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    Tech Chat: Internet Routers

    Current issue:

    1000sq.ft home 1952 Build.

    Original vapour barrier is like a sheet of tin foil, walls are cement board with plaster throughout the house and average 3/4" thick. The trash can style router I have is not cutting it anymore. We do not pay for fast internet (10mb/s) and that fluctuates because it's a cable connection and I understand it's limitations.

    Router is in the NW corner of the house upstairs, if I am in the basement SE corner, I have a very poor connection. The desk top will be moved to the basement in this location and likely hardwired as it currently is because the connection upstairs is terrible on WIFI. Our outdoor patio is also in the SE corner outside, we would like to stream with spotify without it dropping in and out.

    Will spending good money on a router help this issue?

    Currently I have a D-Link DIR-820L

    #2
    I have similar construction in my house. I ended up wiring in a WiFi extender upstairs for better signal up there.

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      #3
      On another note, I just disconnected the desktop hard wired line to see if I could establish a WIFI signal and it wouldn't connect so maybe the wireless card in the tower is junk?

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        #4
        One thing to consider with WiFi on desktops is where the antenna is. If the computer is down under the desk in the corner, the signal will have a harder time. You could try getting an antenna extension and putting the antenna higher or more unobstructed.

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          #5
          Add a extender or bridged wireless router some place in the middle.

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            #6
            My last house was built in 1930 and had massive plaster walls which also killed the signal. I used Google WiFi Mesh with 3 pucks and that worked very well, just spread them out across the house. Only complaint is that a device, like a phone, *occasionally* got hung up transferring itself from puck to puck.

            Now that we've moved onto 3.5 acres, I switched to Orbi Mesh, with the same amount of satellites, and have the whole property covered. Including inside a pole barn with a metal roof that sits about 150' away from the closest satellite. I feel like it's a better performing system. My biggest complaint about this system is that it's admin is very ... simple. You can't do advanced things like QoS.....
            America is all about speed, hot nasty bad ass speed.
            -Elenore Roosevelt

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              #7
              I run a couple of cheap repeaters, I have good signal all over my 3 acres including out back in my metal shop.

              Extenders are your solution.

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                #8
                Extenders/repeaters/mesh all suck.

                Run some cable and throw up extra access points...I use Ubiquiti Unifi gear, it's awesome.

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                  #9
                  What kind of distance are you looking at?

                  My previous 700 ft house was made in the 40s and had tongue and grove paneling(~3/4") on every wall.

                  I used a Cisco-Linksys E3000 Wireless-N Router that was sitting in a closet. It had Tomato aftermarket firmware installed on it. It could cut through ~3 walls with no issues about 30 feet away with my laptop.

                  With that said, I cut into the walls and hardwired all the rooms I had about 1' to 18" in the crawl space to pull wire.

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                    #10
                    If you want to do it right get a unifi cloudkey and a poe switch with as many unifi access points as needed harwired to the switch. The cloudkey runs controller software that makes all of the access points act as one large wifi network. The poe switch will provide both power and data to the cloudkey and access points.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Lil'John View Post
                      What kind of distance are you looking at?

                      My previous 700 ft house was made in the 40s and had tongue and grove paneling(~3/4") on every wall.

                      I used a Cisco-Linksys E3000 Wireless-N Router that was sitting in a closet. It had Tomato aftermarket firmware installed on it. It could cut through ~3 walls with no issues about 30 feet away with my laptop.

                      With that said, I cut into the walls and hardwired all the rooms I had about 1' to 18" in the crawl space to pull wire.
                      Approximate distance from router to backyard is 30ft, I'd love to be able to have solid wife to the edge of my lot, which is another 30 ft, so 60ft range would be GREAT

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                        #12
                        One or two of these inside:
                        https://store.ui.com/collections/uni.../unifi-ac-lite

                        One of these outside:
                        https://store.ui.com/collections/uni...ifi-ac-mesh-ap

                        Plug them in to this:
                        https://store.ui.com/collections/uni...i-switch-8-60w

                        Plug this into the switch to configure and control the network (unless you have an always on machine to run the otherwise free controller software on):
                        https://store.ui.com/collections/uni...cloud-key-gen2

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                          #13
                          For the distances you are talking about you might be able to just step up to a good router ad be good to go. About a year ago I upgraded my old POS router to a nice ASUS https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RT-AC86U/ and went from needing 2 extenders to cover the house to being able to get a usable (but not perfect) signal in the detached garage which is ~100 feet and 5 walls away from the router. It is also setup for mesh so if needed extra points can always be added.
                          WWJWD
                          What Would John Wayne Do

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                            #14
                            My next upgrade will be some unifi stuff. You can run a cloudkey box on a a raspberry pi, so that's one less box to worry about.
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                              #15
                              I have a ~$200 Netgear Nighthawk mounted in a closet in the center of my 2400 sq ft ranch and can maintain good signal over 100 ft from the house as long as I can maintain LOS. I’ve been very happy with the router.

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