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Thank you for the reply. I'm not a big fan of the extender either. I plan to remove it in the future once Fiber 150/150 is setup. I think I have to use the Actiontec T3200 because I have two OptikTVs (one wired in the living room, one wireless in the bedroom upstairs).
Looking into a Mesh network, I like the idea of a single network, but for now I can't afford to spend $400.
If I can change the phone lines to an Ethernet jack and keep the Actiontec T3200 in the living room (more or less centered in the house), would it be worthwhile to get a better tri-band wifi router? I can find deals on used or refurbished AC3200 routers, like the D-Link AC3200, TP-LINK AC3200, or Asus AC3200. Would they provide more range and higher speeds than the Actiontec?
If you subscribe to Telus PureFibre, they have an available two point mesh at reasonable price. In the interim, if you can get Ethernet to the lower or upper floor, a second Wi-Fi router will meet your needs. Look closely for the best product for your needs. For example, the D-Link DIR-605L included setup as an extender in its interface, making it an easy and cheap solution. If you can’t get the Ethernet cable to the basement, look to a device such as the Linksys RE6500 range extender, which would work as a single point mesh, or bridge, providing a connection point for Ethernet in your basement.