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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
It's been about eight years since I bought a new modem. I think it is about time to upgrade.

I haven't read a lot about the new stuff that has came out, or how they differ, so I hope you guys can help me.

I have to power four iPhones, three PCs, and one laptop, all with the router having to be in the basement with us being on the second floor. So I'm guessing I need a router that can travel far and keep its signal.

What can you guys recommend me? I'd like to keep it under $100. Please tell me if I had missed anything.

Thank you!
post #2 of 13
Dose ur router have to be in the basement? Ya prob got about a foot of stuff going on, with your subfloor alone.......

If ur going to have ur router in the basement, ya might end up putting am AP on ut first floor.

Im looking at this one myself:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704038

my original post:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1330111/pre-purchase-feedback-tp-link-tl-wr1042nd-router

KS

If ya end up putting an AP on the first floor, someone eles will need to help you!
post #3 of 13
Avoid basement at all cost. The bestes routers wifi signal will be cut down if its placed in the basement.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, it needs to be in my basement as my phone line runs through there.

I've never heard of this AP router stuff. Would it help?

And what router would you recommend me putting in my basement? I will consider the AP router if it helps.
post #5 of 13
Why not run what ever telephone stuff from the first floor(or how ever its wired) to the basement?

AP, Acess Point, that connects to a switch/rounter, can be placed somewhere eles:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=33-704-049

or


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=33-704-052

Ever think about rewiring ur house?

KS
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Haven't thought about doing that. I live with my folks so I won't be living here in a couple of years so I'd rather just get the AP router and a router for the basement.

BUT, I would first like to try getting a router and seeing if I actually need the AP. I've been living with the WPN824v2 for eight years and just last year is when it started giving me problems.

That TP-LINK does look nice. I don't really know a whole lot about routers in general, but does 2.4GHz give you longer range (which would help in my case?)

I also read stuff about flashing your router with Tomato or OpenWRT. What is the purpose of doing this?

Thank you for all your help so far. I may just finally eliminate my internet problems.
post #7 of 13
I just bought an Asus rt ac66u. Haven't received it yet, but it reportedly does very well at range. Not quite in your current budget. They do make another excellent router, same thing, just without ac protocol, the rt n66u. Not sure how much it is (168) and look at some comparison testing before you buy to be sure you think it can handle the range.
Edited by Stanjam - 2/11/13 at 11:49pm
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post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yeah, that router seems nice but like you said, way too expensive for me.

Would the TL-WR1043ND be good for the longer range I need?

I was also looking at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320038
post #9 of 13
Get a LAN Powerline Adapters. Have one in the basement connected to modem, and other one anywhere in the house connected in to the router.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Alright, so me and my parents have talked about this and this is my plan: Since the fax is in the basement connected to one phone line and to one number, we were thinking of removing that phone number and adding a new one. Then I hope it runs directly to my room (after we get a new phone number for the fax) and have everything in my room. Does this make any sense? Hard to explain but I dunno if it is possible.

And what is the purpose of those adapters? Wouldn't my router and modem need to be together? Sorry for the noob questions!
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