Hello, so I just moved into an apartment complex where the Internet has been barely usable at best. When I first moved in, the average DL speed I got was 1 Mbps and UL speed was .5 Mbps using Speedtest.net.
I then used inSSIDer to check to channels being used in my complex, and it turns out I was on the most occupied one. Switching to a more vacant one, it definitely showed some improvement. Now I can actually hit 10 Mbps DL which is much closer to my cap of 15 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up.
Well it turns out lately the quality of connection has been diminishing. Sometimes it will work okay, other times it either won't connect or drop to 1 Mbps down and 0.2 Mbps up. I checked my channel again, and it's still not too occupied. I also live with 3 other people, but I was told I shouldn't be having too much of a difference in speed. Besides, the most they do is watch/stream videos or music.
Being connected by ethernet cable through the router gives me a consistent DL speed at my cap though. My provider thinks it's a hardware problem with the router so they'll be changing it out soon. Obviously, I could just keep a wired connection, but since the router is in the living room it's not a practical option for me.
I was also advised into purchasing a wireless repeater. I'd be willing to pick one up if people think it would really help as I could see it being a good long-term investment. If there's any other advice people could give about a wireless repeater or any general tips about my situation I'd appreciate it.