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Wifi issues - 4 storey townhouse with smart thermostat

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Dec 27, 2007
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Wifi issues - 4 storey townhouse with smart thermostat

I know very little about technology. I currently have a Linksys E1500 wireless router (Rogers internet) which is quite a few years old. I have the Lennox icomfort smart thermostat and it cannot keep a connection to wifi/internet. The thermostat is on the floor below where my router is and at the other end of the house. I note in many parts of the house my iphone and ipad only show 2 bars of signal. I am wondering if buying a wifi extender would help the smart thermostat stay connected to wifi or if I should buy a new router. Can anyone provide advice. Whatever device I should get will have to be easy for me to install. Thank you so much.
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Deal Guru
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Jun 12, 2007
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Try a new router (borrow one from a friend, or buy one from Walmart /Costco with easy returns)

Some routers have transmitter chips that lose signal power over time (like down to 1 bar a room away)
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Dec 12, 2009
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Feeding 4 floors using a single router is difficult. Try looking for a way to fish an Ethernet cable between a floor or two. Then you can wire a couple of routers together and run one as a repeater. I helped a friend with doing exactly that in a townhouse with basement and 3 upper floors.
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Oct 27, 2004
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Look into a mesh networking system (Linksys Velop, Netgear Orbi). It's a bit more expensive than a single router solution, but will allow you to shape the wifi signal to your particular house. I've installed the 3-node Velop system in my townhouse, and dead spots have been entirely eliminated.
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Aug 12, 2018
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If you have coaxial cable pre wired, you can try the MOCA extenter option without loss of signals.
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going up or down is the hardest and most difficult if it uses a dipole style antenna. If it was dipole you have to place them horizontal.

I would try to run cable. But even that has issues since you would need at least 3 to cover perfect and that would have too much co channel interference.

Your best option is a combination of running cord backhaul and using a mesh setup. In the absence of cord use mesh and postion each node properly. ... tenda+nova

about the cheapest for one with gigabit ports and isn't cloud dependent. ... tenda+nova

that maybe cheaper but its fast ethernet bottle neck. You never get above 12 Mb/s