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How to extend my wifi range

I'm completely new to home wifi.

I have an ancient Vigor 2700VG router and it was fine for my notebook and phone staying in the same room.

Now i want to extend the wifi range to whole apartment and bought a tp-link TL-WA901ND. I set it up as a repeater (range extender) per instructions and it's even worse with it than without it.

The whole area is 100 m² (1076 ft²), but with a lot of walls all over.

I want to throw my older router away. So what equipment should I buy?

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What is your budget?

1000 square feet should be achievable by a lot of modern routers. I can make a recommendation based on your budget. Alternatively, I'd recommend the https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XN62VFR/ over the range extender you chose. It seems like the one you have needs to be sure to be on the latest firmware or others had many problems with it. That might be something to try. Changing placement is another thing to try. What problems are you having with the range extender?

Looking at the specs on that router - I'd look to replace it with something modern with good range and that supports modern wifi protocols.

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80$ max

The tp-link TL-WA901ND worked badly as a repeater, with very speeds. Now I managed to set it up in bridge mode with seperate ssid and things are better. So you're saying I should update the firmware of the tp-link ap?

Getting another router, yes, I also think it should be the best thing to do. 1000 ft² might not sound like much, but there are tiny rooms and walls everywhere.

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If it's working, leave firmware alone.

If it was never updated then I update.

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Netgear r6700

I think one router near that $80 I'd recommend is the Netgear r6700. It's $89.99 at Amazon right now, but there is a $10 coupon right on the page that puts it at $80. You can check out reviews of it and they are pretty positive and indicate great range at the price point.

Is the bridge mode now working fine for you with the extender? Yeah, I'd definitely recommend updating the firmware. It was mentioned a few times in the Amazon reviews as a fix for speed/stability.

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Dual band router with single band ap?

If I'm getting a dual band router, does it mean normally I should also get a dual band ap?

On the other hand, I'm thinking of drilling the walls to pass through an ethernet cable from the router to the ap (30 ft away) but with a lot of walls and other obstacles in between. It also works as it is through, but it will be faster with the cable.

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Not necessarily

You should see how a new router performs by itself first. You should be able to use a single band AP with a dual-band router. Wired AP would definitely be best, but may not be necessary.

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Looking for a new router now

I live in Europe and models are somehow different from the ones in the US.

But yes, I'll see how a new router does first, cause the drilling will be a lot of hassle!

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