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Wifi analyser. Many wifi routers are using a factory default channel, meaning you can end up in situation where most wifi in an apartment building are basically jamming each others.
Also gives you cool graphs so even your grandma can understand the issue.
If we're talking wifi specifically, do a wifi spectrum analysis with a free app and discover what channels your neighbors' networks are operating on. Change your router's settings and make sure yours is on the least crowded channel. You'll have less interference and should have better connectivity.
Edit: If you're using your phone to run the spectrum analysis, check out Wifi Analyzer. If you're doing it from your laptop or PC, check out Wifi Info View.
Generally stick to channels 1, 6, or 11 if you can. If not, check your throughput with the router set to other channels to see if any of them are better than where you started.
And yes, operating on the 5GHz spectrum is preferable above all other options. 802.11ac operates only in the 5GHz band.
It's got to be the Wifi. When you're in this "portal" you're near a wifi AP with an SSID / MAC that matches one in Atlanta GA. MAC addresses are supposed to be unique, but when manufacturers are given a limited pool that they can use, they will sometimes reuse them but ship those products to different parts of the world to avoid network conflicts.
If you want to confirm this, get something like Wifi Analyzer and write down / screenshot the MAC addresses that are nearby when this happens. And someone else in that spot in Atlanta do the same thing. You'll probably find a match.
Wifi Analizer, para descubrir cómo llega el Wifi a cierta zona de tu casa. La App arma un gráfico con el rendimiento de las redes que haya, y vas a ver cómo cambia a medida que te movés.
And now it's again almost unusable in some urban settings. In San Francisco a few days ago I saw probably 30 2.4ghz wifi networks with signal in the same coffee shop (using Wifi Analyzer). And people wonder why their internet is slow... This is why: [link]
Havent understood your case fully but ill do my rant.
Receiving 100% is a Windows 8/10 stupidity. Download "wifi analyzer " app (windows and android only) to understand the signal strength.
The usual problem is, the extender uses half its bandwidth to capture and other half to transmit. so when it is at a place where it receives, say, 50% of the original routers signal, it uses half its capacity to take that 50 i.e. it can take 25 of that 50 and uses the other half of its capacity to transmit that 25. So inherintly this is not a great model.
instead run a ethernet cable from the downstairs modem's out to upstairs and reconfigure the second modem to be act as an Access Point. should retain maximum speed.
Yes, there are likely to be similarities between apps that do the same thing, but... This app feels like a ripoff of Farproc's Wifi Analyzer which has been out for years. Look at the design choice for the various graphs - it's too similar to be a coincidence.
Download a WiFi channel analyser and see what channel is the most under utilised. What I did for my street.
This is a good app if you have an Android device: [link]
Came here to say this. When this happened at my office I used a program from google play store called Wifi Analyzer.
As I walked around the office the app told me if the signal was getting weaker or stronger, until I found the rogue router installed in our Production Manager's office.
If you're in a congested area, you might need to change channels to get better signal. Since you have Android, grab Wifi Analyzer and check how many other networks are around and on the same channel as yours. If there's more than 1 with signal rivaling yours, try to change to a channel that has NO overlap with other APs. If there's just too many to do that, try buying your own wireless router and use 5GHz instead of 2.4GHz. The range is a bit lower because of poorer wall penetration, but if 2.4GHz is crowded, it will resolve your issues.
That's of course assuming that the problem only happens over WiFi. In any case, you'll still probably be better off with 5GHz since you're getting that kind of signal in the same room as the AP.
>This is the ONLY app on google play that will map your network in a graphical display!
I saw that as well. I use this, and literally the first screenshot is a Wifi graph.
You could use something like this Android App to view the signal strength coming from each AP (listed by MAC address). You can play hotter/colder with a specific MAC address and the Signal meter (change the scan interval in settings to the shortest interval).
There's only a finite amount of spectrum on 2.4GHz. In the US, there are 11 available channels. However, the Wi-Fi signal is wider than the width of a channel, so the most you can fit in the available spectrum is 3 signals, side by side, on channels 1, 6, and 11. In a fully-managed environment like a corporate or campus network, access points will be set up so that adjacent APs are on different channels, and they'll be sited to provide the best coverage given the layout of the building, without interfering with each other.
In an unmanaged area like an apartment, on the other hand, people just set up their access points willy-nilly, broadcasting at needlessly high power levels, and on whatever channel they please. Some routers even have an automatic channel selection function - sounds great in theory, until you realize that those algorithms don't limit themselves to 1, 6, and 11, and so those routers end up causing interference to two other networks, instead of just one. Rogue access points in a managed network have the same effect - they're usually crappy home-grade routers, and have definitely not been accounted for by the network admin, so they end up causing more problems than they solve.
You can see this in action for yourself, if you have an Android phone. Install Wi-Fi Analyzer and open it - it'll show you all of the networks nearby, and which channel they're on. If you do that in your apartment, you'll notice that access points are scattered all up and down the spectrum. If you try it at a large business or a college campus - anywhere big enough to have an IT person managing their network - you'll notice that APs are nicely divided up into 1, 6, and 11, and there aren't nearly as many dead spots in coverage as you get in your apartment.
TL;DR: It's the difference between a well-moderated panel discussion and a 50-way shouting match.
