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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.
This is a great app for Android that I've used for years: [link] Shows loads of useful info on your local Wi-Fi signals
Don't think. Use WiFi Analyzer and know. It tells you which channel is best to use along with a ton of other useful info.
Wifi Analyzer I have used it for years.
Looks incredibly spammy?
I'll stick to this one
This looks like a rip off of the original WiFi analyzer [link]
Apps in this video (though 95% is about Wifi Analyzer)
WiFi Analyzer: quickly find the best channel for your Wifi network using this!
Seems to be this: [link]
is it this ? [link]
The wifi speeds you're seeing are the max wifi speeds for the Vita. You're not going to break anything outside the teens and should be fine to remote play in the upper single digits. So your next question is, why are you getting "speed too slow" error messages? Interference.
I should also mention that the frequency of your wifi is not directly correlated to speed. If you run a device with a good wifi card in it I bet you'll see similar speeds to your 5ghz connections, that interference is still present, but it shouldn't drastically impact speed. It will however, still drastically impact performance of some network traffic, particularly streaming video/audio. With streaming, it is VERY important that all the bits move from A to B unimpeded. It isn't like a file download where if some parts don't make it they can simply be repushed over and over, those bits are lost and that data will now never make it. So you need to overcome your interference.
Lots of things run on the 2.4 spectrum unfortunately. Older wifi devices, bluetooth (like game console controllers and headphones), baby monitors, home phones, wifi direct devices, smart tvs, steam controllers... on and on and on. You need to find where these are in your home and keep them away from your Vita.
For instance, don't try remote playing your Vita next to your cell phone that is streamin wifi on the 2.4ghz spectrum (just switch it to a 5.0ghz network and your fine) while bluetooth stream audio to your stereo. If you can't move these devices, then simply turn the wifi off or turn them off completely while trying to remote play.
The next thing you should consider is the channel traffic in your area. Most people run on 2.4ghz networks, so if your in an apartment building, you may have some trouble. 2.4 only has like 11ish channels so find one where you can broadcast your router without much interference from other routers can be a challenge. I own a house that is spaced out moderately from other houses and I still run into issues with this in some cases. Go grab an app from your favorite app store to analyze your wifi envirionment (i use wifi analyzer and determine your best placing and channels for your wifi. Find out if a strong signal is on a close channel and move to a further away channel if one is available.
One good option, and one that I have employed at my place, is to run multiple routers bridged to share the same SSID from different rooms in my house. These shouldn't repeat via wifi, but should be connected via Ethernet if you plan to stream. I realize that's a challenge, but having a wired house is a blessing. Generally you don't want to be more than 1 room away from your router for remote playing to ensure you don't drop. Routers that operate only 2.4ghz on 'N' are pretty cheap (maybe $20) so you can play where you want, those are the best the Vita can utilize. There is one trick with this sharing of SSIDs though, sometimes your device won't flip itself to the better router automatically. If this happens just open your networks settings and run the network connection test. You don't even need to get to where it logs in, just let it hit your connection point and then his cancel. The network test will quickly drop your connection and re-establish it, which when you have multiple connection points on the same SSID forces it to the strongest one. It's very quick and very effective.
EDIT: Also one last thing. If you're not planning to use a direct connection with the PS4 (which really only works best if you're in the same room as the console), turn that feature off. I find that the Vita REALLY REALLLY wants to use this connection if it can. Even if the console is only barely able to ping the PS4 it will attempt to connect this way, fail, and then say your connection is too slow. Turning this feature off on the PS4 will force the Vita to first check your local network for a PS4, then check the internet. Usually you want a local network connection. That is, again, unless you are right by the console, then a direction connection is best.
It's literally called "Wifi Analyzer".
[link] Wifi Analyzer. Quite handy
Wi-Fi Analyzer i jazda.
This app is much better.....
For anyone without a shiny router that does this, there are apps that do the same for you, eg
Wifi Analyzer will do this.
Has always served me well, although I imagine there are prettier versions out there these days, I continue to use it.
Would something like this work? It gives you tons of information about the wireless environment you're in.
WiFi Analizer para android
just to be clear, it's not a device, he's talking about the app. [link]
> Do a wifi analysis and determine what channel is the optimal one for you.
helpful free tool
I've found them to be very unreliable as well. I think it's because they have shitty wifi antennas. They only allow use of 2.4 GHz (not 5 GHz), which is already extremely crowded if you're in a densely populated area. And the WiFi on these seems to be even more unreliable than any other 2.4 GHz device I own, and extremely susceptible to interference, even when in the room next to the router.
That being said, the solution I've found is to change the channel on your router to one that is less crowded. If you have an android device, you can use the app "WiFi Analyzer" to see which 2.4 GHz channels are the most open. There are only 3 non-overlapping 2.4 GHz channels: 1, 6, and 11. But there are 11 total, the other ones just overlap with others (this wiki has helpful diagrams to understand). 1, 6, and 11 are all very crowded, try picking a channel in-between them. Only problem is if other peoples' routers are switching channels often, you may find yourself changing the channel regularly.
As for the issue of only one tile remaining on, etc - I have not really found a way to fix that. What I've done is put a smart-plug into the outlet, and plugged the lifx into that. So it's easy enough to turn it off and on manually by pressing the button on the smart plug. Also, I was having a very weird issue where the tiles would turn on the in the middle of the night, so I now have my Amazon alexa turn off the smart plug as part of my 'go to bed' routine so the lifx tiles physically can't turn on after that.
To Lifx: PLEASE ADD 5 GHZ WIFI TO YOUR DEVICES!!! 2.4 GHz spectrum only has THREE non-overlapping channels, so if you are in an apartment complex, you are sharing those channels with everyone around you. 5 GHz has THIRTY-FOUR non-overlapping channels, which means basically anyone will have their own channel, even in apartment complexes.
As a customer in a little town in the middle of Texas, who uses his own modem and his own router (separate units, not combined) and is wired through ethernet, I actually get more speed than I'm paying for. Well, I throttle my upload speed for technical reasons, but if I turned that off it would be about 20 Mbps upload.
Like you, I used to think my internet was garbage. Know what made the difference? All the messing around with new WiFi cards, new routers, or new modems was ignoring the problem that WiFi is generally complete fucking shit for reliability at best. The most reliable WiFi radios I've ever used were in smartphones, and even then it depends on the phone. After getting wired in directly, my problems went away. Ping was better than ever and we got the speeds we were paying for. I'm not even living in an apartment - my neighbors are only just barely close enough for their networks to even get picked up.
It sounds from your post that you've outright refused to wire in through Ethernet even if just to run a speed test. While such a scenario may not be your day-to-day use case, that's not the point. Doing so enables you to rule out wireless interference or hardware issues on your end, and determine if it's really the internet connection that's the problem. I once got a $70 WiFi card with good reviews, and it was total crap. I can't even tell you how many garbage WiFi routers I've gone through.
> Heard every excuse in the book, literally from 'too many devices in your immediate area using same router channel" [Belkin N600 DB N+ wireless router - all OEM default settings changed upon installation, pw protected & unique SSID, using 5G settings, etc; their docsis 3 whatever modem]
I have to be blunt here, you don't seem to understand what a WiFi router channel is, because nothing you mentioned is related to that (the 5G is close, but the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands each have multiple channels). Other people using the same channel does not mean they're using your router, it means their own routers and/or devices are transmitting on a wireless frequency that is the same as yours, or close enough to interfere - think radio stations. This interference is murder on signal quality, and happens often in apartment environments where multiple households, potentially with multiple wireless routers all packed in close together, don't have enough channels to prevent interference. And you've said you are in an apartment.
Try using a Wifi Analyzer app (here's a good one for Android) to see neighboring wireless signal channels in both the 2.4G and 5G bands, and see if you can find a channel with less interference. There is some overlap between adjacent channels, so that may not be possible, and if that be the case, there's nothing the ISP can do besides recommend you use Ethernet instead of WiFi.
I hope you're at least kind and courteous to the tech support who take your calls, and keep snark like "SuddenStink" to yourself. Many of those folks don't know more than what the script tells them, or if they do know more, they're not allowed to say anything. If they can't help you (especially if you ignore what they tell you), it's not their fault. The most you can do is let them follow their script and try everything they tell you to try, at least once.
I'd recommend using an app/software to scan his area and see what less congested channels are. For example - [link]
wifi analyzer for android has done the trick for me. [link]
Networking guy here: 80% of the time on consumer connections wifi interference is your problem. The next 10% is your computer being full of malware and your connection actually performing well, just being over-utilized. The next 5% is a shitty router and the last 5% is a shitty connection to your ISP.
Plug in and speed test. You might have a noisy line, but usually the speeds aren't going to be this bad.
What is common, though is interference. Microwaves, portable phones, baby monitors, and about a trillion other things... Even once you exclude those, each wireless channel is still a shared medium. You might be on your own network, but if both you and your neighbour are on channel 6 and both try and transfer as fast as you can, you're both only getting half speed since you both need to share the air time. This is obviously a larger issue in and around apartment buildings where there are dozens of access points all fighting for space.
Try a hard-wired connection. If that works, your wi-fi is shit. That could be interference or a shitty router.
Try a laptop or something on the hard-wired connection with their computer (and all other devices) off. If that's better, their connection is fine but something is using all their bandwidth.
See if you can pull any stats on the router. That'll give you an idea of the quality of the connection to the ISP as well as outside line usage. Some fuckwad might be, for instance, using your router as part of a DNS amplification attack and eating up your bandwidth while not causing any issues with your internal network.
There's a WiFi analyzer app for Android (no root or anything required) which will allow you to see what other networks are using the same channel.
There's also a speedtest app for Android. If you lack a laptop you could try using that over Wi-Fi as an alternative if you don't have a laptop or something.
Me personally, I just said fuck it to typical consumer routers and their measly 100mW or whatever and have one that pumps a full 1W into the antenna. Not only does this cause all the other routers in the vicinity which are set to automatically find the least congested channel to leave my channel free, but allows me to pick up my wireless connection from my parking spot.
Wifi Analyzer might work for you.
Looks like Wifi Analyzer: [link]
This one probably.
>I looked online and it seem you can use it as an access point, wifi repeater, and a wifi bridge.
A "bridge" connects two different networks, not something you need. A "repeater" extends the range of a Wifi signal. You place the repeater some distance from the main source, the "access point", it picks up the signal and "repeats" it, pushing the signal further from the AP. Here's a bit more detail on Speedguide.
As far as speed is concerned, first things first. Connect to the modem with a cable and do a speed test to verify what speed you're getting from AT&T.
Assuming you're getting reasonable speeds the next step is to test the Wifi coverage. This is easiest with a phone app. I use WiFi Analyzer, an Android app. After you install it open it up, find your network and look at the dBm shown. Lower numbers are better, anything above 70 the connection's going to be flaky. Walk around the house a bit, seeing how the signal fluctuates, particularly near your desktop. If the signal's weak in that area you may be able to connect but performance will be hit or miss and you may get disconnects.
You're dealing with two different components, the WiFi AP and the Wifi adapter on the desktop. Not all wireless devices are equal. The specs may be the same but the performance can vary greatly. If the signal at the desktop is strong then you need to look at a better adapter on the desktop. Btw, do post the specs, or make/model, for the adapter on the desktop.
Assuming it is a weak signal then you can A) boost the signal or B) bypass wifi all together.
I have no idea what the performance would be for the Ubee. To boost the signal I'd look at a known good wifi router, like the Netgear Nighthawk series. A more affordable option would be the TP-Link Archer.
Another route is eliminating Wifi by using Powerline networking. That uses the home's electrical wiring to transport the signal. One is plugged in near and connected to the router with a cable. A second one is plugged in near the desktop with a cable running to the desktop.
Some of these will also generate a Wifi signal from the second adapter.
Note: While DD-WRT is great, allows better utilization of compatible routers, it is a bit more advanced. And if the hardware of the router is crap to begin with DD-WRT isn't going to change that. If you want to get your hands dirty go for it, can't hurt. The simpler route is a known good quality router.
I use the Android app Wi-Fi Analyzer to do this and test what channel would be ideal [link]
Download and install Wifi analyzer and post a screencap
Instaleaza Wifi Analizer si vezi ce canale sunt ocupate si alege o zona cu cat mai libera.
There is also farproc's Wifi Analyzer.
WiFi Analyzer, it's great for troubleshooting wireless issues. Android app link
If you have an android phone: [link]
> Wifi analyzer
I'm a teacher and use thewirecutter.com to teach my students about good research and fair evaluation practices. They are very thorough and honest in their reviews.
About their router choice, that it's for as they say "most people." If you're having connectivity issues, you should probably do two things
Get their "upgrade" choice for best router (from that same article) [link]
And then learn about the difference between 2.5 vs 5 ghz wifi. On mobile or I'd find you a good guide. Use an app like this to see how many other wifi access points are in your area [link]
Then choose a channel thats not crowded for most of your devices and save the 5ghz for your media devices.
Pm me if you have any questions
I've built a security camera similar to this one. Using a Linux-supported USB camera instead of the Pi camera will make construction much easier; there are esoteric driver support issues but you can still make it work with the Pi cam if you like.
I won't say that it's a difficult Linux project, but unless you've used it before I'd steer you to some of the ~$100 analog security systems. You get the advantage of more cameras at the expense of resolution. FWIW I'm unconvinced most IP camera security systems are able to be secured, so either skip the Internet integration or be aware of the risks.
With a little command-line voodoo you can have your Motion archive automatically backup to Dropbox (or even pictures to a private Twitter). Make sure you audit your camera locations with something like Wifi Analyzer for coverage before you start your build.
This is a really tricky question to answer as a Technical ProTip mainly because the solution is fundamentally local. That said I'll take a stab at some generic instructions and approaches.
There are a lot of things that can go wrong with wifi but they typically fall into a few categories:
Signal strength is fairly straightforward -- you just aren't getting enough radio strength where you want wifi. One should know that metal or stonework tends to interfere much more than drywall and wood. Another issue is human beings -- the wifi spectrum was partially chosen because those frequencies are attenuated by water. And people are basically walking bags of water. One other note -- 5ghz does not penetrate things nearly as well as 2.4ghz. In order to address this you need to either increase the power of the radio or to get the radio closer or improve the client device to something that works better with weaker signals. This is the more likely scenario when you have, say, a telco provided wifi gateway made by the lowest bidder in a large modern suburban home with metal framing and 3000 square feet. This is the scenario where wifi extenders can help.
Interference is probably the trickiest to address without fancy gear. One tool that can help -- and can help for signal strength too -- is an android app called wifi analyizer ([link]); the graph is more data than it really has but it can pretty effectively show you what the various signal strengths are where you are standing. Anyhow, if you live anywhere reasonably dense than 2.4ghz is probably already shot at this point while 5ghz can be getting tough. Some things one can do is to:
Finally, devices matter here. On the router side you really need some umph to deal with modern security protocols in realtime. Antennas can only do one thing at one time so MIMO is a key feature. Your 10 year old DD-WRT is not cutting the mustard. Your telco-provided wifi gateway / modem probably is not but they are getting a bit better here as people are starting to judge the services in terms of wifi performance. In any case I would run with a newer, better rated, multi-band, 3x3 MIMO enabled AP if you can swing it. Expect to spend $125 on this device. I'm not quite hung up on AC yet as AC clients aren't out there so I don't feel the need to pay that premium. If you want to get fancier I recommend looking at unifi APs as they have great radios at a pretty decent price point. If you don't have a price point just buy Ruckus.
Clients matter perhaps as much as the AP. Generally, smaller devices have a smaller antenna which typically is weaker. Professional-grade laptops tend to have more, better antennas than netbooks, etc. IoT devices are especially weak here -- they feature wifi chips and antennas made by the lowest vendor. Finally, software can matter here too -- a great antenna and chip with weak drivers is still weak.
Do a scan of all the wireless channels around you using a tool like...
Note that most tools list the wireless signal as RSSI or dBm (a negative number)
in which case a lower number (closest to 0) indicates the better signal.
Then set your wireless router (or wireless AP)...
You might also benefit from using Google DNS which is 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 (rather than your ISP's DNS servers which are often lousy)
After changing DNS servers you should reboot your router and all computers/devices so the cache is flushed and the new settings are used.
Consider that you might just have a crappy or damaged wireless router.
(linksys, netgear, dlink all make "home grade" crap that lasts a few years and/or can only handle very few devices connected simultaneously)
Note the count of wireless devices isn't limited to just your own devices, if you are in an area (apartment/townhome/city) with lots of other
wireless things in range, all of those other things are also making your router work harder to filter out the "noise"
You could try a firmware upgrade your router (available on the manufacturer's support website)
If the router is extra warm or on top of a heat source (like an amplifier or cable box/modem) move it where it will be cooler.
You could try putting a fan near it to keep it cool.
Consider interfering signals nearby that you need to avoid...
Para Android, existe o Wifi Analyzer
Install this shit, walk around your house and adjust signal/position/channel accordingly.
Get yourself a wifi analyzer app and make sure your TPCast router is not on the same channel as any other wifi access point. If there is another device using the same channel (or partially overlapping) you're going to have performance issues.
If you look at the sample photo the "home" wireless access point is isolated on it's own channel where all the other ones have full or partial overlap which will affect overall performance. So when you change your TPCast channel make sure it's not in use by another device. Read the instructions here on how to access the router config and make changes.
In addition to the channel also try changing the channel bandwidth to 20mhz instead of auto/80mhz. Since the TPCast is the only device using the router you don't need the wider channel bandwidth and it just leads to more overlap/conflict with other routers.
I've heard other users have gotten good results changing the Network Mode from "11vht AC/AN/A" to "11a only" but I personally didn't a notice any difference.
For me the major performance hit is when another wireless access point is on the same channel as my TPCast router and before every gaming session I check to make sure none of my neighbors are on the same channel.
I don't have a Rift but Vive has two audio output sources (HDMI and USB) you can use.
If you use USB with TPCast the audio goes over the wifi connection but if you use HDMI it goes over the 60ghz connection. If you have the option you might want to try one or the other and see if you get better results.
