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I have a device that receives the WiFi signal kinda poorly and it's a 2.4GHz (n) device by the way. If I were to get a higher quality router but still the device only can accept a 2.4GHz (n) signal. But the question is, will the new higher quality router's WiFi go further and be a stronger signal for the that device to use ?

I'm hoping that it will turn the 1 or 2 bar into a 4 or 5 bar quality. If I can't get more bars on the device then I don't want to waste my time upgrading. Let me know thanks.

This is the router I currently have:

Cisco-Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router $80

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003B48UNG/ref=s9_simh_gw_g147_i3_r?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-4&pf_rd_r=1V26JZGB6HD23PPN9HXX&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2090149782&pf_rd_i=desktop

I was thinking about going either one of these:

TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless $90 good price.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BUSDVBQ?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_5&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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NETGEAR AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Router $130 kinda of expensive.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z0V2NQ8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_4&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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D-Link Wireless AC1900 $140 it's little too expensive.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J8NCVX4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_3&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
 

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Not necessarily something of higher quality, but one with higher power output will be helpful.

Some routers allow adjusting its power level, so check your admin interface first before spending money.

Do keep in mind that what your device shows is just the signal level or SNR of the incoming signal. If the device itself is too weak, the outgoing signal would have a hard time reaching the router. In that case you would need a better antenna setup.
 

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Well wouldn't a better router have better antennas so it can go further/stronger so the device will have more bars.
 

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Well wouldn't a better router have better antennas so it can go further/stronger so the device will have more bars.
Sort of. Antenneas by themselves aren't the whole of the picture. A higher dbi rating doesn't necessarily equate with better range and/or coverage. Dbi is itself a crappy unit of measurement because it's misleading. Just as important is the power of the radio transmitter in the device.

In this case however, your linksys router has a pretty poor internal antenna and a listed value of 1.5dbi gain with an okay output. If you want something free, DD-WRT (or whatever the modern equivalent is) will allow you to ramp the Tx value which would increase your visible signal.

Alternatively, the TPLink you noted should provide a better output because of the better antenna setup.
 
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