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First a caviot. Range extenders in general kinda suck. They are a "if you can't do anything else" solution. If it's possible to just move your wireless router to a more central location in your place...that would be a better option. Another option might be to go back to Comcast and tell them to suck on their crappy router/modem combo and get them to bounce you back to a modem only...then go pick up a decent N+ router which would probably cover everything without too much trouble.

If neither of these are really an option, Range Extender it is....
I have in days not terribly too far past, installed one that I thought did a decent enough job and wasn't an absolute bear to setup. Look for a Netgear WN2500RP. It'll set you back about $80 on Amazon right now. I was able to set this up for my uncle and cover his entire house (6 rooms counting bedrooms, living room so on) instead of the two rooms his Xfinity router gave him.
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You can't use those as repeaters. Why did Comcast give you two? They're are charging your a rental fee for both so return one.

Because Comcast kindly sucks like that. If I had a dollar for every time they've tried to screw me or one of my family members out of money for crap we don't need, I'd retire tomorrow. tongue.gif
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You can't use those as repeaters. However, an option would be to run Ethernet halfway or so and connect to the 2nd unit with DHCP off. Basically, you created a WAP.


BUT... Comcast is charging you something like a $5-8/month rental fee. You can get a cheap residential gateway for $30-40.

I saw before your edit, but I received two but am only being charged for one. (Or they are only charging me $7 for 2) I'd hate to run ethernet because it'll just be sitting in the hallway. The distance is only 25 feet, but it is through 4-5 walls to reach the roku.

Do you mean I should return both return both the residential gateways from Comcast and buy one that has a stronger wifi signal? Or just get a cheap one and use it as a WAP?

Knucklehead: Thanks for the recommendation but that is quite out of my budget, I'd rather deal with ugly cords and save $100+.
    
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You could try powerline Ethernet to get to your Roku.
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You could try powerline Ethernet to get to your Roku.
It's an apartment though.... powerline isn't so good there.
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I saw before your edit, but I received two but am only being charged for one. (Or they are only charging me $7 for 2) I'd hate to run ethernet because it'll just be sitting in the hallway. The distance is only 25 feet, but it is through 4-5 walls to reach the roku.

Do you mean I should return both return both the residential gateways from Comcast and buy one that has a stronger wifi signal? Or just get a cheap one and use it as a WAP?

Knucklehead: Thanks for the recommendation but that is quite out of my budget, I'd rather deal with ugly cords and save $100+.

You can get a cheap residential gateway for $24-35 and a used DOCSIS 2.0 modem for $25.

Forget renting equipment... just buy your own! The ROI is less than 8 months! thumb.gif
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