Small stutters could be from wifi interferance. Get yourself a Wifi Analyzer and make sure your TPCast router isn't fighting for bandwidth with another wifi access point near you.
Also, you can try switching modes used on the router to "11a only" as some folks have reported better results this way.
Asta e viteza când routerul merge în standardul G. Standardele de WiFi sunt B (cel mai vechi și lent), G, N, AC (cel mai nou și rapid). Routerul suportă măcar N sau AC?
Problemă ar putea fi (deși mai improbabil) cu calculatorul... dacă e un laptop destul de vechi, ar putea să nu suporte decât standardul G. Vezi dacă și pe alte device-uri merge lent.
Altă problemă ar putea fi, cum au spus și ceilalți, interferența cu alte routere. Sunt tooluri cu care poți verifica cât sunt de aglomerate canalele de wifi (de exemplu). Banda 2.4GHz pe care merg majoritatea routerelor e destul de aglomerată, ai wifi-urile vecinilor, bluetooth, cuptorul cu microunde care tot pe frecvența asta emit. E posibil ca setarea routerului să meargă pe 5 GHz (trebuie să scrie pe el că suportă 5GHz) să se rezolve problema.
I’m thinking start simple, which would presume good hardware until the easy stuff of troubleshooting software is figured out. The premise is to keep eliminating variables.
A few questions come to mind:
• How strong is the signal - is this happening usually in the same area? Walls and such could cause a low/unstable connection if you’re far from the access point.
Test: Go within a few feet of, but not right next to, the access point and try then after restarting the XD.
• You could download a WiFi scanner software for Android which will show you all the access points,, channels, etc for where you are. Some things to look for would be overlapping channels within the same frequency, crowded frequency (too many different access points), etc.
This is the one I’ve used in the past: WiFi Analyzer
• Has it been a while since the access point was restarted? It’s not a bad idea to restart them every so often. It’s at least worth a shot to keep troubleshooting.
• Is there another access point you could try such as a neighbor or even use your phone as an access point (hotspot)? Would be worth a try, at least.
Let’s see how those pan out...
Αν αφορά μόνο wifi, ίσως η λύση να ειναι απλή. Ας δοκιμασει με το innSSIDer Lite(Windows,download page σε στελνει απευθειας) ή κατι όπως το Wifi Analyzer(Android). Σε μικρη πόλη μένω και με τόσα άλλα wifi γύρω μου, με ~4 wifi συσκευες δυσκολεύομαι και στα 4μέτρα μερικες φορές με το αθλιο free router της forthnet.
Με αυτά τα προγράμματα όμως βρήκα σε ποιο channel πρέπει να εκπεμπει το router για να μην υπαρχει "electrical infetterence", όπως έλεγε και η pasta, με τους γείτονές μου.
I use wiFi Analyzer on Android, and inSSIDer when on my laptop.
EDIT: I gess inSSIDer is paid now, but you can still google "inSSIDer 18.104.22.168" for the older free version.
It could be channel congestion or interference from another device like hands free home phones.
Download WiFi Analyzer on your mobile and see which WiFi channel is clear and set your WiFi router to that channel.
Also some routers allow you to set the output power for the WiFi signal, try adjusting that as well.
The wifi part could definitely contribute to poor performance though. Get yourself a wifi analyzer app and make sure your router isn't on the same channel as a neighbors router and is competing for bandwidth.
I tend to check before every VR session as my neighbors router has a tendency to jump on the same channel as my TPCast and cause problems. I don't see a difference but I feel it to where I've gotten sick and had to stop playing.
You can fix that in the device manager: [link]
Just run NETSH WLAN start hostednetwork again afterwards.
You can use a tool like this to verify that it's only broadcasting at 5GHz.
Set a static wifi channel in your router at home. Use the wifi analyzer app to check which channel will give you a better signal at home
So I don't know if you know much about the topic, but simply, WiFi can broadcast on different frequencies called channels. Imagine FM radio. Using that app we can find the least polluted one. There's even a view in the app with channel rating.
Then, log in to your router. Instructions will be different depending on your manufacturer. There will be an option in the settings for broadcast channel. Change that from auto to the one you want.
I would recommend wiring your pc. You buy a long cable and tuck it under your carpet or something similar. It sounds like you'll see dramatically better results
I helped a friend debug a similar issue, ran WiFi Analyzer and noticed a ton of congestion with neighbors all at channel 1 of 2.4 GHz. Moved the router to use a much less congested channel and also moved the phone to use the 5GHz band instead. I realize that's not likely an issue for you but the Analyzer app can be useful in debugging.
Install that (if you have Android, look for something similar if you have an apple phone). It will scan for all networks and show you conflicts, changing your WiFi setting to what they recommend should help.
5ghz is generally faster and often has less conflicts due to people all using old 2.4ghz routers. My apartment building has 40 odd 2.4ghz networks but only 6 or 7 5ghz networks
I use this one...
OP uses [link]
I use [link]
(Also on Gplay: [link] )
It's not much but I use WiFi Analyzer for Android.
I'm on a Vive but hopefully some of this will be useful to you....
In my opinion the paper instructions weren't very good but connecting the hardware is easy enough as everything has nice labels. A goes to A, B goes to B, etc... The pairing of the transmitter and receiver is probably the most common step people skip by accident.
When you install the software it will ask for the router SSID and password. There may be a sticker on the router with this information but not the one you want to use... You want the information from the sticker on the power box (place where you attach the battery).
Finding the optimal spot to place the video transmitter might not be obvious as putting high and pointing it down. I would spend some time putting it in various places and see what works best. Chances are you'll get a signal just about everywhere so it won't cut out completely. However, you'll notice the image quality suffers in some spots more than others. I was able to find a spot that works very well for my case but it wasn't in the recommended "next to one of the lighthouses" like the instructions recommend.
Get yourself a wifi analyzer and make sure the TPCast router is not fighting for bandwidth with another nearby router. I have a neighbor who's router sometimes uses the same channel as my TPCast and while I don't visually notice any lag I've had a few instances where I felt myself getting sick from it. It was bad enough where I check every time I start a session.
Even if you don't use OpenTPCast you should read their guide on optimizing the router especially the recommendation to run independently from your home router.
I use OpenTPCast but it sounds like the official software supports the mic now. You can find a download link but it hasn't been publicly released yet on their website. I'd ask on the TPCast Discord for the full story though as I've seen conflicting info.
Wifi can be kind of unstable when gaming sometimes, no idea if this is the actual problem you are facing, but it's worth checking out.
Sorry if I explain something you already knew:
Wifi transfers its data through one of 14 channel, slightly different (but overlapping) frequencies to make one wifi signal more distinct than another. If it's been a long time since you rebooted your router, and there are multiple networks nearby, it could be that you are in the same channel as many others around you, which results in loss of data (which causes lag).
If you have an android smartphone, this will be an useful app where you can see what your channel is compared to the other networks in your area. If you see that the 'arc' of your wifi connection overlaps many others, it's best to reboot your router so it can recheck what channel is ideal to use. (most routers have that functionality, if rebooting does nothing you can always manually change settings in the router). There should be alternative apps for iPhone too, just search for wifi analyzer or wifi channels, something like that.
Also worth noting: Is your router near other electrical devices? A microwave, as example, seriously messes up the signal. So if someone in your house was preparing food you'd notice that. In tech support I seriously had a costumer angry that her internet stopped working like clockwork on 6:30 until 6:40pm, turns out her husband was using the microwave to defrost stuff around that time, with the router on the microwave..
Try the 5ghz band and if that doesn't help then set your routers 2.4ghz band to a different channel and see if that helps. I usually use this app to find the least congested channel.
Online game play doesn't need a lot of bandwidth. The issue is going to be the strength and quality of your connections. There's the connection between the Switch and the router\AP and the quality of your internet connection in general (such as the signal strength of your cable signal, if you have cable internet).
You can try some internet tests.
These are just a few options. They'll help focus on where is the issue. If your wifi signal strength isn't great for the switch's location and you can't move it, and you can't run an ethernet cable (which would be best) you could use a powerline adapter. If your internet is the problem, that's a bit harder to nail down. Like if it's cable, is the signal strength in the proper range, are there errors from your provider, is the cable made properly in general, etc.
My 5ghz is set to channel 40 and the 2.4ghz is on channel 7. I used an Android app called "Wifi Analyizer" to find the least congested channels in my apartment complex.
I'd first suggest trying this (Specifically the do not allow computer to turn off adapter option). If that fails then, I'd suggest using a wireless network diagnostic tool similar to this, to see if there's interference from say your neighbour's wi-fi network. If there is interference, then I'd suggest switching your wi-fi channels to something less utilised in the area. Good Luck!
Are you on Android? Download WiFi Analizer and see what channel you're on relative to all the others.
Whats your budget?
You say it is running slow - but your talking about the WiFi.. Older laptops would be using the 2.4Ghz band and depending on how much WiFi traffic there is all around you that could be why it is running slow.. Any new system you get that is using the 2.4 will have the same speed issues..
So one you have to see if you WiFi Gateway supports the new 5Ghz channels? If NOT get your Internet Provider to change it out.. They have newer ones now that will do both 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi..
Then you have a few choices.. If your current laptop does not support 5 GHz you could get a USB WiFi adapter that does support the 5GHz band and that should help with the Internet slowness.. Or a New Laptop that supports 5 GHz WiFi..
Other ways to speed up a laptop is to replace the Internal Hard Drive with an SSD and that will make a WORLD of difference in how snappy the laptop responds (If you have a good Internet connection if the Laptop is using 2.4 GHz on a crowded network [ this being ALL the WiFi's in your area like when you see them all in the connection list but they are not yours)..
Here is an article about WiFi and 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz: [link]
My sister has this issue and I upgraded all of their laptops to SSD's (they are very happy with their 5+ year old Laptops)
I also had them upgrade to better WiFi USB 5GHz adapters and they say it is like they have whole new computers..
There are other solution.. Like Tiny PC's that you would have in the kitchen like the Intel NUC PC's and others, but they require external Monitors / Keyboards / mouse..
Or All-in-One PC's (This has a PC inside the monitor and an external Keyboard / mouse
Also another option is a tablet w/ keyboard
Like a Microsoft Surface..
It all depends on your budget..
Aslo to see how much WiFi traffic you have in your house get an app for your phone..
For Android (Which I use) I have 3 I like..
Using Wifi Analyzer:
2.4GHz looks good. Note my Wifi strength shows full in the status bar as well.
5GHz is limited with my AP, which is why I don't typically use it. It gets good throughput to the MiBox downstairs, which is physically near the router. But I don't use it for any other devices.
Keep in mind that this is isolated to this specific device. I powered up my oneplus 3T and didn't experience any issues, nor has my wife on her 3T. I'm not having any issues on my laptop currently.
this is what I use to test my signal strength along with the PS4 network status in settings. Need better than 80% signal to stream smoothly.
Only the recent PS4 Slims and Pro's have 5Ghz, though. You can try the 2.4 Ghz but it sucks for me even with a strong signal. Just too spotty to stream well. Granted, it works fine for netflix, so my guess is PS Now uses a lot more data handling than Netflix does.
If anyone else in the house is streaming vids at the same time, it can slow it down too.
My PS4 Slim uses 5Ghz. It's all I use, the 2.4 Ghz won't give me a good enough signal on it. Maybe you can check on your PS4?
5Ghz has a small distance, though, so it's not as wide an area as 2.4 Ghz. My guess is the 5 Ghz signal it too weak to make it down there. Concrete offers a lot of interference to wifi, so it can make a good connection spotty because the signal has to travel through all that rock.
I use this app to test my signals around the house.
Like my garage gets a bad connection and even the front of the house, the back of the house is fine for 5 Ghz. 2.4 Ghz is stronger, but I get about half the throughput on that frequency.
If it is your last resort option, by all means knock yourself out. However, it should be just that, a last resort, for example if your 2.4/5GHz channels are full of interference and you literally can't run an ethernet cable or similar (I know you're in a shared apartment so that's not an option).
I would grab a second hand 802.11n Ubiquiti UniFi - they are about $40 these days if you shop around, complete with passive PoE adapter, amazing wireless access points and you get far, far more than what you pay for. For half that you can get an Airrouter(HP) from the same company; which are decent in their own right but not quite to the standard of the former. Do your homework first, though, they're enterprise-grade kit and it shows.
If you have an Android smartphone, give this a try, as I suspect your router might be set to a congested channel. If your router and clients support channel hopping, turn it on (since it will automatically switch to the least congested channel as and when needed).
You have to be also mindful of the fact that power line Ethernet essentially turns your mains wiring into a sizeable antenna and it will knock out RF from DC-300MHz in every direction for as much as several miles in the worst cases. That covers shortwave, FM radio, amateur, airband, DAB and radar; and can cause all kinds of issues. Also, the moment a large inductive load appears on the same main (washing machine, vacuum cleaner, power tools, etc.) your throughput speed is going to drop through the floor. Hence why it's a "last resort nuclear option".
Do you have an android phone? Download the Wifi Analyzer (its also in the windows 10 store i beloeve)to see what wifi channel your router is on. For 2.4ghz put it it on either 1, 6 or 11, ( the 3 non-overlapping channels)which ever has the least number of clients.
Is your router using 2.4 or 5ghz wifi?
5ghz will give you more speed but less range, and it also has a lot less interference with other wifi channels and things like microwaves. usually 2.4 is super crowded in apartments because most isp routers still use 2.4
You could get something like a Ubiquiti Unifi Access Point. It should give you much better range and then your router. I use this in my apartment and get close to my wired 100mbps speed on wifi using 5ghz.
I've attached a Picture.
It's a TP-Link TL-WR802N Powered by a Anker PowerCore 16000. Draws about 0.17A/170mA. It's setup as an Access Point but nothing ever connects to it.
On the Phone/Receiving side I run Wifi Analyzer by farproc.
In Signal Meter mode you want to prefind your access point, as long as you don't change it when it is out of range, it'll stay and as it comes into range, it'll start beeping and showing it's signal level.
My Setup: [link]
EDIT: Sorry for the long long wait for a reply.
I hate routers that come from any ISP. They all suck for wireless and I get something beefy to do the work in my home.
That said, see if you can change the channel that's being broadcasted. If you're on android, there's a handy app you can get so you can see how congested the signals are.
Last, I find that if you separate the names of your 2.4 and 5.0 channels it's easier to see if one is buggering up.
Särskilt 2.4GHz-nätet är ofta överfullt och näten stör varandra. En hel del andra trådlösa prylar ligger ofta i närheten frekvensmässigt och kan även de störa.
Som /u/sdrmlm skrev så är de optimalaste kanalerna att använda 1, 6 samt 11 pga hur den trådlösa tekniken fungerar då kanalerna även överlappar varandra. Just de tre har inga överlappningar, men då bör man kontrollera hur det verkar med alla grannar om man bor i flerbostadshus.
Wifi Analyzer till android är imo en bra app att kolla hur det ser ut med trådlösa nät och välja den kanal som ser ut att erbjuda minst störning i form av andra nätverk som ligger nära, eller om kanalen är knökfull av andra nät.
5GHz-nätet är oftast bättre, men det är inte alla enheter som har stöd för det.
Men just i flerbostadshus så kan trådlösa nätverk vara ett rent helvete.
I'd say faraday cage your room but you're probably using wi-fi on the PS4.
You could try changing the channel your router is connecting to. Bluetooth also uses 2.4ghz so change your wi-fi to something less crowded. This app will show you what channels are running in the area so you can remove your router from that.
This article may help too
Download wi-fi analyser or something like it. Check how messy your area is for wifi signals. Idealy for 2.4ghz, you want /everyone/ in your area using channels 1, 6 and 11 and nothing else (Using any other channel introduces interference). Likely though, people will be all over the place; so try and find the least congested channel and tell your modem to use that one manually in its settings.
I recommend this if you have android. [link]
Do you have an android phone or tablet? if so download this:
Check for other signals that are overlapping with yours, find a clear channel and change your router to use this for wireless, this will fix a lot of interference based issues.
What model is your router? it may just be a little old at this stage and a new one may be what is required
Download to figure out where the signal is strongest.
You may be able to get your own "router" there and sending the signal to computers via Ethernet.
Besides changing the frequency using page 24 of the manual, you could also change the channel that your wireless router operates on to potentially avoid whatever channel the Sound Bar is using.
First, use something like wifi analyzer for android to find out what channels (you basically only have 1, 6, and 11 on 2.4Ghz) are too crowded.
Then, move your router's wireless (or WAP or whatever serves up wireless in your dwelling) to the least-congested channel where the router sits.
If this still does not alleviate the issue, you will either need to return the sound bar for something that doesn't rely on the 2.4Ghz band....or go get a router that can do 5Ghz (though this is really just a workaround).
Either way though, at least with Wifi Analyzer you will be able to see what the spectrum looks like in your house.
Sound Bar manual
Wifi Analyzer (android)
For iOS - Similar to Wifi Analyzer (iPhones)
Or just get an app for your phone that maps channel and signal strength and walk around with that. Much more accurate, and you can find a less crowded channel to set up your system with.
Move your router out of the box, that's whats next.
I'm half joking based on my assumed density of the stuff in the cubbies to the left and right of the router. Wifi Analyzer has helped me in get the best coverage in two houses now.
I had meant to experiment with moving my router to what seemed to be a better location and waited 3 years to finally do it. Big mistake! In the new location I now have solid 5Ghz coverage throughout the house instead of hit or miss coverage at the periphery.
Has anybody knocked that vase off the right speaker while trying to turn on/off the lights? ;) Good call on those bottle caps by the way.
On topic part of the post - Do you wish you had room corners to load the bass?
The download speed just shows you how many bits got through successfully per second. There could have been some bits that didn't make it through and were resent. That's ok for downloading a file or streaming a movie, but not so good for low latency data. Each resend adds latency since the data has to be determined to have been lost and then resent, effectively more than doubling the time to send that piece of data.
