Solved Wireless range extender or second wireless access point

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October 15, 2014 at 20:47:16
Specs: Windows 7, Core 2 Duo
I have a wired home network set up for a number of years, a couple of years ago, I added a wireless router and hooked it up as a wireless access point. This has worked well but sometimes there are range issues, mainly due to houses close on each side and their own mass of electronics nearby (Queens NY). I just ordered a D-Link Wireless Range Extender to help with the problem and I would like a couple of opinions on two ways to hook it up (which will be better). First, I can use it as a wireless range extender as long as I can find a good consistent spot for it. Second, I could connect it to the wired network at another point as another wireless access point. Which will work better? Which will be easier to hand off between access points? Both are dual band AC types and interestingly enough, the phones access through both bands but the laptops only have access though the lower band.
Original router TP-Link
Wireless router TP-Link
Extender (new) D-Link (should arrive in a few days)

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#1
October 15, 2014 at 20:55:17
Connecting it via a wired connection is going to be your best bet. If you did so wirelessly, you risk interference causing issues. If you connect it to the router with a patch cable, you negate that possibility.

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#2
October 15, 2014 at 21:10:05
Connecting it wired to the network is not a problem since most bedrooms on 2 floors as well as 2 other rooms have Cat 5 or Cat 5e back to a switch to the router, I just have to consider where best to locate it for fuller coverage.
I was wondering if either method would appear to each machine as a single connection and they would just use the better signal or if I have to have it as a separate pair of 'signals' with different network labels and chose the better signal as appropriate. The second might mean occasionally manually switching to the better signal as needed were automatic would be better.

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#3
October 16, 2014 at 07:08:47
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I was wondering if either method would appear to each machine as a single connection and they would just use the better signal or if I have to have it as a separate pair of 'signals' with different network labels and chose the better signal as appropriate.

Most, if not all, wifi capable equipment will automatically shift to the strongest available signal. So if it were me, and this is how I've done it in my home, I would use the same SSID and encryption key on all wireless devices in your house.

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#4
October 16, 2014 at 21:12:52
Ahh... That is what I was missing. The same identifier and password is how they will work as a single network and select the best signal. Thank You Curt R.
Edit: I guess that means one for the 2.4 and one for the 5.0 (low and high). That works for me. Now I only need to wait for it to arrive and set it up as a second access point and we should be all set. Thanks again.

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#5
October 17, 2014 at 05:39:05
I'm glad I could help! :)

Make sure you're buying a dual radio unit in which the radios run at the same time. Some are a "one or the other" setup and that isn't what a guy wants if he has devices that operate at both frequencies.

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#6
October 17, 2014 at 18:15:30
They both are. Thank You

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#7
October 25, 2014 at 17:13:58
Perrrrfect. That was what I was missing. I set the 2.4GHZ and 5.0GHZ freqencies to the same SSID and keys and they act as a single network (as it should), right now I still have it in a temporary location only one room away from the wireless router that I am using as the other wireless access point and reception is nearly perfect throughout. I will soon try a possibly better location that is further away and that could only be better.
Thank You Curt.

Note for all: The D-Link DAP-1650 is listed on Newegg as being a Range Extender with the ability to be used also as a Wireless Access Point as well as a Medial Bridge. The box does not list these other possibilities nor does the Quick Set up instructions that came with it. I had to download the full manual (PDF) from their website to get the full directions for all features. Aside from that, the set up wizard worked fine and I even went through the manual set up just to look at how it was set up and had no issues with the choices. I thought that I might have needed to set a manual IP address for an access point like when I configured the wireless router as an access point for the existing network but this was not needed with this device. With the info Curt supplied and the notes I had from setting up last time, it went very easily.
I just thought if anyone else found this post looking for a solution, I would explain a bit more for them.

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