Adding Router to Home Hub 3000
Lurker for a while, first time poster.
I'm a Bell Aliant Fibreop customer, and they upgraded me today to the Home Hub 3000. I have all three services.
I'm happy with the wired internet (300/100), and Wifi is great within a certain distance of the Bell router, but it fades considerably (along with the speed) the farther away I get from the hub. I also have the wireless TV receivers, although I asked the installer to hook up the existing pre-wired Ethernet drops close to the TVs just in case the TV Wifi ends up not working well - I can then just plug the receivers into the nearby ports.
The installer put the 3000 in the electrical cabinet in the basement - this is where the fiber drop terminates. Problem is, the living room is on the other end of the house, upstairs. As I mentioned, the Wifi signal fades considerably at that distance. It is quite inconsistent but I get speed test results on my iPad anywhere from ~10 Mbps on the 2.4 channel, to ~25-40 Mbps on the 5 ghz channel (usually on the lower end). In the basement this improves to over 100 Mbps when I'm close to the hub.
I have an Asus RT-N53 that I'm considering using in place of the 3000 Wifi. I've been reading and searching through these and other forums for advice and tips, but unfortunately a lot of it extends beyond my technical understanding. I have had success in the past with setting a company router to bridge mode and using the Asus router, but I found it interfered with things like my wireless printer.
I'd appreciate any straightforward tips or instructions on how to use this Asus router to replace or extend the 3000 Wifi. I do have an Ethernet drop in my computer room (my desktop is wired directly to this), and it is where the old Aliant router used to be, in the middle of the house.
(I should mention: I called tech support at Aliant and they said the speed tests fell within their specs, so they didn't consider it to be a problem.)