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I have a small home with two clusters of 2-3 devices which use the Internet - one ground floor, south corner, and the other top floor, north corner.
I have a wireless router (Netgear N750) in the ground floor south connected to my cable modem. All devices in the area of the existing router are plugged into it (Cat5 cable). The devices in the top-north corner use wireless to communicate with the down-south router.
Traditional networking solutions have not worked for me:
- Running cable drops is not in scope for me, as we have a finished basement and I would have to blind drill horizontally across 50' of flooring and joists.
- Tried running cabling through heat vents using a wireless camera mounted to a cable puller and all I did was discover some areas of my home that appeared to be four-dimensional.
- Attic not accessible in locations required for cable drops.
- Tried powerline devices and performance was much worse than wireless - I know that's a major YMMV situation but the Netgear ones I tried had like 5 Mbps connection rates. I also could not connect from other outlets - I have read if you had electrical work installed and have new lines run it can impact powerline performance. That may be the case in my home.
A. I have OK to poor signal strength in top-north and top rate is ~ 150 MBps off what is supposed to be 300N router. Would I get better performance if I installed a wireless router in top-north and connected the top-north devices to it? Down-south performance is fine so it's not the cable modem/internet connection.
B. I believe I'd set top-north router up as a wireless client. I've experimented with Tomato and DD-WRT but don't know how to evaluate. Any tradeoffs I should know about?
C. Any networking changes I should consider if I go with such a topology? (MTU, who does DNS, etc). Currently use router as source for DHCP and DNS lookups. Should I limit which router wireless devices may connect with?