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Hey everyone! I moved into a new (very old) house about a week ago. The modem is in the front of the house (which stretches back from the road far, and is narrow)...when in the bedroom, in the very back of the house, my signal drops to 2 bars with my Cisco EA3500. It's probably about 50-60 feet from the router back there. Can you guys suggest an affordable (under $100) router that will have usable internet all over my house, or perhaps another fix that would allow me to keep this router? This one has been great for me, up until this issue, which I assume is partially due to having no directional antennas.

Thanks!
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I think you'd need WiFi Extenders. Although, I don't know of any yet that are good to recommend.

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post #3 of 11
Older houses are built better. Wifi favors modern construction.

I've never had good luck with wifi extenders, and I think the issue lies with how devices handle roaming between different SSIDs with the same subnet.

Ideally, you should run a CAT5 wire from the existing router to the other end of the house. At the other end, plug the cable in to a wireless access point.
    
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My Internet is cable DSL and I have a 2nd cable connection in the back of the house..but there's no way to really use that is there?
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Cable DSL? Which one? Cable and DSL are completely different.
    
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Sorry, it's cable Internet (Comcast Blast package). I guess I typed DSL and remembered it was cable lol, it was a long day!
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it is $7.00 over your limit, but worth the cost - Asus RT-N56U

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320062&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Wireless+Routers-_-N82E16833320062&gclid=CJ7t27reorYCFe1_Qgodd2QAxg

I test wireless devices for a living and this router will blow away most $160 routers. strong signal on both bands, TCP/UDP Up and Down. Update the FW from the Asus site, and you will be fine. Cisco is overpriced.
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post #8 of 11
At work we are having the same problem with a client. It's a hotel in a very old building here, like colonial era almost. The walls are thick and the wifi signal goes nowhere. To get around this, we have been installing Access Points at various locations. These extend the signal, and tend to boost it a little bit. A cheap and reliable one that I will recommend is the D-Link 1360. It's easy to configure, and pretty good for the price.

In your case, I'd find a spot in the middle of the house, where there is still decent reception, and set the AP up there. It will then extend your WiFi signal, so the back of the house should then receive the signal perfectly. The instructions are easy to follow, but basically, you can just run the wizard that you get when you dial the AP through a web browser.

I hope this helps, and if you need any help with using an AP, if you go that route, let me know.
post #9 of 11
I've had and used a crap ton of WiFi routers, and I can tell you one thing with certainty --- you almost always get what you pay for.

The best one I've found so far is my Netgear R6300, and it's not that cheap. Next best was an Apple AirPort Express - the original larger 802.11n single-band one.

If you can run a piece of Cat5/6 cable from one end of the house to the other, you can install a second access point there and have better coverage on both sides of the house. Even under ideal conditions, WiFi can't penetrate certain kinds of masonry/block/brick that well - it does best with drywall and wood, and that's about it.


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post #10 of 11
100%. WiFi is very flaky at times. Still, an AP would be a good shot, and if you get the D-Link 1360, even if it can't extend the WiFi enough for your liking, you can then just run some Cat 5 to it, and use it as an Access Point as Hammong said. Still, it's worth a shot given the price, and it may just be able to extend the network enough.
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