Needs are simple but not sure how to upgrade & configure.
ISP - Charter Cable 15 Mbps down / 3 Mbps up (old Express level of service) with SA 2100 2.0 cable modem
Wireless router (also used for the 4 LAN ethernet ports) - Linksys WRT160Nv3 with most recent firmware
Connected (wired) devices:
Tivo HD (10/100) - limited use other than programming updates; occasional downloads of Amazon movies and streaming of Pandora)
Dell Desktop computer (10/100) - primary home computer; internet access; no desire to stream files from this PC to other networked devices)
Panasonic Blu-Ray DMP-BD65 (10/100) - used to stream HDX movies on Vudu
Panasonic Blu-Ray DMP-BD85 (10/100) - used to stream HDX movies on Vudu (located in separate den)
Connected (wireless) devices:
2 iPhone 4 phones with current iOS operating software - b/g/n capable
Kindle Paperwhite reader - b/g/n capable
Currently not connected (no open LAN ports on the router)
Samsung "non-smart" LN40D630 1080p LCD (10/100) - would only connect to periodically update firmware
Dish ViP722K DVR (10/100) - might use On-Demand, etc. if connected
1. Need more LAN ports. Based on the location of my equipment and ease of running Cat5e, a single, larger "switch" (?) would physically work (i.e. all the LAN ports can be located in one spot). Based on my internet connection, existing devices and intended use (not sharing files between networked devices), I don't need gigabit - just need 100Mbps.
2. WiFi does not adequately cover the entire home. Part of the issue is the current placement of the router which is somewhat necessitated by its 4 LAN ports. I would like to add another router as a bridge / extender (?) to increase the signal at the other end of the home.
3. The wireless router is only 2.4GHz as is our microwave, etc.
4. The router seems a bit unstable. Whenever we lose power, the router must be reset in order to restore WiFi as well as ethernet to all of the wired devices. The cable modem appears to resume operation properly after an outage but the router blinks all lights until it is reset. I don't know if this is a common issue with all wireless routers or if ours is particularly buggy. It is a pain however, especially given that it also serves as the LAN switch for the wired devices.
If the need to reset a wireless router after a power outage is typical, would I not be better off by first connecting my modem to some wired router / switch that would have enough LAN ports to connect all of my wired devices as well as 2 wireless access points? Does such a wired router / switch exist at a relatively low price?
In advance, I appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks.