|Router is in the basement simply because that is where all of the CAT5 cables that run through the house terminate. I have 3 kids + wife, each with their own computers, I have a few devices myself (main computer, home fileserver, Xbox 360, etc) so in total we probably have 8 active devices on the network. All of those cables end up next to my electrical panel in the basement.|
So, what I have done is hook them all up to a switch, then the switch to the router, router to the modem.
I initially tried to put the DSL modem with the the router upstairs and use the single cat5 to connect the router to the switch. The problem is that I have a DSL modem, but I use a Cable home phone, so the rj45's upstairs lead to the cable/phone device not the telco. :(
That's what's led me to the point of what I think I need being a way to boost the signal using the existing CAT5 wiring upstairs. However, since I barely have a clue about what I am talking about... here I am, asking you guys. :)
With respect to the AP, it is functioning as a 'wireless hub' now, and I know its working as a 'wireless hub' because last night I moved the router upstairs and used the CAT5 from upstairs to connect the Router to the modem.
Then I used the AP to wirelessly connect to the router, then plugged the switch in the basement to the AP. Effectively, the entire load of the network is going through the AP wirelessly to the router. Works, but I presume you guys are cringing collectively as you read this.