You can use most any router as a WAP by just using the LAN ports and ignoring the WAN port. Mostly because of supply and demand you can get a router cheaper.
You have to look very hard for a non N router lately so I suspect you will not save any money by buying a G only device. Even the dual band ones are getting much less expensive.
Signal strength is the same for both N and G, they use the same radios. The quality of the signal will be better for N since it tolerates interference better. This in effect means you get a usable signal at a greater distance but not because the radio signal itself goes farther. When you run a mix of G and N devices your router will try to force your N devices to run in G mode unless it sees only N devices so you really don't get the benefits of N unless you have only N devices. From cost standpoint though you might as well get N and turn it off if you don't need it.
The powerline adapters work just as you describe. This is one of the main uses they sell these for. Based on other forum posts they do have a issue if you were to take a laptop and move between the wireless routers on either end of the link. Sometimes it takes a bit for them to switch over. Still I would set a single SSID and just be aware of the limitation and how often you will be walking around and using your wireless devices.
Hello guys, in advance thanks for your help and patience. I
have taken the time to draw a diagram to help you understand my situations
Note: The length of the ground floor is probably 60-100
feet. With minimal walls/doors on the ground floor
As it stands I only have the second floor router but due to
bad coverage on the ground floor I am planning to place an access point (where
I have purchased a powerline adapter to minimise cabling for
a physical connection to the WAP. This is where I have a few questions that I
would appreciate if you could answer.
1. Will the powerline adapter work in this way
providing a physical connection to the WAP? Im a believer in wiring and
dont like repeating due to complexity and signal deterioration.
In relation to the WAP:
Devices that use wireless are: 3 iphones (wireless n at
2.4ghz) and 2 laptops (wireless g). (future proofing maybe considered)
I am not that fussed with internal network transfer speeds.
I am more concerned with range of wireless as internet access everywhere in the
house is the priority.
2.Will a wireless N WAP benefit me in this
situation or should I stick to the cheaper wireless G WAP's? (future
proofing? mainly concerning range?)
3.I require a wired connection from the WAP so that
my xbox can be wired to the home network. Is there a WAP that has network
switch capabilities or will I need to purchase a seperate network switch to
place before the WAP (from powerline adapter)?
4. I would prefer a single SSID where I can switch or
the device switches from the upstairs router and WAP when signal is better at a
particular point. Is this something that is possible or will I be better off
with two seperate SSID's for WAP and wireless router and manually swicth
5. Which WAP do you think would best serve my
was looking at: netgear wn604?
I apologise if these questions seem obvious, im quite a
networking novice so any help would be appreciated. We all started
somewhere Thank you very much