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Routers I have :

1) WRT160N V2 (DDWRT)
2) Asus RT-N66U (Merlin Firmware)
3) Netgear R7000 ( Unopen)

Ok... Currently I have the AsusRT- N66U sitting in my network box in the garage network box with an 8 port Netgeat Ethernet switch splitting it throughout the house Cat5e hardwired and I have the WRT160N V2 sitting in the master bedroom.... My house is roughly 1900 Sq Fts 2 floors. Rooms upstairs and living room and kitchen downstairs..

I am a little confuse wondering will it better putting the WRT160N V2 in the network box in the garage and using the RT-N66U in the Master bedrrom as an AP router and planning to put the R7000 downstair living room as an AP as well. Since reception not so great having the ASUS N66 sitting inside the garage network box in the back of the house.. I live in a newly built home and it's insulated very well and WI-Fi not so great... Currently with the WRT160N V2 upstair I'm getting pretty good WIFI throughout upstairs, but feel like I am wasting an RT N66 letting it sit in a box in the back of the house (Garage) when N66 are known with excellent range... Should I move the WRT160N V2 inside the network box as primary and APs the R7000 and N66 ? What's better, main concern is WIFI range ?

Hardwired connnections are excellent throughout the house getting avg 30-35 mbs download and 15-18 upload.

Thanks again, all advices and inputs be great. thumb.gif
Edited by TopSpeed510 - 5/15/15 at 3:46am
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Well if your master bedroom isn't far from the living room, I would only use a single AP for your home. That R7000 is what you really want to use as your AP. The Asus box will still be fine acting as the router.


I wouldn't even use the WRT160N. At best I would only use it as a Wireless Client, to receiver wireless.


You really don't want your 2.4ghz to overlap too much. Will just cause more problems. Use 5ghz for anything that needs the throughput.
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No my Master bedroom is right on top of my living room toward the front of the house.. As far as the rest of the rooms upstairs, it's towards the back of the house as I walk down the hallway...

One problem I have with the RT-N66 being in the network box ( Which I didn't have the problem while I used it at my old house in the open) is that my Wifi 2.4 and 5 GHz intermittently drops off and comes back or it'll switch between 2.4Ghz and 5GHz on my Android Note 3 and my MacBook Pro... I realize it's been doing that a lot ever since it's been in that box. Can the problem be where the phone or MacPro trying to switch back and forth to get the best signal and the router is isolated ?

"I wouldn't even use the WRT160N. At best I would only use it as a Wireless Client, to receiver wireless." ??

The reason I never got rid of the WRT160N is because I had it for a long time and W-Fi coverage and Signal been treating me very well.. Any reason not to use it anymore ? Wireless Client ? Meaning as a Repeater ? Sorry I'm not a pro at this terminology lol
Edited by TopSpeed510 - 5/15/15 at 8:12am
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The WRT160N v2 is Ralink based, and only 2x2. While it may have been a decent router for what you are doing now. It doesn't compare to the Asus or Netgear you now have.

You don't want to overlap your wireless networks so much. The R7000 should cover pretty much everything you want it to. You don't want a AP's near eachother, especially only one floor up. Best to keep AP's on the second level anyways. Rule is 20% overlap if you can.


I wouldn't keep my 2.4ghz and 5ghz network on the same SSID. That is asking for trouble. Just add 5ghz to the end of your 5ghz SSID's. Your devices will still switch between the ASUS and Netgear based on range, so that is fine. If you can I would mount the ASUS to the highest point in your Garage, should help with the signal. The reason for keeping the 2.4ghz and 5ghz SSID's separate, is because you have more control over how your devices connect.


And by wireless Client. Like a Bridge. As in it would receive a wireless signal and allow anything connected to its lan ports to have access to your internet. I would only use it on the 5ghz band though. Good for devices that only have 2.4ghz wireless chipsets inside them, or no wireless at all.


The R7000 is a boss of a AP. Range will be better than anything you have ATM, and both bands will be stable. Would be nice to use it as the main router as well, but in your current config. I would just keep using the Asus box, as that is still a pretty solid router.
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Ok I'll swap out the WRT160N to R7000 ASAP.... For my 2.4 and 5 GHZ, I have been using the SSID labeled 2.4 vs 5 ghz for my own good..

As far as the R7000, are you guys recommending stock firmware or something else for stability and performance ?

Also, I use it mostly for internet, massive DL-ing and streaming... what you guys recommend for setting, "N" or "G" ?
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Ok I'll swap out the WRT160N to R7000 ASAP.... For my 2.4 and 5 GHZ, I have been using the SSID labeled 2.4 vs 5 ghz for my own good..

As far as the R7000, are you guys recommending stock firmware or something else for stability and performance ?

Also, I use it mostly for internet, massive DL-ing and streaming... what you guys recommend for setting, "N" or "G" ?

Keep it on Auto. No one uses G anymore, Unless you have a decade old laptop. Pretty much everything is N. 2.4ghz only goes upto N, while 5ghz will go upto wireless AC. Which is a pretty big jump for wireless N. Most high end phones from the last few years will have AC built into them, granted you really don't need more than 2.4ghz for a phone.


I would just use the Stock Netgear firmware for Performance reasons. It has performance optimizations that make it faster than even using DD-WRT.
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Ok thanks bud.. Anything else I need to know ?
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