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soconfused 392 227 September 19, 2016 at 10:20 AM
It's time for an upgrade. The kids are complaining about our wifi strength. I'd like recommendations on good modems and routers. I don't mind spending the money if it's a great product, but I also don't want to throw my money away. I need simple. I'm not techie, although we do have lots of devices to connect. I'd like to be able to have our regular and a guest log in. We have a large house (5k+ sq feet), so I need something with good range. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. TIA! (ps....see my user name? keep that in mind when you talk to me Wink

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https://slickdeals.net/f/9048475-linksys-wrt1900ac-wireless-router-3tb-buffalo-drivestation-desktop-usb-3-0-external-hard-drive-200-free-shipping

I bought this router recently and it is fantastic. I had to put it on a laptop cooler as it was getting too hot in my cabinet but it works great across our whole house (multiple levels) and even outside.
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Quote from MiniExBike View Post :
https://slickdeals.net/f/9048475-linksys-wrt1900ac-wireless-router-3tb-buffalo-drivestation-desktop-usb-3-0-external-hard-drive-200-free-shipping

I bought this router recently and it is fantastic. I had to put it on a laptop cooler as it was getting too hot in my cabinet but it works great across our whole house (multiple levels) and even outside.
Thank you. I don't need the external hard drive, but I'll look separately at this. I do see there is an updated version.....
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I was also looking at this router: https://www.google.com/search?q=N...8&oe=utf-8
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https://slickdeals.net/f/9118631-tp-link-networking-sale-ac1900-archer-c9-gigabit-router-94-99-n300-d...

I would look at the TP-Link AC1900 or the TP-Link AC2600
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Just know that you're probably never going to get great wifi coverage from a single wifi router in a 5,000+ square foot house. A good solution to this is to run an ethernet cable from your main router to a 2nd router somewhere towards the opposite end of the house, or perhaps upstairs if it's a 2 story. The 2nd router would then be configured as an access point only.

You can also buy a wireless repeater. They are dead simple to install, but any device that connects to the repeater will only be able to get half of the available speed, due to the way repeaters operate.
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Thank you,Harry. Does the quality of the second router matter as much,since it will technically be accessed through the first one? Or is that even an accurate statement?
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what model is your current router?

how far is the worst spot? how weak the signal and the speedtest?

where the router located,
use to guess the improvement.

i preferred say the size of home in feet x feet and how many floors
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The easiest thing for you to do is just buy something like this: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/tp-li...Id=2080172 plug it in towards the opposite part of the house from your current router, configure it to work with your existing network, and see if that takes care of the wireless signal problem. If you just need for devices to be able to surf the web, facebook, etc. then that should take care of things with little expense or effort. It's the most painless way to deal with it, unless you have a need to move data around the house at extreme speeds (transferring huge video files from system to system for example).
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We need to know how many floors you are trying to cover. If possible running an Ethernet cable between two routers will work best or using Powerline, a repeater needs to be at a good signal spot in order to repeat it so it will only give you limited better coverage. Adding a second router on the other side of the house or on the second floor will work out the best, also do you have 5GHZ or AC devices.

Wirecutter http://thewirecutter.com/ has some good advice price and quality do not necessarily go hand in hand but cooling is important. Linksys was purchased by Belkin but still has high prices.

I have the TPlink ac1750 v2 and have been pretty happy with it, For devices like a TV or even a ROKU box if you can run an Ethernet cable or even do powerline for high bandwidth use will take some of the "strain" off of the wireless network.

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Something like this
https://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-Pass...7899513011
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The TP-link C9 is good, and the Netgear R7000 is also good. You may need additional access points if the coverage area is too large.
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Quote from soconfused View Post :
It's time for an upgrade. The kids are complaining about our wifi strength. I'd like recommendations on good modems and routers. I don't mind spending the money if it's a great product, but I also don't want to throw my money away. I need simple. I'm not techie, although we do have lots of devices to connect. I'd like to be able to have our regular and a guest log in. We have a large house (5k+ sq feet), so I need something with good range. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. TIA! (ps....see my user name? keep that in mind when you talk to me
The router might be your problem for sure, but do you know what your actual internet speed is that you get from your ISP? Is the internet performance better on a wired computer? Need to make sure you're solving for the right problem first.

After that, assuming it is indeed you wifi - with a 5K+ square feet house, you probably need a few access points, rather than just a router. Are you able to run wires across your house through your walls or in some other way that's acceptable to you? A Ubiquity setup is pretty inexpensive, has power over ethernet, and is a good solution if you can. You buy one actual router, and then 2-3 wireless access points that are wired into the router with standard network cables, and provide wifi signal. You'd place them strategically in various areas of your house.
If not, you can look into Eero which creates a wireless mesh network, but its more expensive and newer. By all accounts its very simple and works well.

The TP-Link router I saw suggested in this thread is a good router for sure. It might just not provide enough juice alone to cover your whole house.
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