I have a homemade network that has worked sort of "OK" with my 2 Win 7's for the last 5 years.
I'm Getting two win 10 computers in the next couple weeks and its time to update the network as well.
I have a 40mb century link DSL line ( so I get 18 - 23mb at main desktop ).
We've been promised 100mb line in the next couple of months for the last year and a half.
Line comes to Zyxel C3000Z Modem cabled to main house computer.
From the Modem I run an ethernet cable 40ft to a Garage Window where it connects to a Belkin pre-n router set as Access Point. The House gets its wireless signal from the Garage Belkin.
The Belkin Signal shoots through the garage window, across yard, 120 feet to my Shop window where a D-link 800 Converted to 810+ grabs the signal. The D-Link is Cabled to a Netgear Router that Provides ethernet connection and wireless signal to the shop.
I made it work by Trial and ERROR and ERROR and ERROR and LUCK.
No Clue as to Channels - or other settings - just pure luck and many tries.
The shop connection is Slow at best with Periods of Incredibly slow between Pre-N Belkin Re-Boots some days.
I'm overwhelmed and under-knowledged after reading google threads product specs etc.
MY IDEA :
I'm thinking I will activate the Wireless feature on the Zyxel C3000Z to supply the house. I would move the Belkin Pre N to inside the shop, replacing it and the D Link ( in the windows ) with a Bridge of some sort ??
Someone suggested a pair of Ubiquity NanoStation loco M5 , but I read 3.2 Miles range. Seems overkill ? -- we are rural and it seems un-needed to show my network to the next town 2 miles over.
Thought about laying an ethernet cable but it has to go across 2 driveways and tree root filled yard. Overhead is not an option.
What do you think of my Plan ?
Any Suggestions appreciated for a simple but effective solution that I could implement.
Thanks for Reading !