Signal extender

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Is there a simple way to extend signal?  I can't walk far from the router without losing the signal.
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James Paramore

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Get yourself a better router. I'm using an Asus RT-N12, I can get a signal in my shed which is about 30 yards from my house.
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Everything we use is through wifi, so maybe I should go ahead and purchase my own router.  Any specific features I should look for when looking for a router?  I really know nothing about routers.  I just want to make sure I get either a router or extender that has the most range and speed.  I guess I'm being pretty picky but I want to make the right decision.  It's for a ranch house and I'd like to be able to set up a security camera on the outside wall of the house.  We have had to deal with theft in the past when we're away.  
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Dual band. Long range. ASUS or Netgear.
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I'd go Asus for a router, one of the mid to high priced ones for the range and, ability to connect more devices.
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Thank you all for your input.  I have another, maybe silly question.  Would a better router and signal extender be overkill? Please keep in mind I don't know much in this area :)
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I have both. It doesn't hurt. I have the router at one end of the house, so I have a weaker signal at the other end. That is where the extender comes in.
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Sure there are. You can use wifi repeaters or extenders. Personally I use the Netgear 2500 ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PE12XXM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) It's dual band and has good coverage. Easy to set up too. 

Andy
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James is correct. Starting with a good, solid router is the best fix. I"m so used to people asking me this question when they already have a good router that I went into "autoreply" mode. 

Andy
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He might mean that he has a Viasat WIFI router and questioning about extending it's range.  The wifi repeaters should work.  I just have a regular modem without wifi but I use an extender with it so I can have wifi in my 5th wheel and it works just fine.
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Yes. Extenders work great if you don't want to replace a router.
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I would go with a good router, such as Andy and Bev have recommended, since using an extender on the Viasat WiFi SB2+(the square one) will ultimately give you slower speeds on your WiFi network, as many users have reported the WiFi speeds are somewhat slower than the direct connected speeds, along with poor area coverage. There is no substitute for using a good router.

Along with that, if you get a router with good traffic monitoring included, it can help you track your data usage, and be very helpful in tracking down where you data is being used, which device is using it.