I started researching ways to improve my home network when my IPAD started dropping it's internet connection and had trouble loading pages. And also movies on my Netflix trial had buffering/loading issues. I could probably live with my non-blazing network and IPAD that drops it's connection periodically, but I would really like to be able to use Netflix. I've cancelled my trial version but am thinking of signing up again and trying to get it to work somehow.
My networking needs are pretty basic; emailing, texting, facebook, videos, netflix, NO gaming, ereaders (very basic... an ex.. my Galaxy had a 2gb data pkg...and I barely use 1gb)
My home network specs include:
In computer room of house (2400 sqft 2 story)
- Comcast modem (Speed tier is HD Preferred XF - 25mbps). Model Aris TM702G/CT
- Linksys WRT310N non-dual router (2.4GHz) (router is wired into modem and sits at about monitor height on a bookcase in vicinity of modem and main desktop pc)
Radio Band - Standard 20MHz
Wide Channel - 3 (greyed out)
Standard Channel -
No currently are no Firmware updates
- one Windows 7 desktop (ethernet to router). This is our main pc and has no wireless nic. Model ZT i7-2600
- one Windows 7 laptop model HPPavilion dv6-6173cl. Intel i7-2670QM. Wireless adapter-Wifi Link 1000 bgn (usually connect with both ethernet to router(connection speed is 1 gbps in the wireless properties) and my wireless (connection speed 65+ gbps (near router)))
- printer (wireless)
- is approx 50 feet from where the router/modem is in the computer room. There's 3 plaster walls and 1 half brick wall in between computer and family room
- Mitzubi TV (non-smart) We are soon buying a smart TV
- BluRay DVD (used this for the Netflix trial - wireless)
- IPAD (tried the recommended solutions for dropped wireless network connectivity issues to no avail. It connects ok but drops periodically and slow to load pages)
- Galaxy S5 Android (uses home wireless network when at home and it is slow to in the family room)
- Windows 7 laptop connection speed is 39+ gbps
- there's a junction? box in closet by family room that I think has just Comcast cable stuff..but not sure.
My Comcast pkg is for 25 mbps
- Did 2 speed tests at Speedtest.com (mid day)
connected w/ethernet and wireless turned off Download - 29.66 / 29.63
Upload - 6.23 / 6.23
ethernet unplugged and Wireless on Download - 18.68 / 21.38
Upload - 6.28 / 6.21
- a WifiAnalyzer android app shows only a few neighborhood wireless devices and they are using channel 11
- wifiAnalyzer app shows my router using channel 6 (this happens to be the recommended channel by the app)
- wifiAnalyzer app shows a dBm of -40 near my router and -69 out in family room where netflix and ipad are
These are a few of the solutions I've been reading about but couldn't find a definitive answer for my situation.
- new router (AC standard) dual band
- powerline adapters (has to be wired?)
- accesspoint (has to be wired?)
- wifi extender
- external antenae
- port forwarding (for netflix)
Best Buy recommended a new AC router with dual bands, 2.4GHz and 5GHz. I read that 2.4GHz is best for going through walls (which is my situation) so maybe I don't need AC. My current N router doesn't have dual band but has what is called a Wide 40 MHz radio band channel. I have experimented with different variations of the router config.
In summary, my Comcast modem and Linksys WRT310N(configured on ch 6 which isnt used much in neighborhood) should work just fine for our networking needs ...except for the location of the modem/router and the interference between them and our wireless needs out in the family room (ipad, smart phone, netflix, laptop). Also, since the router is connected to the main desktop pc (that doesn't have a wireless network card), moving the router I didn't think is a good option. The Comcast modem, wired desktop main pc, & router are right together now. I don't want to waste money trying different options but ok to spend up to $150 but am open to higher priced options. Would really like to have netflix.
Any help, advice, or direction would be greatly appreciated.