Originally Posted by Fullinator
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.
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.