I have been trying different routers at my house for the ideal wi-fi setup and have been struggling to find something that works well. Our house is medium sized (4 bedrooms, 2100 sq.ft) and the wi-fi router is in my office, which is the upstairs corner room. Also there are a LOT of 2.4 GHz WAPs in my neighborhood. My laptop is seeing 15-20 access points above -70 dBm.
After trying a bunch of different routers I bought the Cisco Linksys EA2700 which appears to get good reception throughout the house using 2.4 GHz band. However the 5 GHz band is pretty much useless anywhere outside of my office. I configured the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz using the same SSID thinking it would failover to 2.4 GHz whenever I leave the office. However this "failover" process is not seamless as you would expect - if I'm on a VOIP call on my laptop then it will drop the call during this transition. I've even had it happen in the middle of a conversation while sitting in my office!
So the question is - how can I take advantage of both bands given this scenario? I'm thinking i might as well just return this thing and get a single band (2.4 GHz) wireless-N router! Is the 5 GHz band just "hype" since the range is apparently really poor.
Thanks for the help.