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Hi all,

My Belkin N1 Vision has gone crazy as it is stuck in a re-boot loop and won't start (in other words can't have wifi access!)
However, did contact Belkin in this respect to see what they offer about their 'Lifetime warranty'.

Irrespective of what the outcome will be, I am interested in buying a new router. I mean this one is old now and technology has advanced, and at home due to very thick stone walls and other things, wifi singal is not strong enough to cover the whole house (router is set in one end of the house where the cable moden is installed).

Bearing in mind the above, kindly advice on any router brand and model that I should look into that can satisfy my needs. Just an overview about what is connected on the network (main PC, three laptops (wireless), and other mobile devices connected wirelessly).

My main concern is the strength of the wifi signal.

Any info would be appreciated.

Tnx.
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If you can find one, id recommend a Netgear with 2 or 3 external antennae. External antennae can be adjusted or upgraded to improve signal strength thumb.gif
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In a house with thick walls and a large foot print I like to get a few cheaper routers (not dirt cheap, but respectable) and setup a repeater/forwarder system using DD-WRT. But the way I do it all depends on what I'm setting it up for.

Personally, for my setup, I use this (breaks my no-cheapo rule) because I was low on funding when I got it. Believe it or not, for $20, it has worked better than other routers that I have spent upwards of $60 on. Throw DD-WRT on it and it's awesome.

I have had varying results with NetGear, Linksys never fails me.

Do you need 5GHz and/or Wireless-N?
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Asus n66u

You get what you pay for, this router has wicked wireless strength and range.
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If you can find one, id recommend a Netgear with 2 or 3 external antennae. External antennae can be adjusted or upgraded to improve signal strength thumb.gif

Tnx for your reply.
I did think about that, and then I would add a couple of buffalo antennas.

Which router do you suggest?

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Originally Posted by brfield View Post

In a house with thick walls and a large foot print I like to get a few cheaper routers (not dirt cheap, but respectable) and setup a repeater/forwarder system using DD-WRT. But the way I do it all depends on what I'm setting it up for.
Personally, for my setup, I use this (breaks my no-cheapo rule) because I was low on funding when I got it. Believe it or not, for $20, it has worked better than other routers that I have spent upwards of $60 on. Throw DD-WRT on it and it's awesome.
I have had varying results with NetGear, Linksys never fails me.
Do you need 5GHz and/or Wireless-N?

Tnx for your reply.

Well, with about a two floor house with about 100M length, and having the main router at one end of the house on the second floor, how do you suggest the set-tup to be?

Well, the 5GHz would help due to the interference from the cordless phones and also the Wireless-N is due to the fact that all our devices to be connected to the wifi are wifi-n.
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If your into playing with things, I suggest using an old PC and throwing pfsense on it and using that as a router. You would just need to add a wifi card and another lan adapter if there isn't already two.
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If you want the best..... custom router plus a 802.11ac residential gateway w/ DHCP disabled.
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Tnx for your reply.
I did think about that, and then I would add a couple of buffalo antennas.
Which router do you suggest?

I dont have experience with specific netgear routers other than the two WRN3500L-100NAS's that i have setup in bridge mode. They don't have external antennae but they work great for me, no need for any custom firmware as they come loaded with options and the price is great.
post #9 of 10
I'd suggest the same as what brfield suggested. I have the Linksys Cisco E3200 and its a solid router. But I would personally Recommend the ASUS N66. Its range and throughput is second to none. You can then add cheap routers/repeaters loaded with DDWRT( third party firmware) to increase coverage.

Please note that the range of 5ghz is much lesser than that of 2.4ghz.

I'd even strongly recommend placing the router somehere closer towards the middle of the house if possible.
Edited by chip94 - 10/28/12 at 3:15am
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Before you settle on a router, check here to see if it's compatible. Then you can set them up as Wireless Repeater Bridges. That will keep all your computers on the same subnet so they will all think they are connected to one AP and file sharing/NAT will work appropriately. Personally, to save money I would get 3 or 4 of these and link them with what I posted above, then place them where you want them.

A good setup would be:
Router 1 (connected to modem) at the edge because that's where your modem is.
Router 2 (first bridge) middle of home
Routers 3 and 4 go on the top floor and a little offset from their bottom floor counterparts.
then offset them a little upstairs if you need some upstairs. Try to get the second one (the one not plugged into the modem) to the closest you can get to the middle of your house and still have >30% signal with ~50% being preferable to prevent drops.

This will give you optimal coverage but you'll have wireless routers acting as access points everywhere. Depending on how far one router pushes signal in your home, you may not need that many,
Also 5GHz will not penetrate as many walls, and drops off quicker. Good for short range and less interference but not so much for brick walls.

Total: about $80 (cheaper if you don't need so many) and a couple hours setup time if you've never had DD-WRT before.


Another option would be to take an old machine and set it up with pfSense and cut the first router out of the mix. That will give you better stability. Not really needed though with the amount of devices you have.
Edited by brfield - 10/28/12 at 11:36am
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