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David Pantich Jun 20, 2012, 09:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello,

I'm looking for some advice about wireless. I'm using a Linksys WRT54GL as my wireless router right now and I'm not real happy with it. Bought it from Newegg where it had an incredible number of high ratings. It's obviously working great for others so I'm wondering if maybe I'm just not using it to its full potential.

The problem is that I am not getting the wireless signal consistently throughout the house, especially on the 2nd floor. For example, if I'm watching Hulu on a wireless device downstairs it is perfect. If I do it upstairs, the picture is more pixilated (sp?) and will freeze up quite often.

With all the wireless devices we have now (smart phones, Roku, iPad...) it is getting very annoying to not get a good signal.

I've found tips where you cut an aluminum pop can and put it on the antenna to "increase" the signal. That hasn't really made a difference. I've tried redirecting the antennas and still no noticeable difference.

My house is a two story maybe about 60' long or so. Originally, I had it in the first floor office (on one end of house) but it was right next to the cordless phone, the Verizon network extender AND on the other side of the kitchen wall where the microwave is.

Thought maybe having all those next to each other could impact the signal strength so I moved it to a 1st floor location about in the middle of the house. That didn't really make it any better. As a matter of fact, it seems to have made it worse.

I'd really appreciate any tips. Do I need a stronger/better/faster one or are there other things I can try.

Family is getting very frustrated with the signal throughout the house and of course, it comes back on me to "figure it out" :)

Thanks for any help


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mothow Jun 21, 2012, 06:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ongoing wireless frustration
I wish i could help you but live in an apartment and my Wifi reaches everywhere in my apartment.

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David Pantich Jun 21, 2012, 10:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: wireless repeater recommendations?
I'm jealous

john albrich Jun 21, 2012, 11:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ongoing wireless frustration
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It's not necessarily the router itself. The various WiFi adapters used in the media devices also make a big difference due to both receiving and transmitting characteristics. Even something as simple as changing a "default setting" (e.g. channel(s)) could make a HUGE difference.

See http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/78312/#595512

which also points to my thread on
Re: Why Wi-Fi Connection Not As Fast As It "Should" Be
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/78215/

mothow Jun 23, 2012, 11:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ongoing wireless frustration

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Dr. Peaceful Jun 23, 2012, 02:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ongoing wireless frustration
David Pantich said:
...I'd really appreciate any tips. Do I need a stronger/better/faster one or are there other things I can try...

May I suggest just to get a decent wireless N router. Your router has been out since 2005, it's near the end of product life, and it can only provide wireless G signal. Sometimes, there's a limit on how much you can teach an old dog new tricks. ;) Plus, if you're going to shell out cash for some kind of signal amplifier / booster, might as well just update the router.

There are plenty of newer wireless routers out there. All depends on your budget. Preferably you should get ones with both 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz signal output. The 5.0Ghz signal potentially can reduce interference with other 2.4Ghz devices, however not all devices are compatible to connect to it. You should also pick ones that are compatible with DD-WRT firmware, which could provide you with much more control over the wireless signal settings.

David Pantich Jun 23, 2012, 03:34pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: wireless repeater recommendations?
Thank you everyone for your replies.

I think I should just upgrade to newer router. Any recommendations?

john albrich Jun 23, 2012, 03:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 23, 2012, 04:06pm EDT

 
>> Re: Ongoing wireless frustration
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Read lots of the USER reviews. Granted, there are a lot of people who don't have a clue what they're doing, but you can get an overall assessment of possible challenges with software, antennae, etc. You can also discover which manufacturers seem to have more unsatisfied buyers. Separating the wheat from the chaff in the reviews will depend on your experience.

Also, there appear to be quite a few new 'n'-standard compliant routers that perform no better, and sometimes worse than even "old" 'g' standard compliant routers. Routers that 'run hot' (often leads to premature fail) also appears to be a not uncommon problem

I hope that simply changing your router solves your problem.

p.s.-for what it's worth, of the vendors out there, I've found dealing with Newegg (typ 30 day policy) on defective item returns/swaps to provide the most satisfactory experience. Whatever vendor you go with, read the return/swap-out policy for the SPECIFIC router you are considering buying very carefully or you can be unpleasantly surprised.

Dr. Peaceful Jun 23, 2012, 03:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ongoing wireless frustration
What's your budget?

Here's the top of the line choice, but may be a bit on the pricey side. It officially supports DD-WRT open source firmware, but the default ASUSWRT firmware is not bad. IPv6 support right out of box.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320091

Next best. Note currently it's not officially supported by DD-WRT yet, but doesn't mean it won't be supported in the near future. Plus the ASUS firmware is not bad either.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320062

David Pantich Jul 05, 2012, 11:10am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ongoing wireless frustration
I usually try to buy from NewEgg. They may not have the *best* price each time but I like their service and it seems that the customers are usually more techie oriented than at some other sites.

So the first thing I do when I'm looking at buying something is the reviews. The positive ones are good to read but I find that I get a lot of good information out of the negative ones too. For one thing, I like it when I see the manufacturer respond and offer to help.

What I gathered from reading reviews about several ASUS routers is that their support leaves a lot to be desired.

What is everyone else's experience with ASUS? I don't mind spending $150+ on a wireless router if I know it's going to work and I'll get support if I need it. However, a lot of the reviews are really scaring me as far as ASUS support.


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