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Best Wireless Router - 3 Floor House

by dukelover79 / September 23, 2010 2:52 AM PDT

I currently have my wireless router in my finished basement. This is where it has to stay and is going to stay. It's a ~6 year old Linksys, nothing fancy. It's doing a fairly good job, but I am not getting great signal strength on my wireless devices (laptop, desktop). So, I am looking for a new router.

I don't need any of the fancy features, I just want a powerful enough router to push a strong signal from the basement to the 2nd floor, where my desktop is located. Currently, when I'm on my desktop or laptop I get about 3 bars (out of 5) for signal. I also connect my Xbox 360 and Oppo blu-ray player to the router, but I never have everything running at once.

Any recommendations you guys can give would be appreciated. Thanks!

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There is no such thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2010 6:06 AM PDT

This question gets asked very often. You can't solve a coverage problem by picking the best router. This issue is thankfully discussed many times and we have one of the solutions in post 18 of this forum's sticky.

If you want to (re)test this area be sure to get the store return policy in writing as you test routers for coverage.

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by TomShick / November 25, 2010 9:43 PM PST

I have tried several routers and the best wired and wireless I have came up with is a Linksys BFSFR41 wired router. Then I connected a Linksys WAP4400N.I have a great signal thruout my 2 story home and what I like most is I never loose connection. When I was using just wireless routers ( Linksys, Netgear, and D-Link) I lost connection a lot. Hope this helps.

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Range expander
by navneetgaur / November 29, 2010 5:00 AM PST

Linksys used to provide WRE-54G range expander. All you need to do is plug them midway and they regenerate the signal for farther coverage. There are other companies that provide similar devices. It is convenient as you do not require any wiring and they pick up the signal and regenerate it.


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