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Wireless router extender vs 2nd wireless router

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In an office that uses a mix of wireless and wired, there are some areas where a centrally located wireless router does not have a good signal to the outer ends of the office space.  I can plug in another wireless router to a wired area that is closer to where the trouble spots are.  

Is it best to use multiple wireless routers or a wireless booster like http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399953,00.asp
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Since you've supplied the link to the article - you've read the reviews...  Wireless extender is the equivalent of getting a bigger antenna for your CB radio.  However, being another device on your network, it is also the equivalent of an extra splice on a LAN cable - it extends your range at the cost of degraded throughput.
An extra wireless router effectively doubles your available client bandwidth within the local network, so there is no performance hit.  However, it will require a configuration with different domain and the establishment of a trust relationship to your primary router.  Alternatively, you can configure it as a wireless bridge, I believe, which should in effect be somewhat like a master/slave relationship to the primary.
Me personally - I'd go with an extra router and spend some time configuring it properly.  Extender seems like too much of a "band-aid" to me.
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Thank you COANetwork.  You confirmed what I expected.
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