I'm not sure this is the right place to post this but couldn't find a networking site or similar! Let me know, if this is wrong!
Later this year, I'm moving into a large (3-story) house of 10 people. I'm the guy responsible for setting up the network etc. We've agreed that we will go for 100mb Virgin cable as we are all students and, in evenings, will often all be using our computers for work/youtube/spotify/downloading/xbox/ps3 etc. The price difference between 50mb and 100mb when split 10 ways is tiny, so yeah :)
Obviously Virgin will provide us with their cable router, but I don't think it'll have the power to reach three floors! To this end, I've been looking at a few options & just need some advice as to which would be the best!
- Option 1: Repeater / Range Extender - Obviously this will be the cheapest (good for students :P) but I've heard that this effectively halves the bandwidth?
- Option 2: AP w/ Wired Ethernet - This, I think, solves the bandwith problem as above but a little more expensive & would have to run a cat5 cable through the house - which is fine, just annoying.
- Option 3: AP w/ Ethernet Powerline - I've never used these powerline connectors before so not sure how good they are? Any downsides? Are they guaranteed to work?
Or perhaps there is something I haven't considered? Or maybe someone knows that the Virgin router will be plenty strong enough?