Originally Posted by Zooyork
As of right now I have no internet... NetGear Router adapter fried and poss router
I am looking to purchase a new router.
I have gotten a load of info from this site so far but still unsure.
Here is what my uses are.
5 Laptops, 2 iPads, 6 iPhones, 1 wireless HP Printer, 1 kindle, 1 Smart TV, 2 PS3, 2 Wii, 2 DS3D, PS Vita plus whatever guest come over. Most of these things are connected all the time except the gaming systems although they are used a lot its mostly laptops, ipad, kindle
Music downloads, programs, Netflix and internet gaming.
I know it seems like a lot to some but not everything is connected at the same time. I also have my sister and her kids living with me my wife and our kids.
My laptops are PC’s wireless N unfortunately 2.5ghz I will be getting a mac soon.
My home is 4300sq ft. I have a Netgear WNDR 3700 unfortunately It drops signal all the time even if I had just 2 laptops on it and that’s it and I would be about 15 feet from the router.
Well the outlet I had it in had a short and it burnt out the adapter so I ordered a new one and am waiting to see if it still works unfortunately Frys, RadioShack and Wal-Mart none had a universal that would work without the connection being loos and disconnecting.
I was looking at the Netgear WNDR 3800, 4000 and the R6300 I also looked at the Linksys EA6500.
I read so much about all and still confused on what would be best for me. I have cox cable and pay for the highest output. I had about 63mpbs on the WNDR 3700 and still would loss connection.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Well you do have a lot going on but it is not unmanageable. First off you need to be aware of is the size of your home. You really need at least 2 wireless points. You do this by using a router as a router and using a second router as an access point. What this means is that you will extend the wireless coverage throughout your home. Using an access point is the best way to extend your wireless range. The other option is using a repeater. This will extend the range but at lower performance.
To use an access point you will need to have a wired connection where this AP will go. If you cannot get a wired connection you can use a PowerLine adapter to do this. But a wire is certainly the least expensive way.
Now regarding all of the clients you have on your net. With the Netgear routers you can create Guest Networks. I suggest you do that to minimize conflicts. One of the things with wifi is the net goes to the slowest device. So what ever you lowest performing device is your net will throttle to that. By creating a Guest Net you spread things across more space. The router treats the guest net as a separate net. So you could create kids net, or media net.
Where possible utilize the 5Ghz net. But the only device you listed that has that is the iPad and the Mac. You can get adapters for the laptops if you want to spread the load further.
Given the size of your house I would suggest either the Netgear WNDR4500 or the R6300. Both of these routers have extended range over the 3700. This amounts to about 10-20% greater range. Netgear has just released the A6200 AC USB adapter so if you were to add an adapter to your laptops then this really would be an upgrade. Plus the AC uses the 5g band so that frees up the 2.4g band for older devices.
You have the challenge of the modern wireless home. But it is solvable.
So if I were you Id buy this
2 Netgear r6300. One as a router and 1 as an access point.
1 Netgear Powerline kit. XAVB5101 for best performance if you can get a wire to the access point
Netgear a6200 AC USB adapters for as many laptops you wish to convert.
This may be more then what you want to spend. But if you want all those devices working at the same time this is what I would do.
Netgear AV Consultant