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Depends on your house and area. Generally, older wireless routers did not cover evenly. I find a dedicated WAP gives a more predictable coverage area.

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As a tip, I installed a program called Xirrus Wifi Inspector (was recommended in another thread) on a laptop and put it in a spot where I wanted great signal.  I then played around on the router with

Great feedback. I am using my RT-N66U as a glorified access point and my Sophos UTM as my firewall and VPN server. Will eventually want to upgrade from 802.11n to 802.11ac.

All good points oj88, and all among the reasons why I recommend testing. For me, there really is no substitute to practical, real-world testing.

So would I supply both routers out of a switch, or supply one router from the other? The wireless only has to travel about 30 feet.

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Thanks Ikon. Not sure why HSS has been buffering for the last two weeks. I would think 60meg could handle a live podcast.

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I have both the ASUS RT-AC66U and 68U.  Both amazing units and well worth it.  I stream 720p video over the N connection no problem on the same floor and through walls.

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I use the old Linksys WRT54G's as access points and all three come directly(or through one hop) off the main switch.  The key is to use different channels for all the AP's, same SSID (of course) and I have no issues with coverage.

I have tested the ASUS router for coverage and I can stay connected up to a half block away.

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I use the old Linksys WRT54G's as access points and all three come directly(or through one hop) off the main switch.  The key is to use different channels for all the AP's, same SSID (of course) and I have no issues with coverage.

I have tested the ASUS router for coverage and I can stay connected up to a half block away.

What kind of siding do you have on your house?

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Brick and the Asus router is actually sitting inside of a closet.  But the signal may be coming from one of the AP's.  Hard to tell.

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A few years ago we put seamless steel siding on the house. It definitely reduced WiFi range outside the house and cell phone signal coming into the house.

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