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I moved to a new place and the walls here are terrible for wireless signals. I need the strongest wireless signal out there. I helped a relative select a new router and their new router had better range than my Asus N66U that I bought a little while ago. The bought the NETGEAR WNDR4500-100PAS N900 router.

Is there anything that has better wireless range than this router? Price isn't a huge deal but I'm not going to pay something ridiculous like $400 for a router. tongue.gif

I now own an N66U.

My relative owns this Netgear and it definitely has more wireless range then my N66U.

Is the RT-AC68U better than both of the other routers in terms of speed and wireless range?

Is there anything else out there that I should consider?



Thanks! smile.gif

How about Powerline or regular CAT6?

Another option is WiFi repeaters.
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Another option is WiFi repeaters.

This. Just get some wireless routers and set them up in AP mode to boost signal strength around the house.
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I think that I will go with WiFi repeaters then. Just need it for tablets/phones for myself and a couple other people.

Out of the routers that I do have listed though. How do they compare? The Asus AC router is quite expensive, but is its WiFi better than both of the other's? I found plenty of solid reviews raving about how consistent its signal was, but I did not find any of the reviews that gave a good, definite range level for it.

I know that signal consistency is more important when you actually have a signal, and it is definitely something I don't want to give up if I don't have to, but I would like to hear how it compares to the Netgear's range if someone knows or has owned one.
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I think that I will go with WiFi repeaters then. Just need it for tablets/phones for myself and a couple other people.

Out of the routers that I do have listed though. How do they compare? The Asus AC router is quite expensive, but is its WiFi better than both of the other's? I found plenty of solid reviews raving about how consistent its signal was, but I did not find any of the reviews that gave a good, definite range level for it.

I know that signal consistency is more important when you actually have a signal, and it is definitely something I don't want to give up if I don't have to, but I would like to hear how it compares to the Netgear's range if someone knows or has owned one.

I have tried them all and like I told you to begin with the amped routers and repeaters are the best.

I started with a netgear and was not happy so I tried another one I cant remember which, then I tried the top of the line Asus and was not happy with this. So I was asking at Microcenter about them and the guy I was speaking to told me to go to fry's and get a amped one. this one made me happy and I was very pleased with it. I also live in an apartment that faces the pool area and I am able to pick up my wifi signal all over the pool and the signal has to go through 2 interior walls and 1 Exterior wall. and at a distance of 100 yards I can still use it!!!

I am lucky to live with in 20 minutes of multiply Microcenters and fry's not to mention best buys.... so I can actually try them and return them...
Edited by seross69 - 1/13/14 at 4:15pm
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That does look like a router with a very long range. The only problem that I am having right now is the very low reviews that it is getting on Amazon (not that they are reliable or anything, but it shows that there might be a QC issue) as well as a low score from CNet because of bad wireless stability.

On the other hand, wireless stability is what the router from Asus excels at and for only $30 more I would rather get that and give up a little range if I need to. I'm just not sure how it compares to the router that I already have or to the Netgear. The Net router has some issues with the signal as well even though it is quite long ranged, but its price is much more fair compared to the Amped router.
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post #16 of 21
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That does look like a router with a very long range. The only problem that I am having right now is the very low reviews that it is getting on Amazon (not that they are reliable or anything, but it shows that there might be a QC issue) as well as a low score from CNet because of bad wireless stability.

On the other hand, wireless stability is what the router from Asus excels at and for only $30 more I would rather get that and give up a little range if I need to. I'm just not sure how it compares to the router that I already have or to the Netgear. The Net router has some issues with the signal as well even though it is quite long ranged, but its price is much more fair compared to the Amped router.

the one I have is around a year old so things could have changed. too bad you dont live near stores and can do like I did try them until I found one I liked!!
post #17 of 21
whoa.. feel sorry for you and your house, my n66u gives me usable wifi about a block and half down my street. and FULL "bars" signal strength anywhere inside my house. lol
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the one I have is around a year old so things could have changed. too bad you dont live near stores and can do like I did try them until I found one I liked!!

I do really wish there was a Micro Center nearby or something. They seem to be so sparse around northern Ohio lol. tongue.gif
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whoa.. feel sorry for you and your house, my n66u gives me usable wifi about a block and half down my street. and FULL "bars" signal strength anywhere inside my house. lol

At least I have thick walls! smile.gif
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whoa.. feel sorry for you and your house, my n66u gives me usable wifi about a block and half down my street. and FULL "bars" signal strength anywhere inside my house. lol

Mine is undetectable a foot away from my house. I got double layer stucco though so my whole house is a faraday cage.
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There are some cheap wireless range extenders/repeaters that are less intrusive

http://uk.tp-link.com/products/?categoryid=1247

these things just plug into a socket and away you go (once configured)
a couple of friends have them and they work very well, and are a cheaper option to a powerline with wireless solution.
    
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