Wireless Router

Looking for recommendations for a dependable wireless router for a large home - 3 levels
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Please give us Length x Width of outer dimensions.

I put a Cisco RV220W wireless N router in my basement and it serves basement, main and second floor.

I think if you put such a router in the middle of the main floor, it would likely service the whole house.

If you can put Ethernet between first and second floor, you might want 2 routers (no more than 2). You can also use Power line connection to get between floors.

One router as described will likely do it. Two at most.
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YZTCAuthor Commented:
I believe it may be approx. 32' by 76'. My service comes in on the lower level.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That is a long, narrow house. My internet comes in the lower level as well.

Try a good router as described in the center of the middle floor (inconspicuous spot). Use power line adapters to do this unless you have easy access up with Ethernet.  See what the coverage is.

You may want / need a Wi-Fi router near one end of the middle floor and another near the other end of the top floor. That should give outstanding coverage.
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YZTCAuthor Commented:
I have an Ethernet outlet with easy access on the middle floor. But my camera equipment is on the lower level where the service comes in, and I need the camera settings configured from a router. Any suggestions? Ps, thank you for your advice!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Put a good wired router at the entry point for service and Internet. I do this . Then connect Wi-Fi routers to it.

Set up the main network with a main router for hooking up your camera and perhaps main desktop computer (not wireless) and even printers (which work better wired). I do all of this (I do not have a camera).

Hook up a Wi-Fi router (or two if needed) as follows:

Hook up a LAN port on the Wi-Fi to your network.
Give the Wi-Fi a static IP address on your network.
Turn DHCP OFF on the Wi-Fi router.

Start by putting the one Wi-Fi router roughly in the center of the house and see what coverage you get. It is probably enough.
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YZTCAuthor Commented:
I will try this and keep you posted. Any other recommendations for a router. The Cisco one breaks the bank!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The Cisco router is not cheap but I find it to be excellent and cover a good area. 80 feet (40 feet if in the middle) is a long distance to cover. A cheaper router will certainly work, but you may need more of them.

Let's see what others say.

Another possibility is that you can use "pockets" of internet: Cover key areas on the middle floor and key areas on the upper floor.
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