If you're in an apartment the chances are your wifi is being interfered with (OOeer) by your neighbours wifi. Use an app like this to figure out where the clear bandwidth is and switch the channel of your wifi in your routers configuration.
You should try using an app like this. It will tell you the frequencies and channels your neighbours are using on their routers. Change your router to a channel that's less used or not used at all. You'll get much less interference.
This is probably the correct answer, OP. Got lots of neighbors? WiFi spectrum is probably crowded. If you have an android device, use this app to find a better channel for your router.
I use WiFi Analyzer for this but not for the reasons you stated.
Everyone else here is bringing up a valid point... Why delete any? Why are you even looking at them? lol stop looking at a long lasting historical list of your saved networks unless you need to. Why would you need to?
I use applying aliases because there are times I'm using a network with many AP that all have the same name. I like to name the "good ones" something specific to the area of building I'm in so I can distinguish them easily. So for me the real issue was stock Android doesn't split same named networks by mac addresses.
Download wifi analyzer from the google play store and check out the signal strength of all the networks in your area. Choose a channel where the available networks are the weakest to put your own network on it (less interference).
Refuto tudo que você diz e por favor, não faça mais esse tipo de recomendação as pessoas.
> A NET não é um bom provedor de internet.
Errado, dentre os grandes, é um bom provedor sim. É o mais avançado na adoção de IPv6 e diferentemente do senso comum, não faz traffic shaping e entrega 100% da banda contratada. E olha que ODEIO o grupo econômico que é dono dele (Grupo Claro). É meu concorrente.
> Dificilmente é culpa do roteador
Muitas vezes é. A função de WiFi dos modems+roteadores disponíveis no mercado é bem inferior a um roteador wireless na faixa dos R$1k.
> O roteador periodicamente muda o canal de transmissão a fim de otimizar a comunicação
Isso jamais deve ser feito aleatoriamente. Logo, sua recomendação piora o problema em vez de ajudar. Tem que se verificar o canal mais ocioso na área de cobertura que se deseja e escolher ele. Só fazer mudanças baseados em medições.
> Tente desabilitar o IPv6 de sua máquina e veja se faz diferença.
Desabilitar o IPv6 é como desabilitar o freio ABS do carro. É um recurso importante que está ali por um motivo. Não desligue ambos.
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WiFi Analyzer is useful for detecting WiFi signals if you have an Android device handy. What you mean by "covert WIFI signals" is a whole other question.
Are you making the proper distinction between mega*bits* and mega*bytes*? Connection speed (speedtest.net, etc) is usually measured in the former while individual downloads are measured in the latter.
If your connection speed measured 5.55 megabits, then your situation wouldn't be abnormal (= 694 kilobytes).
I acknowledge that you said it was faster at one point, but I'm just double checking. A connection can temporarily spike sometimes.
Other issues I can think of:
You might want to check to make sure nothing else in your house might be steadily downloading something. ISPs may have something along the line that's prioritizing the speed test. Depending on your router's firmware, you might be able to look at which devices are using bandwidth (dd-wrt has various monitors for this).
If you're connecting wirelessly, try plugging your computer directly into the modem and testing if you're downloading any faster. If there is a discrepancy and signal strength isn't the problem, and you have close neighbors, check that your wifi isn't colliding with theirs. There are tools like this that visualize the channels that access points in your vicinity are broadcasting on; if there's some overlap, you can try changing the channel in your router's settings. Channel overlap has definitely caused weird things to happen to me in the past.
Why not use a wifi site monitor app on your phone and walk around until the signal gets stronger?
I used this to figure out which 5hz channels to avoid.
2.4 GHz WLAN (802.11b) uses channels 22MHz wide, see: Wikipedia
If routers in your area occupy more channels than one router at channel 1, one at 6 and one at 11/12/13, the signals will start interfering. This means communication between your router and your PC will be less reliable, which could cause ping spikes and/or lower data speeds.
You can use an app like wifianalzyer to see which channels are occupied in your area and set the channel of your router to an unoccupied channel.
WiFi Analyzer for android is OK for a quick overview. It's got a little signal meter you can use to track down specific APs.
Not terribly sensitive, but gives a decent indication whereabouts you should be checking.
From the Google Play description:
>Note that this app should only be installed on the Robot Controller ZTE Speed (which is the WiFi Direct group owner).
Wifi is spread across multiple channels
The idea is that you want to not have everyone using the same channel to help reduce radio congestion. While you can use a wifi channel scanner to see what channels are being used it's really going to be up to the field admins at the event to let you know if you should change to a different channel. The best way to keep things even and fair is for them to keep track of which team is using which channel. If they don't tell you to change your channel you might ask if it's Ok to pick one yourself. At our first qualifier they specifically told us to change channels. At our second qualifier and at the state championship the topic never came up.
Are you playing at your home or somewhere else (school campus, dorms, etc).
Also is the mac connected wirelessly?
If both are wireless does it work better when you are right next to the router?
Do you have multiple connections registered on your devices? For example my router has one connection for 2.4GHz and one for 5.0GHz. I erased one of the connections from my device so that it wouldn't jump between them.
If you are on campus you may be dealing with interference from other nearby routers on the same channel. I use this app when I need to check that kinda stuff on my own phone.