Since there's only two or three other networks nearby you might be able to find an open channel. If you have an Android device, Wifi Analyzer is a good app for determining what Wifi is around you. See what channels your neighbors are using and try to have your network on a channel that doesn't overlap.
For starters, look for other wifi signals on the same channel(s). I like the farproc Wifi Analyzer, though there are many other similar apps.
Take a look at variance in signal strength around your house. Does is correspond to poor cell data rates?
Kitchens have a lot of things like refrigerators and microwave ovens. Try to move away from those.
How is your connection when outside? Network Cell Info can help find towers.
5 people isn't too bad, there are 14 channels. It's common for routers to switch channels to the least busy automatically nowadays and with 5 people it probably finds some decent space.
Wifi Analyzer is the app I use at work to verify I've set up buildings correctly.
try something like this and see if you notice any trends in your wifi signals, might give you some ideas of what is happening.
Depends what channels you are using and a billion other factors, as usual.
I'm in New Zealand so I'm basing this on the permitted channels here, it does differ significantly between countries (this table on Wikipedia) covers it, but it's a heck of a thing to understand.
In short though, there are several sub-bands that make up "5GHz".
Within each band these may be further subject to transmit power limits, indoor or outdoor limits (some may be indoor only), bandwidth limits (ie, whether you can use 20, 40 or 80MHz wide channels), and DFS ("Radar avoidance"), the so called "Regulatory information".
DFS means the access point is required to change channels if it detects interference, which can be less ideal for performance. Wider channels are faster but more subject to performance, and generally reduce range.
A lot of devices have trouble with the middle 5.3 band, so it's best avoided completely if you don't have all modern devices. The 5.2 and 5.8 are generally good for most things.
As an example, here's the NZ regulatory information from my laptop (this on Linux, so it's easy to see the results)
$ iw reg get
country NZ: DFS-UNSET
(2402 - 2482 @ 40), (6, 22), (N/A), AUTO-BW, NO-HT40PLUS, NO-80MHZ, NO-160MHZ
(5170 - 5250 @ 80), (6, 22), (N/A), NO-OUTDOOR, AUTO-BW, IR-CONCURRENT, NO-HT40PLUS, NO-160MHZ, PASSIVE-SCAN
(5250 - 5330 @ 80), (6, 22), (0 ms), DFS, AUTO-BW, NO-HT40PLUS, NO-160MHZ, PASSIVE-SCAN
(5490 - 5730 @ 80), (6, 22), (0 ms), DFS, AUTO-BW, NO-HT40PLUS, NO-160MHZ, PASSIVE-SCAN
(5735 - 5815 @ 80), (6, 22), (N/A), AUTO-BW, NO-HT40PLUS, NO-160MHZ
(5815 - 5835 @ 20), (6, 22), (N/A), AUTO-BW, IR-CONCURRENT, NO-HT40MINUS, NO-HT40PLUS, NO-80MHZ, NO-160MHZ, PASSIVE-SCAN
So for 2.4GHz I can use 40MHz wide channels 1-13 (2402-2482). For 5GHz the important ones are I can use 36-48 (5170-5250) indoor only with 20/40/80MHz, 52-64 (5250-5330) indoor or outdoor with DFS, and 149-161 (5735 - 5815) largely unrestricted, with 22dBm (150mW) transmit power across the board. Some countries will limit that (I've seen restrictions on use of 80MHz channels, 20dBm limit, and others).
Interference comes in various forms. 2.4GHz is just a hotbed of wideband video transmitters, microwave ovens and other devices which generally ruin the experience. 5GHz you might have cordless phones and other things to deal with but with the overall lower range once walls and other things are concerned it's less likely to be a problem.
If you have to share channels with your neighbours, being on the same channel is strangely better than overlapping, hence the "1-6-11" rule for 2.4GHz for most countries (12 and 13 aren't supported in the USA, so a lot of equipment doesn't support them at all). 5GHz as you say there's plenty of bandwidth (enough for two 80MHz channels at 5.2 and one at 5.8) and unlike 2.4GHz the channels don't overlap so there are more to go around.
If I had to give general advice without knowing your environment, a 40MHz 5.2GHz channel without DFS is probably the best for speed/range/compatibility, followed by 40/5.8, then 80MHz (faster, but less range). I'm exceptionally lucky where I live that the neighbours are fairly silent and I can occupy as much airtime as I like.
If you're an Android user, feel free to post screenshots from something like WiFi Analyzer.
found it thanks!
> the ones on WiFi have a time of 30ms-4000ms and frequent timeouts.
Your wifi is clearly the problem, then, because that's ridiculously terrible. Have you ever tried adjusting your wifi channel settings?
Check if whatever wifi access point you're using has an RF environment analysis tool, or just use something like WiFi Anaylzer to see how busy the wifi environment is where you are. It sounds like you're using a channel that's already heavily utilized by your friends and neighbors. Here's how to fix it.
If the AP is reasonably close (i.e., a room or two) to your second desktop and your laptop, you may have better luck just killing 2.4Ghz and using only 5GHz channels. Range and penetration is far less at 5GHz, so neighbors' 5GHz wifi won't affect you nearly as much. (The downside is that 5GHz wifi might not be enough to spread through your whole home/apartment from just a single AP, because it gets attenuated by interior walls a lot more than does 2.4GHz.)
Note that if you're in a really crowded & saturated area, you may just be fucked. At that point, you'll either have to go all powerline ethernet or just get a 30 meter network cable and drag it around with you.
Check the data usage policy with your hotel, they might only allocate you a capped amount of data. Also, ask about their data speed. This is tricky because most speed tests only test a local server and you might be wanting to connect to a faraway server. If you are there, I have heard that fast.com uses the same paths as Netflix so you will get a good indicator of quality.
You can always ask the staff bluntly about running Netflix over their wifi.
Also keep in mind that if you are going to a different country you might get blocked by Netflix or if Netflix is available in that country, you might get that country's collection. This is because many of the content owners have existing deals/licenses in different countries, or Netflix is not big enough in that country to outbid a local cable/satellite provider. A workaround is using a VPN service like Tunnelbear, however, it might be illegal in that country.
Another thing is the quality of the hotel's wifi infrastructure, Wifi is quite capable for almost ten years now to run 4k Netflix theoretically (150Mbps+), however, the number of people connected to a single point is what determines the quality of your slice. The more people, the slower and worse it gets. Also, how many things are in the way of the signal.
There are very good mobile apps out there that can measure Wifi strength. I use these two (Android):
Figured I revisit this since I read something the other day that may help you.
The controller works on the 2.4ghz wireless spectrum as do most wireless devices in your house, but most aren't strong enough to interfere with it besides the most powerful one, your router.
You can log into your routers interface and change the channel the router operates on to something 5 channnels higher, or lower depending on what its set at.
Alternatively you can find a Wifi channel scanner app for your smart phone that will tell you what channels are the most crowded and help you pick the best one for your router.
> Use a wifi heatmapper to find the free-est possible band,
If you have something android available, I recommend this wifi scanner: [link]
It will show you essentially a spectrum analyser type display so you can identify the least interfered with channel to use.
Baixa o Wifi Analyzer
If possible, try using a wifi analayzer tool like this guy and move your router to a less congested frequency.
That's likely not the whole problem, but it could potentially help
Try the android app WiFi Analyzer. This will show you where the most noise is, and what channels are the most heavily populated. Using that info you can pick a good spot for your router as well as change which channels you use. Some ISP-provided or especially bullshit routers might not have that functionality though.
If you have an Android phone you could see if there is a Wi-Fi dead spot or if switching channels on your router could help. I really love this app.
Do a site survey around your home to see which wireless channels are the least crowded. Crowded wireless channels will definitely slow you down. If you have an Android phone, you can use WifiAnalyzer [link]
Or if you have a Mac, open up Wireless Diagnostics > Window > Scan.
Here's a good article about wi-fi problems in general. TL;DR: All wifi access point on a channel take turns, so if you're in a crowded area, everybody's wifi slows down.
Well there is no official Windows 10 support for your wireless adapter - [link]
Might be worthwhile to invest in a new wireless adapter. Especially if you can get wireless signal in that location (and even further) reliably on another device (use your phone since you probably don't have high tech equipment).
esta fue la que use yo.
tene en cuenta que es solo para ver en que canales están las redes que están cerca tuyo, para cambiar tu red tenes que entrar a la config del router
Sounds like something's up to be sure!
The biggest concern here is the wired speed.
It probably won't hurt to hard reset the router. Unscrew the coax connection from the back (and/or the Ethernet cable from the white/beige uplink port) and press and hold the reset button in with a pen for 30 seconds and let go.
Test again. If its still too slow, bypass the router if you're connected to the ONT via ethernet (that beige port from earlier) if not you'll want to call in and probably do a manual ONT reboot.
You can do this yourself by removing the power from the ONT, removing the battery, letting it sit for a minute, plugging it back into power, and then finally the battery.
If that still doesn't work of course a technican probably needs to come out. Make sure to schedule for a time that works for you. It may take a day or two extra but you'll be home. Be sure to give them your cellphone number and email address so that you can be reached more easily.
For wifi you really should choose channel 1, 6, or 11.
You can download a free app on android called wifi analyser:
Pick the least crowded channel and you're good.
If that still doesn't work, the google onhub is awesome.
You can find them cheaper online, but if you get it from Frontier, in addition to the 2 year factory warranty, you can split the cost over 3 months and you get lifetime support.
If you have an andoid the app called "Wifi Analyzer" will work..
for windows there is "WifiInfoView" for a quick free no frillz option
A few things:
Are you sure it's the wifi? I've had similar issues which were the result of the modem (solution: buy new modem), the wiring in the building, or the ISP. To check, have a wired PC handy while gaming. Load up a streaming video (or simply run ping -t google.com at a command prompt). When you notice the lag in the game, does the wired PC also lose connectivity? If the wired PC struggles, it's not your wifi.
Are you using an all-in-one wifi/router/modem? If so, it's possible an issue with the router or modem is causing the wifi to drop out. Buy or borrow a standalone access point and set up a separate network. If the problems go away, you have your answer.
Have you checked for interference? Saturation of the 2.4GHz is a major problem if you live in a particularly dense area. Get a wifi scanner app for your phone (I use this one but there are plenty to choose from) or inSSIDer for PC/Mac. Are there any networks overlapping yours? If so, can you change wifi channels? (Important: for 2.4GHz wifi you should only ever use channels 1, 6 or 11. It's better to have multiple networks overlapping on the same channel than to have them on adjacent channels!) Can you switch to a 5GHz channel (your older devices may not support it, and range tends to be weaker on 5GHz than on 2.4GHz). If there are many networks and they are all overlapping everywhere, you might be stuck. Unless you want to go door to door and ask your neighbors to move their wifi to a different channel :)
If you have an Android device.
Might be caused by jitter,
There are several ways this can be caused.
you can reduce it somewhat by making sure you wifi adapter isn't scanning for more networks when you're connected. You can do this by checking the advanced properties op the wifi adapter. If your wifi adapter doesn't show this option, you can try using this wlan optimizer tool
Also make sure you're using a free channel for your wifi, you can easily check with your phone using an app like wifi analyzer to check what channel has the best reception near your pc and setting your wifi router manually to use that channel.
If that all fails, you can always fall back on plain old ethernet, still the most reliable option.
If the stick connects again after restart, I think it's a router issue.
If you have an Android use this and walk around your place to discover open channels:
I use ch. 1 & 40 but it all depends on your area
Ah, so it is. This should be a direct link.
> # Cuatro soluciones para mejorar la conexión Wi-Fi de tu casa
> Pasan los años y la señal de la Wi-Fi sigue flaqueando en tu hogar. No llega a determinadas habitaciones o el ancho de banda no se relaciona con lo contratado. No te alarmes antes de tiempo, la distribución de tu casa, el grosor de las paredes, la saturación de dispositivos o dónde elijas poner el router pueden ser algunas de las causas.
> A continuación te dejamos cuatro consejos sencillos para mejorar la recepción de la señal Wi-Fi en tu hogar. Eso sí, antes de poner manos a la obra probá apagar varios de los dispositivos conectados. Si la conexión mejora, ya sabes cuál es el causante.
> Mirá también## Aseguran que Marissa Mayer dejará Yahoo y recibirá una indemnización millonaria Cambiar el router de lugar
> Aunque no lo creas, una pequeña modificación en la posición del router pueden traducirse en ganancias de señal extraordinarias. Las redes electromagnéticas funcionan mejor cuántos menos obstáculos físicos haya entre emisor y receptor. Si podés hacer que entre el router y tu smartphone o computadora haya dos paredes en vez de tres, mejor.
> Para probar la eficiencia, puedes instalar aplicaciones que miden la intensidad de tu red Wi-Fi en tu smartphone. Aquí una para Android y otra para iPhone. Todo es cuestión de ensayo y error. Mové el router y acto seguido comprobá la señal recibida en el punto de la casa donde solía fallar la conexión.
> Mirá también## Viajar a Miami y traer un iPhone es más barato que comprarlo en Argentina Cambiar protocolos y canales
> Las redes Wi-Fi emiten en diferentes protocolos de ancho de banda, de preferencia de datos, y varias frecuencias. Si vivís en un edificio es común que haya decenas de redes simultáneas. Los aparatos modernos (routers y computadoras) vienen equipados con componentes que saben discriminar mejor unos de otros.
> Cambiar el canal de tu router en realidad no hace mucho, es un cambio mínimo en la frecuencia de la señal. Si soporta conexiones a 5 Ghz, prueba a activar esta señal. Es posible que mejore la recepción en una casa pequeña, pero señales al tener una frecuencia más corta que 2.4 Ghz, atravesará peor las paredes. Muchos router soportan emitir ambas señales a la vez, probá cuál se adapta mejor a tu hogar.
> Colocar repetidores de señal
> Si tu casa tiene una arquitectura complicada llena de armarios empotrados, paredes gruesas, muchas esquinas o no podés cambiar el router de posición, tu mejor opción puede pasar por crear un repetidor de señal.
> Son pequeños —y baratos— aparatos que hacen lo que su nombre indica: una antena que captura la emisión de tu router, le añade potencia y la replica con otra antena desde donde lo enchufes, recortando la distancia. No son complicados de instalar si seguís las instrucciones.
> También existen lo denominados repetidores PLC. La única diferencia es que en vez de repetir la señal desde el router lo hacen entre dos aparatos independientes que se comunican a través de la instalación eléctrica de la casa. Puedes poner uno “base” enchufado a la pared donde tu router, y el resto enchufados en otras habitaciones.
> Routers inalámbricos, una solución más. (Foto: Simon Chavez/dpa)
> Comprar un router más potente
> Los router que nos entregan las operadoras de Internet son, de media, regulares a nivel técnico. Por poco dinero podés comprar uno extra con multitud de antenas y mejoras tecnológicas con el que llenar de señal de Wi-Fi más potente tu hogar.
> El funcionamiento es sencillo. Apagas la señal Wi-Fi del router de tu proveedor y lo conectas al nuevo y potente por cable Ethernet, el que parece un cable de teléfono con la ficha más grande. Entonces, tu nuevo router recibirá la señal directamente por el cable sin pérdidas y creará una red Wi-Fi mucho más estable.
> Los router modernos pueden servir múltiples conexiones a varios dispositivos a la vez, solucionando la saturación. Además tienen más ancho de banda, conectan más rápido, y saben discernir bien entre tus aparatos y los del vecino, por ejemplo. Por último, incorporan mejoras de seguridad más modernas y te permitirán acceder a Internet con mayor tranquilidad.
> No hace falta que la conexión de tu casa vaya mal para pensar en adquirir un nuevo router que haga de intermediario, también pueden mejorar las conexiones en hogares donde la señal solo recaiga en ocasiones.
> (Fuente: La Vanguardia)
empleadoEstatalBot, por la vuelta de Perón en forma de fichas.
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Signal interference impacts a WiFi signal in ways a hardline doesn't worry about ever. Walls, people, anything in between a router and the device can impact the quality of the signal, which can lead to lower speeds and dropped packets in extreme cases. You can minimize this (but not eliminate) by removing obstacles and distance between the router and the device you want the best signal in.
Other routers and signals in the area can affect yours negatively if they run on or near the same channel (this is why a microwave can fuck up a 2.4GHz router if it's nearby). Download a WiFi Analyzer app on your phone and sit near your router and do a scan for all networks, then find channels that are unused/underused and set your WiFi to use that particular channel. Less overlap means less clutter, which means a better quality signal.
Lastly, set your expectations. WiFi is never better than a hardline Eithernet cable. I had a desktop who's motherboard went slowly and lost my ethernet ports. I relocated my router beside my damned computer and I still had a worse connection than ethernet.
EDIT: Derp, I misread. The info above is for if you're using WiFi instead of Ethernet. A USB 4G dongle is a completely different ball game.
Antes que nada, te fijaste si no estás en el mismo canal que tus vecinos?
Bajate el Wifi Analyzer en android y fijate si tu señal no está tapada las otras.
En caso afirmativo habría que cambiar de canal desde la configuración del modem-wifi.
That's wireless interference. You're either on an overcrowded wireless channel (check your router settings, or use this app) or have a bad position for your router (near anything high-voltage or signal-reflective, in a metal cabinet, etc) causing those massive spikes in ping/crazy packet loss.
What kind of connection are you getting on the hosted network? May want to check with an android app like wifi analyzer.
Just make sure it's actually 5ghz that your connected to and it's on an uncontested channel.
EDIT - Another good idea to make sure is to check on the phone to see if the packets are lost during network transmission, or at the encoder/decoder.
I live in an apartment building that's really saturated with wifi connections.
Every few months i run wifi analyzer:
to get a look at what channels have the least amount of crosstalk and I set my router accordingly.
If you have an android, you can use wifi analyzer, which will give you a rough estimate on how strong the signal is. You can use that to get some hints as to where you need to look.
As for more exact, directional info... you'd need expensive equipment for that, but if you have a decent budget then yeah, that's totally possible.
