With the old O2 wireless box i used to get good strong 2.4Ghz coverage around the entire house and out into the garden. With this new Asus box i can't get a working signal in the living room and certainly not the garden even using the same channels, bandwidth and router in an identical place (nor using other channels). Wifi coverage on it just seems far poorer which is a pity because the O2 box is atrocious for anything else.
Im looking for methods to extend range. Ive got several other routers lying around the house, i tried setting the SSID, Encryption, channel and key to the same as the Asus to see if they'd repeat and none do - i just get a WLAN with no routing (so its not repeating).
WDS i don't really want to go down as it appears the setup will only work for WEP.
Currently im using a messy option of an MR3020 just connecting then relaying via its own SSID and subnet to a different network but obviously that wont provide seamless switching and means physically adding another network to all the devices so its not ideal.
Power plug extenders won't really be an option either.
So what im after is the best method to provide coverage of the house WLAN, ideally appearing as the same network throughout the house. If its possible using my existing routers (O2 wireless box, Netgear 614 or MR3020) then great or failing that looking for hardware recommendations of what to buy.
I was hoping this Asus would be good on wireless but it's not - speed wise its fantastic on 2.4 if close and the same on 5G (if im within about 5ft) but range is far lower. I've tried increasing the TX power to 100mW but that appears to have done nothing looking at field strengths.
Just migrated to O2 LLU. Time will tell if the move fixes my unstable connection