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Access point or additional router for wifi deadspot

Hi

I currently get little or no wifi coverage in one bedroom. There's ethernet cable access in there, so it's not a disaster, but I'd like to use wifi there with a phone/laptop.

I'm thinking of buying an access point or additional router for the room, connected to the ethernet cable. It needs to have ethernet out, too, to connect to a desktop, and I'd like to not lose any speed as a result - I'm on an unusual 150mb package atm. I'm not sure what category speed router I'd need to buy?

I'd also like something that's reasonably unobtrusive and not crazy expensive.

Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!

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Re: Access point or additional router for wifi deadspot

Also - ideally something with a USB port, that I can plug a hard drive into to make the data accessible on the network.
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Your best bet is a 5 ports network switch and a good quality Wireless access point. Using USB is not a very good idea, speed is restricted. Best bet is a network attached storage device that you could connect to the switch. 


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Re: Access point or additional router for wifi deadspot

Thanks - is it necessary to have two items when a router would presumably do the job?

Fair point re: usb - though it would be mainly for streaming non 4k video. So might usb suffice?

I'm also unclear what speed router or access point I'd need to make full use of my 150 connection?

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11n is considered "old"'ish tech now.  It should hopefully do 150 on 2.4 band, and 300 on the 5ghz bands.  

So don't buy 11n, it's old.

11ac should be more than ample to hit your 150.  Some AP's or Routers come with USB3, there are a odd few that even have eSata.  A dedicated NAS wired is the best solution, but there's a lot of options out there.  I would probably look at routers, £100-£150 range.  No recommendations as I don't use any as a media server, the ones I have used in the past have not been great.

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A network attached drive is much superior to a USB attached. You can have a NAS but something like a WD My Cloud is cheaper alternative and has the Ethernet port for connection to a network switch or the hub. Incidentally the network attached drive can be connected to your hub as there is no benefit to having it in your bedroom unless you want to see its lights.

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It is, in my opinion, always better to have a device that has one function not many. It’s much easier when thing go wrong to just replace one device out of say 6. I have my own router, just a router, 2 WAP’s and 3 Network Switches. If any one totally fails it’s much cheaper to just replace it. Also it makes it much easier with updates. 


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