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Hello everyone.

About 3 years ago I got a TP-Link MR3220. I used it to share a 3G connection among 1 desktop, a laptop and 3 mobile devices. Worked perfectly. Then about 2 years ago I got an Ipad mini. It was having odd problems connecting to the wifi.
-Takes long to connect
-Once connected it would stop receiving any data after a few minutes to half an hour, even logging into the router was impossible (yet it showed as connected)

Only way to fix this was to turn off the wifi on the Ipad, then on again and wait for a reconnect and hope it works. I left it as is, because everything else worked fine. As a side note, the Ipad didn't have this problem with other peoples wifi, so I know the Ipad isn't faulty.

Over the last few months, things have gotten worse. My dad replaced his old tablet with a Samsung 10" last year, now after almost a year, it too is giving the same connection problems. He got a Samsung A3 about 2 months ago, from the start it's been giving the same issues as the Ipad. Even my Samsung Pocket is having problems, disconnects randomly and reconnects after about 10 seconds.. My desktop with a TPlink wifi USB adapter rarely has a connection problem, but it has happened as well.

I've tried the following to resolve the issue:
-Factory reset
-Firmware update
-Different location for router
-Bought 8db antenna to replace 5db stock antenna
-fiddled with every setting possible, from selecting n only/g only, bandwidth, max speed limiting, channel changing (used app to determine best channel to use)

Nothing has worked. Could it be interference? The issues persist even when in same room, 2 meters from router. I live in a complex and there has been a lot of wifi connections going up around me over the past 2 years. At night my desktop can pickup about 10 connections with fairly weak signal.

Using my Samsung Pocket as a hotspot gives no connection issues though.

I was thinking of getting a wifi AP, and keeping the TP-link to connect the 3G (or buying a new TP-link with 3G support if the current one is simply fried), but budget constraints means I'm stuck with cheaper brands such as:
Totolink
D-link
Trendnet

I'm worried these will give the same results as the TP-link.

Is the router on the way out? If you think so, what's the best thing I can do here?

Thanks for reading.
    
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Stock :( Asus P5N-E SLi 650i @ FSB 266 (1406 BIOS) Chaintech 8800GT 512MB (602/900/1512) Corsair XMS2 5400 Twin2X 3GB @ 333.3MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Seagate Baracuda SATA 750GB 32MB cache Seagate Baracude SATA 500GB Seagate SATA 80GB Liteon DVD Writer 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Zalman CNPS9500 CPU Cooler Zalman VF900-Cu LED GPU cooler Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung 2333SW 23" (1920x1080) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair CX400W Antec Super Lanboy Logitech MX-518 
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