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WIFI extender

492 68 August 17, 2019 at 12:35 PM
Bought a TP-Link | N300 WiFi Range Extender | Up to 300Mbps from a recent deal. And seems to work ok.

But would I have been better off with another router or is that even possible?

Seems it would have been better to somehow take advantage of my cat 5 cable going upstairs.

What I have is a wireless router downstairs. But have a Ethernet cable that runs from this router upstairs. Which works good. Just the wireless signal reaching upstairs was a little week.

The range extender did have a place to plug in a Ethernet cable. I assumed I could input a signal that way but it looks like it may just be for a outgoing signal.

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wifi extenders slow your router,buy power over internet adapter or buy better router
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Buy a second router and set it up as an access point upstairs. You'll run the cat to the access point. You can Google plenty of guides on doing this. http://www.practicallynetworked.c..._point.htm
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wifi extenders slow your router,buy power over internet adapter or buy better router
The main router is already a Medialink AC1200 Wireless Gigabit Router - Gigabit (1000 Mbps)

Looking at power over internet adapters, that seems a waste to send the signal thru the power lines with a Ethernet cable already available upstairs.
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Buy a second router and set it up as an access point upstairs. You'll run the cat to the access point. You can Google plenty of guides on doing this. http://www.practicallynetworked.c..._point.htm
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Any suggestions on a cheap router just for a access point.
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The main router is already a Medialink AC1200 Wireless Gigabit Router - Gigabit (1000 Mbps)

Looking at power over internet adapters, that seems a waste to send the signal thru the power lines with a Ethernet cable already available upstairs.
I was gonna say you've already got a cable, why use an inferior technology when you have a perfectly good cable in place.

So hook up another router that has wireless on it that lets you run in AP mode and that also gets you a 4 port switch to continue using the hard wired connection for desktop or whatever you were using it for.

When running multiple wireless devices, check to see what frequency's and channels both are using and try to not have any overlap on them.
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The main router is already a Medialink AC1200 Wireless Gigabit Router - Gigabit (1000 Mbps)

Looking at power over internet adapters, that seems a waste to send the signal thru the power lines with a Ethernet cable already available upstairs.
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Any suggestions on a cheap router just for a access point.
My first thought was, if the TP link has an Ethernet port, why not just log into the TP Link's ip address and see if it will let you change the mode to Access Point. I've had a TL-WR802N in the past that let you do that. You didn't state the model of yours, but Chapter 4 of the user guide of both the TL-WA850RE and TL-WA855RE models (my best guesses for what you described) say they can be set up as access points as well. The guides are on the manufactures website.
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Thanks,

Any suggestions on a cheap router just for a access point.
I've been happy using AImesh, so my suggestion is any Asus model with that feature. You won't use AImesh right away, but if you continue to have trouble you could get another AImesh router and let it assign settings like power, channels, etc. AImesh (and competitors) automatically calculate the best settings for your specific multiple access point environment.
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