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rk911

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Posted: 11/08/18 09:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

currently using a Netgear WN2500RP to extend wifi in my home and it does a pretty good job. but because of the design and layout of the house the farthest room from the router and extender has minimal/spotty coverage. i have configured the extender to use the same SSID as the router to keep things simple.

the 2500 uses an internal antenna and i'm wondering if i were to replace it with an extender with external antennas would make for better coverage in that room. a requirement is that i can set the SSID to the same used by the router.

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Posted: 11/09/18 05:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I posted this recently here:

2012coleman wrote:

Due to the placement of my router in my house, I've had poor WiFi reception in other areas of the house and outside by the pool. A friend told me about the AmpliFi HD WiFi MeshPoint range extender.

I bought one and set it up the other day. I now have extremely awesome connectivity throughout the house and to the edges of my property. No longer suffering from lag while streaming shows on the TV. It has an app for setup and shows what devices are connected.

This is not a repeater that has a different network name. It connects to your Wifi - needs the password, and amplifies the signal from your router. You can get more than one as they connect in series.

I did have to reconnect to Wifi on my devices - TV, Receiver, etc.

Saved me a lot of money as I didn't have to buy an entire mesh setup.


So yes - it connects to your existing router. Easy setup - just download the app.


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Posted: 11/09/18 06:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

thanks. i’ll take a look at that. p

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Like 2012Coleman said, you're going to want a meshed setup. I have Google's and it works great. I ditched all of my extenders for 3 of the google "pucks" - one on each level of the house. Connectivity is seamless and much faster than with extenders.


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turbojimmy wrote:

Like 2012Coleman said, you're going to want a meshed setup. I have Google's and it works great. I ditched all of my extenders for 3 of the google "pucks" - one on each level of the house. Connectivity is seamless and much faster than with extenders.
No - I didn't say he needed a mesh setup. The booster I bought and linked works with your existing router. I guess you could call it mesh, but if your simply looking to expand and boost your WiFi signal, this antenna booster is the way to go. No mesh router needed.

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2012Coleman wrote:

turbojimmy wrote:

Like 2012Coleman said, you're going to want a meshed setup. I have Google's and it works great. I ditched all of my extenders for 3 of the google "pucks" - one on each level of the house. Connectivity is seamless and much faster than with extenders.
No - I didn't say he needed a mesh setup. The booster I bought and linked works with your existing router. I guess you could call it mesh, but if your simply looking to expand and boost your WiFi signal, this antenna booster is the way to go. No mesh router needed.


Sorry - I saw mesh in the URL and ASSumed. I like the mesh setups, though I haven't tried the booster you recommended.

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turbojimmy wrote:

2012Coleman wrote:

turbojimmy wrote:

Like 2012Coleman said, you're going to want a meshed setup. I have Google's and it works great. I ditched all of my extenders for 3 of the google "pucks" - one on each level of the house. Connectivity is seamless and much faster than with extenders.
No - I didn't say he needed a mesh setup. The booster I bought and linked works with your existing router. I guess you could call it mesh, but if your simply looking to expand and boost your WiFi signal, this antenna booster is the way to go. No mesh router needed.


Sorry - I saw mesh in the URL and ASSumed. I like the mesh setups, though I haven't tried the booster you recommended.
Hey - no problem. [emoticon] I like the mesh setups too, but I have a newer router and didn't want to replace the entire setup. This worked out well for me.

But it does have a mesh router that sells as part of a kit with two of the antennas. Perhaps, that's why "mesh" is part of the name. Great product as it can be used with it' own router or the one you already have.

* This post was edited 11/09/18 12:32pm by 2012Coleman *

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Posted: 11/09/18 01:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A mesh system will work and are designed and marketed as simple to use systems.

If you can run one Ethernet wire, I recommend access point(s) instead, specifically this Ubiquiti Long Range model. I have one Ubiquiti AC Pro plus my router, but want to replace the wifi built into router to the Long Range model.


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Posted: 11/09/18 04:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look at Orbi. Great systems. I have installed 2 of them at my kids' houses.


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Posted: 11/09/18 04:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

thanks for all tbe suggestions.

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