|On my first floor I have a home office with multiple connections and a wireless access point is needed. |
If you haven't already bought equipment and are just in the planning stages, I would go with a wireless router instead of an AP.
Think about it, you can get a wireless capable SOHO router for pretty much the same prices as a SOHO router that isn't wireless capable. A wireless AP (access point) is going to cost you the same, or more as the router. So, save $$$, buy a wireless SOHO Router.
Finally on the third floor I am able to get one wired connection up there, and I'd like to make that a wireless access point as well as the first floor wireless can be a little slow.
Again, I'd buy a wireless SOHO Router. Make sure in both cases you get one with 4 LAN ports. This way, you can also plug in wired clients on the 3'd floor.
After reading your advice, I guess I can't have two wireless routers? I have tried two different reputable brands of wireless router and both dud not reach my third floor well.
You can have two wireless routers, you just have to configure them correctly.
1) They should be on the same WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network).
2) They should be on different channels.
Encryption: WPA2 with complex password
Encryption: same as router 1 (password too)
You'll want router 2 connected to router 1 so they can share DHCP (You'll disable it on router 2) and share the internet and LAN. Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide on "adding a second router". You'll want to use the "LAN port to LAN port" scenario
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