What is most effective in increasing wifi range?

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I've read several threads that relate to this subject but found very little in how well things have worked out for folks.

I have a Freedom 150GB - Boost 25 + WIFI account.  I get a weak wifi signal 2 rooms or 30' away from my mode/router.  I installed two outdoor Nest cameras and they drop frequently and are slow, etc.

I have an old low-end Netgear router that I plugged into the back of my modem and I get a 5G signal from that, it appears, and is not very helpful.  So I started searching here.

In the thread at https://community.viasat.com/viasat/topics/i-want-to-extend-my-wifi-range-with-a-wifi-extender-recen... gm92006 wrote that he got a Netgear range extender that worked out pretty well for him.  The negative reviews I see for that item are mostly centered around very poor instructions.

I've read that some folks have instead relied entirely on another router and some have asked how to disable the built-in router.  In the thread at https://community.viasat.com/viasat/topics/how-do-i-turn-off-the-wifi-modem Viasat employee Diana wrote instructions in disabling SSID and suggested that the poster follow-up with an email.  Further down in that thread, employee Alex wrote what appears to be better instructions on how to actually turn off the wifi broadcast.

Before I attempted to follow Alex's instructions and buy a better router, I sent Viasat an email yesterday asking what I could do to improve my wifi range.  I received a response today (Case # 02452320)  stating that the only thing I could do was to use a range extender.  No mention was made about shutting off the router and using a better router.

Ideally, I'd like wifi range going at least 60', preferably even a bit further (my barn is about 100' away and that would be nice, but not critical).

Please share your advice and what has worked for you.  Thanks!
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My advice is to get a separate decent router. I use an ASUS AC-1900P, it works great, and has great range. Others have uses the Netgear Nighthawk series of routers with good reported results. I have tried WiFi repeaters with mixed results, with the dropping of the connection and often need rebooting the repeater being the problem.

I am sure you will get a few more responses from others on this forum with their suggestions.

One thing that is obvious from posts in the past, the Viasat modem/router combo units provide a very poor coverage area, and a separate router have improved the coverage area very successfully.
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Michelle, use an ethernet cord to plug your new router such as Netgear AC1750 into the back of the Viasat model but, maybe disable the Viasat modem's WiFi antenna by using the instruction in the second link in my original post.
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I did order the Netgear Nighthawk AC3000, so very similar to what you suggested. Thank you so much for telling me about the Ethernet cord as I am getting ready to go pick up modem. I am sure we can all relate about having to make another trip back to town...lol!

I will follow your directions on disabling the ViaSat's Wi-Fi antenna.

Thanks again!
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Steve Frederick-VS1/Beam314, Champion

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Michelle, the Netgear Nighthawk AC3000 includes an Ethernet cable in the box, no need to buy one unless you want a longer cable.
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You guys are awesome. I am not quite to town yet so I won't get the cable, I shouldn't need it. Thank you!
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The Nighthawk AC3000?  Nice.  You should have very good range with that.  :) 
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The V modem/router gave me a very weak WIFI in our home, we have a large home and router section of the modem/router did ok on the same floor where it was locate, the signal in the rest of the house, first floor and basement was very weak to non existent.

I bought a Linksys Max stream AC 4000, tri band router, followed the setup which was to simply plug it in to one of the ehternet ports on the modem router, a few simple steps to set up the new routers software monitoring system etc.   In 20 minutes it was setup, the whole house including outside on the deck and by the pool get the same speeds as the floor where the router is located.

This morning i got 47 Mbps in the basement, same as next to the router.  I bought it on sale at Sams for 150, you maybe able to do better but this is a good one.

No adjustments required to the V modem router. 

I have two LAN's one originally setup on the V combo and the new LAN with the Linksys, i keep a couple of the older laptops on the original lan but everything else is on the Linksys.

Also my Viasat service and speeds have been excellent, not attributing that to the new router, but Viasat signal etc.

So bottom line get a new standalone router.
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I agree with the two previous posters that a separate router is the way to go.  I too have the same set up and plan as you.  I was very disappointed with the built-in WiFi range.  I bought a new Netgear Nighthawk router I found on sale on Amazon a year or so ago and the WiFi has an extreme range.  I have a good signal in my pasture 600 feet away.
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Wow, 600' would be great.  My property is 700' x 3000' but I was just hoping to go 100-150' but with greater range I might install another security camera.  What specific Nighthawk model are you using?  I have looked at them and there are lots.
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I just looked and mine is the AC1750/R6700v2.  The 600 feet is even a conservative number.  My house is 980 feet from the main road and I have seen my phone connect to the router as I turned into the driveway.  It was probably the easiest installed router I've used.
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nighthawk!
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I have to agree with others.  A separate router would be the way I'd go.  
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How much do you want to spend? That's basically  the gist of it. A repeater will generally give a lower speed. Mesh networking will have similar issues but its less pronounced. Powerline networking like this https://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/powerline/PLW1010.aspx  perhaps.
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