Install this [link] and look at what other networks are using your wifi channel. Even the wifi direct networks (they say Direct-android-xx or similar) will cause interference. My amazon fire stick was creating a network on the same 5ghz channel that it was connected to my router on. Cause shitty lag. Dumped the fire stick on 2.4 ghz and the wifi direct channel followed it. Now My 5ghz network is clean and fast.
Hi! Welcome to /r/AndroidHelp.
We are sorry you're going through this, but I'm hoping we can shed some light into your questions!
I would call this a legal gray area. Wifi hotspots aren't illegal. It's the user's choice to connect to it. Hate speech however is a crime, if a Wifi's name has hateful speech it can be a crime.
Bluetooth pushing is where it gets tricky. Pushing files to phones that can be found through bluetooth isn't illegal per se AFAIK. /r/legalhelp would probably know better. You must tell your users to make sure their devices aren't visible when bluetooth is on. That's how this device pushes files. And even still, one would have to pair / agree to said files before a push is complete.
This channel does not go both ways. Just upload stuff to your phones. However, what they upload might exploit your phones... So be careful with the files you download from these people. I'd say the worst case scenario is someone accepts these files, runs them, and their devices get hacked. But that comes down to user interaction.
The specs page doesn't specify the hardware underneath, but, depending on where this device is, here's how far a bluetooth signal can go (See figure 1) and here's how far a Wifi signal can go. Depending on this device's positioning, residences MAY be in risk.
As stated above, making your phones NOT visible via bluetooth is enough to ignore this device. Wi-Fi attacks only work if you try and connect to its Access point.
There are ways to Jam their device, but AFAIK those are illegal in some countries like Canada, your state might have different laws.
AFAIK because this device is being used for harassment, talking to the police would be a definite good start. You can use apps like Wifi Analyzer to find the device, that would definitely be a good start. But definitely get the police involved, harassment is taken seriously in the states.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions!
Thank you very much much for that post, it helped me a lot to set this up in my home. I use 2 TL-WR841ND V11 with custom firmware. I have tested this setup using this app:
It shows me both of my APs SSID,MAC, channel,etc and information about encryption (WAP-PSK+FT/PSK-CCMP-preauth)[ESS] (all my phones did not show +FT anywhere). I have set refresh time to 1s and moved between floors, roam is very fast, as soon my crappy phone wifi sens stronger signal of upstairs AP, it switches to it without any interference (tested SSH and skype call). Here is my full config, I have added few option to speed up switching for dumber devices:
option device 'radio0'
option mode 'ap'
option ssid 'My wifi'
option key 'check_out_AVE_new_video_:)'
option network 'lan'
option encryption 'psk2+ccmp'
option rsn_preauth "1"
option ieee80211r "1"
option mobility_domain "e612"
option pmk_r1_push "1"
option nasid "98DED0AA2282"
option r1_key_holder "98DED0AA2282"
# Skip max_inactivity if needed
option skip_inactivity_poll '1'
# Max inactivity time of client, if it dose not respond it's disconnected (default it 300)
option max_inactivity '10'
list r0kh "98:DE:D0:AA:22:82,98DED0AA2282,8a7fcc966ed0691ff2809e1f38c16996"
list r0kh "98:DE:D0:AA:22:BE,98DED0AA22BE,8a7fcc966ed0691ff2809e1f38c16996"
list r1kh "98:DE:D0:AA:22:82,98:DE:D0:AA:22:82,8a7fcc966ed0691ff2809e1f38c16996"
list r1kh "98:DE:D0:AA:22:BE,98:DE:D0:AA:22:BE,8a7fcc966ed0691ff2809e1f38c16996"
Does your router support 5GHz? If not, and if you have neighbors, then the 2.4GHz frequency in your area is probably pretty congested which would cause such issues. You can test this with a free wifi-analyzer app (windows, android).
It's possible that all the tech does when he comes out is changes the channel on your router to a less-congested one. But over time, other peoples' routers will also switch channel (especially when they're set to the evil 'auto channel' option) and the congestion will return.
Just a theory, but go see if your devices are connecting via 2.4GHz and if so, how congested your router's channel is.
Do you have a phone that you can download and install Wifi Analyzer on?
If so grab it and use it to see if that machine is in a position that may be out of range to pick up the Wifi that you want to connect to.
Maybe use this application in your phone.
Or equivalent apps in your phone (if it's iOS). Scan near your computer so you can see what cause the interference. Find a non-crowded channel, and set your wifi channel to that channel.
I use this one on Android. It's pretty good for down and dirty. There are others when you need to really dig.
On a related note, Wifi Analyzer is an app for Android mobile devices that will let you quickly see what channels are being used near you and their signal strengths.
Ahh, my mistake. I thought I saw "I plan on getting a couple more". In terms of the default CenturyLink modem/router combo it doesn't handle a lot of device very well. This at least was my experience when I have CenturyLink about three years ago. The channel could be the issue. Channel 5 is overlapped by other channels.
You can try downloading an app that scans the Wi-Fi usage around you and tells you the best option. On Android I use the one linked below. This particular app with have a rating for each channel.
Is there anyway you can login to your access point and try changing the channel? Sometimes WiFi issues can be caused by interference from other access points. You can use this to look at the WiFi spectrum of your area and find the least occupied channel.
Also, I suggest you try a custom ROM like CyanogenMod. Would you like to try it out? And if you do, do you have any warranty (you would like to keep) and what is the model number on the sticker behind the battery?
Try a different WiFi channel. I like this app
Yes that is ideal.
The drops may be from interference.
Use this android app to see if the channel your router is using too crowded, normally the router chooses a less crowded one but itdoesn't work always.
Changing channels is very easy and it should be in the settings right below where you set the WiFi name.
A decent Wi-Fi connection will feel no different from wired, but it's very possible that you have interference. There are phone apps you can use to see how many networks are on a given channel, generally you want as few as possible. Also, make sure you're connecting to the 5ghz network if you have one.
I don't think that the antenna orientation makes much difference, but I leave them straigh up, it's more important that you don't block the router, don't put big objects in front of it, specially if they are made of metal.
If you have an Android smartphone there's an app that shows the signal strength in decibels, is very useful to find dead spots in the house, it also helps finding out what are the best channels. Just fire up the app and walk around the house.
^This. Also, you may have channel interference on your WiFi. I've seen this caused by other routers (neighbours etc), garage door remotes and notably, 5 years a go, a wireless doorbell my parents had where my mother just unplugged the receiver because it was going off all the time. WiFi was terrible for three weeks before we realised that the cause was the button sending a constant signal.
You can use this app to check the channel interference.
You certain you aren't on a busy channel? If you have an android device check out WiFi Analyzer.
I had a similar issue when I moved a year ago, I used an app like this to pick the least congested wifi channel and it improved.
Check what channel your wifi is broadcasting on. If you live in close quarters with your neighbors there may be congestion on the channel.
You can also check with [link]
(Not sure if it's available from Apple app store)
Okay, in that case the Toshiba doesn't have a 5GHz radio. You could try switching to a 2.4 GHz channel that's not as crowded and see how that works (if you have Android you can use Wifi Analyzer to see which channels are crowded) or you can get an 802.11 AC dongle for it.
In dense urban areas, you definitely want to avoid 2.4 GHz. Even in some suburban areas speed can be affected by interference, as there's realistically only 3 channels to use on the 802.11 2.4 GHz band. If possible, you should use Ethernet to connect your devices, else, you should use 5 GHz.
No, your speed is not split. Either band can run at full speed if both are enabled but the other is not used. However, this is practically not possible on your 2.4 GHz band due to interference.
It depends on the device's wireless chip. I have a laptop from 2007 that connects to 5 GHz, but I also have newer devices that can't. You can purchase a USB 5 GHz WiFi adapter if you want, but I recommend trying to use Ethernet if possible.
Pro tip: Got an Android phone? The WiFi Analyzer app is great for checking for wireless interference.
Another pro tip: Use [link] for speed tests.
On my limited knowledge and experiments (and others should correct me if I make a false statement):
you can see what channels are crowded or not crowded in your area with it. im guessing this is the app /u/FragmentedChicken means [link]
the app wont touch your router configuration. i assume thats what you need your laptop for?
Typically [link] or [link]
You'll probably need to google your router's default admin username and password.
From there it varies depending on your router. If using 802.11g you will want to use either channel 1, 6, or 11 (to reduce channel over lap). You can use an app on your phone like Wifi Analyzer to see how many devices are using each of the channels. You want to use whichever channel has the least congestion.
You only need to make this change on your router; all your devices that connect to the router will recognize the change and deal with it on their own without any additional changes.
If your WiFi is slow with neighbors moving in, you may be using the same channel as them.
In the US, 2.4GHz WiFi uses channels 1-12. The most common default channel (that I've seen) across router devices is 6. You can download a WiFi spectrum analyzer (like this one for Android) and see where yours stands relative to your neighbors. Pick a channel that no one else around you is using. 5GHz has a lot more channels (as it operates using spread/broad spectrum, and I don't have those memorized). The app I linked will show you those as well.
Not knowing your technical prowess, to change the channel, you'll have to log into the built-in web page of your WiFi router. Depending on the manufacturer, they'll have different default admin accounts (although "admin" with the password "admin" is pretty common--which you'll want to change for security). Somewhere on one of the pages, you'll find your WiFi settings, and you can choose what channel it uses. Don't mess with the Tx/Rx strengths or the other settings. If your router supports it, some have a check box for "auto" channel. This will let the router scan the airwaves around you, and pick the least noisy channel automatically.
Stupid technical tip: I prefer to use lower channels because they will permeate physical barriers just slightly better than higher frequencies. In the real world, this probably doesn't make a noticeable difference, but I can hope.
>wireless channels and extender channels for my router for 2.4 and 5.0 versions
Different. Download an app like Wifi Analyzer on your phone (Should be a similar option for iPhones, Network Analyzer lite maybe?) and use the Wireless Channels graph (Shown in the screenshots on that Google Play page). There should be 1-14, and generally the lower numbered channels are pretty saturated. Your router MIGHT not be able to select a specific channel, but most can.
Throughout all this, have you changed your WiFi passwords at all? Might be worth a shot. Even if you don't think someone else is using your connection, it's always possible they got your password one way or another. The fact that most of your "fixes" work for a few hours then suddenly stop kind of indicates that there's something else on the network that's maybe not "kicking back on" right away, but once it does, it brings the ping up with it.
Might also be worth talking to your folks and seeing if tackling the wired option together is possible. Ethernet ports are things buyers of houses are looking out for nowadays, so most homeowners shouldn't be too unhappy about installing a few. Running cables through walls is actually a lot easier than you'd expect, too.
Download a wifi analyzer app on your phone and check the signal around your place. Could be neighbouring signals interfering and may only necessitate a channel change on your router. Check both the 2.4 and 5Ghz bands.
/u/washu_k might have the right idea. Get a good idea of what is in those walls.
Then again there are two other things I am not seeing addressed.
1) Frequency: Are you connecting at 2.4Ghz or 5 Ghz? (on most APs you can name the SSIDs on each set of frequencies). 5Ghz has a really good speed, and is the frequency used for 802.11AC. Unfortunately it has terrible ~~distance~~ wall penetration, so pretty much your living room would get the signal, maybe your kitchen.
However your router is a dual band router and should offer somewhere around 120-150Mbs in 802.11N. That should still be pretty strong in that kitchen, unless the walls are made of lead.
2) Signal Strength settings in the router. Linksys doesn't always push the highest signal strength (and honestly you don't always need it). But if the setting is there you could tweak it to be a little higher/louder.
If you have android, you can get WifiAnalyzer ([link]) . The signal strength page would give you a good indication about how strong the signal is. In the upper ~~right~~ Left corner of the signal strength page is a box with what range of frequencies it is looking at currently. Tap the box to check the other range (assuming your phone supports it).
Let me know how you fare.
Edit: I said distance was a factor on 5ghz which is not entirely accurate. The issue is that it is terrible at penetrating walls. If that wall is just wood and sheet rock he should be ok, but if there is metal, it could be an issue. In my setting a cinderblock wall is enough to kill 90% of the signal strength.
Out of curiosity, is the linux device able to browse the internet when the other devices drop the connection?
When you say it drops the connection, does it become a limited connection (yellow triangle over wifi bars in bottom right of taskbar) or disconnects altogether?
Are you able to see the network during this time in the list of available networks? You can always use Wifi Analyzer app on your android device to check wifi signal/strength/etc also.
I thought of a similar application to this: [link]
Well, we're talking about a very small device with a very small antenna placed at a very awkward position between a TV/monitor and a wall. If the router is placed far away you have the perfect conditions for poor wifi reception.
Still, I already used the CC in a worst case scenario with dozens of nearby wifi networks, very far from my Asus RT-AC68U and it worked fine.
If you have an android try the app wifi analyser and move the 2.4ghz channel to the least used one (for best results always use 1, 6 or 11 even if the others have less networks...)
If your house is flat (only one floor) keep the antennas of the router completely vertical. If possible make some space between the router and the nearest wall.
Doing these steps will maximize your wifi coverage but it might not be enough. You mentioned it worked better with the previous router and that might be true due to antena configuration being better suited for that particular position.
I like this app:
Get an app from the Google Play store for your android phone or tablet called "Wifi Analyzer" and it will show which wifi channels are in use or empty. It's amazing how crowded the channels can be in some areas.
Well chances are the Refurbished router will have some kind of limited guarantee. As long as you get a generation 3 router you should be fine. It's probably going to be a "red band" Actiontech MI424WR rev I. [link] It's actually rated up to 100 I believe. The only reason to go for the generation 4, beyond wifi, is if you are on 150/150. In all honestly, 802.11N shouldn't have a problem delivering around 75/75 over wifi but you need to be on a channel that is free of interference from your neighbors. Only channels 1,6, and 11 are free from interfering with each other but some idiots use channel 2, 3, 8, etc which makes it easier.
If you have an Android device, use this app to do a site survey to pick the right channel for you:
If you have android you could try this tool
Have you many houses around you? It may be useful to use something like Wifi Analyser to give you an idea if any other wifis are sitting on the same space.
Something like this installed on your phone can help:
If you have an Android phone you can use "Wifi Analyzer" to help you choose the best channel for your router. It's a free app. You can get it at:
If you don't have an Android phone then there are a few other ways although they're slightly more complicated.
> Do you know if there is a way to disable wifi calling without disabling all wifi?
Open Phone app, Settings, Calls, Wifi Calling, turn it off.
I'd suggest downloading Wifi Analyzer: [link]
And see how many other signals you see, maybe try changing your wifi channel to the least used one. If you do have a lot of interference a new AP may help as the 5 GHz band is way less crowded.
As to roaming, Fi only roams onto VZW and AT&T in areas where they have agreements to roam, you don't get the same roaming coverage that direct Sprint/T-mobile customers have. Not sure if support can tell you specific areas or not, could always ask.
As to the network selection, I believe it tries to learn over time what the best signal to use is, if you Clear Data for the Fi app it will get rid of the stored data, might be worth a shot (note you will have to run through Fi activation again when you clear the data).
Assuming that it is channel interference, try using an app like Wifi Analyzer on your phone to scan and advise the best channels to use - it might not be the ones that you have already tried.
I use this on Android;
I'm sure the Apple store has something similar if that's your thing.
2.4 GHz interference affects connections no matter how close you are to the router. Using Bluetooth at the same time can make the interference worse. Installing WiFi Analyzer and using it to help move your network to an unpopulated channel (1, 6, or 11) may help. Your best option is to get a dual-band router and connect on the 5 GHz network.
Here are some that are free that seem good, I have only used the Windows 10 and Android one though. Can't vouch for the others.
Windows other than 10,
To expand on this, you can use a smart phone 'Wifi Analyzer' app to find out for sure what channel your speakers are using, and move your router to the farthest possible channel to prevent interference.
1st I'd connect directly to your modem and run some speedtest.net test at a number of different locations to see if the problem persists...
If they do I'd power cycle everything, leave them off for a couple minutes before powering back up, and test again... same result you'll want to contact your ISP and find out WTH is wrong as it is probably on their end.
Now if you connect to your modem directly and you don't have the same issues than you'll want to look into your wifi settings. If you live in a "congested area" you can download an app like wifi analyzer to see what channels your neighbors are using and switch to the least congest channel. The steps to do that vary depending on your router, but it should be pretty straight forward.
dude, it's probably just interference
first off, if you have an android phone, get Wifi Analyzer so that you can check your own router's signal strength around the house, as well channel availability. More routers set on a specific channel, more interference from each other. Set your router to a different channel.
All depends on how many people who have available to assist for the project, how many AP's there are, how the APs are mounted, if the APs are visible or not, is your cabling / wall ports / patch panels reliably labeled?
My recommendation is to go ahead and on paper name each AP at each location (so F1-H3-AP2 (ect); where F=Floor;H=Hall;AP=AccessPoint). Now when you identify the AP during the project you have a clear name and reference point (this is particularly helpful if you have others working with you).
Now, as for the technical side of recognizing each AP here's some tools at your disposal:
1) WiFi Analyzer (App on Smartphone), will tell you all SSID's it sees, the MAC address of the AP broadcasting the SSID, and the Channel # the AP is broadcasting the SSID on. WiFi Analyzer for Android.
2) Thru Cisco WLAN controller you have the ability to make the LED's on an individual AP blink/flash for a set amount of time more info on Cisco WLAN Controller.
First port of call should still be to plug an ethernet cable in and see if it still happens, have you tried changing the channels on the router? Maybe give something like this app a go and see if the current channel signal dips when SteamVR is active.
Are you talking about home service or cell service?
For Home Service:
If you're in an apartment building the problem is most likely that there are to many people on the same wi-fi channel. You can see this two ways, either with a computer that's wi-fi capable or with an android device.
For PC you'd want to download Xirrius Wi-Fi Inspector, although the website seems to be kind of fucky at the moment. Anyway, once it's up and running, you might have to run it twice, you'll be able to see all other wi-fi networks in your immediate vicinity. What you're looking for is anyone else that's on the same wi-fi channel as yourself and put yourself on one that's less occupied. To do that, you need to get into the router which you do by putting 192.168.1.254 into the address bar of you browser, enter the user name an password which should be on a sticker on the side of your router.