Yes they need to improve their reconnect code, however if the wifi is a common factor then there may be things you can do right now.
I actually have a 6P myself, when I'm connected via my carrier (so 4g/3g) I don't have any reconnect problems. When playing on my desktop (LAN connection) I don't have any reconnect problems. Also when near my router I don't have any reconnect problems. However I have thick walls in my house and before I got a wireless repeater I had reconnect issues. Additionally my bedroom is at max reliable range, as a result I found that my phone would jump between the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz connections from my router. I took note of what connection I was on and frequently found it was swapping during reconnects. I change it to only use the 2.4GHz connection and the problem resolved.
If you have an Android phone, try this app to see how strong your wifi signal is in different parts of your house. It's best to have your router up high and away from steel/concrete/microwave ovens.
It's possible that someone nearby has a more powerful signal on the wifi channel you're using, which would affect your connection - try channel 1, 6, and 11 to see which gives you the best results at www.speedtest.net .
Wifi would be heavily influenced by your environment. Try playing 2.4 Ghz wifi in an apartment building...nice card or not. :P
That said, I play on wifi just fine at home on 2.4 Ghz.
Also, I recommend WifiAnalyzer as a usefull tool for seeing what is going on around you. Sometimes your router is in a spot where it thinks it's on the best channel, but the spot your computer is located might notice other signals that the router cannot.
This is a great tip. Wifi Analysis will do this quickly on Android (free, great reviews) or if you want to get a bit more technical and generate a pretty map, try Ekahau Heatmapper on a laptop (free for non-commercial use).
Try logging into the router and changing the wifi channel, if you're in a block there could be a bunch of competing networks causing interference.
If you have an android phone you can download wifi analyzer, which will show you a graph like this, try and pick the channel with the least amount of networks using it.
ok so wifi is approximately on 2.4 Ghz. but not exactly. the wifi standard has a certain bandwidth, lets say 100 Mhz (real value is probably different) so it would go from 2.35 to 2.45 Ghz. now you can slice this bandwidth up into channels. so channel 1 is 2.35, channel 2 would be 2.36 and so on. if everyone is sending on one and the same frequency youre not going to go anywhere.
how to check your channels: there are many smartphone apps that can tell you the channels of the different wifis. search for some wifi analyzer ([link])
if your wifi is on the same channels as others, change it to a channel that is still free. usually people dont know about this and just let the router choose a channel (which oddly enough will always be the same). so if you change the channel, your wifi will magically work better.
No, you would want to check the usage of the 2.4GHz frequency range within your area to determine the suitable channel.
For Android users, you can use this Wifi Analyzer app.
Typically you would want to choose any one of the channels 1, 6 and 11. Choosing anything else may have adverse effect on transmission speed on everyone else, not only yours.
If your router / Wifi access point has the setting "auto", it may be better to use that since the router automatically chooses the best channel for you on startup.
The cable company's default modem they send every one has built in 802.11 2.4Ghz spectrum routers that has completely blanketed my neighborhood. "free internet for the random FBI surveillance van that happens to be driving by or subscribers to the same service"
Then the power company had strange men in unmarked windowless white vans from out of state just trespass on to everyone's property and forcefully install wireless smart meters on everyone's home.
Ever since this the 2.4Ghz spectrum has been completely saturated and almost unusable in the same room as my high power wireless modem. It is like I'm living in a crowded apartment complex.
There is also a mystery 802.11 2.4Ghz channel that follows the channel I put my router on that is almost the same power as seen from a wireless scanning app.
This was no issue up to a couple years ago.
The 5Ghz spectrum is a bit more clean, but I have ahem *legacy devices that don't have the 5Ghz capacity that we still use.
Added a cap of the Wifi scan. Cut out info for privacy.
App called WiFi Analyzer. Pretty neat.
You can find open channels and then tell your router to explicitly broadcast on the open channel to minimize interference.
I second that. For Android, there is Wifi Analyzer. Install that, go to this screen, then walk around your apartment/house/whatever. Try to find a channel which has the least overall amount of interference from other networks. A lot of routers default to 1, 6, or 11, and the channels only partially overlap, so in a crowded area, I often try 3, 4, 8, or 9, since it might overlap some but there may be no other networks actually on that exact channel.
Actually many laptops can scan/use 2.4 ghz and 5.8ghz as wifi uses both frequencies. Just depends on the module you have. Going from there to a functioning scanner is a giant leap. I'm doubt most wifi modules even expose the low level stuff.
However, maybe you are looking to just see if peoples wifi routers are dirtying up your channel? You can get an app for your phone that will scan for wifi activity on the various channels and display it to you. This won't show total noise but I imagine that wifi is the biggest pollutant on 2.4 and 5.8.
*Note: Just like laptops not all phones have the ability to use 5.8 ghz wifi. You can find similar apps for Window and Mac if you really want to use your laptop *
No guarantee that this is the case but I had this problem too so it is worth giving it a go.
If your router uses both 2.4gHz and 5gHz frequencies, use an Android app called Wifi Analyzer(I don't know of any iPhone alternatives but there are some Windows apps) to see how congested the 2.4gHz network is. If there are too many networks on your channel, try switching to a different one.
