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Belkin N300 wireless router, Windows 7, 2 laptops and 2 PC's, in use.

 

Would this be the best solution for picking up a stronger wi-fi signal ?

 

http://www.ampedwireless.com/products/ua600ex.html

 

Would something cheaper work as well ?

 

There is a wi-fi router in the upstairs, south end of a house.

 

And we are trying to get a stronger signal in the downstairs, north end, basement area.

 

There is some concrete walls between router and 2 computers.

 

Wifi router is run off a cable modem, and Comcast wants more money if you add a 2nd router.

 

But if you just add a wireless router, then there are no extra charges.

 

I don't see what the difference is, other than Comcast wants to suck in more money.

 

 

Any help and advice is appreciated. ;)

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get another router and just not tell them?

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You can get extender for basement.

 

Get something like this.

 

Or you can replace your current router with one of these.

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get another router and just not tell them?

Get what router ?  This Belkin claims to give a strong signal.

 

And I installed the N300.

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The one that you linked to is a 1.5 mile directional. 

 

You would be best served by one of <snipped> instead as they are multi directional. 

 

The one you indicated above is a line-of-sight 1.5 mile directional and doesn't work in all directions.

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^ Thanks !

 

Now, we can get 4 bars at a wooden door in the basement -- will this boost the wi-fi to the maximum of 'excellent' ?

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Yes it would. I have another model of thier USB adapters and it penetrates thru a brick chimney, a solid wood dresser, 2 walls and a fat cat. 

 

I get "excellent" signal or a strength of -56dBm

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Yeah it would...

 

I have one of their routers... it works through the walls, doors, etc... even I take tablet outside .... farther away from the house... making the neighbors confused..  heheh.

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^ OK guys. Ordering now !

 

If it doesn't work, I will blame you. :p

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Ok! All the best! Any issues... Please let me know. 

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^ OK guys. Ordering now !

 

If it doesn't work, I will blame you. :p

 

Get an Amped router or AP if you want a ton of range. I would never, ever, ever buy a Belkin router. Even after the Linksys name purchase.

 

Also, NOTHING can guarantee you an 'excellent' signal.

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Received and installed Amped wifi booster today.

 

It did boost the download speed 2X.

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I got a repeater myself, it's excellent.  I'm never buying another router again, unless I feel like going up to AC.

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Just use Ethernet. I had horrible wifi downstairs so I just got a powerline adapter. It works great for steaming movies downstairs or vice versa. Its easy to setup too. I prefer this to wifi especially if you do gaming.

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Just use Ethernet. I had horrible wifi downstairs so I just got a powerline adapter. It works great for steaming movies downstairs or vice versa. Its easy to setup too. I prefer this to wifi especially if you do gaming.

I don't know how difficult it would be to run an ethernet wire 80 feet or so. ;)

 

And Comcast won't allow 2 cable modems in use.

 

edit:  I saw this ....

 

http://www.adorama.com/ACT511K01.html

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Just use Ethernet. I had horrible wifi downstairs so I just got a powerline adapter. It works great for steaming movies downstairs or vice versa. Its easy to setup too. I prefer this to wifi especially if you do gaming.

Powerline is good for reliability but not always for speed.

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Environment specs: 2 walls, a brick chimney, a solid wood dresser and a fat cat. 

 

With Homeplug adapters:

I have an average transfer rate of 8Mbytes/sec

 

Wireless:

Wireless N 2.4Ghz I have 12-14Mbytes/sec average transfer rate.

Wireless N 5Ghz I have 15Mbytes/sec.

Wireless AC 5Ghz I have 22Mbytes/sec 

 

All measured with LAN speed test and graphed with PRTG

 

 

 

Received and installed Amped wifi booster today.

 

It did boost the download speed 2X.

 
Glad to hear this! Post screenshots with InSSIDer please...

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Get an Amped router or AP if you want a ton of range. I would never, ever, ever buy a Belkin router. Even after the Linksys name purchase.

 

Also, NOTHING can guarantee you an 'excellent' signal.

I agree, never, ever, ever, ever buy a Belkin.

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Get an Amped router or AP if you want a ton of range. I would never, ever, ever buy a Belkin router. Even after the Linksys name purchase.

 

Also, NOTHING can guarantee you an 'excellent' signal.

How come never buy a Belkin? I always bought Belkin, I thought they were good.

 

Did they buy out Linksys?

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How come never buy a Belkin? I always bought Belkin, I thought they were good.

 

Did they buy out Linksys?

 

Linksys is a CICO bi-company, so belkin can never buy them out.

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Linksys is a CICO bi-company, so belkin can never buy them out.

Looks like they bought the Linksys division.

 http://www.belkin.com/us/pressreleases/8798748542012/

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My sis had a Belkin and it barely lasted a day. Couldn't even keep system time properly. She returned it and got another brand (not disclosing) and it was better. 

 

Moral of the story: Never trust a 35 dollar router from wal-mart.

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My sis had a Belkin and it barely lasted a day. Couldn't even keep system time properly. She returned it and got another brand (not disclosing) and it was better. 

 

Moral of the story: Never trust a 35 dollar router from wal-mart.

I wouldn't trust a $3000 router if it was from Belkin  :D

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I wouldn't trust a $3000 router if it was from Belkin  :D

I don't understand why no one likes Belkin? Should I be tossing mine and getting something else?

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I don't understand why no one likes Belkin? Should I be tossing mine and getting something else?

 

Because they are crap?

If I had a choice between  a 10 year old WRT54G or the top of the line Belkin router, I'd pick the WRT.

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