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  1. Adam Sanchez

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    Hey all,

    Have a problem I thought I would ask for some help on.

    We have a 2 story condo. The internet/router is upstairs and the TV/Entertainment setup is downstairs, pretty much directly below it.

    My setup includes 2 Linksys WRT54G routers with Tomato on it. The upstairs one is just setup as a regular router. The downstairs one is set as a bridge.

    I have comcast cable. My trouble is I can't ever get the connection downstairs to be strong enough so Netflix streams in HD. It's always SD. I don't know what I can do to improve the wi-fi downstairs. Running a hard line isn't an option. My router already has more powerful antennas. I'm thinking a wi-fi signal does not travel well vertically?

    I don't know much about home networking, but I believe I did read there is another way to setup my routers or than in the bridge configuration that might give me a better signal?

    Any help or input most appreciated.
     
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    Move up to an N router...???
     
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    I've been considering that. But let me ask, would buying an N Router but keeping the old WRT54G downstairs work and would it improve my situation? Would I still be able to set up the bridge? I doubt tomato works with newer routers, so I hope the stock firmwares nowadays are more robust.
     
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    I use the WNDR4500 and it does a 3500sf house with ease. And it isn't even the best N router.The main benefit is the 5G wifi.
     
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    N has less interference.Basic physics principals tell you 2.4 travels farther than 5.You want a simultaneous g and n router. Don't buy one that isn't. I have a feeling the issue is the relative lack of oomph your current router has.Most simultaneous g/n routers are brutes.
     
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    I don't think that Medialink is dual band. And it only does 300mbps.
     

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