Networking & Wireless forum

General discussion

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!

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Best Wireless Router - 3 Floor House
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Best Wireless Router - 3 Floor House
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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.


Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Big screens for the big game

Still looking for the best TV deals ahead of Sunday's game? Here are our top three big screen picks.