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I have 4 Wi-Fi devices, really crappy old walls that interfere with Wi-Fi, and a 60mbps cable modem connection. I do game online using LAN (wire/cable) and right now using LinkSys E2500 router with Tomato firmware. I'd like something better, especially for Wi-Fi signal strength and overall modern, but NOT over-the-top hardcore gaming stuff that would be of no benefit to me... I can spend up to $150 on it.
 

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do you own your own cable modem?

If not, I would suggest it.

Advantages : ISP charges and you normally get equal or a tad bit better speeds.

Router wise -

I had my dad purchase the 1750 version of this one. it runs really nice and smooth with no issues.

this is an AC2300, should run great!

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122937

if it's an older house, that's a very hard choice to choose on where to place it.

as an ex TWC installer , there was a ton of variables.

in short -

assuming you will have this connected to your desktop - the questions I have is,

where do you want to connect to wirelessly and how many walls in between from where your current one sits to where your farthest connection plan to be at?

what type of wall ? thick plaster / wood walls or drywall with ventilation ?
 

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Modem was ISP-owned, but has been paid off already, so no need for that. Due to stubborness and selfishness of certain house members (with "it works for me, don't give a damn about the rest of you"), the router would be placed in the worst possible location with least respect to other Wi-Fi users... I don't really know what kind of walls we have, aside from being really thick and getting in the way of good Wi-Fi signal. Electric wiring is also old, therefore those outlet repeaters would be a no-go either...
 

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Modem was ISP-owned, but has been paid off already, so no need for that. Due to stubborness and selfishness of certain house members (with "it works for me, don't give a damn about the rest of you"), the router would be placed in the worst possible location with least respect to other Wi-Fi users... I don't really know what kind of walls we have, aside from being really thick and getting in the way of good Wi-Fi signal. Electric wiring is also old, therefore those outlet repeaters would be a no-go either...



You should convert the old router to have SMA connections out of it for external antenna and then buy some high gain directional antennas. Connect it up and point them your direction in the house. Then, whoever is happy that is closest right now will have the crap connection and youll be fine. For good measure, use some aluminum foil to block off the direction of their room too, you know so as to help "grab" more wifi signal from your direction. :rolleyes: Then you can give them the same excuse they gave you.


That reminds me. If you dont want to spend the money on high gain directional antennas, then you can make your own directional antenna with some aluminum foil. It will obviously work better with external antennas on the router, but you can still make it function with internal ones.
 

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I appreciate the help, but please be more specific in regards to exact item info and $$$ and what to do with those items...
 

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Get this router for one of the best price/performance:
https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-AC17...UTF8&qid=1531775841&sr=8-3&keywords=Archer+C7

Or you can go with one of these for more speed and more packets per second of processing from the dual core processors:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XZ3S6B8/ref=emc_b_5_t
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4R01UJ/ref=emc_b_5_t








As for my other stuff I was talking about, this article is going the other way, from your computer end of things but it should still work:
https://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Low-Cost-WiFi-Antenna



I have mainly seen people do things like that or made out of aluminum foil at the router end of things before. Like these:




 

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Foremost if you can drill and route CAt5e or Cat6 cable to another location it would be best. By this you can then add a switch or router etc on the other end for a direct connection.

Even so you can get a good cable that can be ran externally (outside house) then drilled or run up through vents etc. Once you at least have one Cable to the other location you can then choose a switch or another WIFI router to give signal on that side of the premises.

I know many swear by the wall wireless but and ill connections in old house would lead me to think unsafe for any peripherals.

Above refers to Wireless AP's (Access Points)
 
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