Question Wifi router range


Apr 20, 2011
After a recommendation, I replaced 7 years old VDSL WiFi Router ZyXel VMG1312 for TPLINK Archerv300. It was an improvement in the quality of the Internet and also WiFi range extension. Unfortunately, the opposite is the truth and the old ZyXel had better parameters. Even without an external antenna... It is mainly about improving WiFi range at home, where the apartment of 60m2 the receiving after third door is zero. Is it possible to improve smth in the router setting? Or is there an external solution - repeater, or something like this? The technical data lies when it lists 200m2, etc. I know everything is relative, they take free spaces without walls. But it would be worse until so, it will come strange. Or get more powerful router? Does anyone know about something specific to look at? Or that repeater?

Thanks for the tip and any advice


Fallen Kell

Diamond Member
Oct 9, 1999
You are best off to use a single router and not a repeater unless you connect that repeater with a hard wire/ethernet run. Unfortunately, you are also much better off not getting all-in-one devices, in your case, a combined DSL modem and a wifi router, as they are almost always a device that cut corners to hit a certain cost point.

You should have a separate DSL modem and then connect that to stand-alone Wifi router which can properly support your space. Also, when looking at wifi routers, I highly suggest looking at devices that support 3rd party firmware (like DD-WRT, OpenWRT, etc.) as they will continue to receive patch and update support much longer than what the original manufacturer provides. And as a result of that, you can then look at routers that were the company's flagship models at one point in time that have since been replaced by a new flagship model. The flagship models almost always are less likely to have a design that needed to be within a specific cost point, allowing for better parts and designs to be used for increased performance. And by having 3rd party firmware, you don't have to worry about it being older and not having active patches from the manufacturer.


Feb 29, 2008
Samird, I see you keep recommending these in threads.
I haven't really looked at them in 7-8 years, when they were kind of mediocre.

Are they much better now, pricing, issues with powerlines on different circuits?
I did a quick check and they still seem to be at $100+.


Elite Member
Super Moderator
Oct 25, 1999
With Power there is No real answer unless you try.

Why? One of main variance in its Netwok related performance is the electrical noise on your specific electrical Sytem (Wiring+ Appliances).

So... you buy one unit from liberal return source, unwrap it carefully and try.

Works well - Terrific. Otherwise return it.