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So I set up my older Wireless N router at my parent's place (Linksys WRT120-N) however, the walls in my parent's house are concrete. So if you are pretty much 2-3 rooms away from the router, you barely have a wi-fi connection.

Thinking about upgrading the router to something with dual bands, maybe even some additional antennas.

i.e.

ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600 (Middle price)

or

TRENDnet TEW-692GR Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N900 (cheap option)

or even

ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 (most expensive option)


Do you guys think it would make a difference in signal strength. My poor Mom just wants to use her iPad in the living room, and with the current router it would seem the only way to do so (given where the modem is located), I would have to have a long ethernet cable connected to it stringing to the kitchen (leaving a trip hazard and/or ugly wire cover on their floor). So yeah this seems like the easiest (albeit more expensive) option. But yeah do you think it would work? Or is concrete just gonna kill this connection regardless?

as a side note. They do have a 5 ghz cordless phone, and that thing gets excellent reception everywhere in the house even outside, so my guess is with 5 ghz band on the wireless router, maybe that should do the trick?
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If your router accepts DD-WRT I think there's an option there to increase the signal strength on the wireless signal. The other way would be to get a router with a stronger signal out of the box or I've heard if you built an antenna you can as easily increase the signal strength.
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ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 is one of the best for home wireless, that with some dual channel PCIe or USB wireless N adapters should work well.. here in Thailand the houses are the same with solid concreate walls and floors.. i actually bought a linksys E4200v2 and for my laptop a D-link rangebooster USB wireless N adapter and have perfect wirless all over my house through at max 2 concrete walls and the floor..

my samsung galaxy tablet also works in every corner of the house doing speedtest.net tests thumb.gif
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