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So I have a good friend who lives in a large old house that is made out of brick. They have trouble with their wireless router not being able to reach throughout their house. (Their router is about 4-5 years old) They want a wireless router that will be able to provide this. My networking skills are less than lackluster so any suggestions?

Budget:100-150 dollars. They can maybe push it to 200 dollars.
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So I have a good friend who lives in a large old house that is made out of brick. They have trouble with their wireless router not being able to reach throughout their house. (Their router is about 4-5 years old) They want a wireless router that will be able to provide this. My networking skills are less than lackluster so any suggestions?

Budget:100-150 dollars. They can maybe push it to 200 dollars.

To start I would sketch up an accurate floorplan of their house (if they already have one that's great, you can just scan it) and use this neat software to check out which areas of their house currently lack good Wi-Fi signal and which areas have strong signals. You basically walk around their house with your laptop/phone, marking where you are in the house as you move around. Once you've gone through the whole house, it will fill in all the areas with different colors, showing you which areas need more signal.

http://www.ekahau.com/products/heatmapper/overview.html

Once you have that all mapped out, you can figure out what the best setup of routers/repeaters would be. I would suggest that you place the primary modem + router somewhere near the center of the house, and then set up a few repeaters as needed throughout the hallways/rooms.
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I didn't know that software even existed. I will do that. Can any router be used as a repeater or do you need to buy special routers? How do you make sure that the repeater is compatible with the router?
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To start I would sketch up an accurate floorplan of their house (if they already have one that's great, you can just scan it) and use this neat software to check out which areas of their house currently lack good Wi-Fi signal and which areas have strong signals. You basically walk around their house with your laptop/phone, marking where you are in the house as you move around. Once you've gone through the whole house, it will fill in all the areas with different colors, showing you which areas need more signal.
http://www.ekahau.com/products/heatmapper/overview.html
Once you have that all mapped out, you can figure out what the best setup of routers/repeaters would be. I would suggest that you place the primary modem + router somewhere near the center of the house, and then set up a few repeaters as needed throughout the hallways/rooms.

wow awsome site survey solution, i will definatly play with this.. + rep smile.gif
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I didn't know that software even existed. I will do that. Can any router be used as a repeater or do you need to buy special routers? How do you make sure that the repeater is compatible with the router?

check in the routers specs or online manual to see if it can be used as a repeater or to give you some ideas here is a list
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=335&name=Wireless-AP-Bridges-Repeaters&Tpk=wireless%20repeater

compatability there maybe a list with which router you buy. generally look for dual or single band, 802.11b/g/n standards compliant and you will find most modern wirless routers/repeaters will be this compliant..

have a look at this for your base router ASUS RT-N56U
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320062
http://www.asus.com/Networks/Wireless_Routers/RTN56U/

also Netgear N600 as well smile.gif
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A very good start for me and a lot of food for thought! Rep+ to both. Thanks for your help!
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