Scan , look for the least crowded space and or lowest signal of other wifi's and put it on that channel . same with the 5ghz also .
Probably a lot of people in your area are using the same wifi channels. Consider using 5Ghz or check for uncongested wifi channel in your area using this app for Android and switch to that channel.
Run ethernet cables to your devices (and run the speedtest with a cable connection).
Download the wifi analyzer app and see which channel is best to set your router to.
To add on to this, you can get a WiFi analyser app on your Android phone and see what bands have the most interference from other routers in your area. This is the one I use.
Note, though, that that app won't pick up non-WiFi sources of interference, so you may still want to try changing the channel. Most routers are set up to automatically choose channels, but most consumer grade routers are really terrible at doing this. Honestly, even the enterprise APs we use at work did a pretty poor job at it (we tried it out during deployment, just to see how well it worked). For optimal performance, you're generally better off setting your own channel.
You may also want to turn off guest mode on your Chromecast (if it's on), as it broadcasts its own network and could potentially cause some interference (unlikely, but possible).
We really need some kind of really user-friendly one-click web-based app that will show wireless channel activity. Something like the Farproc Wifi Analyzer app (which I can't recommend enough: I love it and use all the time on my phone for wireless troubleshooting), but that runs in a browser, so we can just send users there to check on the spectrum usage themselves. Anyone here do web app development? I don't know enough about it to know if it's possible to give a web app that kind of access to the 802.11 hardware - does anyone have any idea?
2 likely problems:
1) Interference from other WiFi hotspots. This is almost certainly the problem, you're in a tiny apartment in NYC.
Use a Wifi scanning app like inSSIDer (I use an Android app called WiFi Analyzer) to detect the hotspots around you. You'll probably see a lot. Pick a Channel for your router it isn't commonly used (the app will suggest some).
That will help, but you might also need to add a WIRED repeater to boost the signal as well (a wireless repeater will just make more noise).
2) If it's not that, it's a possibly unshielded wiring in the wall (common in pre-WWII construction). But the recommendation would be the same, run a wired repeater into the other room.
You need to figure out the source of the problem.
1) How much bandwidth does your ISP provide? (idk what's performance tier). Is it saturated with 2 video stream? QoS might help
2) How much bandwidth can your wifi provide? is it saturated with 2 video stream? QoS might also help.
3) How crowded is your wifi channel? Use this to check. Try to move to less congested channel or even better, utilize the 5GHz channel if available.
Otherwise it's possible that your wifi router simply sucks (no offend). You can try to get an AP to handle the wireless instead of your router and see.
Powerline gets some hate from this sub. I understand why. It hugely depends on your house's electric work. In MY experience, it does provide lower ping but bandwidth sucks big time, although bandwidth isn't that important for gaming. It also drops connection from time to time. ie, in my house, I know the powerline would stop working when I use vacuum in a certain outlet. Much like how 2.4GHz wifi can stop working when you use the microwave. TL;DR, YMMV.
If the headphone remote on the 2 works like the 3, it uses WiFi Direct. Check the wifi channel congestion in your area, and maybe move to a clearer channel. You can see what channel other wireless networks in your area are on by using an app like [link].
Lots of different things can contribute to slow wifi speeds. I think 50 feet is pretty far. I wouldn't be surprised if after 20 feet you'd start to see some signal degradation, given some channel congestion and building materials getting in the way, weakening the signal, especially for a 5Ghz band (if that is what you're connected to).
If you have an AC router, it should still give you some pretty decent speeds at longer ranges, but anything less will definitely suffer, in my personal experience.
I'm no super expert, but I've troubleshot a few home networks before. A few things you could do to improve it are:
Like other comments stated, reboot the router.
Place the router a little higher and in an area where it will spread signal more evenly throughout your home, with as few obstacles as possible (esp. brick, cement barriers).
You can download an app to your smartphone, if you have one, like WiFi Analyzer to see compare which channels are the most congested. Then you can take a dive into your router settings to set it to the least populated channel.
Depending on your ISP, there may be other steps required to do a "proper" network reboot for things to run like they should. Your modem will need to correct its boot bin file by establishing a fresh connection. The steps are typically shutting the router + modem off, booting up the modem first, booting up the router after the modem is completely online, and then attempting to connect. Otherwise, if using a combo modem/router, just reboot it.
Hope that helps!
Use an ethernet cable if you are able.
If you have access to your router, you can try changing the channel settings to minimize interference with other nearby networks. Wifi Analyzer is an app you can use to find the best channel.
If the issue with ethernet is the distance to your router, you could look into something like these: [link]
Plug one into your router and then plug in the other one wherever you play in your house and you'll get all the advantages of an ethernet cable.
Since you brought it up...
Check out Wifi Analyzer
It's great to see what channel everyone around you is on and allow you to choose a better channel on your router.
I don't think your neighbors are moving around at all. I think you're seeing something you're not understanding. Over 50% of access points (and I'm being extremely conservative here) in the US are built into modem/router combos rented from an ISP. They are neither modern nor "fancy" as has been thrown around here. And they definitely, despite what you say, do not have dynamic channel hopping capability. You're lucky if your ISP modem/router has 802.11ac. More likely you're seeing two different bands or even more likely, your neighbors have shitty internet like many people and they think restarting their routers regularly will help. It's an oddly common thing to do. This is my job, I see it all the time.
