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I have had this need myself (though not to cover an acre) and I eventually got tired of the horrendously poor capabilities offered by ISP devices. Now, rather than using the WiFi settings of those devices, I turn WiFi off completely on the ISP device and use a separate router. Once you have configured your own router to your liking, it is completely plug &...


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Security Can the router be configured such that future configuration changes can only be made from the LAN and not from the WAN? Is the router protected from XSS/XSRF attacks which could let websites visited by computers on your LAN get control over the router? Does the vendor provide firmware security updates, and are they easy to install? Is it also easy ...


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Most home/consumer gateway devices (commonly called routers) will not be able to handle this volume of traffic. One alternative to consider is products from Ubiquiti Networks as they have several that should fit your need and the prices compare with consumer type products (there are others besides what I list, check their site if you want more detail). ...


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I recommend the ASUS RT-AC66U. It's been rated by SmallNetBuilder to handle 835Mbps download: This is one of the higher through puts I've seen personally. Additionally, it has: Up to 450Mbps wireless speeds on 802.11n Up to 1300Mbps wireless speeds on 802.11ac Concurrent dual band transmissions so you can get up to 450+1300 for a total of 1.65Gbps ...


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Kasperd's answer is good, but there are some other critical things to look for: Reliability Many routers have software that is so poor that it crashes, sometimes as often as every few days. Some routers are made poorly and the hardware fails after a few months or a year. Compatibility Some routers have compatibility issues with some devices. Either of ...


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I've a fair amount of experience with homeplug - I'm not going to recommend specific models since I have no clue if the sinoji plugs I use are available elsewhere or are the best option outside my current market. Wirecutter seems to like zyxel at the moment and are a good place for up to date reviews. I'd suggest getting homeplug 500 or better gear if you ...


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Gargoyle provides exactly what you are looking for. You did not indicate what requirements you had for speed but I would guess that lack of AC Compatibility would not be a deal breaker being how much the overages cost. Gargoyle offers a router that is pre-loaded with their firmware. Link to Product The cost is currently $85.00 Specifications: 802.11 B/G/...


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The only professional tool I know of that somewhat fits this need is the Fluke Networks LinkSprinter. The general operation is that they provide the results to the cloud service (and/or email), but you can can connect to them wirelessly and view the results in a web browser. The 200 and 300 models also have an Android application. Now, I will say that these ...


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To measure the signal integrity all you need is an oscilloscope. Your requirements aren't in the (old) I2C specifications, but need to be found in the data sheets for your particular devices connected to the bus. For sniffing and analyzing the bus I'd recommend a Saleae Logic. (http://www.saleae.com). Later versions can perform analog measurements, too. All ...


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I personally have yet to find a better component for this job than the Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter. Native linux support at least in debian/ubuntu AC/N/G support PCI-E 2.0 1x (probably the single best balance between performance and compatibility of any interface type) Good performance reviews Half-height compatible ...


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Looks like you've got some interference somewhere. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Bad placement of router Radio waves cannot easily travel through granite and other certain materials walls are made of, and your WiFi signal could suffer from degradation if your walls are made of one of these materials. A solution to this would be one (or more) of ...


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I found the EnGenius ENS202 N300 on Newegg. This is a brand of wireless equipment this is designed for outdoor use. It rated up to 158 degrees. It's also water resistant with an IP55 rating, meanint its resistant to dust and low pressure water from all angles. If this model doesn't cut it for you, this company makes a wide range of outdoor rated ...


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A device like this does not exist. The moment you split the pairs in rewiring the connections at both ends, it can no longer be considered CAT5/CAT5e/CAT6 installation because using the green and brown pairs on pins that are spec'd for the blue and orange pairs creates confusion. You also mentioned that there would be considerable cost rewiring and that is ...


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I realise that I'm a little late to the party and you may have already solved this problem yourself but thought I'd chip in with my two cents in case it would be of any use. The router you are absolutely looking for is the Netduma R1, made by a small UK based startup and based upon a Mikrotik router board loaded with Netduma's own firmware. This router ...


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I recently decided to build my own wireless router - and I found the Airetos AEX-QCA9880-NX performing very well on my DIY machine: 3 channels 802.11ac/n/g in a miniPCIe shape.


