Probably not the FIRST person to ask this ;-). Trying to figure out the best way to get reliable WiFi in the back bedrooms of my lath and plaster walled house, and extend into the garage below the rooms and back yard if possible.
We cuttently have a 3 or 4 year old Aris DOCSIS 3 gateway, and it won't reach the 60 feet to the back of our house (but I can get WiFi 1/2 way down the block through the window!). I can't put the Gateway in the middle of the house due to wiring. I do have a coax cable in the back bedrooms and garage, and am trying to sort out a wire short in a CAT6 cable I connected under the floor to the Xfinity Gateway, so I do have some way into the Xfinity hardwiring. I don't have a great spot in the mid point of the house for a single regular range extender that wouldn't have to go through walls just like the Xfinity gateway in the front of the house.
The way it looks, my options are:
1. Some kind of mesh extenders like the xFi Pods, Google Mesh or others. Won't get Ethernet though.
2. An AC powerline adapter + router.
3. A Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Mesh WiFi Extender (which is 1/2 the price of the Netgear modem/router, IF I can get my CAT6 cable short fixed.
4. A stand alone cable modem/router like the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900, or combo).
I like the idea of being able to keep one logon for the whole house and not have to switch networks when going from front to back, which as I understand is the beauty of the Mesh setups. But can the Netgear modem/router combo be set up that way, and without losing speed?
MoCA adapters may be a solution for you. You can Google them for more info.
There are other options. Google for info about Powerline Ethernet Adapters, MoCA Adapters.