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Topic: Need WiFi help for my new Smart TV
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I just added a smart TV to my home entertainment system. In my attached diagram A is my Desktop PC; B is my Linksys EA7300 (AC1750) router; C is the location of my Onkyo home theater system, though my BenQ projector is located at the ‘F’ in Family Room; F is the location of my new Samsung smart TV. I have two range extenders, a TP-LINK RE450 (AC1750) and an OptiCover TK-360. I originally had my RE450 plugged in at D, but my TV disconnected from the WiFi every time I shut off the TV. I then moved it to E, but that still gave me an erratic connection. Now I have it under the TV where the bedroom meets the hallway (just below the bottom of the F). I stay connected, though sometimes the WiFi is too slow to stream shows, and it needs to buffer for a few seconds. I found having the TV connected with an Ethernet cable to the RE450 gives me better results than using WiFi to the TV. I believe the distance may be challenging for the system, so I am thinking of plugging in the other range extender at D. Would it be better to plug the RE450 in the middle or the TK-360? Do I name both extenders the same as my router? Any help would be appreciated.

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I'm going to suggest that you may have better luck asking this on a PC forum. While I have some networking experience, I hard wire every single PC in my home and I use the Ubiquiti products for my wi-fi. My home is about 60x40 feet and I have the router centrally located.

I'm not sure what is located above/below your router location, but if there is any world where you can add a wire to the location, that would be a much better way of doing things.

I recently took a trip to visit my father in California, and they were having some wi-fi issues in their home. To solve it, I crawled under the home and ran a wire from the PC location to the family room. Put in a Ubiquiti WAP at that location with a hard wired connection to the main router. I also connected their TV and Blu-ray Disc player to the wired connection since it was there.

I might recommend that you looking into hard wired solutions, perhaps those that use power line to extend the network.
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I'd rather deal with the occasional issue of buffering than climb through my attic again. I'm getting too old for that. Being on a concrete slab, underneath isn't an option, either. If I can't find help here, I'll post this on windowsbbs.com.