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I've used 3 different flavours of Ethernet over power. Apparently it's seriously dependant on your household power line quality, and other devices. Once I got it dialed in (and got slightly newer models than my homeplug AV 200 units), its fast and more importantly very reliable. More expensive adaptors support newer 'faster' standards, and practically ...


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Since your laptop doesn't natively support link aggregation, you will either have to use software to combine two connections together, or use a external piece of hardware. To do this in software, you will need to use the onboard LAN and another LAN port (such as a USB to LAN adapter) and then aggregate it together. The advantage of this is that it's cheap ...


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You may have a slight misunderstanding of the equipment. Without seeing specific model information, this is an educated guess, but likely correct. The Verizon equipment is a cable modem/router combination if there is coaxial input and RJ-45 connectors for equipment. The signals from the provider are transported on RF (television/radio type) signals, ...


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The big issue you're going to run into is the need for a hotspot. While there are still recycled and cheap phones made by one or two manufacturers which possess the other features, it's very rare for any of them to also serve as a hotspot. They are considered entry-level phones and usually use a proprietary operating system so everything "looks like the ...


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From a pure numbers standpoint, the Hiro's 5dBi antenna beats the Panda's 2dBi antenna, and both beat the Netgear's tiny on-board antenna, so it's likely the Hiro will give you the best reception of the three. You don't specify your budget, but it looks like about $20-ish. If you're willing to go up to $30, the Alfa AWUS036NH has a powerful transmitter ...


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I have used Devolo dLAN 200AVs extensively in my UK home for about five years now, and they are great. I have about six of them, all single Ethernet port (multiport versions, which three Ethernet ports, are available). I have not found this to be a problem, because I have switches/hubs in most rooms, anyway. They have UK plugs, not US plugs, but none of ...


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Wi-Fi/LAN capabilities, able play music, Netflix, all that stuff. I don't really want any of that. The bluray specification requires that the player firmware is easily updated over time (mostly for copy protection features) and that bluray players include minimum functionality for internet coupled movie features. This is a simplification, you may be able to ...


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Industrial: Cisco offers products with this capability: 4G Routers. I have used their products to build similar configurations. There are many industrial products like this from Cisco and others. They can meet all of your requirements but they are quite pricey. Consumer: Here is a product that is built to act as a backup to a DSL modem and stand between ...


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My go-to is the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite (ERL). The kind of features you're looking for aren't often in consumer routers, though if I had to bet I would figure Asus would be the best place to start. Asus's latest line of routers run a proprietary version of DD-WRT, which ASUS has incorporated their own drivers into and such. Many other CFWs for routers have ...


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The FSF has h-node, a database of hardware that works with free operating systems. Currently, the only PCIe WWAN adapter in the list is the Sierra Wireless, Inc. MC8775. There is one caveat, however: some laptop models have a BIOS that will refuse to boot an operating system if a third-party WWAN adapter is found which is not on a “whitelist” of the BIOS. ...


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Most modern wifi adaptors should work with little issues. My goto spare 'it will certainly work' wifi adaptor's a generic no brand 802.11 n nano adaptor - a few dozen companies make em. They universally use the same, standard ralink chipset. This is the specific one I have, and if you want a branded one Edimax's riff on the product is certain to work. Plug ...


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2,000 isn't much. You can buy 1 very expensive desktop with that, or 5 reasonably priced ones. You want 30. Assuming you want all workstations to be identical, this leaves you with 66 dollars and change per workstation. If an RPi costs 55 at your location, this would work. To turn an RPi into a workstation, you'll need a mouse, keyboard, micro SD-card and ...


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Assuming you have any basic level of competence, the hardware on most of these is a bit... naff, running lower end mips or arm processors, tied up with a custom ASIC. About 200usd would get you something with significantly more flexibility, 4 ethernet ports and such. It might even be more powerful, but I haven't really found documentation on what these run. ...


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For home networking, TP-Link and Netgear are the brands I've found most affordable and relilable; TP-Link tends to be a little cheaper and Netgear a little more reliable, but there's little difference between them. On my home network, I've got a TP-Link TL-SG1005D. This is a Gigabit, 5-port, unmanaged switch - plug the uplink port into your Time Capsule, ...


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While I could not find the ability specific to the wifi network for the RT-AC3200 that @gabygg4 recommended. I was able to determine that you can do this using adaptive qos on this router. In fact on most of the RT series routers you can do this with. Going this route will be a little more cumbersome if you have a client that needs to test on two separate ...


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