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So here is my problem,

I currently own a linksys E3500 router which is from what iv'e heard a pretty good router, it is located in the basement ( I know but I can`t really move it ) my room is located on the second floor, so that mean the signal has to go through 2 floors. I get a full 5 bars for the signal strengh but my internet seems to go up and down and when my brother who's room is just beside mine go on internet, it`s even worst but I still get 5 bars.

So I was wondering if a range extender could solve this issue, I`m mostly concern by the fact that when me and my brother both use our computer at same time it's 10x worst ( I have a 50mbs connection so that's not the problem )

Also, since my router doesn't have a WPS button, I don't understand how I will set up the range extender.

Sorry if I seem confused, my english is terrible tongue.gif.
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If you have 5 bars signal strength, a range extender will probably not fix your problem.

If you have a 50 mbs connection your speed isn't that problem.

Hmm....*thinks*.

It is possible that have a strong signal, but have a lot of dropped packets due to interference and latency? Perhaps something silly like a incorrectly set up bit-torrent client could be over-whelming your router?

What is your ping when your bother and you are online?

Do you have any dropped packets?

Perform a speed test while you and your brother and online, and tell us the results.

Is your router dual band?

Do you have any wireless land-line phones ect or anything else that might be sharing the same frequency as the router? This can cause weird issues sometimes.

One thing is, do either of you bit-torrent? I had a issue where I had like 1,000 bad trackers, and i was slowing down the router. Bit-torrenting if set up incorrectly is notorious for screwing up routers.

Were you or your friends downloading steam games when the problems occured? Regardless of how fast your internet connection or network is, downloading a huge game on steam brings my network to a crawl.

I think we need more technical information about the nature of your network and the problems your having before i can feel confident about recommending a range extender.
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