[Query] Wifi Router or Extender

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I want to extend the 2.4 GHz WiFi of my JioFiber default modem. I have 2 options, either use a WiFi extender or to run over a LAN wire between the JioFiber modem and use a WiFi router. I won't mind running the cat between the modem and router... Which would generally be a better options with respect to coverage, speed and future readiness, assuming price being the same for both more or less ? Also, feel free to suggest your choice of extender/router in the 1.5K-2.5K range.

Extender: https://www.amazon.in/TP-Link-RE305-AC1200-Dual...

Router: https://www.amazon.in/TP-Link-Archer-C6-Wireles...

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If you have an old router laying around, use that as an extender wirelessly or wired your choice. But if you have to buy, then buy an extender. Tp link will be good for both, buy for the speed you want, this is 1.2gig which is more than you will need, you can buy 750mbps which will work the same with no issues. Make sure the one you buy is dual band so both 5ghz ans 2.4ghz work.

If you want to connect your 2.4ghz, no point buying this because its speed for 2.5ghz is uptop 300mbps only, you can buy the 300mbps single band from tp link for half the price, go for 750 or 1.2g only if you want to extend 5ghz

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If you have an old router laying around, use that as an extender wirelessly or wired your choice. But if you have to buy, then buy an extender. Tp link will be good for both, buy for the speed you want, this is 1.2gig which is more than you will need, you can buy 750mbps which will work the same with no issues. Make sure the one you buy is dual band so both 5ghz ans 2.4ghz work.

If you want to connect your 2.4ghz, no point buying this because its speed for 2.5ghz is uptop 300mbps only, you can buy the 300mbps single band from tp link for half the price, go for 750 or 1.2g only if you want to extend 5ghz

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monu.tanwar123262 wrote:

Use powerline from tplink

Waow, never knew that such a powerlink technology also exists where signals are carried over electric cables rather than ethernet cables :O
Definitely there are pros and cons, but man, this was new to me XD
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The router is you have in your link is good. You can just run a lan cable from you original router and use it as an access point.

It will be faster then just wifi extenders and the range will be better and you can connect more devices to lan port to get faster and stable connector.

Wifi only extenders will drop your speed and ping.

I have 3 wifi access point at home (2 lan and 1 wifi only) so I can tell you to not buy a range extender and buy a modem and connect them to each other over lan for best possible ping and speed.

I am using  Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition as my range extender connected with Lan cable to my modem.

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BlueFlash wrote:
Waow, never knew that such a powerlink technology also exists where signals are carried over electric cables rather than ethernet cables :O
Definitely there are pros and cons, but man, this was new to me XD

U saw videos on youtube?

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Get C6, more flexibility in terms of future usage not to mention I don't suggest exclusively using ISP provided router. It can be connected via wire as well as over wifi to use as wireless extender(I use similar setup with multiple routers).

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guest_999 wrote:

Get C6, more flexibility in terms of future usage not to mention I don't suggest exclusively using ISP provided router. It can be connected via wire as well as over wifi to use as wireless extender(I use similar setup with multiple routers).

Yes. TP LINK any day. Rest of the low cost, fancy Chinese routers keeps collecting data and reports you to the Chinese hq.

I am using this TP-link N300 WiFi Wireless Router TL-WR845N and would recommend it to any one. This is an absolute workhorse and cost only around 1k. 

You can use it a wired or a wireless WIFI extender and the range is satisfactory , no connection drop outs etc. also plenty of features are inbuilt in the router. 

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Speaking from personal experience, a wired connection is far far superior, cost effective & stable than a wireless one. As others have suggested, if you have an old router laying around, use it as an access point connecting it to your primary router via a CAT6 cable. With an extender you'll experience significant drop in speeds & sometimes even drop in connection. 

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SniperX wrote:

With an extender you'll experience significant drop in speeds & sometimes even drop in connection. 

I have to disagree with this statement.

Not on a router like the TP-link N300 WiFi Wireless Router TL-WR845N
Unless someone is working with microsecond sensitive uplink downlink communication, they will not notice any lag or connection dropouts on this particular model.

This router also supports bandwidth control feature.

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Cool, considering all above suggestions, decided to go with router itself.

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teriab33 wrote:

I have to disagree with this statement.

Not on a router like the TP-link N300 WiFi Wireless Router TL-WR845N
Unless someone is working with microsecond sensitive uplink downlink communication, they will not notice any lag or connection dropouts  on this particular router.  

Correct me if Im wrong but that's a router, not a wifi extender.