Maybe what you think you've seen is band hopping? That's a common thing in higher end routers now but I doubt you'll see it in any current ISP router offerings. That's more for load balancing and avoiding extremely congested 2.4Ghz areas though.
But to actually answer your question: [link]
Find 1, 6, or 11 and just set it manually. If your router really is hopping channels (and I don't think it is) then you're getting interruptions in your service that are more disruptive than interference. Best case scenario you have a router with an antenna dedicated to scanning to minimize the interruption time but that's really not likely.
> They are all set up to automatically negotiate channels and power between them selves so that they don't have overlapping channels.
To quote Archer: Do you want overlapping channels? Because that's how you get overlapping channels.
I've never seen a wifi controller yet that can be relied on to fully manage the channel and strength.
Forget trying to find obscure commands for your kit. Install Wifi Analyzer - it's free - on your phone and go walk to an AP reporting collisions. If you see multiple APs (check the MAC address - don't confuse multple SSIDs with APs) on the same channel with signal strength higher than -80db, that's your problem.
>The disruption comes when a device is on a neighboring channel, slightly overlapping it.
If you're in a busy area, go ahead and check with something like WiFi analyzer and you'll see almost everything on 2.4ghz is on channels 1, 6, and 11 for this reason. Your router isn't going to be looking for an empty channel, it's going to look for a channel it communicates the best on, which might even be busy af.
Then once you've checked go yell at anyone in the middle of those channels because they're fucking it up for everyone else.
Awesome! Or not, but now you at least know what the problem is. :)
One thing I might suggest further is that if you have a tablet or smartphone, look into apps that can tell you about networks around you, so you can get a sense of what your neighbors are using and what you can try to avoid to get a better signal. For Android I've used Wifi Analyzer:
(Not affiliated, just a user, but it works pretty well for me.)
Something like that will show you nearby networks, what channels they're on, and how strong the signals are, so you can try to find a hole for your network to live in. Don't just check near your router - be sure to check signals near where you use your client devices like your laptop, tablet, Roku, or whatever, so you can try to find a good space there.
If your apartment building is really crowded and trying to find a clear channel on 2.4 GHz turns out to be a complete clusterf**k, the suggestion by /u/hypergolic to look for a 5Ghz capable router is probably your next best bet, but you'll need to make sure all your client devices are 5GHz capable too in order to take advantage of it. Good luck!
first off, reset both devices just in case
at the back of the PLDT modem, use any of the ports LAN1-LAN3 and connect to your linksys using the INTERNET port
that's it actually.
other things that you might want to do:
disable PLDT wifi
enable customized wifi name and password
optional: using your android phone, get wifi analyzer at the appstore
you can check the number of wifi signal is in the air, and which channels they are using. use another channel for your own wifi. this means a little more stable wifi connectivity
Put the router up high, and away from solid concrete/steel/wood beams. Rotate one of the aerials perpendicular to the other if you can. Use a wifi-testing app like this on your phone to see if the signal is strong in the places you need it to be, and switch to channel 1, 6, or 11 depending on which is the least crowded.
have her access the router settings on a different device connected to the wifi (usally you just type in 192.168.1.1 or you can use the wifi analyzer app) Store link for android. If its on 5 ghz have her switch it to 2.4 and onto a preferably empty channel.
Wifi or wired? If it's wireless download something like Wifi Analyzer and see crowded your channels are. I went from 15 mbps back to my rated 50 by changing to a lesser used channel.
If it's wired, start by resetting your modem and router. I've had my speeds crap out when one gets flaky. Also, try plugging directly into your modem. If your router is starting to die it could be slowing things down.
It depends. It can be very good, just like cell quality. But the very nature of wifi poses some potential issues. If your local airspace is full of interference or you have lots of wifi clients, voice quality can suffer in the form of drops, artifacts, or echo.
You can help make sure you have a wifi environment better suited for voice over wifi by making sure your wifi is broadcasting on an open channel (use an App like Wifi Analyzer to find which channel is most clear). By using 5GHz you are more likely to find clear airspace.
Testaa reitittimestä/modeemista ethernetkaapelilla suoraan johonkin koneeseen. Jos ethernetin kautta pääset lähelle tuota 50 megaa, kannattaa reititin päivittää parempaan.
Jos sulla on Android-puhelin käytössäsi, voit katsoa wifi-verkon ruuhkaisuuden Wifi Analyzer-softalla.
You'll also want to keep an eye on the TPCast router to ensure no other nearby wireless network is using the same (or overlapping) channel. Get yourself a wifi analyzer like this.
I check it every time I start a VR session because if my neighbors router is interfering I sometimes literally get sick from the additional lag introduced. The strange thing is I can't actually notice it visually but after about 15mins I start to feel it.
I've had no issues connecting to 5GHz Wi-Fi. Our setup has two Ubiquiti access points and the Essential registers with very high TX and RX rates (867 Mbps), to the point where it can max out our Internet connection on Speedtest at 178 Mbps. Both APs have the same 5GHx SSID and the Essential roams between them seamlessly.
I might suggest that you install Wifi Analyzer and see if your 5GHz signal is visible, and (if you can) compare it with known working 5GHz access points. Also, sometimes it can help to reset the wireless connections (System -> Reset options on LOS 15.1, hopefully that's in stock Android as well) and retry connecting.
