Should I get another wireless router for my Wi-Fi?

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Dear all, currently I'm staying in a 2 story house. My wireless router is currently downstairs. Upstairs has a weaker wireless connection. So my question is:
  1. Should I get another wireless router and let it run WDS with the same SSID or should I just have another SSID?
  2. Or get a new repeater?
Or maybe you can share how your home architecture is. Thanks all!

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  • TheRealRaven
    Another wireless router needs a different SSID.

    But a second router (or access point) will need to be wired into the first router. Depending on how many devices are upstairs, what their capabilities are and how they're located, you might only need a switch upstairs.

    In my home, I have three wireless routers. One was supplied by my ISP, but none of my devices connect to it except under various required circumstances, usually only for configuration work and that's a wired connection. A second router is for my general home network. A third router isolates some systems from everything else (except for me). The series of routers act as firewalls, giving me a little more control over signals from outside coming in as well as logging traffic that makes it to different parts of networks.

    Also, I have a number of AirLink 101 Powerline adapters plugged in in various rooms. These let me plug an ethernet cable into them and connect through the house wiring to my main home router without needing wireless. Switches connect to each adapter for multiple devices for each.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    You might want to consider scrapping your old-school wireless routers and just a couple (or three) Google Wi-Fi devices. They work very well and they're reasonably priced, especially used ones on eBay. The configuration, management, and signal are better than anything I've ever seen...including the lower-cost, enterprise-ready mesh access points.
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