For android you want to download Wifi Analyzer and basically do the same thing as above.
However this may not remedy the issue if you're on DSL, including Uverse DSL if you're near CSUN. For whatever reason, the DSL near CSUN suffers from peak usage hours making it basically unusable during the hours that class is in session.
At the very least call AT&T and have them run a line test on your property, a squirrel may have chewed on your lines or a tree branch may have fallen damaging them.
There are other things you can try as well, like changing your DNS to Google's DNS in your router which is 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199.
You may simply have a roommate that is really shitty at torrenting and is seeding shit loads of data which will cause a major slowdown.
For Cell Service:
Cell service is trickier to fix, you can sometimes force it to work by flicking airplane mode on and off or by ordering an AT&T MicroCell.
There's not really much you can do to fix shitty cell service unfortunately.
Usually there's a setting in your WiFi router. If you have an Android device use WiFi Analyzer to determine the clearest channel to switch to.
If you have access to an Android device, Wifi Analyzer is a handy app to see what networks are around and which channel they're on.
What type of connection is it, WPS, WPA, or WPA2? 802.11a/b/g/n/ac? Download the Wifi Analyzer app for Android to help you gather information about your network.
Step 1 to troubleshooting bad wifi is to test the area, and test speeds at different locations in your house.
You say you have 4 phones, so use one of them with Wifi Analyzer (or equivalent on iPhone if that's all you have). Make sure that your wifi is on a channel with minimal crowding. Then grab speedTest.net's app, and test around with that.
The questions you want to answer are:
That last one is hard to figure out, if you can't make the all in one work, see if you can borrow a router from a friend to test with. Or go to a computer shop, ask about their return policy and buy a router (return it if it doesn't help).
If the issue exists on only your wireless desktop, well I think you can guess what I'd suggest. The alternative is to get a better wireless card for your desktop or buy/make a directional antenna (which may or may not help).
Finally, you can consider a wireless extender, but they are only as good as the router they connect to, and in my experience complicate more than they help.
Get this app: [link]
And set your router to use a channel as far away from others as possible. If you're in an area with closely space houses (or worse, townhouses/apartments) there's probably a ton of traffic in the 2.4ghz band. Switching channels might help but only so much. 5Ghz would be the way to go.
Also, various flavors of wifi are generally only good for about half their rated speed. That is to say don't expect much more than 20s out of 802.11g.
Can't go wrong with: [link]
I have a similar problem so I've spent some time looking this up and I'm starting to see a trend in my research. Let me ask you this, do you have an old router? If yes then there's a good chance that this is the problem. From what I can see there is a good chance that the connection between your routers wifi and the chromecast is on the border of whats okay.
Personally I have installed this app and will check my wifi when I get home. My router is old and I have a feeling that this is whats causing my troubles.
Again, this is very anecdotal but like I said, after having read thread after thread on this subject the router thing is something that comes up again and again.
Best of luck.
There's a few phone apps which will do this. Think the one I have - I forget the name and my phone is way over there charging (first-world problems, right?) - is possibly called Wifi Scanner or something (Android).
EDIT: I got off my arse - it's actually called Wifi Analyzer.
do you have other wifi units operating ?
do you have the best wifi channel for your location [see wifi analyzer [link] ]
umm cannot think of anythign else to ask
Try switching to another channel in your router's configuration. If too many people are using the same channel (your neighbors for example) then there will be too much interference. There's also an Android App for analyzing which channels are populated at the moment:
Is this all wireless internet, except for the old computer?
Try downloading wifi analyzer for your phone (I've linked to the google play store - if you have an iphone, that won't work)
Use that to get an idea about how "busy" the area is. If a lot of wifi signals overlap, they drown out each other, and that has a remarkable effect on speed.
You should also be able to see if there's some "free space" in the wireless ranges. Wireless signals run on channels, from one to 14, but if you can see a lot of wireless signals clustered around channel 1, then it could be a good idea to change your wireless transmitter, to use channel 5, for example.
Oh, and also, of course, change the password on the wireless access point.
Finally, turn off all computers in the house, see if the problem goes away. Turn them on, one by one, and see when the problem comes back. If there's one computer that's infected by a botnet, it'll send out tons and tons of data, hosing the connection, and making the internet useless for others.
Are you in a multi unit building? Download WiFi Analyzer, if you're on Android, and take a screenshot of the signals page. Likely just congestion.
Have you tried using some kind of a wifi analyzer to see if it's really emitting something?
For instance using an app for the phone called "wifi analyzer"
or installing inssider on the laptop?
See if you pick up anything with them
This. I like to use this to see what channels are congested.
You might want to check your router itself, how far from it you are and maybe check the channel its on with an app like WiFi Analyzer. My phone never really drops from my WiFi, and it also reconnects instantly after unlocking my phone. Your WiFi is also supposed to turn off after locking your phone to save battery, as long as nothing is using it such as a download.
EDIT: Also with your WiFi not connecting instantly, check settings and look for an error message. Your router may have trouble assigning your device an IP, in that case maybe set up a static IP for your device.
Here is my list of must have Apps:
First step is to isolate the issue. Connect to the modem and test ethernet speeds. if Ethernet gives good speeds, the issue is with wifi. download [this](acrylicwifi.com/en/wlan-software/wlan-scanner-acrylic-wifi-free/) for windows or this for android and check the best channel (one as far away from other networks as possible). Default logins can be found here . Log in, go to wifi settings and change the control channel number. Also, see if there is a 5GHz network for your modem and if there is one, use that instead of the slow and interference prone 2.4GHz.
If the speeds on ethernet are low, then it's totally on TWC's end(unless you have an ancient PC).
WiFi Analyzer for your android.
Use a WiFi analyzer. There is an option to track one signal strength where you can walk around and find where the signal is the strongest. Here is one for Andriod (iOS won't allow them) [link]
Try turning your router completely off and then using an app on a smartphone like WiFi analyzer on android (not sure what to use on iPhone, sorry). You'll be able to see which channels are crowded. Then turn your router back on and select a channel with the fewest other wireless networks on it.
Some wireless routers have a way to do this from their web interface.
I use this one.
I don't know if there's a version for laptops or desktops. I just use it on my phone.
If this is a home setting, you don't have to worry about it. The advantages would be if you had a lot of active devices using the AP and would want say, heavy users like streaming on one channel band and then the casual web browsers on the other channel. All of this is to avoid channel congestion.
You should also run a WiFi scanner to determine which channels are also being used by your neighbors in order to get the best quality of service using INSSIDER or this nifty Android app.
Try an app like this one to see how much wifi traffic is flying around. While it seems like there are 14 channels for 2.4GHz wifi, because of signal leakage/overlap there are actually only 4 in an optimal case. Alternatively, if you can, try a wired connection.
Link to app
Since it basically means it's a wireless problem all we can do to help is trying to alleviate the problem, you might still have issues.
Most likely you have this problem for 1 out of 2 reasons. 1: Poor signal strength. 2: You live somewhere where there are lots of other WiFi networks within range and all these signals create noise on your WiFi making you lag.
For number 2, you should try changing the channel of your router's WiFi. First you need to check which channels are available. If you have an android phone install WiFi analyzer. This will tell you which channel is the least used in your area so you can change to that channel. No equivalent product for iPhone. On PC you can use WiFiInfoView. It won't tell you straight out which channel is the best, but you can see what everyone else is using and avoid those channels.
Channels 1, 6 and 11 are the best channels. The reason for this is that the channels overlap eachother (5mhz between each channel, but each channel is 20-40mhz wide). Most routers use channel 6 out of the box. If only one or two other people are using channels 1 or 11 it's fine to use one of those. If channels 1, 6 and 11 are all heavily used, you can try choosing a channel in the middle of any of the "good" channels to test it out.
If you need help setting up your router to change these settings, post your router's brand and model here and we can help you.
Your router seems fine. It's probably wireless interference from somebody who set up new Wifi equipment and it's conflicting with your signal. Go into your router's config page, make sure your router firmware is up to date, and find out what channel is the least problematic and configure your router accordingly.
This Android app will help if you have such a phone.
Or you can scan your area using a laptop and this program.
If your area is too crowded by Wifi signals, you should buy a FireTV instead and connect directly to the router via Ethernet. I personally never stream to my TV over Wifi because of the possibility of this kind of interference.
A small portion of radiation does leave the microwave, due to quantum tunneling. A running microwave has a significant effect 2.4 GHz band. You can test it out by placing a phone near a microwave, using a program like WiFi Analyzer to read the signal to noise ratio, then turning the microwave on, and measuring the change in signal to noise ratio.
The emissions can be high enough that it will drown out lower power 2.4 GHz transmissions, like Bluetooth signals.
Do you mean something like this?
There is a WifiManager class in the Android SDK that gives low-level access to this data.
Har selv brugt det her app :)
This app has been invaluable to wifi analysis and site surveys:
what is the client device?
what are the spec of the server?
what is the format/container/bitrate og the video?
how are the device connected ? i.e wired, wireless
what program/app are you using to connect to plex?
is it a computer, laptop, smart tv, phone.......?
it is hard if not impossible to answer these kinds of questions without at least some of the relevant information
here are some basic network advice i can give you, based on what little information you have given me
General wired connection issues
General wireless connection issues
Are you using wifi? This is probably something causing your wifi to get packet loss. There are a lot of devices that is using the same 2.4GHz spectrum as wifi, so a lot of thing that can interfere. Thing like Bluetooth, wireless mice/keyboard/headphones, cordless phones, baby monitors, RC cars, microwave ovens, wireless security cameras, other wifi networks and pretty much anything wireless you can think of can be a problem. So closing the window might be enough to block out some signal coming from your neighbors.
There are 2 solutions to this. First of all, you can try changing the frequency your router is using for the wifi. You want to be using either channel 1, 6 or 11 (as the channels overlap and a wifi network takes up 2 channels on either side of the one you pick). There is an app called "Wifi Analyzer" for android (probably something similar for the iphone) that you can use too see other wifi networks, what channels they are using and how close they are. However this app does only see other networks, and can't see other interference, so just try 1, 6 and 11 to see which works best.
The other solution, which is way better for gaming, is to just get an Ethernet cable and hook up your computers directly to your router. Wifi is never great to game on, as it will always cause some latency. And in your case, a lot of latency as you are getting packet loss.
To hop on this comment this app is great Wifi Analyzer it works great for seeing which channel isnt crowded. Just make sure your phone supports 5ghz otherwise it will be all in vain most new phones support im assuming since my 3 year old LG G2 supports 5ghz
if you're on your own private network with just you on it, wifi power only depends on the quality of wifi.
make sure your router isn't shit. Generally the combo-boxes provided by robbers or bail are shit (rogers/bell).
[link] - see how crowded your area is. If it's too crowded you're better off running a wire.
running cord through apt is usually ok. You can always tape it to the floor or something, or run it along the wall behind furniture. Since you're in a managed building you'll want to avoid any wall or floor damage though, so be careful.
What model wireless router do you have?
This app can also tell you if you're on 2.4MHz or 5GHz:
It's aptly named WiFi Analyzer.
This will only be of help if you are in an area where there are several WiFi points in range, e.g. an appartment complex.
Access your router's settings by entering [link] in your browser and hitting enter. In the login screen the user will be admin, the password will either be blank, your wifi password or your default wifi password (Should be printed on the box). Click on Wireless and then Advanced. Here you want to change the channel, but what you change it to is abit tricky. Channels 1, 6 and 11 are the best so every router uses one of these by default. In a WiFi dense area this makes for alot of noise which equals lag. If you have an Android phone install WiFi Analyzer!. It will scan your area and find the best channel. No equal product for iPhone unless its jailbroken sadly. On Windows (PC), you can use WiFiInfoView!. It won't tell you straight out which channel is best, but you can see which channels everyone else uses. If everyone around you uses all the good channels (1, 6 and 11), but no one is using any of the other, try to get right in the middle of 2 of the least used good channels. (If only 1 or 2 people around you are using channels 1 or 11 it's perfectly fine to use those.)
If you have a low signal to your router you might want to consider buying a Powerline Adapter. A Powerline Adapter plugs into the electrical socket in your wall and turns your entire house's power line into a lan network. You put one next to your router, run a cable from your router and to the adapter, put another adapter at your PC and run a wire from it to your PC. As far as I can tell, most people seem very happy with it in regards to ping vs WiFi. I'm far from an expert on these so please use google well before buying one.
Living with roommates you aren't banging sounds terrible. I used a wifi analyzer.
If I could find an excellent one that was designed a few years ago, I'd do that. Just don't really feel like spending $50+ on something I'll replace in a year or two when google fiber is here.
Never had any speed issues, and I did almost the exact same things as you. Nothing you mentioned affects WiFi speed. Are you having both slow WiFi and LTE?
There must be something else related. Unless there is an actual speed issue?
Download wifi analyzer [link]
and see what that says.
If it is an LTE issue, please type in your carrier (T-Mobile) APN settings via google.
Also check your battery usage. Running apps, and wakelocks for anything beyond the usual Google Play Services, Network Location, etc...
Yes its called.
Edit: you can see what channels are there and how crowded they are.
Put the router in the most central location and as high as you can. Use an app like WiFi Analyzer on your phone to find the channels that have the least interference and use them. 5Ghz will likely have less interference, use that on as many devices as possible.
I use the wifi analyzer app
Wireless networks are finicky creatures. There are all sorts of things that could contribute to this sort of issue, which would take several weeks of explanation to a computer programming student. I'll mention what I can that might help, but it's been a while since I took that class so take my comments with a grain of salt.
Signal strength is a measure of the Signal-to-Noise Ratio of the received signal... which isn't actually a ratio, but that's not the important part. If your PC shows a high signal strength for your wireless router, that only means that your PC can "hear" your router. It doesn't mean that your router can hear your PC. This means that you can end up having outgoing packets dropped even though your computer rightfully advertises that it has a clear signal from the router.
Now, normally I'd think that the PC didn't have the proper antenna attached. Desktop computers often require external antennae for full signal strength. However, your post indicates that you've already tried a different adapter. I'd first ask whether or not you've tried that USB adapter in your laptop in the same location as your desktop.
Assuming your laptop also has trouble in the same location with the same WiFi hardware, then you're probably looking at some kind of interference. There may be something else operating on the same frequencies near the router interfering with its ability to receive messages from your PC. The good news is, you may be able to just switch to a better WiFi channel.
If you have an Android phone, have a look at WiFi Analyzer or similar programs available on the app store. I'm not sure what equivalents are out there for other platforms. A tool like that will tell you which WiFi channel is the best for your network. Just be sure the device running the tool is in the location of your troublesome PC and set to use the WiFi network you are trying to improve, and it will give a score for each channel.
I think some hardware also has a setting for transmit power, but I forget where to set that and WiFi TX power is also regulated by law. If a WiFi analysis tool doesn't solve your problem, you might want to do some research into that and/or extended antennas.
>The network card and inSSIDer only detect one network, which I'm pretty sure is wrong.
Yeah that seems unusual....I would have to imagine you should see at least one other network being that 2.4 is fairly crowded. Do you have an Android device? If so stick this on it and see what all it can find: [link]
However being that you are so close I'm thinking that interference is most likely not the cause (though hard to rule it out completely). Did you try plugging direct into the router and running a speedtest that way?
If you want to be able to select Access Points and investigate nearby WIFI, you need an app called Wifi Analyzer
This is all sorts of bullshit.
Here's the first article I googled to explain it a bit, even though that's based on the Tomato firmware but it's the same premise.
1) You can increase a router's power, fact.
2) The Comcast reps cannot increase your -xmit- power with their tools on your rented gateway, they just can't. The firmware doesn't allow it, neither do the tools they use to manage it.
3) Running a higher -xmit- will put additional stress/heat on your router, which is why no manufacturer does it out of the box, especially since almost all routers have passive cooling. They're not going to max their equipment when they know there will be a time when someone is gonna leave it on the floor, covered in blankets that their dog sits on, blocking all vents and choking it, because people are stupid. They have to account for extraneous circumstances. Regardless, they can't do that anyway!!!
There is no "maxmimum range". They changed your router to a different channel (1, 6, or 11, the only channels that don't overlap). Basically, they probably saw you were on Ch1 and changed you to 6... or 11...and crossed their fingers.
You can check your wifi interference by downloading a free Android app, such as Wifi Analyzer, dunno what the same is for iPhone, but that will tell you how many people are on what channels.
Choose the one that's least congested on 1, 6, or 11. All the other channels overlap and wont help much.
Get a WiFi detection tool (there are apps for your phone that do this, like iStumbler or Wifi Analyzer) and walk around with it to get some idea of where it's coming from. Are you sure it's a network connection you're seeing? You might have accidentally enabled the tethering/hotspot option on your phone or another device. If so, turn it off. Should be under your internet settings.
You could try a firmware upgrade your router (available on the manufacturer's support website)
If the router is extra warm or on top of a heat source (like an amplifier or cable box/modem) move it where it will be cooler.
You could try putting a fan near it to keep it cool.
Tried rebooting Linksys router?
Tried firmware update to the Linksys router?
Tried changing your DNS to Google DNS of 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
After changing DNS servers you should reboot your router and all computers/devices so the cache is flushed and the new settings are used.
If you are connected to the router via wireless...
I would suggest trying to update the router and do a complete factory reset. Then, only enable the 2.4 GHz band and make sure it is setup to be wireless-G compatible (this probably shouldn't make a differences than setting it as wireless-N, but just an extra troubleshooting step). Turn off all security and encryption and try connecting.
If it still doesn't work, you want to see if there is any interference from other wireless networks. Use the Android app Wifi Analyzer and see if there are a lot of other networks in your area and if any of them are broadcasting on the same channel. If they are, then switch channels. If there are no empty channels, then the 2.4 GHz spectrum in your area is saturated and there is not much you can do besides getting a new more powerful router, moving the router closer to the Chromecast, or getting a repeater.