EDIT: Forgot to add, I'm using Lineage OS 15.1 with Essential's April modem update.
Not a clue but you can probably find out pretty easily with a wifi scanning android app. It'll show you the channels with least interference. Lemme see if I can find the one I used ages ago...
Is the box (router) in the basement by any chance? Basements have thick walls with lots of reinforcing materials so it can be hard for a signal to get through. Perhaps you can place it upstairs since that's where it gets the most use?
Or if you live in an apartment (high rise?) you probably have lots of WiFi signals competing in close proximity with yours. There's an app for your phone called WiFi Analyzer that can help you determine if this is the case. In this situation, I'm afraid you'll simply have to find a way to amplify your own WiFi signal which means investing in a more powerful router.
And finally you can always go wired. As in use an ethernet cable. I guarantee that you will get consistent speeds wherever you are in the house. Of course the downside with this is you have to run a physical line from the router to wherever you are.
Check the wifi in your area using something like Wifi Analyzer. Move your router's wifi channel to the most 'free'. If possible force your devices on to 5GHz (may be able to change the SSIDs so 2.4 and 5 have different names, making it easy to see which one you're on). Otherwise it's a new access point. Seeing as your wired speeds are fine you could probably disable wifi on the Belong kit, and just plug in something like a Ubiquiti Unifi AC Lite to handle the wifi.
If your wired devices are fine then changing DNS etc will have no impact, this is a wireless thing.
It's possible your complex threw up some public WAPs and your router's firmware has a setting on to lower power in order to make sure it doesn't step on other signals. It would make sense why the 2.4 signal goes away while the 5 signal doesn't (way more channels). Just a guess though.
Try downloading wifi analyzer ([link]) and see if you can find any open channels on 5 and force it there. 2.4 will be tougher because you typically want to use only 1, 6, or 11, because the other channels will cause you to get interference from the adjacent channels.
Okay, this is going to take some work on your part.
You write "disconnected often". What do you mean by that? Do you get disconnected from your WiFi? Do you stay connected to the WiFi but are unable to connect to the outside world?
Assuming WiFi trouble:
Can you draw (MS Paint if need be, not picky here) your house layout (ideally with wall thickness) and show us where your WiFi-router is placed?
Are there any spots where the disconnects are more frequent than in other places?
Do the disconnects happen at specific time(frame)s?
Have you checked the channels yet? You might have neighbours clogging the frequencies you use. If you have access to an Android device, you can use this app to visualize that. Image would be appreciated. Mark your WiFi signal on the screenshot.
Assuming outbound connection issues:
Does this happen at specific time(frame)s?
Do you have cable issues? How old is the house, when were the cables installed, did anybody accidentally drill into them, that kind of thing?
If you have a device you can leave unattended for some time you can try to measure your connection with something like iperf (If you'd like to get a Linux script for that hit me up, I'm deploying a RPi3 at my sister-in-law's today that does exactly that)
Most important thing if you're starting to troubleshoot: Do it right the first time around or you'll waste a lot of time.
Only one change at a time
Measure all the things you need to measure
Document your measurements
Revert back to the original state
Repeat until culprit is found and fixed.
If you give us more info we'll be able to help better.
You might be experiencing channel interference with nearby networks crowding the spectrum. Use Wifi Analyzer ([link]) to find out what the most commonly used channel around you is, and set your AP/router to a different channel, e.g. If most devices are broadcasting on channel 1, change yours to 6, or 10, etc.
With some routers, I've seen frequent disconnection problems when the DHCP lease expires. Create a reservation for the Google Home's IP.
This is an unlikely problem, but is your DHCP pool large enough for all the devices in your home?
First, as you said you already know where the apartment complex is. Get your device with Airmon on it running and go there.
Second, go near to the complex area and run heavy Airmon and Airodump in the area. With this technique you'll be able to see all the MACs of the WiFi APs and the machines connected to them, when you'll locate on which WiFi your laptop's MAC is showing up go to the 3rd part.
3rd and final part,
Download and install this App on your Android phone:
Open it and go to the section that gives you the ability to "Locate APs in -dBm range", select the MAC from the WiFi that you saw your laptop's MAC located in the running machines and enable the beeping sound to get information weather you are walking near or far from the WiFi.
Search the complex with this technique and when you'll find the apartment that has the WiFi you'll already know and where your laptop is.
If I understood correctly everything you said on the post, this will definitely help you to achieve what you requested 100%. If you think that I may misunderstood something from your post, tell me to correct myself.
DISCLAIMER: Be very careful, you're trying to get your machine back from a thief. This can get you killed or harm, if you're willing to do it take someone with you.
You can use Wifi Analyzer app for Android [link] to scan the wifi networks around you and get SSID (network name) and channel.
I don't know if there is something similar for iOS. I have never saw it.
Hope it helps!
si te pasa solo con el wifi y vivis en depto, quizas sea tema de saturacion de canales. fijate con el wifi analyzer cuan saturados estan y cambiate manualmente a uno que suela estar vacio. se supone que el modem automaticamente switchea de canal cuando se satura, pero andá saber...
sino pedile a un amigo que tenga el mismo modem que te lo preste un rato, conectalo y fijate si te pasa lo mismo. si no te pasa, es problema del modem tuyo. rompelo (quemalo) y llama para que te den uno nuevo.
