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Should I get a dual band router?


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#1 Bill_in_Texas

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 07:59 AM

My ISP is a wifi service where I get 10 mbps down and 4 mbps up.   We currently run  approximately 12 devices over a 2.4 single band router.  I don't have any particular issues other than occasional lag in some devices.  Would a dual band router help?   If so, any preferred brand?  Currently use a Netgear that I've been happy with.

 

Thanks for any input. 



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 08:05 AM

i dont think it will help,

 

a different router will not increase the speed of your ISP


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 08:40 AM

What you would have to know is where, precisely, the bottleneck is occurring.

 

If it's on your LAN then a different router might make a difference.  I have no idea of the age of your router but if, for instance, it's from the Wireless G era you might be well served by getting a new one that supports Wireless AC.  That's even if you don't have devices that are Wireless AC, but have a number that are Wireless N.

 

However, if the issue is with your ISP and it's because you've hit your throughput max at a given moment in time there is nothing that a router will do to fix that.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:07 AM

I appreciate the replies and that is why I wanted to ask.  My router is a several year old Netgear N600 but I just looked and it is actually a dual band so I suppose I should have checked that out first.  I recently upped my bandwidth and I've started using a Ring doorbell and camera.  My lag comes with those two devices.   



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:29 AM

Unless I'm mistaken, neither the Ring doorbell or camera (at least by necessity) uses any "outside the lan" resources unless you are connecting to them remotely.

 

If you're getting this issue with these two, and only when they are activated, the first thing I'd try is getting rid of a number of the devices that are connected to your lan, temporarily, and see if the lag persists with a significantly lighter load on the lan itself.  If it does not persist then you have your answer (most likely) that the addition to the lan of those devices, given it's normal "working load," pushes the demands past its capacities.

 

If that's the case a new router might, not will, but might, solve your problem if you get one that has expanded throughput capabilities beyond what you currently have.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 10:47 AM

Brian thank you for the help.   I will look into testing this.






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