Access Point or Repeater

October 20, 2011 at 12:43:24
Specs: Windows XP
I have a fairly large home (>5000 sq ft) with multiple levels and some "dead spots" in the extreme areas. I would like to have a fantastic wi-fi signal through the home for access to my home network for my family and internet for guests. I have Fios with a 50/20 mpm with a "g" router. I also have purchased 2 repeaters ( and installed 1. Recognizing that it appears to have created a different network, so this isn't what I want to do. Then I went back and purchased 2 access points. I need to have an "hardware solution" in my theater (basement) as well as in my bedroom (3rd floor). The rest can be accessed via wi-fi.

Which one should I use? Any advise?

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October 21, 2011 at 07:41:51
I would use access points myself. Typically they require a hardwired connection back to your router though. Some of the more expensive equipment will interconnect wirelessly though so if you don't have a wired connection where you need the AP, I'd go with the full wireless type.

Remember to put each on a different channel. Example:
Router = Channel 1
AP1 = channel 6
AP2 = channel 11

This will avoid having them interfere with each other.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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