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Old 02-09-2016, 02:15 PM
 
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I was reading that the 2.4 Ghz band is getting crowded.

My Router Model Name: Linksys E1200 Network Standards: IEEE 802.11n Radio Frequency Bands: 2.4GHz Ports: 1x 10/100 WAN, 4x 10/100 LAN

I also have 5 different standards of cordless phones. I have four old cordless phones a 10 channel, a 25 channel, a 900 Mhz, and a 2.4 Ghz cell phone, and 10 different DECT 6.0 handsets which operates at 1.9 GHz.

Is any of these cordless phones (in particular the 2.4 Ghz phone) interfering with the wireless router? Should I dispose of this one or all four old ones?

My wireless connection often doesn't work one room away from the router. Sometimes I get 90 mbps,sometimes I get 1. I am wondering if getting rid of the phone will help
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Old 02-09-2016, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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2.4 GHz is definitely crowded (since there are really only 3 channels). If you have gear that can use 5 GHz, then you'll probably find switching to a 5 GHz wireless router to be better all around.
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Old 02-09-2016, 05:33 PM
 
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2.4 GHz is definitely crowded (since there are really only 3 channels). If you have gear that can use 5 GHz, then you'll probably find switching to a 5 GHz wireless router to be better all around.
Not so sure.

2.4 GHz is crowded, but 5 doesn't fly as far.

The 1200 router actually frequency hops, at least, I think that's the one that is supposed to do it.. Changing to the least congested channel it can find. So, in theory.. It should always be on the best frequency. Which may or may not be 1, 6 or 11.

At times, I've found its far better to lock routers like that to one frequency, rather than letting them adjust on the fly.

I ran into a problem the other day at a location complaining about their wireless network.. Once I connected in, I saw 7 other wireless networks.. Used the Acrylic Wifi analyzer, saw that they were all on Channel 1 or 11.. So, pop.. There he went on channel 6.

Then.. Found that netgear had 4 firmware updates for that router.. The last one of which had, under fixes.. "Improved WiFi Stability"

Got that update applied.. Everything was working far, far better. In ping tests running overnight.. I think there were 50 lost packets out of 13,000 sent or so.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I've definitely had the issue where my iPad is on the 5ghz band and I'm constantly having to reconnect it to the wireless on the router. That said, when it works, it works well, but it's a pain having to reconnect almost daily. One thing I don't think I can do (I haven't looked to see) is seeing if I can set each device on its own channel. That would help to eliminate some interference as well. You can definitely do that with DD-WRT, but I'm using Netgear's standard software for now.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:52 AM
 
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I've definitely had the issue where my iPad is on the 5ghz band and I'm constantly having to reconnect it to the wireless on the router. That said, when it works, it works well, but it's a pain having to reconnect almost daily. One thing I don't think I can do (I haven't looked to see) is seeing if I can set each device on its own channel. That would help to eliminate some interference as well. You can definitely do that with DD-WRT, but I'm using Netgear's standard software for now.
DD-WRT is pretty cool.. I've used it before, but haven't even scratched the surface of its capabilities.

I wound up needing Wi-Fi at a barn on my property.. Used DD-WRT on a router to basically make it a bridge..
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Old 02-10-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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DD-WRT is pretty cool.. I've used it before, but haven't even scratched the surface of its capabilities.

I wound up needing Wi-Fi at a barn on my property.. Used DD-WRT on a router to basically make it a bridge..
I love DD-WRT. However, I spent almost $200 on my new router, and since money doesn't come easy in my household, I was a little nervous to change anything. The signal is so much stronger in my house now that I don't really need a separate access point anymore.
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