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Powerful Wi-Fi Router

My client has a ZyXel P-660HW-T1 v3  (ADSL router with a four-port built-in Ethernet switch and IEEE 802.11b/g wireless capability) router that was supplied  several years ago by his Broadband Supplier.

The problem is that the wireless signal is not strong enough to reach all of the rooms in the house.

He was strongly advised that before he goes buying boosters or range extenders that by far the better thing to do is to swap out his ZyXel P-660HW-T1 v3 and replace it with a very good quality router which can broadcast a very strong Wi-Fi signal.  I don’t disagree with this as a first step because range extenders tend to divide the signal by 2 etc. He will look at extenders and Power Line adapters as a phase 2 project. (i.e.  If he gets a very strong broadcast of his wireless signal, he will use that as his foundation, and will build from there.)
His is willing to invest a few hundred if need be on a good quality router to get his broadband right throughout his house.

He doesn’t do much or any gaming at present so his primary uses are:
-      Smart phones in various rooms
-      To hook up smart TV’s in various rooms to the net.
-      To be able to access the net with a decent signal from laptops in various rooms
Given the specs of his current router ( ADSL, Modem/Switch, etc.), he will need to replace those features.

He is not technical and doesn’t even know if these are the correct type, one he seen recommendations for on this net was: ASUS RT-AC68U.
What would you recommend for a VERY good router which emits very strong Wi-Fi signals.

Thank you,
Robbie.

My Ref: 1027848
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Thanks Dave, Rob and DrKlahm

He fully accepts that there can be items in his house ( metal, thick walls, other electronic equipment, etc.) that will interfere with the strength of the signal, especially as he moved further away from the source.  

But that is not his concern here. When he is trying to do is to solve first problems first by getting a good base unit, then after that, he will find additional solutions to improve the signal in rooms and out-houses where the signal is still poor.

Initially what he wants to buy is the most powerful and good quality Wi-Fi router that he can.

Any good recommendations would be very gratefully accepted.

Thank you,
Robert.
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Hi Asif

Excellent feedback!!!  Thank you very much.

I would agree with you from what I have read regarding the DSL-AC68U.

The only other strong feedback that I have is for the NetGear R7000 Nighthawk router.  http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/networking/wifi-routers/R7000.aspx#tab-techspecs

I wonder has anyone and feedback on it ( or any other highly recommended router)  before I make a final decision.

Thanks everyone!

Regards,
Robbie.
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I need to read through our email when I get a chance. But I have just realised that that the ASUS "RT-AC68U"  that does not have ADSL modem built in, so I think that it won't work for me.

There is very similar device DSL-AC68U that does have ADSL and VDSL – fibre modem built in ( I don't have fibre at home, just broadband over my phone line)

The DSL-AC68U is fairly new, I see mixed reports online about it.

I talked with ASUS tech support and the tech said:

      "I would recommend DSL-N55U and keep the rest of the money for potential WiFi range extenders. Please be advised that by EU regulations maximum transmit power is 100mW dBi.  So the wireless performance would be similar on both devices and before buying additional WiFi range extenders would be recommend to change settings to improve WiFi performance.  If there is chance for an upgrade to the FTTC – fibre optic ( VDSL – using phone line ) in the place where new device will be in use the DSL-AC68U may be better choice."

Confused. Nearly back to where I started. Need to make a decisions on a very good quality and powerful router to replace the old "ZyXel P-660HW-T1 v3" early next week.

Thanks for any more thoughts.
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I checked with ASUS again and asked them: "What about DSL-N55U versus DSL-AC68U ? Which is best in this situation? we are trying to get the best signal we can, both through LAN ports and through Wireless. We will use that has a good foundation and then after we get the best signal we can, we will build from there with extenders for far away rooms/out-houses." ?

ASUS Replied: "If there is no option to have Fibre upgrade in the near by future in the are where your customer is based, the DSL-N55U should be as good as DSL-AC68U. Wireless performance should be similar in terms of range, WLAN speeds will be better on DSL-AC68U as it is an AC wireless
And if there is fibre optic installed some time in future, there is option to use on of the LAN ports as WAN port, so it would be possible to use DSL-N55U on fibre with Open Reach modem or any other external modem."

I doubt if my client will have fibre in rural Ireland to his home for at least the next several years.  Still a bit unsure as to the best solution.

Also I called the ISP again, and they said that they would improve the clients broadband, they are not upping the capacity or anything, sounds like they are going to remote into the modem and just chance some settings. I will run a Speed Test afterwards.

Any thoughts on the above items:

Thanks,
Robbie.
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Thanks all, I want to leave this question open until next week when I actively work on the issue, so that I can update everyone, or ask more questions.

Thanks again.