Solved Wired WiFi Extender OR Wired 2nd Router - which is better?

October 8, 2016 at 17:52:06
Specs: Windows 7
I have bad WiFi coverage on the 2nd floor of my house and I wanted to get a new access point and I have my eyes on 2 different things. They both have pretty much the same specs but one is a router and one is a extender and both would be wired. Which one is better? Or will it not matter?

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October 8, 2016 at 21:27:25
If you can run a cable to the location you wish to put the other wireless device I'd go that route rather than use a wireless extender. If you haven't purchased equipment yet and you're going to go with a wired solution, look at getting an access point instead of a router.

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October 9, 2016 at 00:11:55
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You might also consider the Homeplug method for extending an ethernet connection to most if not all areas in your home.

The Homeplug system carries the lan around the home via mains wiring.. You plug ne module into a mains outlet adjacent to the router; connect the router to it via a cat-5/ethernet cable. Plug another module in a suitable mains outlet elsewhere - in your case roughly where you might place an extender (or just about any router of anybreasonable age); then configure the extender or router to radiate/extend wifi.

Homeplugs provide one ethernet outlet per module; which obviously can provide the connection connection for the extender, or another computer.

There are also Homeplug modules which act as a wifi access point.

Using Homeplugs avoids trailng cables around the home, and is a safer option?

The benefit of using an ethernet cable to "feed" the extender or router is assurd stability and quality of signal.

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October 9, 2016 at 05:54:20
If you have network wiring available then you are going the route of a wireless access point. I have a D-Link Range Extender that is set up as a wireless access point. The quick set up guide did not have the instructions for this but the the downloaded manual did. Certainly if you find a decent wireless access point it will have the instructions for this. It took me some research but the key to seamless network was to use the same settings as your wireless router including the name and access key, this allows the devices to choose the stronger signal and switch as you move about the house. The new device will need a fixed IP address in the same range as the router but different as well though just outside of the range it can automatically assign.

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