As /u/blauster mentioned get Wifi Analyzer and see if there is an empty-ish spot in the spectrum that you can use.
Reduce the channel width from 40MHz to 20MHz and drop down the speed (no need to 300mbps speed if your ISP provides you with 50 ... it just clutters the spectrum with lost packets )
Depending on your house/apartment geometry and router placement you can even benefit from lowering the WiFi power, since signal reflection from walls can disrupt signal integrity. Tinker and find your perfect/best settings by pinging your router from your phone and looking at the packet drops.
And finally - if possible and your devices support 5GHz, get yourself a nice (not $20) router that supports 802.11ac - wider channel width, more channels overall (wider spectrum), less signal wall penetration because of the shorter wavelength hence less interference from neighbors.
This is what comes to mind, if someone has any other ides - please share :)
Just to add a little to /u/IWillNotBeBroken you can do the basics of what he suggest your self using some freely available tools. I like the android app Wifi Analyzer for doing general site surveys. It will show you what channels are in use and let you gauge your own coverage.
But generally speaking I would not trust a "good router" to handle 20+ Wifi connections. Most good routers are home user grade (linksys, netgear, etc) and not made to handle that much. Depending on the size of the area you are trying to cover I like ubiquiti for smaller places, I'm imagining you as a small office or net cafe? Get a mid range 48port switch you can can wire to all the computers and printers as needed and still have a few ports to install these wifi devices.
With an android device install WiFi Analyzer. Walk around the house until the signal is strongest, I suspect a wireless printer.
Theoretical max for that is 867mbps, with 1/3 of that being 289mbps.
As others pointed out, channel congestion and environment effects (walls, wiring, distance) are more than plausible to bring that down to ~200mbps.
What does your WiFi channel spectrum map look like? Use something like this and post a screenshot indicating what your SSID is:
The EA6350 you have should be enough alone for 10 connections in a small area such as an apartment. I'm thinking it is definitely interference from other networks in the area. The WiFi Analyzer suggestion is probably a good place to start.
This is the best one available for Android. Look at channels 1, 6, and 11 and see where you'd overlap the least networks and set your router to use that channel. Using Auto can work sometimes but it isn't as good as using this app and looking at where your network best fits.
In my experience, mostly trial and error. I do use the Android app wifi analyzer to get an idea of the levels at different locations but that's not fool proof. It does nicely show multiple APs at once, though.
Is this for all wifi devices that you own? If so, use wifi analyzer and try switching to a less congested channel, e.g. 1, 6, or 11 in your router settings.
I think you mentioned that you can see a neighbor's wifi if you do a scan? Download a wifi analyzer app and check that you and your neighbor are not on the same wifi channel. That can cause slowdowns, and the default setting on many routers is channel 6. You should be able to change the channel on your router setup page.
I use this one, it's free:
Have you looked at the Wifi Channels?
The channel you are using might be congested and causing the low throughput
I'm using Wifi Analyzer on Android to see how many networks are using the same channels in my apartment block and then setting the AP to use the least congested channel
How close to the router is the xbox? 5ghz will likely give you higher bandwidth in the same room with line of sight but
tends to struggle through walls, whereas 2.4ghz will handle that case much better.
You might want to check for channel congestion as well with something like Wi-fi analyzer although problems like this on the 5ghz band are unlikely.
I work in an IT shop and we've had some odd reliability issues with our TP AC1750s until upgrading their firmware, have you tried that yet?
Also if you have an android phone you can install the WiFi analyzer app which will tell you what the signal looks like in different parts of your house. If you're seeing a more than 50% drop in signal strength when going from next to your router compared to your room signal strength may be the issue.
Get this app for your phone and see if your neighbours are causing interference.
My speed is cut in half if a particular neighbour is on the same channel
check your config;
verify physical obstructions/placement
verify noise with a wifi analyzer
change channel on the router if noisy/busy
change the Ghz band
Look into getting a separate AP AND disable your netgear r6100 AP funtionality
We have 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.
2.4Ghz - longer range, lower bandwidth aggregate
5Ghz - shorter range, higher bandwidth aggregate
check what radio you have enabled.
Wireless access point(netgear r6100 router/WAP combo) positioning - dont put it under a table, against a wall, with a wireless printer sitting on top.
For android, try a wifi analyzer like this one.
Dont know about apple, but there should be something out there.
Using the above application, and depending on your country, you'll see different channels for 2.4 and 5Ghz bands, with associated SSIDs, and the amount of noise in those channels.
With all the above you can reconfigure what you have, to see if you can resolve your current setup.
If you want to go new, you can get a separate access point. Your netgear r6100 is a router/AP combo. You can disable the AP functionality, and use a superior AP that you can place in a better location. Generally disabling a combos AP fuct lead to better stability as well, but YMMV.
Unifi APs are generally recommended. The linked data sheet with show you a heatmap at the bottom of each specific products, depicting coverage. Models range from 60-130US$.
You want a WiFi "scanning application" to accomplish what exactly? Cause if you just want to find channels in use and the signal strength, the free ones work just fine for that...
