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Fixing the wireless connection in my basement.

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Right now, my current setup is the FiOS router, running into a WNDR3700 which runs DD-WRT (All routing is switched off) as a switch and a WAP (This is on the top floor of my house). Unfortunately, the wireless coming from the WNDR3700 doesn't reach the basement of my house very well. I can access the WAP but the connection is less than ideal. So I have thought of 2 options:

1) Get a new WAP to replace the WNDR3700. This option may be more cost effective but I am not sure how much better the connection would be. The WNDR is supposed to be a good wireless router, and I don't know how much more range a new WAP would get me.

2) Use a MOCA bridge to get wired internet in my basement, and then connect an additional WAP to the MOCA bridge to get perfect internet in the basement. This option seems like the better choice because it would also allow me to connect my XBox, TV, and Receiver to wired internet as well. I would run a cat5 cable to my basement, as far as I know, that would require tearing down walls, and that isn't something I want to do. In this case, I would be running 2 WAPs on the same LAN, but as far as I know, it is possible to make devices treat them as a single wLAN. This option does, however, cost more, and If I get better wifi in my basement, wired internet may not be required.

TLDR: So I guess my main question is: What are some of the "Best" WAPs on the market ~$100? And also, what determines the range of a wireless connection? And also, is there such thing as a "business class" WAP? What kind of WAPs do professionals use when they need to cover a large area with wifi?

Thanks
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I'd run some kind of cable to the basement and put an AP/wireless router there. Most antennas don't have that great of an elevation plane, so it's no surprise it is sucking trying to connect from the basement.

Would this be a viable option?
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Yeah thats what the MOCA bridge is for. Its lets you run LAN over your coaxial cables already in the house.
post #4 of 5
We had a similar problem at my moms place at christmas. I got power line networking adapters and moved the router to the middle floor. Signal quality in the basement was like night and day.

I went as so: Router - - - - power line networking - - - - router.
It simply acts as an extension cable, but uses the wiring in the house instead of coaxial or ethernet.
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I've decided on getting an additional WAP, but im not entirely sure which to get. I've seen some of those Ubiquiti WAP's around, but how do they perform? What are some good WAPs?
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