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Old July 12, 2014, 03:12 PM
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My house is a bungalow that is around 54' X 35'. I already have an Asus RT-N56U router in the basement but the Wireless coverage has places where the Wireless speed is not very good.

I saw that I could replace the Wireless part of the router by one or more Wireless AP in the house that would improve the Wireless coverage and performance. I like the idea of separating the router from the Wireless management in an house.

I am looking at Wireless APs that are POE since I am able to run network CAT 6e cables easely in the house. Also I am not interested into AC Wireless AP since it seems to me that the AC standard does not seem ready for prime time.

I saw the ubiquiti unifi products and this kind of product seems interesting.

I also saw on the internet that Netgear and Dlink (dap-2660) had similar products.

My questions are:

I have exactly one 2.4Ghz network coming from the neighborhood houses. Do I really need a 5Ghz frequency for the APs? I have a microwave and I am using Wireless phones in the house.

Saw that unifi products may have noise problems any of you guys know about the problem.

Are there any other models from other companies that exists and that would cost me less than 500$ for each access point and would use POE?


How many APs do I need to cover the house (basement and first floor). My guess would be 2.


On the Wireless network I have:
  • A printer
  • 2 smartphones
  • 1 ipad
  • 3 game consoles
  • 2 portable computers


Of course, we may have more devices in the future so that AP must have some space to grow.



Thank you for your help.
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Old July 13, 2014, 11:35 AM
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Run a cable from your modem to a point highest inside your house and central put router there see if it fixes problem.


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My guess is signal strength issues.
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Old July 13, 2014, 03:58 PM
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Yes it is a signal issue, when I am positionning the router elsewhere (only acting as a Wireless AP access to my home network) the signal is good.


I do not want to move the router, I think a Wireless AP is a good solution to add coverage. Saw the ubiquiti stuff that works over POE, could be a good solution for the coverage problem.


I the Unifi Pro a good solution for home?
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Old July 13, 2014, 05:03 PM
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Two CAT6 (RJ45) to the ASUS Router
one in and one out Put it as high and as central as you can.

Out to this http://www.ncix.com/detail/tp-link-t...34461-1009.htm
fore wired stuff in basement fore basement wire connections.

If still not getting good wireless signal then try a wireless repeater.

Read this Linksys WRT1900AC Router Review

Fore wired only use CAT6 cables even 6'' inches of CAT 5 is a bad thing.

Hight of antenna is major factor in signal strength

I Have a ASUS RT-N-16
In my house I am using a 75' CAT6 and wireless card antenna
there are 4 laptops, 3 tablets, and a smart phone
Most of the time I am good to game away in relative peace.

Those gaming systems if they have RJ45 port try and get them wired.
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