Now if you want to find RF interference on anything in the 2.4/5Ghz spectrum, now you have a real justification for a hardware device/dongle.
If you have the MAC address, just open up Wifi Analyzer, select the target network, switch to signal strength mode, and start walking around. Look for obstacles that mask the transmitter, and surfaces that create bank shots that give false impressions of direction of origin. Keep moving and you'll find it.
Also curious what manner of Rogue AP you're dealing with.
I have an app on my phone that is basically a WIFI spectrum analyser.
It will show you at a glance what WIFI channels are in use and what is available.
Set a channel on your travelling router that no one else is using and you're golden.
Wifi analyzer has helped me track down channel contention with my neighbours before (I don't know what the iOS version would be). Run as much as you can on 5 ghz
Assuming you're playing at home and not at work or a college campus and the issue with ethernet is the distance to your router, you could look into something like these: [link]
Try making a wifi profile for yourself.
If the link doesn't work, it's an app called "Wifi analyzer". Run the app, get familiar with each window. You'll want to slowly walk around your area to see signal strength as well as keeping an eye out for other networks that might be causing interference. This will give you a picture if there are dead zones.
I'm assuming all (or most) of the devices are on WiFi?
It could be your router shitting out on you. It could also be congestion though. That first thing I'd check is what the 2.4GHz band looks like around your router and the devices connected via WiFi. If you have an android device, this app is super handy. There are also iOS apps that do the same. Ideally, everyone should be on channels 1, 6, or 11. Unfortunately, you can't really do anything about your neighbors not playing nice with that.
For Android, I use Wifi Analyzer to test wifi points and channels (surprising what just changing the channel of a router would do) and Fing to look at everything on a network without having to roam a building.
It may be switching channels, but what you might be running into is that there's lots of traffic on the channel your router selected. In cases such as those, using a smartphone and an app such as this to get a wireless profile can show you which channel would work best for you.
>interference could be maybe
Sounds like it. Head over to the play store and install Wifi Analizer. If you're on iOS, you're out of luck Apple has banned these basic utilities. There are several options for OSX and Win, just do a search for wifi scanning tool.
Run a scan and see how many other networks are in your area and determine hat channels they are operating in. Then try and chose a channel with the least noise/interference.
This may be impossible in apartment complexes in the 2.4GHz band, in which case you'll need to upgrade your devices to a 5GHz band.
DNS has no effect of what you're doing.
I'm not a big Apple fan, but I'm betting that in some ways this choice is less of a deliberate decision than an omission. Because Apple doesn't allow access to hardware except through fairly restrictive APIs, apps can't do things unless Apple makes a way for you to do it (a good example: file system access). Eventually, I'd bet that they will provide an API to talk to the NFC. But I'm betting that they won't allow certain things (like payment apps) to use it. If they do plan to allow some API access to the NFC, they're probably hard at work locking it down so people can only do what Apple wants them to with it. There is, of course, the possibility that they will never open it up, too.
This is the same reason that you have these handy WiFi scanner apps (for doing impromptu little site surveys or just checking on what channels are the clearest in your home) on Android, but no equivalent on iOS devices. They just don't provide the access to get that kind of information from the wireless chipset. At least that's my understanding of the matter.
You should also download the wifi analyzer app that is recommended by FIRST. It will tell you the use of each channel. For the best results,
switch to a channel 5 channels away from the saturated one. Here is a link to the app: [link]
802.n pode conectar tanto em redes 2.4Ghz como 5Ghz, verifique no roteador Wi-Fi qual banda tá utilizando, se n conseguir acessar use um app como esse ([link]) ou veja nos detalhes da conexão Wi-Fi qual a banda utilizada.
Are you in a high traffic wireless area? Check your wireless settings, try an app like Wifi Analyzer to see signal strengths.
I had a similar problem with an old router, managed to make it slightly better with settings. Completely disappeared after getting a new router.
Of course, if you're hard-wired, this is clearly not the problem.
The ideal channel is the one least populated by other wireless networks. There's usually an option to change it in your router's settings page.
This one I use.
I use that feature on WiFi Analyzer to differentiate between separate APs on the same SSID. It works for single-point networks, too.
Try Wifi Analyzer, a smartphone app which can check wifi signals. It's possible one of your neighbours has gotten a new router which interferes with your signal. If you wifi signal is slightly weaker in your room, or the interfering signal is stronger in your room, this might explain the issue. If there's another signal interfering with yours, check to see if your router/modem has a switch to use a different channel.
For what ever reason, my cellular signal for both carriers goes to crap when I'm sitting on my couch. Any calls made or received from there tend to use my wifi.
No real settings I could recommend for your router to force things to wifi, but I would recommend you make sure you have little interference on your selected wifi channels. You can see what your airspace looks like by using an app like Wifi Analyzer. You'll probably be able to avoid more interference by operating on a 5GHz channel. I run different SSIDs, one for 2.4GHz and another for 5GHz, and I have only set my phone to connect on the 5GHz SSID.
Is there lots of wifi's around you? It could be conflicting channels from other wifi's. Change the channel yours is on to something that no one else is on. This bad boy is the goods for working out which channel and strength other wifi's and yours are on. Pick one that doesn't conflict as badly with the others around you.