In general the faster the router is capable of (as long as your laptop uses the same technology like 802.11n or 802.11ac) then theoretically the more you have to work with. With wireless you have to remember that it is susceptible to interference and the further you are (or the more barriers you have between your laptop and router) the slower it will connect. Also, if you have multiple wireless devices you need to remember that they are all connecting to the same router on the same channel/frequency, meaning the more there are the slower each will be as they have to share the air.
In general a 2.4GHz signal can penetrate more barriers (to a degree, concrete is worse than wood to penetrate for example) and go a little further, but 5GHz usually is less congested as everyone and their dog uses 2.4 (including cordless phones, microwaves, bluetooth, etc). so, 802.11n can use both frequencies depending on the hardware (5GHz is optional for n), and AC uses 5Ghz - check this out [link]
likely you will want to look at newer technology such as at least 'N' (preferably 'N' that does both 2.4 and 5GHz as the 5GHz part is 'optional' for some manufacturers) or even 'AC' which does 5GHz with multiple streams or connections to make it faster.
The size of the antenna will have an effect as well on the router, but you have to keep in mind that client devices such as a laptop usually have a small antenna, so the 'strength' is often times one way if only the router has bigger antennas.
I suggest trying to track down a wifi analyzer and see what is being broadcast on the various channels in your area (your neighbors) to help make a decision of 2.4 vs 5ghz and what channel to use when you do the set up of the router. Some routers might aslo be able to 'autoselect' the least congested channel that it can 'hear'. If you have an android this one works well and is free - [link]
Finding one for windows is trickier, most are not free anymore or are out of date. you can try checking out these but I do not know how well they work as I have never used them - [link] or [link]
if all the channels are clogged up (especially in the 2.4GHz frequency, which might be true) that would explain poor signal/connections in some rooms. for 2.4 there are only 3 channels that are useful - 1, 6, and 11. The ones in between 'overlap' with each other and can cause interference with the neighbors using a nearby channel (like channel 2 and 3 would overlap). You can try changing the channel setting now on your router to 1 then 6 then 11 to see if your signals improve with any of them before spending cash on a new router.
Wifi radio channel could be very busy with traffic. Not just yours but neighbors. Most routers default at channel 6. WIFI isn't a switch and performs more like a hub regarding radio traffic.
On google play [link]
Channels 1,6 and 11 are the only ones without overlap.
Pick the one with the least number of stronger signals remembering the overlap. I'm not a fan of auto channel setting and would rather re-scan when issues appear. i.e. I might be on 1 permanently and let those other routers play the auto game.
I suspect with the apps you aren't streaming HD down but with the web browser you are...
If you have an android device install WiFi Analyzer, there are plenty of choices on Windos or OSX, just search Wifi scanner.
Determine the best channel to set the router to, there is a guide for this on the side.
I suggest you plug your computer to the router and run a speed test a couple of times. Then, unplug said computer and while having it right next to the router, run a speed test again. Note if there is a significant difference and report back. Wireless is one of the worst things to troubleshoot, there are too many variables to consider. And your wireless device isn't too great.
If you're on wireless, check to make sure your signal isn't being interrupted by others in the nearby area.
Here is a handy android app that helps me when diagnosing wireless issues.
It's best to select a wireless channel that is separated by 5 channels from another transmission. If that is not possible, the farthest away possible in channels will suffice.
In example, my network transmits on channel 3, there are multiple networks in my area on channels 1, 6, 11. I chose 3 because there were more networks on 6 and 11 than 1.
If you need further help, please don't hesitate to ask!
There's also farproc's WiFi Analyzer for Android.
I agree. OP, give something like WiFi Analyzer a go on your Android device. It should help you identify a relatively clear channel.
One side observation: I've always found poor connectivity directly above the router (i.e. ~20° from top dead centre)
If you have an Android phone, use WiFi Analyzer. It'll let you know if it's a 5GHz or 2.5GHz connection. The 3DS can only connect to the 2.5GHz one.
Which router do you have? Have you logged into its admin interface to see whether it is set to change the channel automatically?
On Android, I use this - [link] - to measure WiFi strength & channel availability.
If you've got a wired in computer there is an easy way to resolve if this is an ISP/Modem issue or a wifi problem. Run an internet speed test from your PC and then from your phone. (I prefer http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest, but you can pick your own favorite, just make sure it runs on both PC and Phone) If the connection is fast and responsive on the PC but not on the phone, then its the wifi. If its bad on both, then its more likely something with the ISP / modem.
If it comes down to the cable company / modem, you may want to contact them and reregister your modem with them. Sometime a cable company will make updates in their provider service and it doesn't always push down to customer owned modems. Its a little unlikely, but something to consider. Also the possibility re-terminating the cable connection coming into your apartment (Something you most likely want the cable company to do, but you can do itself if you're feeling adventurous)
Given you said you're in an apartment, I'm still going to go with you've got a neighbor with a noisy device causing your problem. With Wifi it doesn't necessarily have to be another network. Cordless phones, microwave ovens, baby monitors, even poor electrical wiring can do it.
I'm not familiar with the Archer routers, but does it do automatic channel selection for your wifi? Can you test to see if your wifi channel is on the same as some other nearby wifi networks? Changing your 2.4 and 5 ghz network to a different channel would be one of the first things I'd do.
Tracking the interference down can be a pain. It take some experimenting and a little searching to find what's blocking you. Wifi Analyzer - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer&hl=en should work on your galaxy and is a great way to see what running in the area.
If you have an android phone download this app it will show you which channels wifi routers are using around you. So just pick a channel that isn't used so there's less interference. 5ghz preferably [link]
If its an LTE issue there isn't much you can do.
you want 5GHz wifi if you don't have it already. use a scanner app like this one
If you are on wireless, this could be caused by other wireless broadcasts over the same channel as yours. If you have android you can use this app to see the details of the wifi channels.
I'll chime in here, your wireless radio operates on a "channel" much like a "station" that you'd tune to using the radio in your car. If two radio stations try to operate on the same channel, funky stuff starts to happen.
If your neighbor set up their own wifi on the same "channel" that your 5GHz network operates on, it can cause problems with both networks.
If you have an Android phone, you can download Wifi Analyzer (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer&hl=en_US) to see if there are any wifi networks operating on the same channel as your own. If so, it's as simple as switching your wireless router/access point's configuration to use another channel.
It would be helpful if you could tell us what models of phones we are comparing here.
Also, just because the Wi-Fi icon shows "better" connectivity, doesn't mean that it actually is.
Download something like Wi-Fi Analyzer and you will see the actual strength of your signal.
Are you sure you're not just changing to another saturated channel? Get a wifi scanning app like Wifi Analyzer for android. It will show you all wireless networks in range, and what channel they are using. Find one that is the least congested, and use that.
Did you load up [link] on a phone and get some visualization of network signals?
If you're on android, there's about a million apps which do just that.
Wifi Analyzer on Playstore
It doesn't look like there's an app equivalent for iOS as it'd require jailbreak (citation needed).
You may have a separate network for running credit cards and one for customers.
It sounds like you need someone local who knows what they are doing (including PCI compliance). You/they may run into issues accessing hardware to tweak the wifi channels if it's vendor owned. You can use an app like Wifi analyzer to see what channels are crowded and request whoever manages the APs to appropriate ones if you don't have access to change them yourself.
You could clean up the wiring yourself pretty easily just leave everything plugged into the same ports and don't do it while you're open.
The router should display frequencies available as per the spec in your location so you won't need to guess.
The easiest way to check for the least congested frequencies is to use something like a phone, tablet, or free laptop.
Depending on what OS your portable device runs - you want an app similar to "Wifi Analyzer" on android.
Android - [link]
Windows Store - [link]
Windows/OSX - [link]
>Anyways, no program is using anything in the background according to task manager. The only thing used the network is Steam and occasionally Chrome or Discord with small 0.1 Mbps intervals sometimes.
You should check at your router either way to be sure, unless the speeds are fine over ethernet. Checking in task manager is just part of the picture.
>It’s weird how my 3rd monitor was doing this. Maybe it’s because the HDMI is capable of transfering ethernet? But that wouldn’t make sense anyways since the TV is a 5 year old 1080p TV with no use for internet.
Shouldn't be the ethernet over HDMI. Could be something to do with interference from the backlight or the refresh of the pixels.
>There are only 4 neighbours within a 500 meter radius. All of them are atleast 20 meters away, so I wouldn’t think it’s something to do with them.
Wifi can definitely travel more than 20m.
>How do I adjust that with the router? Is it through clicking on it manually or the website I’ve forgotten how to access?
It's the "website you've forgotten how to access" aka the router's internal admin page. Usually it defaults to 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1.
>Do you have any examples of apps that can see the network channels in the area?
For Android phone's there's Wifi Analyzer: [link]
I haven't used it but there's a Windows one too: [link]
Besides that, maybe inspect your wifi antennas on your PC and the router, make sure they are on well, and that a pet hasn't chewed on them.
You need to get a Wifi Analyzeri and ensure no other router is using the same channel as the TPCast. The closer the router on the same (or overlapping) channel is to your TPCast route the more packets you drop and the more lag you'll experience.
Unfortunately routers change channels all the time so you might want to get in the habit of doing a quick check before every play session.
> > Anyways, no program is using anything in the background according to task manager. The only thing used the network is Steam and occasionally Chrome or Discord with small 0.1 Mbps intervals sometimes.
> You should check at your router either way to be sure, unless the speeds are fine over ethernet. Checking in task manager is just part of the picture.
Checked the network usage on the IP-address admin page, and there's no one using more than 5 Mbps while I was downloading a game in steam with 10 Mbps.
> > How do I adjust that with the router? Is it through clicking on it manually or the website I’ve forgotten how to access?
> It's the "website you've forgotten how to access" aka the router's internal admin page. Usually it defaults to 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1.
Gotcha. Copied my IP-address into the search bar and there it was.
> > Do you have any examples of apps that can see the network channels in the area?
> For Android phone's there's Wifi Analyzer: [link]
> I haven't used it but there's a Windows one too: [link]
Downloaded it on my PC and I'm not understanding a lot. Maybe you know more about it? Here are some screenshots: one and two.
Thanks for the gold! You really didn't need to do that.
First things first you probably don't need the Apple mesh router. The Nighthawk X10 is a really good router. But one thing you can do is download an app on your phone to measure how strong the signal is. You can kind of do this by just looking at your phone's wifi signal strength icon too. If you have an android I highly recommend WiFi Analyzer.
If your wifi is strong in every part of your place then you don't need a mesh wifi system. They are for large places that have many walls where one wifi router put out a strong even signal to blanket the entire house.
As for setting up a static IP for your problem devices (start with the nanoleafs) check this out:
You'll need their MAC addresses so your router knows what device to assign the permanent IP address too. Grab them in your attached devices page in your router.
Hope that all makes sense and isn't too hard to do. Let me know if you need me to explain/clarify something further.
+1 pour le changement de canal, ça peut faire des miracles !
Pour en savoir plus, si tu as un android tu peux télécharger cette application : [link]
Le réseau se change sur la page de configuration de ton routeur (192.168.0.1 ou autre, je te laisse regarder sur internet).
Une petite clef usb peut faire des miracles, mais pour le confort (compatible avec d'autres appareils, mobilité, etc..) je te conseil vivement un répétiteur
I'd double check which wifi channel you're on and how busy it is in your apartment.
Also the 5ghz range is significantly less populated.
This is what I use on my phone, for my PC I run a white cable from the ONT to the computer room.
Básicamente (puedo decir alguna burrada, que alguien me corrija si es el caso) en la configuración del router va a haber una opción que sea canal o channel o algo por el estilo, un numero del 1 al 11 creo.
Cuando muchos routers están configurados para "hablar" en el mismo canal (pasa mucho en edificios o en oficinas) se produce una interferencia y la calidad de la conexión inalambrica puede empeorar (en hora pico esto es peor. Cuando todos tus vecinos, por ejemplo, llegan de laburar y quieren ver netflix).
lo que te recomiendo es que te bajes al celular alguna app que analice las redes cercanas y en que canal hablan esta por ejemplo. Y te fijes cuales son los canales con menos gente. De ahi vas a configurar tu router y lo pnes en alguno de esos.
Some quick troubleshooting:
If the internet only cuts on wifi, it could be that there are too many people on then same channel and/or frequency. You can use this android app to see how 'crowded' your airspace is.
Think of it as having 5 radio stations broadcasting on 106.7- if you tune in while they're all broadcasting, you'll get snippets of all three cutting in and out.
If you have a 2.4 Ghz modem (basically, if it's cheap or what your telco gave you), this could be the issue. You could beg/borrow/steal/buy a 5 Ghz modem to see if that helps. They tend to be pricey, so see if you can borrow one.
Another issue I had in the past was that I had a really cheap modem that could only handle something like 10 devices and it would need to be restarted all the time because the internet would suddenly drop out and the modem would feel warm. If you have a lot of devices running off of a cheap modem (like in a share house) , this could also be an issue. If it's just you and your phone, laptop, and gaming console (or whatever) then it's probably not the issue.
A wifi analyzer on a phone is a great tool for this. I use this one on android all the time
Give it a shot. Use this on your tablet/phone if you have android to help find a good channel: [link]
it wouldn't explain everything but can you post a screen shot of a wireless scanning app like this to see how crowded your local area is?
I live in an apartment and get some crazy strange wifi issues now and again because there is ~100 wifi networks within my building. like a few feet can make a massive signal difference
are you on 5Ghz or 2.4?
my two wildest guesses are 1) the TV gets much better reception from that tiny height change or 2) the TV has better latency compensation
WiFi related battery drain is mainly caused due to low signal strength. Depending on the layout of your house and how crowded your WiFi channels are (neighbouring WiFi networks) then one may work better than the other.
I'd suggest using an app like Wifi Analyzer, which can help you measure your signal strength at various spots in your home and also see what the other networks are in your area and if they're overlapping your networks.
Technically 5GHz networks are faster but travel shorter distances, so in theory it could drain more battery. Practically I'd be surprised if you'd find any significant difference at all between the two that it matters. I'd recommend sticking to 5GHz unless you have a range issue.
assuming your smartphone is dual channel, there are plenty of free apps to visualize area wifi channel use.
i can see two dozen ssid's in my queens ny apt building, so instead of using auto i am set at 11 and 161 (the higher end of both ranges) and i use dynamic 20/40 Mhz wide channels. i have been in building on the upper west side of manhattan where the wifi is saturated and unusable by an "arms race" of people with overpowered wifi for their tiny apts. some bad tech misinformed practices others here mentioned is using middle channels between 1, 6, 11 and using channels wider than 40 Mhz.
keep in mind wifi is blocked by metal, so placement of your wifi is important - be aware of plumbing and electrical risers, kitchen and bathroom major appliances and fixtures, and corner reinforcing metal lath in your walls. all of them may conspire to block wifi signal. i have found it useful to raise my wifi vertically to the midpoint of the wall (4'-5' up) instead of leaving it down at desk height (2'-3' up). i do not use a g1100 and opted instead to buy my own dual band beam-forming 1200AC router to cover a 1,400 sqft apt.
Running Cat6 (ethernet) cable outside is far from ideal unless you have a good conduit to put it in. The plastic UTP shielding gets brittle with sun and temperature changes after awhile. Moreover if the cable takes in moisture it will be pooched!
There are many "peel and stick" wire conduit systems for inside and some are good for outside but I agree they all look pretty ugly (but at least professional)
But before you wire, did you do any troubleshooting with the WiFi in regards to channels being used? Its a common problem in cities.
Download this WiFi analyzer app Its free and a great tool! (Sorry Apple users, not looking for your speed test app BS - Android users only. This app actually analyzes the 2.4 and 5G spectrum and signal strength as per the channels being used.)
Launch the app and what you do OP is you look for the network charts. You look on that chart for your home's WiFi SSID (network) and it will show what channel its on (eg: page113_wifi_home is on channel 6 in the 2.4G spectrum.) Then Look at how many networks close by are being broadcast on that channel. They will build a "peak" of networks around that channel. What you want to do is have your network in a "valley channel" - meaning one that is not being used a lot on yours and your neighbors WIFI.
Next - go to your basement office and perform the same test. What networks are being used there? In the end, find the channel that has a "valley" in common in both areas and take note of it. (IE: If there are 12 networks using channel 6 but no one close is using channel 9 at either area you have a good channel to switch too now)
Then - login to your Wifi router's configuration (where you change the password for wifi) and find your channel setting. In the example above, change it to channel 9 (or the channel you found from your testing to be open). Click apply, save, and then go try your brand new strong signal wifi.
Note - the 2.4G networks (A, G, N) may be slower in speed but have better wall penetration. 5G (N, AC) are faster by far but have less penetration abilities.
Lastly, if you are using the Wifi with Gamers and Netflix users on your network, make sure your WiFi router is MUMIMO so that it can server everyone fairly and MUCH better. Perhaps also try using an OFFICE ONLY Wifi Network too. That makes testing easier
Most good routers these days can broadcast multiple SSIDs. If you are using the router that Shaw/Telus gave you and repeating that SSID, that could be the issues itself too. Turn that off and buy a good router!
If after all this it still causes issues in the basement office, then yes, cable a Cat6A run (if you can find it) as it might your best option. Lastly note that the ethernet cable can only go 300 feet so if you own a mansion, you might not be able to get around the whole "farm house" :-P
Probably your Wifi.
Id run an app like Wifi Analyzer and check to see that you're not on a really congested channel.
remember xbox controllers run on 2.4Ghz putting router to close to the xbox having the xbox berried in a tv cabinet. (anything metal is bad) can affect the connection.
also check your wifi router maybe try and shift its channel to something else check wifi in your area https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer&hl=en maybe there just to much wifi
also make sure the controller is up to date.
microwave can also affect wireless signals.
Only thing you can try is to configure the 5ghz channel to "149-153-157-161". This will force it to use higher power. For the 2.4ghz, set the channel to either 1, 6 or 11. If you use an app like wifi analyzer, you can see which of the 1, 6, or 11 you should use.
