Home Networking Equipment Ideas

Hello all. I need some opinions on replacing my Wireless network.

Currently, I have 2 Apple Airport Extremes, and 1 Wireless Netgear ADSL Router.

The 2 AAEs are connected separately to the router, and this allows us to get coverage in most part of the house (it's a large house with concrete and granite walls).

I also have a HP Officejet 8500 'wireless printer' that is wired to the router as you can only print to the printer when it's in standby with a physical connection to the router (that's a different story)...

So my goal is to replace everything as the router is slowly dying and as a result of this, I want to be able to access the Internet wirelessly throughout the house, and be able to print from any where in the house without anything connected via cables. And as a bonus, I would like the Internet to be accessible 100 yards/metres down the garden (workshop is there). Basically, blanket coverage.

Suggestions on the equipment to do this would be great. Money is not a problem, unless we are talking about $1000 per item! I would rather get it right first time, and have it last for 5 years. In 5 years, it would be obsolete and needing to be replaced.

Hope you can help.


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Internet to be accessible 100 yards/metres down the garden

Such distance is never assured. It is possible but no vendor would, if they are honest tell you it will absolutely do that.

You are doing the right thing with multiple access points.

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I should correct myself slightly, the distance is not 100 yards/metres, I would say more like 50 yd/mt. So I want something that is weather resistant/proof.

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At past 100 feet.

It's rarely a sure thing. I get the feeling you want all this "off the shelf", "guaranteed to work", "weatherproof", and another list of items. I know of companies that will do all this but it's in the 10 to 20K region.

Maybe you should consider doing this yourself. Put the usual routers, routers as access points and consider an antenna pointing in the direction of the long shot?

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