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Im not sure if this goes here

Need Router for Apt Complex, We share internet with my wifes aunt, who live the floor below us, and one apt over.

Right now her Linksys is on the go and internet is far from steady for us =(

We cannot afford our own line of service currently, and even the price of replacing the router with something good is looking to be an issue...

So I need to find out about Wireless N routers that have the strength to get through a few walls and the floor without being super expensive.

It needs to be able to work well with random/multiple devices popping on and off it too, (xbox, PS3, Phones, User#2, friends etc)

And the users myself and my wife in our apt, being gamers, need to be able to connect to it well.

Currently using a Belkin USB Wireless N adapter that we found on the cheap just to connect somehow. Seems to work well, but I just dont think the Router is good enough...



Upstairs
My Apt__.| Non User |
User #2 | Router Here|
Downstairs


Thick walls, HIGH Ceilings, these are good sized apartments, but certainly thick walls.

Must Penetrate 4 walls and 1 floor total
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post #2 of 8
Power-levels are regulated in the US by the FCC - Part 15. They are all 'about' the same. You've been subject to marketing..

If you're looking for better 'coverage' then look into antenna types that spread their RF in accordance to your requirements. Most Wireless N AP's when positioned correctly will cover a 2 story home just fine..
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Get some aluminum foil and make your omni-directional antennas a bit more focused.
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well the other router is dieing so we need to replace it, i want to replace with good product, not cheap out, but not bust out
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no one can suggest an inexpensi9ve, quay router with strong signal?

prefer linksys/cisco
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post #6 of 8
Check Tigerdirect for the linksys E1000 there selling for 20 bucks. Dd-wrt that bad boy and pump up the signal strength an position it properly and youll cover all 3 complexes.

Or you can put the router in whichever comp. Is in the middle of the rest of them.
Edited by Anthony360 - 5/24/11 at 9:54am
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or if you don't want to cheap out get the E4200 and install DD WRT on that. although the router is ~$170-200. It can support dual band simultaneously and be able to setup a guest network. i don't know if DD WRT can setup a guest network on the E4200 or not though
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post #8 of 8
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im not worried a bout gues network, but it does need to be able to handle those random devices

in the apt the router will be, and we are NOT flexible on location of router, will have Xbox gamer and Ipod touch user.

User number 2 is very basic Laptop user on facebook games etc

Our Apt us where the action is
Nightly gaming through steam, Wifi on the PS3, wifi on both our Galaxy S phones


Need something that can just do that without being too expensive
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