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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:49 pm 
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I had a Netgear N900 that died on me after a number of years. I got a Netgear R6300v2 on sale, and I am not at all satisfied with it.

I have one wired computer, two wireless laptops, two wireless IPads, two wireless phones. and a wireless kindle fire hdx that are all connected at the same time on occasion (it's a family affair...).

With the N900, everything was fine except we had sporadic dropping of the internet connection, which is why I decided to try a different model. The R6300v2 is much worse in terms of signal strength/range, especially on the 2.4 band.

At this point, I'm considering replacing the R5300v2 with another N900, or going with either the ASUS RT-N66U or the ASUS RT-AC66U. I don't need the ac at this time, but I'm considering it for future proofing.

Does anyone know from direct experience how either or both of the ASUS routers compare with the Netgear N900 in terms of signal strength/range?


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 Post subject: Re: router comparison question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:27 am 
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You could try to disable the buildin wireless and get an access point (or two, for even more coverage), sporting the desired AGNB modes. Some TP-Link modells are cheap to buy and yield reasonable signal strength in return. As a plus you could place the AP at a different location for better spacial coverage, as long as it has a LAN connection to your router.


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 Post subject: Re: router comparison question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:50 am 
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Is your new router using the same 2.4 GHz channel as the old one? It may have defaulted to a more congested channel than you were on before.


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 Post subject: Re: router comparison question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:14 pm 
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washu wrote:
Is your new router using the same 2.4 GHz channel as the old one? It may have defaulted to a more congested channel than you were on before.


Same channel....


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 Post subject: Re: router comparison question
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:57 pm 
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Stephen wrote:
washu wrote:
Is your new router using the same 2.4 GHz channel as the old one? It may have defaulted to a more congested channel than you were on before.


Same channel....

maybe that channel has become more congested.

keep in mind wifi is a two way street. the connection is only as good as the weakest link. - and thats almost always the device, not the AP.

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 Post subject: Re: router comparison question
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:30 pm 
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xan_user wrote:
Stephen wrote:
washu wrote:
Is your new router using the same 2.4 GHz channel as the old one? It may have defaulted to a more congested channel than you were on before.


Same channel....

maybe that channel has become more congested.

keep in mind wifi is a two way street. the connection is only as good as the weakest link. - and thats almost always the device, not the AP.


Tried different channels as well. Same problem.


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 Post subject: Re: router comparison question
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:02 pm 
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I've found this Android Wifi Analyzer app to be useful. A picture is worth a thousand words...

Here's a couple of sites that provide halfway decent reviews of wireless routers.
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 Post subject: Re: router comparison question
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:36 am 
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CA_Steve wrote:
I've found this Android Wifi Analyzer app to be useful. A picture is worth a thousand words...

great app! one of the few that im happy to pay for. (the free version is fully functional, it just has ads.)

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