Q: I have a N ultra Range/Plus dual N band Linksys (Cisco)router in the room
over my garage. The signal downstairs is weak to non existent. I want a
strong, good router to replace this one. What do you think about a Netgear
WNDR 4500 - N900 router? Any suggestion would be appreciated.
A: I don’t know if trying a different router will make much of a difference in terms of the reach of your wireless network. What I would do and it would add up to about the same money is to add a wireless access point however. This type of solution will better ensure the coverage you are looking to receive.
To add a wireless access point (WAP) I would start by purchasing a powerline adapter kit (these range in cost from about $70 to $140) and I would run an Ethernet (Cat-5 cable) from your existing Linksys router to a powerline adapter and then I would plug it into a wall socket (electrical outlet). In a central location in your house I would plug in the other half of the powerline adapter kit into another wall socket and run another Cat-5 cable to a four-port switch (these range in cost from $20 to $50) and I would then run a third Cat-5 cable to the 4-port switch to enable a hardwired connection to the WAP (these cost anywhere from $40 to $80) where you could then maximize the wireless coverage of your network in your home.