Sorry I should have clarified, grab one that shows all the channel usage. Such as this one: [link]
Weasel errors that continually occur when logging into Destiny can be a result of clan settings, log into Bungie and check clan settings - [link]
Weasel during gameplay is usually due to packet loss etc issues between Destiny 2 and Bungie's servers or the player ( peer ) hosting that session. Quality of connection is important in resolving Weasel errors.
Now a wired or WiFi connection to the router?
If WiFi have you tested with different channels or tried a channel analysis using an app such as WiFi Analyzer to see which channel is optimal?
A temporary tether to a mobile device ( 3G / 4G / etc ) may help determine if the issue is related to the router or ISP.
Other troubleshooting can found at Destiny 2 Network / Connection Issues - General Troubleshooting Guide at [link]
If you can find other WiFi networks, but not yours, try to change the channel the router's WiFi is on. Use something less than 11.
You can also use WiFi Analyzer to find the channel with the least noise.
Edit: Also ensure your WiFi is 2.4GHz, in the case the Redmi Note 3 doesn't support 5GHz.
You got an android phone? Wifi Analyzer will let you see how much "noise" there is on the different frequencies you can use - both on 2.4 and on 5.0.
It'll also show you if there's something wrong with the signal from your router.
Both personal from experience, and from supporting users on Chromebook Central. I had one of the Chromebits when it was first released. I round it a rather unpleasant device to use.
One possible workaround for both the WiFi and accessibility issues, is to use an HDMI male to female extension cable. That will allow you to locate the Chromebit away from the metal chassis of the TV. Some sort of cable is included with Chromebits, but it may not be long enough.
You can do a quick test of the WiFi signal by installing farproc's WiFi Analyzer app in your phone. Then watch the signal strength indicator as you move the phone to the back of the TV.
That's a big problem to play games. The solution depends on the problem. One think could be is there are problems sharing the spectrum. There is an APP for the cellular phone called WIFI ANALYZER which can help you to see if your wifi channel is being occupied with the neighbours wifi. If so, you can change the channel in your router administration webpage.
The other think could be having a good antenna. There are external USB wifi adapters with good antennas. Look for antennas having a +5 db parameter. Alfa Networks have products like that.
Off course the first you should do is discard router problems before you buy a new device. Try run the test with other device if you can.
> Duffmax: ... get the Weasel error code so often that I can't even play the game
Weasel is usually due to packet loss etc issues between Destiny 2 and Bungie's servers or the player ( peer ) hosting that session. Quality of connection is important in resolving Weasel errors.
Wired or WiFi connection to the router?
If WiFi have you tested with different channels or tried a channel analysis using an app such as WiFi Analyzer to see which channel is optimal for your current home?
> Duffmax: I have a download speed of 65/70 Mbps and upload speed of 5.5/6 Mbps, ping is 11ms.
> Duffmax: I used to be able to play without any issue at all .. however I recently moved to a new place ... but have changed ISP (now with Comcast)
Bandwidth of a connection doesn't guarantee the quality of a connection. A new ISP may also route traffic differently than the previous ISP due to peering agreements.
It may be worth keeping a network monitoring application open and filtering on Destiny 2, that will identify IP addresses the game is using.
The IP addresses can then be used to determine the quality of connection between your PC and the host i.e. using network traceroute / ping / etc tools. NOTE: the host can be another player so be aware of that!
Details on Destiny 2's unique hybrid peer to peer / client server networking model can be found at Destiny 2 Network / Connection Issues - General Troubleshooting Guide
Hope a solution is found so you can enjoy Destiny 2 again.
> My router is downstairs and across the house, so direct ethernet is not an option.
Wifi mostly likely is not an option either - at least not with JUST a WiFi card in the PC..
802.11 2.4Ghz my reach but that frequency band is so over saturated these day you will be lucky to minimal speeds and high latency on it..
and 802.11 AC 5GHz band probably will not have enough signal strength to reach..
So your entire WiFi configuration comes into play..
The Gateway that is used from your ISP to broadcast the WiFi signal... How far the device that wants WiFi is from that Gateway.. How much OTHER Wifi Signal (from all your neighbors) is clogging up the airways.. What building / appliance / stuff is between the far reaching device and the Gateway..
To combat these issues Mesh WiFi networks are being implemented more and more - So I would look into those..
Ethernet over Powerline is also an option, but due to it being across the house they will not be on the same circuits and that adds some complication to the system..
Ethernet over powerline basically transmits a signal over your power lines to modules on either end.. Home wiring / power panels and appliances on the lines can effect the quality of the Ethernet of powerline signal..
These solutions are one of those try it and see if it works and works well in your situation.. They can either work GREAT or be a complete nightmare,
If you get a cheap set of adapters that were made a while ago with older EOP technology it likely will not work - They keep refining the process..
With all that out of the way..
If your WiFi solution is decent then the Maximus X Hero(wifi-ac) will be adequate..
If it is not or you need faster transfers with a WiFi gateway that supports Multi-User MiMo Multiple in Multiple outs.. Which would aggregate more than one WiFi data streams..
You can get a card like this: [link]
If the Ethernet over powerline works out then your Built in Ethernet would work..
So how do you know if your WiFi as it sits will even reach?
Use your smartphone as a WiFi signal detector..
Here are some Android APPS - if you only have Apple your on your own lol..
I would download them all and try them out and learn how the WiFi signals in your area are and what the traffic looks like..
Then go up to where the PC would be check the signal strength and traffic..
While up there run a Speetest
and see what kind of speeds you get...
you can take your phone around to various areas to see how this changes..
Oh and good luck WiFi is all witchcraft and magic so it is not an exact science (unless you have the knowledge and equipment for proper evaluation)
With these simple tools you can gain a better understanding of your WiFi and what works and what does not..
How is the Xbox connected? Wired? Wireless? If Wireless, try wired, or at least use an app like [link] to check if your Wifi signal is being drowned in other signals, and try changing channels on your access point. You'll need a decent Wifi signal to have hope of streaming UHD properly, so if you're in a dense apartment area or dorm etc you may be out of luck for UHD over Wifi.
If you're wired, then... have you tested the speed, or just paying for 150mbps? Try fast.com
Try installing wifi analyzer: [link]
And seeing what kind of signal strength you see for 2.4 networks. If it's a hw issue the signal strength will probably be very low. If you get good signal I doubt it's a hw issue.
If you're need to do a bit of networking once in a while (ANDROID):
Wifi Analyzer: shows all Wifi networks around you and their respective channels and signal strength.
Fing: Network Scanner, see who is on your network. Great for finding out if you have rogue users on your network, and what is actually on your network.
These two tools alone are highly recommended for all computer techies.
Any range, it's more about signal strength. If you have Android on any device, get: [link]
We all use it. I'd say any overlapping networks stronger than -70 dBm are a problem, but I'd start worrying above -80 dBm as well. Ymmv. It's obviously zonal, too, so you'll see it change as you walk around. You'll see access points disappear and new ones come into view, and grow stronger as you approach.
Use an app called Wifi Analyzer to see if the 2.4GHz spectrum is indeed crowded. You mentioned that changing channels don't work, so unless you go to your neighbors' houses and unplug their routers, then you don't have any other options but to use 5GHz.
I’ve seen good things about this . It should give you an idea of if it’s another wifi network or just noise.
The gray screen has nothing to do with the video transmitter and everything to do with the router/wifi signal.
Get yourself a wifi analyzer app (I use this one) and make sure your TPCast router has a dedicated channel (not 11a is the mode not the channel) and isn't competing for bandwidth with another nearby router. Most likely there is another router using the same channel (or partial overlap) that is causing your problems.
You'll want to check this every time you start VR because often routers are set to auto mode and they'll switch channels at will.
According to these guys: [link]
This: [link] allows you to enable/disable bands - I haven't tested so YMMV
Is the x360 doing some updates during that time?
1.Use the least congested channel with the help of this app.
2.Change channel width to 20Mhz.
3.Disable "airtime fairness".
4.Flash AC68U Merlin firmware.
Try each step only if previous step doesn't work.
are you seeing no xfinitywifi ssdi at all, or are you just not seeing the one broadcast from your device?
the best way to tell what's going on is using a good wifi analyzer.. if you have any android device, this IMO is the best to use: [link]
it will find all SSIDs being broadcast, so find the SSID that your device is broadcasting, write down the MAC listed.. then look for xfinitywifi and you can expand it to show all devices broadcasting... look for a MAC that is almost identical to the private SSID your device is broadcasting.. if you can't find your device.. well then that's a problem.
Your drone, whether it's a Phantom, Mavic, Spark or Air will run on both 2.4ghz and 5.8ghz. 2.4ghz is what Wifi (home routers, etc) use for data connections. 2.4 is also what your drone uses for it's connection - telemetry and controls. 5.8ghz is what your transmitter/receiver uses for the video feed, which is mixed with the telemetry (ie the alt/speed/height etc data) that the drone sends back to the ground.
It is possible to set the band of the connection, however this is so far as I know purely the controls - the 'do this, move forward, back, left, right, take a pic, etc' side of things. The video is on 5.8 regardless. This loss of control is either because you have Wifi interference or something else in that area that is causing the interference (large electromagnetic fields from power grid pylons for example).
There are a number of ways to figure out what is/was going on.
Get an app on your phone and (with the drone on and connected, NOT armed and spinning though, just connected and 'running normally') have a look at the local Wifi networks (even if you are in the sticks a bit). An app like this will help you see what's going on (free)..
Beyond this, there's a few parts of your story we'll need to know more about to help diagnose the issue;
Are you flying with your phone or a tablet?
Has it got Wifi on whilst you fly? (try it again without -- best practice is put the phone in airplane mode)
Have you checked your image/video cache on that device isn't totally jammed full, this often causes GO4 to crash, and ti's hard to tell why until you realise the amount of processing power it takes to write/telemetry/send data/receive/scrub old data/record flight logs/etc etc .... I've had my caching turned off for nearly a year now, once I realised that was causing GO to crash so much.
What aircraft are you flying?
What is in the local area? Pylons? underground cables?
Have you calibrated the drone on site, to ensure it's set up for that locality?
When you lose connection, does it automatically return to home or are you just losing the video feed and still have the controls?
Let us know, we'll see what we can do. Greetings from Liverpool, UK, btw. :)
I use an app on my phone to check this.
I use [link]
I use this app on my android to see how bad the airwaves are. [link]
So with computers A and B, and routers X and Y, you are having issues with A<->X, A<->Y, and B<->X?
Do you have an Android phone? Check for interference.
If you have an Android phone you can use a WiFi analyzer. They have some for Windows, and if you Google search "wifi analyzer"
I'm sure you can find some for other platforms as well.
May be unrelated (especially as you see your router), but check the channel of your wifi router, and if on 2.4ghz and using higher channels, as channel 13, force lower channel, as channel 1 or 6 and try once again to connect. You can check this with a mobile app on your smartphone, as Wifi Analyzer : [link].
Try also with another WPA/WPA2 security type just to test (you could also test with another password).
> solo la connessione da 2 Ghz, che sia quella intasata
Al 99% il problema è quello.
Scaricati questo per Android e cerca il canale WiFi meno intasato e imposta il modem in modo che trasmetta fisso su quel canale.
Do you have any devices that are connected with a wire to confirm that the issue is limited to WiFi? If you try transferring a large file from another machine on your network, do you still see performance issues? This app is handy for checking for channel congestion, costs nothing but time to try.
That would be safe. Make sure you have your robot code on both phones. Download the Wifi Analyzer ([link]) on a separate Android phone. It can help you determine what channel your phone is currently on. Good luck! See you there!
Download the app wifi analyzer.
That way you can pretty much see everything
about your network that is signal related.
(android app) [link]
If you want to see if your laptop supports 5ghz it should be in the system specifications somewhere.
It does seem strange for a new laptop to not have 5ghz support but i'm not too sure what the meta is for wifi modules these days.
I'd suggest downloading the app and see if it helps you. You can post screenshot if you need more help. But it could be the channel your network is using at it's current frequency.
Also, you can connect to other wifi networks with your Laptop right? Just checking :P
You could try turning up the signal strength for 5ghz and lowering it for 2.4, as your phone may be trying to connect to the one with the most strength, since 2.4 is longer range but slower.
Also try changing channel width from 20 to 40 or 80, although try to avoid overlapping with other channels.
Also maybe changing the channel on 5ghz to something under 100 ,my Nintendo Switch wouldn’t even see my 5g network until I changed it from channel 156 to 64.. weird, although this probably do anything since the Switch has a crap WiFi card and most phones don’t
A good app for WiFi testing , if you don’t already have it, is WiFi Analyzer. Good for checking overlapping channels, dead spots, etc.
That’s all I got other then completely disabling 2.4 or using a different SSID.
it might be a bit awkward to do, but if you install wifi Analyzer, the one made by farproc that is.
set it to list all AP's instead of graph/chart them (click the eyeball icon and select AP list) and if there are multiples under one name you will see a little triangle to the left of the AP name click that AP and it should open up a list of them underneath, if you click on one it should ask you if you want to connect to it. also it will show you the signal strength/etc of it.
is this what you are after?
I like WiFi Analyzer on Android.
Do folks know about WiFi Analyzer? This app lets you see what's going on with all the WiFi signals flying around your space so you can pick the channel with the least competition.
I hate it when folks leave their routers to switch channels...all the routers are fixed in space and nobody's moving so why should the routers be changing channels all the time?! I wish folks would read this and respond accordingly.
Yeah the WiFi being unreliable is almost never the fault of your ISP if your wired connection is fine. Chances are your router is getting a lot of interference from your neighbors.
I use this app. It gives you a chart of all the 2.4ghz and 5ghz wifi signals in range of your phone and tells you what channel they are operating on. If your wifi has a lot of overlap with a neighbor you're going to get interference. Most routers allow you to manually set a channel but not all routers can use all channels.
If that doesn't work, look into getting a better router.
Did you actually check how crowded 5Ghz is? with something like this
(Assuming this is on WiFi)
You could try downloading a WiFi analyzer app (Here is one for Android). See of you have a bunch of other networks on the same channel, and if you do then change the channel on your router.
If that doesn't help, see if rebooting your router helps.
Most routers will have two separate signals being broadcast. 5 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz. Just tell your phone to forget the 5 Ghz networks if you are using them.
If you are unsure which is which (they will sometimes be named ending in "5G"), then download something like Wifi Analyzer. Swipe right or left on the screens until you get to the detailed view which will show your channel and Mhz (~5000 Mhz range is a 5Ghz signal, ~2400 Mhz range is a 2.4 Ghz signal) for each respective network you can see.
Again, your router should be broadcasting both a 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz signal if it has the capability to do 5 Ghz. If not, you need to manage your router settings by logging in, but that's a different tutorial (you could also disable the 5 Ghz signal directly on your router by logging in, if you were to go that route).
EDIT: Just as a disclaimer to everyone: Don't choose the "forget" option for networks unless you know your Wi-Fi passwords. If you don't know your passwords, then you shouldn't be making any modifications until you are sure you can reconnect if needed. Settings are different for every network and typically the 2.4 Ghz password will be the same as the 5 Ghz, but it's not guaranteed and can depend on the initial setup. If you did not setup your router or all of this sounds weird and alien, then it might be best to just turn off Wi-Fi when you're not using it... at least until there's a fix.
This may be a bit of a stretch, but what are you using for DNS servers? If it is taking a bit to startup, but then works fine, it could be a slow DNS response the first time the computer / device is looking up the appropriate addresses. Might look at using different DNS servers than the default Metronet ones.
I agree about the wireless. You might look for a wireless analyzing app, assuming you have a smart phone. On Android, I like Wifi Analyzer - [link]
It can let you see other networks and see if there might be a better channel for your wifi network to be on.
Another thing. I don't have Android TV, but I do have a Roku. The Roku sticks (cheaper models) only have a single wifi antenna and like to broadcast their own wifi signal to talk to their remotes on the same channel they are using to get on the wifi. This can stomp on the wifi signal.
Yeah, I'm not sure what else I can add. My router's a BiPAC 8800AXL, and I'm in the UK.
Try the Wifi Analyzer app. Can you even see a 5Ghz signal?
Yes it is.
what kind of wifi router are you using? I suspect with the popularity of the Home/Mini many people are going to discover some settings on their router may need to be adjusted or that the router may not even be up tot the task.
If all is good with your router have you tried using an app like Wifi Analyzer [link] to check the signal strength where the Mini is located? I sometimes wish they offered an Ethernet power cord like they do for chromecast
I use the android app that /u/illforgetsoonenough suggested: [link]
I believe there's one for iOS that's similar, and further, you can use the free version of inSSIDer if you need to do it on a laptop.
Your alternatives are costly, either a "fun" game of peek-a-boo trying to find it behind the ceiling tiles, or use something like the netscout aircheck g2: [link]
... though, if the APs are off, good luck finding them.... you're basically limited to peek-a-boo.
If you have an Android device you can download WiFi Analyzer to check your signal strength, signal-to-noise-ratio and other useful stuff.
To check transmission rates I'd stay away from internet-based speed tests because if you use those, you can't be sure where the bottleneck was. Set up a device to serve big files with a wired connection to your AP (via switch/router) and then try to pull the files via WiFi.
You can also check out iperf.
On Android I use Wifi Analyzer
I'd think the issue comes from both of your wifi being on the same channel or from being in a location that isn't optimal
On android you can use the Wifi Analyzer app, on Windows I like Acrylic Wifi scanner
You can use an app to test wifi signals. You might just have good reception out there on the road.
I'm on BT Infinity 2, HH5.
I have terrible WiFi connectivity in the evening. That's because there are at minimum another 20 access points in range all contending for the same wireless bandwidth. Changing to a separate access point under these circumstances may not be the answer. I actually tested this using an enterprise-class Cisco AP borrowed from a colleague, as well as a TP link device I had kicking around. It made no noticeable difference over a week of testing.
