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So I have a fairly cheap wireless router. I have a decent cable internet speed plan(over 60mbps). I can connect multiple devices to it but I see a degradation in speed when I have more than 2 devices connected to it. Im thinking that if I get a better wireless router it may help but Im not sure what to look for in a router? Maybe add a wireless extender. Will either of these allow multiple connections have fast speeds?
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If the network is 802.11B or 802.11G, the WiFi bandwidth is relatively limited.  If there are nearby B/G networks the situation becomes worse as many devices compete for the limited (and overlapping) 11 channels in the 2.4 GHz radio band.

If the router is B or G, upgrade to an 802.11N or 802.11A-series router.  Note that your devices also have to have either (a) built-in N- or A-compatible interfaces, or (b) the ability to add an N- or A-compatible interface.

As a side note, in major cities it is becoming very difficult to get acceptable wireless speeds no matter what the band because now everybody has a router and a network.  The situation is analogous to trying to carry 500 pounds in a bag that was designed to hold 5 pounds.

If it is at all possible, go back to wired connections or perhaps try power-line networking.  Wired connections always run at best speed.
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When you say that you have speed issues with more than 2 devices connected, how are you measuring that?  What sort of activity is going on with these devices?  Are they streaming video or audio or are they doing large downloads?

Are you getting the 60M bandwidth if you total up what each of the devices are getting at the same time?
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I have a fairly cheap wireless router  <-- The router likely has limited throughput. Slow throughput cannot be solved by adding devices or extenders. You will be hobbled by the base router.

You need to get a fast Wi-Fi router. I look for an internal throughput specification of 750 Mbits/sec or faster.
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