WiFi Extender

I have a project to cover a really big house, and the backyard patio with Wifi. It's 2 story, a little over 5000sf, and the existing modem is not centrally located.
I've tested an Asus RT-AC68p for coverage, and it is not powerful enough, so I need a way to extend the Wifi.
If this were a business, I'd set up a Fortigate Firewall, and have drops ran to various places to connect a managed WAP.
This is the type of seamless coverage I'm looking to provide, but I can't run drops in the house.
Need a solution that can extend a wireless signal seamlessly (Same SSID, and not drop the connection as they stream music/video while walking around the house). A wireless LAN controller, that can manage the WAP's via WiFi would be great. Does someone make such an animal?
DrPingAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

discgmanCommented:
Have you looked into linksys powerline extenders? Its worth a look.

http://www.linksys.com/us/range-extenders/c/powerline-network-extender/

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
DrPingAuthor Commented:
Yes... I considered using those to connect the WAPs, but haven't had good luck (or speed) with encryption turned on.
Actually I tried the netgear versions, and they worked great without encryption, but I'm not sure where the signal ends. Don't know if the neighbors could plug one in and see the network too lol.
DeepinInfrastructure Engineer Commented:
Drping,

Consider below link, works really well and easy to setup

https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap/
Defend Against the Q2 Top Security Threats

Were you aware that overall malware worldwide was down a surprising 42% from Q1'18? Every quarter, the WatchGuard Threat Lab releases an Internet Security Report that analyzes the top threat trends impacting companies worldwide. Learn more by viewing our on-demand webinar today!

Michael-BestCommented:
Depending on your needs & price range, select one of the UniFi Access Point (AP) products listed below.
      
UAP
Frequency: 2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz Throughput: 300 Mbps
5 GHz Throughput: N/A
Range: 122 m

UAP-LR
Frequency: 2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz Throughput: 300 Mbps
5 GHz Throughput: N/A
Range: 183 m

UAP-PRO
Frequency: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
2.4 GHz Throughput: 450 Mbps
5 GHz Throughput: 300 Mbps
Range: 122 m

UAP-AC
Frequency: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
2.4 GHz Throughput: 450 Mbps
5 GHz Throughput: 1300 Mbps
Range: 122 m

Product link:
https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap-ac/
DeepinInfrastructure Engineer Commented:
UAP
Frequency: 2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz Throughput: 300 Mbps
5 GHz Throughput: N/A
Range: 122 m

UAP-LR
Frequency: 2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz Throughput: 300 Mbps
5 GHz Throughput: N/A
Range: 183 m

Either of these would be the recommended. You will need a laptop/pc which runs the controller software which is free to download
DrPingAuthor Commented:
Do the Unify units have to be wired access points?
Would really like something that can extend the wifi without having to be wired, or needing a modified SSID to work.

Found out the house is all MAC's and IPhone, IPad's, not a PC in the place.

Thinking maybe a airport extreme, and airport expresses as extenders.
I'm not really Apple savvy, but it looks like the airport express just needs to have power, and be within range of the Airport Extreme's signal to extend it?
DeepinInfrastructure Engineer Commented:
Yes they do.  They are POE Access points

The controller software can work on MAC's are well

I've not used them before so cant really say
Michael-BestCommented:
All APs need to be wired to a power supply.
UniFi Access Point (AP) work with Mac & Win. OS
DrPingAuthor Commented:
I know wired to a power supply... but wired to the LAN is what I need to avoid.
Those UniFi look like I'd need to use a powerline adapter, to connect them to the network.

Looks like the Apple Airport express only needs power, and to see the main routers WiFi to extend the same network.
I've never used one of the apple units, but I think I'm going to go buy one to test it out.
The extenders that require a different SSID are a pain in the butt.
DrPingAuthor Commented:
Since the house is already full of Apple products, seems OK to follow suit. Especially since it looks like Apple may be the only vendor who has a WAP that can extend the same WiFi SSID, and doesn't need to be wired to the lan to do it.
I'm going to go buy an Airport Extreem, and an Airport express and test them out, I'll post back in case anyone is interested.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Wireless Hardware

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.