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Router and Extender Solution for Cable internet access

I currently have Brighthouse Cable Company providing Internet assess using the Echo home networking equipment. I asked Brighthouse to come to my house and install an additional access point to extend my WiFi range. The installer could not do it because he needed an additional coax cable connection but I have Direct TV. I am paying $6.00 per month for the router, that’s $72. Anyone have a better suggestion on how to get Wifi all over my house. Looking for a suggestion on Router and Extender paring.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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How big is your house?  I have 2 story house with a basement. I put a Cisco RV220W Wireless router in the basement behind an 8 inch support beam and get coverage all over the house.

It would work just as well if I put the router on the main floor.

You do not need COAX to extend your reach. You can run Ethernet from the router (or modem) to a central point and connect up a Wi-Fi router to your network as an integral part of the network.

To connect a Wi-Fi router:

1. Connect a LAN port on the Wi-Fi router to the network.
2. Give the Wi-Fi router a static IP on the network.
3. Turn DHCP OFF on the Wi-Fi router.

Now it is connected to the network .
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)

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You can use powerline extenders
I didn't understand the reasoning for "more coax".  As far as I know, the coax will come to the modem and end there.  Adding access points would be on Ethernet cable and not coax.  Just to be clear.

I agree that using powerline extenders could be a good way to go.  It's inexpensive and easy to set up.
These things come in pairs but can be used in odd numbers as well - you just have to buy enough pairs to do what you want.  There are pairs that include an access point in one of the pair.  So, you could use this type to get wireless (usually plus one or two Ethernet ports).  And, if you have units with no wireless you could add a wireless router or access point to one of them using an Ethernet connection.

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I can't find a Cisco RV220W and the one reference to it I do see on Amazon looks like it cost more than I am willing to spend.

The question that I am asking is there a better solution for me than to pay Bright house $72 per year for a Wireless Router? I would think that I could get a good router that would cover my house which is 3640 Sq Ft and two stories, any suggestions?
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See if you can find a Cisco RV180W as that is essentially as good.

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I did find the Cisco RV180W but seems like I might have an issue with my modem.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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@rbrown860  - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help. By the way, for now or future, the Cisco RV180W is very good as well.