a way to get better signal in my backyard as well, which is pretty big. I have a media closet that is pretty centralized within in my house where the current Uverse crap box is, and where I plan on putting the new router. In order to get good signal outdoors, I started looking at this access point, which I intended to mount in the attic with a Cat5 cable running through the media closet wall: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XY1G...KDZ0FUMXJ7

I understand that the AP speed is not nearly what the router's is, so I'm wondering if using the AP as I was thinking would cause slower speeds in my house, thus negating the new router, or would I still have fast speeds while in range of the router (in the house) and the AP would just broadcast farther out, albeit slower, so I have WiFi outside?

If so, any other suggestions to get WiFi out to my backyard that aren't overly complicated or expensive?
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Get a ubiquiti uap-ac-pro
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Well expensive is always a point of view this is about 50 bucks

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...lsrc=aw.ds

But you could also just put an access point or router by a window.
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Well expensive is always a point of view this is about 50 bucks

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...lsrc=aw.ds

But you could also just put an access point or router by a window.
Thanks. That's actually the same one I had listed in my initial post but the Amazon link doesn't seem to be working now, so not sure if your suggestion was a coincidence or not. TP-Link Long Range 11n 2.4G Wireless Outdoor Access Point: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XY1G...scomp_sav0

So if I hooked up the ASUS router that I just bought, obviously that would provide good speed and coverage inside of my house (I have a 100mbs connection from ATT btw), but would adding this access point in my attic somehow affect the quality of the indoor signal?

My main priority is to have good wifi in my house, hence why I bought the new ASUS router. Being able to get wifi outside was an afterthought. If possible it would be nice, but not a necessity, nor do I need blazing fast speeds. Being able to stream spotify and crap out by the pool is all I'm looking to do.
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Thanks. That's actually the same one I had listed in my initial post but the Amazon link doesn't seem to be working now, so not sure if your suggestion was a coincidence or not. TP-Link Long Range 11n 2.4G Wireless Outdoor Access Point: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XY1G...scomp_sav0

So if I hooked up the ASUS router that I just bought, obviously that would provide good speed and coverage inside of my house (I have a 100mbs connection from ATT btw), but would adding this access point in my attic somehow affect the quality of the indoor signal?

My main priority is to have good wifi in my house, hence why I bought the new ASUS router. Being able to get wifi outside was an afterthought. If possible it would be nice, but not a necessity, nor do I need blazing fast speeds. Being able to stream spotify and crap out by the pool is all I'm looking to do.
Since your going to wire the access point you won't take the performance hit that you would with wireless backhall which is good. Personally I would spend a bit more on a duel band model to get the full speed your paying for and have more spectrum to work with. If you can return the router you just bought going with an all ubiquiti setup would be the way to go probably.
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You might even have good enough range without an extender. But if you are going to be using it when you are outside you could buy anyone you want to.

I have 2 extenders in my house and have not noticed any issue with speed loss on the router itself.

This Linksys is 40 bucks and it has lights on it to show the best spot for extending the network.

https://www.linksys.com/us/p/RE64...gI20PD_BwE
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Thanks. That's actually the same one I had listed in my initial post but the Amazon link doesn't seem to be working now, so not sure if your suggestion was a coincidence or not. TP-Link Long Range 11n 2.4G Wireless Outdoor Access Point: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XY1G...scomp_sav0

So if I hooked up the ASUS router that I just bought, obviously that would provide good speed and coverage inside of my house (I have a 100mbs connection from ATT btw), but would adding this access point in my attic somehow affect the quality of the indoor signal?

My main priority is to have good wifi in my house, hence why I bought the new ASUS router. Being able to get wifi outside was an afterthought. If possible it would be nice, but not a necessity, nor do I need blazing fast speeds. Being able to stream spotify and crap out by the pool is all I'm looking to do.
If your device is connected to the ASUS router, it will get 1900 Mbps max*. If it's connected to the TP-Link AP, it will get 300 Mbps max**. So, yes, the outdoor AP will have slower max speeds than the indoor router.

BUT, you only get 100 Mbps service from your ISP, so in theory, there won't be any difference. In reality, there will be some variation in speeds, due to all kinds of things. Unless your network is really congested, or signal strength is terrible on the AP, you should get close to the 100 Mbps you're paying for. Same for the router.

Where you might notice a difference in max speeds is in transfers between devices on your local network, because there you are not limited by your ISP speed. Unless you're streaming HD video over your AP, though, or some other high-bandwidth application, you won't notice a difference.





* well not really, because that's dual band, and that's assuming your device is AC compatible, and other caveats
** Again, assuming device is N compatible, and other caveats
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