My desktop is down in the basement below where the internet cable comes out of the wall, and has been for a couple of years. For most of that time I was using a Linksys WRT54GL to get a wireless signal. It worked okay
at first, but over time the signal was gradually deteriorating - I could run a speedtest each week and see a little less speed than before, and I'd get lengthy lag spikes. I tried a few different things, installing 3rd party firmware and messing with the channel, but it seemed to be a hardware issue, the signal was just bad and getting worse.
Not really thinking, I went to the store and bought what they had, which was a Belkin N600DB. Unfortunately, the signal on this one was even worse. It would give me constant disconnects and even browsing the web was slow. Any interference (such as turning on the microwave, or a nearby laptop) would also destroy the signal from either router. I'm guessing that the wireless signal on these $60 routers just isn't enough to reach through the floor into the basement, which just means I need something better.
At this point I just want to solve the problem, so I'm looking to spend as much as $150 on a router that will give me a solid signal. If I could get a great signal for less that would be nice, but I'll just take something I know will work at this point. So what are the good routers these days? I don't need anything too fancy, it just needs to send a strong consistent wireless signal and have basic ethernet ports so I can plug in my upstairs desktop without a lot of hassle.
Also, my desktop computer connects to the wireless through one of those USB sticks that serves as a wireless access point, it's made by Belkin but I don't remember the model number. Are those mostly all the same, or should I be looking to get a specific one? If I get a good router will I need to get a good usb connector, or is a strong signal from the router enough?
Thanks for any help! I am fairly computer savvy in general, but don't know the specifics of home networking too well.