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Old 11-29-2019, 03:48 PM   #16
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Re: New Router, or Wifi Extender?


I recommend just trying your mesh setup with your original router. Then decide if it's good enough. Don't forget that replacing your router also depends on its capacity to work your existing Internet provider, Spectrum.
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Old 02-03-2020, 08:08 AM   #17
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Personally I use a WiFi Extender.
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Problem with extenders is that they're half duplex, which means every time your device has to send bits to the internet, it has to stop sucking bits down from the internet.
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Another way to go on something like this that I have done a couple of times for friends is to run an ethernet cable from your router to the remote area... or as near as you can get... and set up a second router there in access point mode. If you have an old WiFi router around, which I bet most of us do, this is usually the cheapest solution. One thing... not all routers support access point mode so you need to see if any old one you might have does.
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I was having the same problem as the original poster. I installed a mesh system from Eero. I bought four of the puck shaped units. One plugs directly into your router. The others just plug into wall outlets. I have a ranch house with a full basement which is 80' long. I put one puck in the basement, one in my master bedroom, and one out in my shop, which is a separate building, 2600 square feet, and about 20' from the house. I now get a strong consistent signal throughout the entire house and shop. Normal price from Best Buy is $249 for a three unit kit plus $99 for each additional unit. I bought them on sale for $159 and $69. You also can use a free app on your smart device to control everything that is logged onto your wifi. Very easy to install and works great.
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Another vote for looking into a mesh network system over a wifi extender. Unless the technology has changed, I believe the wifi extenders create a secondary network whereas mesh networks don't. This means the potential for your devices to jump back and forth between the networks if moving around (ie. phone) with brief moments of interruptions. Or get stuck connected to the "weaker" point and takes a few seconds to recognize this poor signal and switch over. Likely not a huge issue, but my OCD wants a single network and no wifi hopping.
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