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BlueFlash wrote:

Cool, considering all above suggestions, decided to go with router itself.

Last December I had the exact same query where I wanted a better connectivity on the first floor while my primary was on the ground floor. Went with using my old router as an access point on the first floor connected to the primary on the ground via a CAT6 cable. Touchwood , haven't experienced even a minute of downtime or speed drop yet 

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SniperX wrote:

Correct me if Im wrong but that's a router, not a wifi extender.

This can be use as a Wireless access point ( connect LAN cable from the isp modem LAN out to WAN in on this device ) or a wireless repeater ( connect to the ISP modem's wifi network and repeat its signal, acting as a wifi range extender.).

You can emulate the GUI and features  of this model here:

https://emulator.tp-link.com/TL-WR845N_V3/ind...tm
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teriab33 wrote:
This can be use as a Wireless access point ( connect LAN cable from the isp modem LAN out to WAN in on this device ) or a wireless repeater ( connect to the ISP modem's wifi network and repeat its signal, acting as a wifi range extender.).

You can emulate the GUI and features  of this model here:

https://emulator.tp-link.com/TL-WR845N_V3/ind...tm

Looks like we both are suggesting using a router as a wifi repeater, the only difference being, I'm pro wired connection & you're pro wireless one. 

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teriab33 wrote:
This can be use as a Wireless access point ( connect LAN cable from the isp modem LAN out to WAN in on this device ) or a wireless repeater ( connect to the ISP modem's wifi network and repeat its signal, acting as a wifi range extender.).

You can emulate the GUI and features  of this model here:

https://emulator.tp-link.com/TL-WR845N_V3/ind...tm
Just fyi, latest v4 of this model doesn't have wds(as per its instructional manual pdf) so can't be used as wireless extender.
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guest_999 wrote:
Just fyi, latest v4 of this model doesn't have wds(as per its instructional manual pdf) so can't be used as wireless extender.
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The simplest one WR845N does have wds. Among higher models, some have & some don't. 

@BlueFlash Careful when you buy a router...check if it has WDS bridge mode feature or else you cannot use it as a wireless repeater ( you can use it as a wired repeater though).


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SniperX wrote:

The simplest one WR845N does have wds. Among higher models, some have & some don't. 

@BlueFlash Careful when you buy a router...check if it has WDS feature or else you cannot use it as a wireless repeater ( you can use it as a wired repeater though).


Even in same model there are different hardware versions so in WR845N there are 4 hardware versions till now & WR845N v4 does not have wds.
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Your question is very simple but answer is not so much.

1) Are you look for just horizontal coverage (mostly) or vertical ( multi storey house) too?

2) what's your primary application for this set-up? Like office work? Gaming? Netflix and chill stuck_out_tongue

3) Do you face obstacles and interference in WiFi signal coverage?

4) Do you want/ need advanced features which comes in premium routers?

5) What kind of bandwidth and latency do you need?
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Total_Fun wrote:
Your question is very simple but answer is not so much.

1) Are you look for just horizontal coverage (mostly) or vertical ( multi storey house) too?

2) what's your primary application for this set-up? Like office work? Gaming? Netflix and chill stuck_out_tongue

3) Do you face obstacles and interference in WiFi signal coverage?

4) Do you want/ need advanced features which comes in premium routers?

5) What kind of bandwidth and latency do you need?
1. Horizontal only
2. Basic browsing/multimedia
3. No
4. Nope
5. 2-3MBps is sufficient with <100ms pings
I know, you might laugh at the point 5 XD, but the usage is for my parents home and they only use for WhatsApp, YouTube, and some IoT devices; None of those 4K/TV streaming and all.
Anyways, finally planned to just settle by using my old router connected via LAN. Based on the current low usage pattern, spending on a new Archer C6 is just an overkill.
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BlueFlash wrote:
1. Horizontal only
2. Basic browsing/multimedia
3. No
4. Nope
5. 2-3MBps is sufficient with <100ms pings
I know, you might laugh at the point 5 XD, but the usage is for my parents home and they only use for WhatsApp, YouTube, and some IoT devices; None of those 4K/TV streaming and all.
Anyways, finally planned to just settle by using my old router connected via LAN. Based on the current low usage pattern, spending on a new Archer C6 is just an overkill.
You made the right choice, especially because you have an old router. But in your case a WiFi extender would have worked just as well.

Using a old router instead of buying one is definitely a good decision, financially.
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i have mercusys gigabit router mr50g..box packed...incase anyone need it

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