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I have a two story building. I have a D-Link wireless router downstairs, and an access point upstairs. So Wifidownstairs and wifiupstairs. They constantly have to power cycle the router once a week because people cannot logon.

Im looking for a solid professional setup. I need recommendations on hardware. Router > Repeater or Range Extender.

I have a CAT 5 run from downstairs to upstairs fyi.
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by:giltjr
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Which model D-Link?  Does it have the most current firmware installed?
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by:carlmd
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I suggest you take a look at Meraki, at http://www.meraki.com.
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by:StuTek
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We use a Astaro Access Point with our Security Gateway as we are very security conscious and allows tight security over our guest network. In their words "complete unified threat management security".

http://www.astaro.com/en-uk/node/15489
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by:cnl83
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There is no network here. This is a bed and breakfast. They can have access to everything wide open. It just needs to be stable.
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by:StuTek
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Well an extender I would recommend:

http://www.zyxel.com/uk/en/products_services/wap3205.shtml?t=p

Never had a fault with these devices or any of the ZyXEL products for that matter.

This is also dependent on your price range?
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by:carlmd
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Well then Meraki is a simple solution that is cloud (browser based) managed. You could access the management feature from anywhere as the need dictates. Normal traffic does not go through the management cloud.

The Meraki units can be had on a trial basis, so you can prove they work for you before you spend any money.
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by:cnl83
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Would I be better off putting an Antennae upstairs?

I could go from one antennae on router > Cat 5 > to this Antennae upstairs

Antennae
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by:giltjr
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Have you (somebody) looked at the status of the WAP's before power cycle them?

Are there other building/houses/something close enough that other people are using these and they are maxing out their capacity?

How big is the B&B?  How many guests?  I would expect at single centrally located WAP could easily handle a moderately sized B&B.  I have a 3 level (finished basement, 1st floor, 2nd floor) 4000 sq. ft. house and I have a single WAP that is in the middle of the 1st floor that covers the whole house without issues.

I will agree that Merak units are simple and easy to use and good.  We used them temporarily  at my work for a guest WiFi.
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by:StuTek
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You could do, you mentioned you had an open network though,
I would be concerned before distributing an open network over up to a mile coverage as it would allow anyone in the area to use it and as giltjr said above could be access by other people.

Please bear in mind that this solution would also not fix your issue of your router being rebooted, as it would simply extend the coverage area.

The ZyXEL WAP i mentioned above has the option of wireless output controlling capability, which allows you to control the wireless coverage. I'm sure it would cover your needs.
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Maybe 5 Laptops connect at one time.
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A single WAP can easily handle 5 users.  However, what is the single floor sq. ft. coverage.

Although my house is about 4000 sq. ft. it is evenly distributed between all 3 floors.

I would suggest securing the WAP's with a WPA2 key and give out to the guests.  This will prevent unwanted users from using them.
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by:jhyiesla
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I'd get a couple of Apple Air Port Extremes. For a long time we used a couple of high-end access points in our building; one floor, but about 80,000 sq ft. We continually had problems with them. I eventually tried an Airport Extreme and loved it. I replaced the second access point as well and now, we have solid WiFI throughout the building.
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