Hey all! We just moved to a new house. It’s small, but longer. We have a fios gateway g1100 router (and need to keep it for the remote dvr service, etc.) This awful router won’t even extend 30 feet to the room on the other side of the house. Which is only a small half bath away…
What is the best way to extend the network so we can have wifi in all areas but also actually be on the same network? I currently have a powerline adapter with built in wifi, but it has it’s own SSID etc. I set it to use the same SSID as the FIOS router, but I think that’s just for roaming around the house – I don’t think this means all devices connected to the fios router and the d-link powerline can talk to each other – and in turn, the devices connected to the dlink aren’t technically on the same network as the ST hub. Is this so?
I just ordered the TP-Link WPA4530 wifi extender – but I fear it might just be the same as above, where devices aren’t truly on the same network as the hub. Can anyone confirm? OR, could this be used as a repeater?
I read about zwave repeaters, but we also need wifi in these areas too, so that won’t help much.
In short, what’s the best way to extend the range of our wifi but keep every device on the same network (clearly I’m working under the assumption that all devices DO have to be on the same network as the hub, but correct me if I’m wrong.) I really wanted powerline adapters over repeaters as they seem to be more reliable and I get faster speeds with them, but if this won’t work I’m willing to try whatever I can, within reason. We really don’t have much money to spend, so cheaper options are optimal.