Our situation: 7 users living in one off-campus rowhouse (tall and thin) with multiple floors/users/devices (1 user on 1st floor, 2 on second, 3 on third, and one on 4th floor). We are in need of fast, reliable, wifi setup. The ISP for the area thinks one whole-home all-in-one router/modem should work, but we have our doubts. There are 4 floors (plus basement), lots of walls, 7 users with 2 devices each (phones and laptops). We need something that can handle multiple users online at the same time for academics, plus the occasional streaming music and movies. I've been trying to do some research myself online and am getting more and more confused as to which option is best:
- Getting 2 separate router/modems from the ISP and having 2 networks in the house (4 users on one, 3 on the other)? If so, any recommendations as to which floors (i.e. 1st and 3rd? or 2nd and 4th?)
- Using the one ISP router with an extender/booster we buy/install separate? If so, what is the recommendation as far as the best floors to install on, and can you recommend a good, reliable, non-budget-busting extender?
- Using the one ISP router with a Wireless Access point (with the same "If so..." questions as the option above).
Please help! Didn't think this would be so difficult and the new school year is rapidly approaching! Thanks.