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Im moving into a pretty large house in a couple weeks. Its big enough we will be needing more than 1 wireless router to not get some serious connectivity issues.
Ill be the network admin for the whole shebang so ive been tasked with getting our interpipes and hardware set up.
Ideally I would run Cat5 to all the computers in the place but thats not really an option. There will be at least 3 laptops, at least 2 towers, and a couple of consoles. All of us are fairly heavy bandwidth users.

Ive never done this before. How would I go about doing this? Can I have 2 independent routers powering the same WLAN (i.e. one on each floor) or would I need to set up one and buy a booster for it?
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Have you looked into wireless-N? I feel that would be rather beneficial in your situation.
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a well placed wireless N router should be able to handle at least a 4000 to 5000 square foot house. If you are bigger than that, consider getting a main router and then buying additional wireless access points

Something like this should do the trick for cheap:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156295

just run a wire to it from your main router and it creates another access point to your network. (the trendnet one i linked you to is the best bang for the buck but more reputable companies like dlink and linksys also make them for <100 dollars)
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Doesn't sound like you really need two wireless access points with a house that holds five people. It just won't be that large. Hell, I can connect to my own wireless access point from a block away!

Start with one wireless AP near the center of the house, and on the top floor, and see how the signal strength is at the edges of where you need coverage. If it's not sufficient, then you can move it and add a repeater.
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Doesn't sound like you really need two wireless access points with a house that holds five people. It just won't be that large. Hell, I can connect to my own wireless access point from a block away!

Start with one wireless AP near the center of the house, and on the top floor, and see how the signal strength is at the edges of where you need coverage. If it's not sufficient, then you can move it and add a repeater.
Sounds good.
Its an 8 Bed 9 Bath place, and its fairly big, but once again you are correct.

I was thinking of going with an Apple Airport Extreme Base Station for the main hub. Ive worked with them before and they are fantastic. Easy to use, powerful as heck, and durable. If I end up needing a repeater ill see what can be done.
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Personally I'd see what range you get with N devices.
As stated, unless you live in a gigantic residence you should be able to get one.

If you do have spotty connectivity in various parts of the house, you can easily set up another router/AP. You would really only need to do the following:

1) Disable DHCP on new device
2) Assign a static IP in the same subnet but outside of the DHCP range of router 1
3) Connect routers together using LAN ports
4) Use the same wireless credentials (ssid, password) on a wireless channel at least 4 away from the original (1,6,11).
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I've had really good success with the WD Livewire. Check into it, a great alternative to wireless.
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Sounds good.
Its an 8 Bed 9 Bath place, and its fairly big, but once again you are correct.

I was thinking of going with an Apple Airport Extreme Base Station for the main hub. Ive worked with them before and they are fantastic. Easy to use, powerful as heck, and durable. If I end up needing a repeater ill see what can be done.
There's really no need to spend that kind of money. Liksys or Asus will do the job just as well if not better for much cheaper.
    
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There's really no need to spend that kind of money. Liksys or Asus will do the job just as well if not better for much cheaper.
Ok. Thanks for the help everyone.
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