Setup Mobile Hotspot to Netgear AC3200 and need further distance... Recommendations...

Joel Bud
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I have several schools we run an after school program with some are hard wired the others have Hotspots with VOIP phones. Anyhow the end user is using tablets or laptops. I need to setup the Hotspot and router but was looking for any ideas on spreading the signal? I was also considering some sort of Antennas?

 I'm unable to run wires, everything goes in our office and then from there. I need a stronger signal that can go 40-60 feet. I thought about using the hotspot and then using powerline to where the router will go? If that makes any sense. Hook the Hotspot to router, that will need a wire to get the router into the other room.

I have disabled the wireless on the hotspots so I can use my equipment. I have 2 schools I need to set this up at. I'm not sure what to buy or get yet? I'm going for a powerful router but to get from point A to B and then out to tablets. The kids could have 2-3 rooms to use.

Any ideas or anyone with experience that can suggest. I'll get Netgear 3200 unless someone has a better option. I wanted to get Ubiquiti's but I cant run a POE setup on the power adapters....

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I need to order equiptment soon... Thank You All...
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Als looking into these

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S Wall-Plug Tri-Band WiFi Range Extender (EX7500) with NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router (R8000)

and something like this

NETGEAR Nighthawk Mesh X4S WiFi Mesh Extender - Build your own whole home mesh WiFi to eliminate dead zones (EX7500)
David FavorFractional CTO
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Commented:
For your application Powerline Ethernet will likely work best, running Ethernet over AC wiring.

I use Netgear PLP1200-100PAS devices.

Running over AC will likely work better, rather than trying to send WiFi through steel + wiring + concrete in walls.
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.

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You could use Ubiquiti APs and setup a wireless mesh.

UniFi APs are capable of creating a wireless mesh check out their blog on this.

https://blog.ui.com/2017/01/29/moving-beyond-conventional-wireless-network-unifi-mesh/

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WIll do, I'm leaning towards MESH. It would be going through all the usual stuff, Think walls, I'm assuming steel in the walls.

TY all
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.

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If you have floor plans of your spaces you'll like some of the features with UniFi. You can design spaces with your mesh network etc, like this to know where to places your APs based on walls and materials. https://prnt.sc/n4rqeh

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