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Hey guys,

So a little background. We moved to a newly built 2 story home a few weeks ago, 4 bedroom, a loft, and the living room all prewired to cat5e. All the wires end up in a small wallbox in the masters bedroom where I have a Linksys E3000 and an 8port gigabit switch. This setup has been working fine, except for the lackluster range but I thought i'd buy a new router if my current one is giving me problems. Fast forward to today where my E3000 would reboot randomly due to overheating. I slapped an old intel heatsink on it and its been working fine. I think its time for me to upgrade my router though because its obviously on its way out.

Basically, I'm looking into my options, trying to find out what would suit my setup best. I've been thinking this over for a while now and can't think of anything. I did throw in a couple repeaters in some bedrooms but I have problems where my wifi drops out. It would be great if I could just use one wireless router but given the size of my house I don't think thats plausible. I have attached a layout of the second story, the walk-in closet is where the router would be located. I was thinking getting a router, then using a wireless access point located elsewhere to host the signal.


theres 7 cat5e connections throughout the house, 5 on this floor alone. 4 usable for the network since one is used for the phone.


this is the little box attached to the wall, where all cat5 and coax terminate to. you can see how i ghetto rigged a heatsink onto that router. biggrin.gif

Looking for some thoughts and opinions, as well as some ideas. I'm open for anything, and as far as budget goes, as long as I don't spend over a grand. thumb.gif
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You can just buy a new router and just create the same SSID and password. Just disable NAT and DHCP and you shouldn't have any problems. My ASUS router has a Access point mode which some other routers do as well. Routers go on sale all the time and are typically better for the money than plain access points, trust me I've looked.

Also, don't plug the ethernet cables into the WAN/internet port which is what will use NAT. I have and ASUS, DLINK and a Linksys all in my wireless setup and it works great.
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Oh alright. So essentially, just create extenders right? Just wondering what routers are you using in your setup? From what it sounds like it works fairly well right? I plan on retiring the E3000 and getting a new router. I have a Cisco M20 running tomato that I have setup as an extender downstairs and it runs ok, it would drop wifi on some devices though so I'm not sure if the problem is the e3000's wifi or the M20.
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It's actually used as an access point not an extender so you need a physical connection to the router. I am using an ASUS NT-56U, and DLINK something, and a Linksys 160n I believe. I have had no problems with my current setup and I've been running it for the about 8 months now.
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Ok, I'm thinking my setup would go like this. either an Asus RT-N56U or RT-N65U in the walk in closet, with my existing 8 port gigabit switch, the M20 in bedroom 3 on the second floor, and debating between an Airport express in the living room (for airplay) or a router like the RT-N16 or the RT-N66U (although I think its a little overkill but hey I like that biggrin.gif)

Thoughts?

edit: I'd like to add that all these routers will be connected via cat5e cable. My house was prewired with cat5e all around, might as well put some use to it. biggrin.gif
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Just a heads up, CAT5e is only good for 200m.

I know it's all pre-wired, so there's nothing you can do.

Just saying...
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dushan24 View Post

Just a heads up, CAT5e is only good for 200m.

I know it's all pre-wired, so there's nothing you can do.

Just saying...

Yeah I'm pretty sure they didn't use > 200m to each keystone jack. My property is nothing big, approx 2501 square feet all around. At least I think so anyway unless I'm thinking about this all wrong. wha-smiley.png
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