More testing that I've done:
Place a laptop directly next to the HH5. Connect to the public channel. Run speed test. Download peaks at ~8Mbs. Connect to the private channel. Repeat test. Download peaks at ~60Mbs. Conclusion: The bandwidth available to the public channel has a hard limit.
Two laptops of identical spec. One connected to the private channel, one connected to the public channel. Kick off download of a 4GB CentOS image from a local mirror on the public channel. Downloads at around 8Mbps as expected. Whilst the first download is still in progress, initiate the same download on the laptop connected to the private channel. Download settles down at around 60Mbps. Crucially, the download on the public channel drops to around 0.5Mbps. Repeated the test using different download sources for each laptop, and then using a wired connection instead of the wireless connection on the private channel. Similar results seen. Likely conclusion? QoS is enabled and favours the owner of the connection.
Try it for yourself.
As for /u/Cregavitch, if you live in a built up area then your issue may just be too many Wi-Fi access points in range eating up the available bandwidth. No ISP can guarantee the quality of a WiFi connection as the spectrum is shared between all local users. Use an app like this to see what's going on. Do you get the same issues with a wired connection?
This is the best tool for diagnosing WiFi issues on Android.
But basically, just because you have a decent signal from your access point, doesn't mean that you are going to get good throughput. If another access point is on the same channel as you, it has the potential to interfere with your signal. To be specific if it's within 18dBm, it will be affecting your signal. If some one is one the same channel as you, they are on the same frequency as you and as physics teaches us, when two frequencies hit each other, they cancel each other out,hence the rubbish performance.
So if you use the above tool, and see someone is on the same channel as you, try reconfiguring your access point to use a cleaner channel and your experience should improve.
Did a neighbor change their WiFi channels to one on top of yours? I use WiFi Analyzer to see what's what in my area for WiFi channels. I thought the HR44 didn't see 5Ghz WiFi?
Did an update break your box so it can't use your old HDMI cable? I've had handshake issues on cables that shouldn't have issues but the handshake was fixed with a newer cable. Don't ask me, I just watch TV here! ;)
Can you connect to wifi with smart phone? Use a wifi analyser like [link] u may have to adjust settings on your router
Could be congestion. If you have an Android device, install this app and see how 'clean' the air is. There may be a better channel that you can force your asus router to use.
Edit: just noticed that you mentioned trying other channels. sorry.
Is this a new issue where the speeds suddely dropped?
Looks like WiFi Analyzer ... [link]
I use it on a regular basis. Great app.
Before you do, grab this and install it on your phone:
You can use it to see all the networks around you and what channels they're on, so you can make a sensible decision about what channel you want to use. Be sure to check both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands while you're nearby to where your computer and other wireless devices are located.
Make sure to first test your internet connectivity when connected wired, so you know the max speeds you can get.
5GHz wifi is supposed to allow for higher bandwidth, at reduced range; as it doesn't penetrate walls and other obstacles as well as 2,4GHz. So if there are a few walls between you and the wifi router, you might want to use 2,4GHz.
If you have an Android device, use this app to see which wifi channels (2,4GHz: 1, 6, 11) are most used by your neighbours, and choose the channel with the least neighbouring networks for your wifi. Do the same for 5GHz.
Also: yes, everything is moving to wireless, as it's handy and convenient. But it's nearly not as stable and fast as wired. Wifi reception is a big issue in many buildings. One access point in a single building is never going to be great...
Edit: Welp, Bals2oo8 was a bit faster. We kind of had the same ideas.
Kk sorry I fell asleep. So I need you to get a free app from the play store [link]
This app is great because I think what's going on is there is interference on the 2.4ghz wireless that you're running on and when this happens your router is set to jump to another "channel". When this happens all wireless devices will drop and then have to reconnect.
Anyway back to the tool when you launch it, choose your wireless network name and when you swipe to the left or the right, there are a handful of tools.
One tool kinda looks like an old school battery tester with that twitchy arm that bounces around. This tool will show you signal strength as you walk around your house.
There is another one where depending on where you are from will have a column of channels from 1-11 at least up here in Canada. Each of the rows the more stars they have the better the channel will be for you to use in your home. If it has a small number of stars across the board you might have to upgrade your router.
Let me know when you get the app.
Do I have to be connected to the access point to make this work? I was thinking it'd be something like WiFi Analyzer where I can just pick any AP in the area and map it.
Not quite what you asked for, but this freeware tool is also decent, though it doesn't give you what you're looking for
WiFi Analyzer. We don't have a very good network team as you can imagine.
Make YOUR life easier - only YOU can decide what will do that. Everyone has different needs.
The overall best thing is to thoroughly learn how to use the ChromeOS system FIRST. That's what the Chromebook is designed to do.
Then, if you want to do something and really can't find a solution on the web, or in the Web Store, only then should you look at Android apps.
I have very few Android apps. One is WiFi Analyzer, which helps diagnose WiFi issues
Another is an Android File Manager - you will eventually need one since ChromeOS can't get to all the Android app folders. That's a security design feature.
Avoid anything that requires using Developer Mode unless you are already a SKILLED Linux user.
Spend time in the Google Help System for Chromebooks. The more you learn, the less problems you will have.
I know you said that Wifi shouldn't be an issue since it's directly above the router on a different floor but a "cheap" fix if it turns out to be wifi might be to grab some powerline network adapters so your stick can connect over ethernet without having to run cords throughout your house. I haven't priced powerline kits in awhile so I say "cheap" because this route may only be like $20-30 cheaper than splurging for a lifetime PlexPass subscription and I'd hate for you to spend $100+ on my suggestion and it ultimately not work.
There are wifi analyzer apps/programs you can use to check what kind of signal your stick is getting I use WiFi Analyzer for Android. It could even be some other WiFi Signal from a neighbor on the same channel as your wifi or some neighboring overlapping channel is causing interference.
Is your WiFi the stick connects to 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz, if it's 5Ghz try switching your stick to the 2.4Ghz channel on on your router since lower frequencies have better wall penetration
Im curious what PlexPass features would help fix your issue?
> It plays for say 5 seconds then stops, then it takes a couple of mins frozen then plays another 5 seconds and so on.
> Sideloading generally works, but using a MAC it takes forever to put something on the phone and also with limited space, that's another issue. So was hoping to use the server method.
Hmmm. It actually does sound more like you're describing a buffering issue, and if the same clips play back properly when sideloaded that would seem to confirm it. It's not impossible for an old router that might be running on a crowded channel to perform very poorly, particularly if you've got a whole lot of other 2.4GHz peripheral devices operating nearby as well.
You could try using an app like Wifi Analyzer to figure out what channel any nearby routers might be using and put your own onto the least crowded one. Also check to see if you have any "Transmit Power" settings you can dial up. If all else fails maybe a new 5GHz router is the way to go.
If you have a black 2016/17 Gear VR model (or S6 Innovator Edition*) you can of course also play clips directly from an attached USB drive or whatever, as per the wiki: [link]
(*for this model obviously a Micro USB OTG adapter is required instead)
Wild guess; you're using wifi. Try a wired connection. If you can't get a wired connection going, use something like the Android app WiFi Analyzer to see how the wifi is in your place. Chances are if you're in a really populated place that you'll have lots of frequencies overlapping. Change your wifi's channel to be something that's empty or has the weakest "competing" signals.
That's not going to work miracles, though. Until we get some MAJOR breakthroughs in technology that everyone adopts, wifi will never be anywhere near as stable or reliable as a direct cable connection.
Okay.. Just in case, download something like Wifi Analyzer to your phone and check the channels of all networks (wireless) in your area. Also, check in your router/wifi access point device that you indeed run in a channel that has at least 5 channels range from the other channels (at least the ones that are really close to you). Most common "best practice" channels are 1, 6, 11 (it's always based on what you have near you). If you still have no success, check if your router/wifi access point gives you the option to change from 2,4GHz to 5GHz. If it does, try to go to the 5GHz band. That way you will probably have less problems with your signal. Last but not least, keep in mind that devices like microwave, wireless telephones and baby monitoring systems, also use the same band @2.4GHz.
Link for lazy
Have you checked the channel of all your connections could be they are all the same and interfering with each other or you may have neighboors that are all on the same channel. (I use the app below to check)
You can use a wifi extender/amp like Roosterru said.
I use an older router attached to my AIO (box)_ then I use the router for the wifi signals -disabling the wifi in the AIO(box).
You still use the wired connections on your AIO(box)-just jump/dump the wireless work to the router/amp.
I use this free app(does have a few small ads) to find the strongest spot-or where it begins to degrade (wifi signal) then place the router /amp there.
I am not paid by these guys -I have used this free version of the app for over 2 years with no issue-just a helpful program.
I am also a fan of FLING for networking issues
I had constant problems for the first 2 weeks after I installed my Ring doorbell. When it worked, it was fine. But at least once a day it would lose connectivity for a few hours. Usually I would first notice that Live View would not connect, but a motion/doorbell event would still come through with live video. Then event notification would sometimes fail too. A few hours later everything would suddenly be working again, although there were a couple of occasions when I had to give up and remove the doorbell and reset it. Ring support blamed WiFi problems, but the WiFi signal strength at the doorbell was always consistently Good, and a cell phone at the doorbell location had no problem communicating with my router even when the doorbell was out of service.
I ended up changing 3 things at about the same time, one of which seems to have fixed the problem, so I'm not sure which one did the trick:
Ring sent me a Ring Chime Pro with WiFi repeater that I installed indoors closer to the doorbell than the router. It didn't improve the WiFi signal strength at the doorbell, but it did change the WiFi channel that the doorbell was using. Maybe the different channel was better?
My router is a Netgear R6300v2. Could the reported problems between the Ring doorbell and Netgear routers be to blame? Why would it work fine for 20 hours in the day and then fail for 4 hours? But switching to the Ring Chime Pro network would mean that the doorbell was no longer connecting directly to my Netgear router.
Ring pushed a new firmware update to my Ring doorbell to be sure it was up to date. Not having noted the firmware version before, I'm not sure this did anything, but it was the last action before things stabilized. I saw one communication drop-out right after installing the Ring Chime Pro and before the firmware update. Since then, no failures.
Did the firmware update help? Did the Ring Chime Pro just happen to change WiFi channels to a better channel? Did a nearby neighbour with an interfering WiFi network go on vacation? Who knows?
I tried surveying the WiFi spectrum at my doorbell location using WiFi Analyzer on my phone to look at signal strength of competing networks ([link]). I also tried WiFi Channel Monitor to check out the traffic volume on nearby networks on the same channel ([link]). One network is close in signal strength to mine, but doesn't appear to be generating much traffic. The other networks are all much weaker. I guess I'll have to wait for the problem to happen again (if it ever does) before I can do further traffic tests.
Fireup something like [link] and make sure you don't have other overlapping APs fighting with it.
Do you live in a densely populated area? Is Ethernet and/or additional access points not an option?
If you have an Android phone, you can check the local network traffic with WiFi Analyzer.
I agree with others, try it yourself to see what works. If 5 GHz works, use it.
Meu carro tem no velocímetro o número 220 Km/h e nem acelerando ladeira abaixo dá para chegar nessa velocidade, no máximo chega a 180.
A velocidade nominal dos roteadores wireless se refere apenas a capacidade deles de empurrar dados. Não significa que alguém vai conseguir receber eles nessa velocidade. Há descontos a serem feitos de frames, cabeçalhos etc. e principalmente, o mundo real: há interferências dos seus vizinhos impedindo que seu roteador chegue a velocidades altas (recomendo esse app para que você enxergue visualmente a interferência), há paredes, portas, superfícies que refletem sinal etc.
Enfim, seu roteador doméstico nunca chegará nos 100 Mbps no protocolo 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Quanto a placa de rede, a de seu computador possivelmente é gigabit já, a não ser que seu computador seja mmmuuuitto antigo. E se for, é para ele chegar sim 100 Mbps. Via cabeado dá para confiar sim que a velocidade nominal seja alcançada.
5ghz is usually prioritized because it offers higher bandwidth, although shorter range. A simple tool like WiFi analyser would be a good indicator of the type and bands used by the router and also give you a more accurate comparison between devices.
[link] and speed test.
I wish they had a "wifi analyzer" equivalent that was as good for iOS.
Grab WiFi analyser, perform a quick survey in your house and change the channel.on your router to the least populated before you buy any additional hardware. I suspect this will resolve your issue.
Play store link [link]
This is not available on IOS.
Use a scanning app like Wifi Analyzer to see which channels are clear.
Might be worth checking if your wifi signal isn't overlapping with any of your neighbours. I know you're quite modern in the northern wastelands, but your neighbours maybe catching you up. Wifi Analyzer will show you.
Have you tried network cables from the PCs to the router as well? Might pick some shit from Mrs HPB for dangling cables around the house, but worth checking if it still does it when using wired ethernet.
If you have an android device, try Wifi Analyzer. It will look at 2.4G and 5G showing you the relative signal strength of each signal it picks up. This way you can select a channel that may be less used. In most cities, you won't find any free channels, so you then need to make your signal the strongest.
That is one reason people would suggest another router, access point, or a powerline adapter. All of these options will allow you to increase the signal strength where you need it most.
Hope that helps out.
> It happens with other WiFi networks as well (told by 2 neighbours + one unprotected network)
>Could also be your network card, as it seems to be the common denominator
How much do you trust your neighbors and do you have any other device you can test with?
This will be a good read -
Edit: Grab something like WiFi Analyzer to see what channels are in use - and possibly saturated
I use this one on my phone for checking for interference. It'll show you all available access points. AFAIK there are no iPhone equivalents without jailbreaking as Apple doesn't make that data available via any APIs.
Install this. make sure there's no interference on the wifi channel you're using.
You too, OP.
Got an android phone? Good, download this and have a look at which channels are the most congested. Once you've done that, log into your router and change the WiFi channel to something that isn't used as much.
By spectrum I meant the air waves carrying wifi signal.Usually there are 11 channels and most routers use a set default channel.So that wifi channel can become crowded.
Try using this app and see where your network is among them.If it is overlapping a lot, change to a less crowded channel using the router setup page.
Step 1: Download WiFi analyzer and do a site survey. Speed drops in relation to signal quality.
The farthest point will have the worst signal. Your options are to get an external directional antenna to boost endpoint signal. Install a repeater. Or run a cable.
If a direct connection is fine try changing the frequencies on your router, I had a similar problem because I was getting interference on the frequency that was set. You can use an app like Wifi analyzer to check which ranges are clear in your area.
The best option for the router is to be in the middle of the house, in an open area. Tucked in things will reduce the signal since the signal can bounce off things and walls. Do not put the router where the kitchen would be in a direct line to where you would use the wifi (ie : Bedroom ---- Kitchen ---- Router). Use a wifi signal tracker to check which channel you can use to have less interference. ie ([link]). Do not put the Router near the entertainment system.
Of course YMMV. I mean I had it there for months too and it was perfectly fine whenever I played in the same room and even in the faraway room. But if you play a game where it is really latency sensible (ie: diablo 3, rocket league, etc) you might see a lot of lag, even if your laptop says it's on maximum signal strength.
Of course, depends on the strength of the antennas as well, and other things.
Recommended distance from TV is 15 feet.
Try a wifi analyzer app on your phone. Something like [link]
Will help identify if there's another wireless network on the same channel which might be causing interference
There are a lot of factors to consider when using wireless. If you're in a densely populated community as well as using the very common wireless G or N standard, there may be a lot of interference from neighbors. If this is the case, switching channels on your router may help a little bit (and cost you nothing).
Some things to look up:
Google "how to switch channels on router".
Use the Wifi Analyzer tool to select the least used channels. (I have Android so I can't give you an iOS equivalent)([link])
Aside from this, there aren't any no cost methods to increase your speeds.
First thing to check is you download speed using a speed checker like www.speedtest.net, while connected using your wifi.
Post your results after this has been run.
After, plug your machine into the router using an ethernet cable and run the same test, post the results.
you can check the wifi channels in use in your area. you can download a nifty app on your mobile that will tell you how busy the channels are in your area. install this application on your mobile and post the graph you see.
WiFi Analyzer might be what you're looking for. [link]
Have you tried relocating the router to another place in your home? Also how are the channels looking like as you move through the house?
Personally I use [link] as I'm on Android and there is a tool that you can watch the levels as you walk around your house.
Few things to note. If you have any enhancement features enabled on your router, disable them. These are things like QoS, or anything else that is supposed to be extra bonus features outside of a standard router function. Any other unessessary features can be disabled as well. Routers are like mini computers. The more load you can take off of them, the better they will perform. So if you have any services running on it, you can disable. EG - USB Ports, Media server functionality, etc.
Secondly, what bitrate are you using, and what are the other settings your are using in Riftcat?
You can also use an app like:
This will tell you how crowded your 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz channels are. Find something isolated, or set your router to auto.
Lastly, do you have the standard version of the Rifcat app installed as well? If not, get that installed so you can change some settings at the phone end.
Hope some of this helps!
Use an ethernet cable if you are able. The source of your ping fluctuations is between your router (the first row) and modem (second row), which you can see by looking at the 'worst' column.
WiFi Analyzer (Google Play Store Link) has worked well for me in the past. If you don't have an Android device, I'll ask around for some suggestions for iOS.
There's a view in WiFi Analyzer where you can see all of the networks in range, the channel they're currently using and the signal strength. If the network in question is on channel 1, 6 or 11 and has high signal strength, I'd bet the "repeater left behind" idea holds water. You can use another view in the app to see the signal strength for just one SSID, which is the perfect thing to use while you walk around your house. When you hit a point where the signal strength is maxed out, you're probably in the same room as the repeater.
Well okay the easiest way is just downloading an app like wifi analyzer <em>click</em> and then look at your wifi channel :D
Use this tool on an android phone/tablet to see what your environments look like and help you pick the best channel to park your router on:
20ft away with direct line should work well with wi-fi. That is how mine is set up and I can even gamestream at 4k. 4k hdr video runs flawlessly. what router do you have? I don't believe it is shield issue unless you just got a bad unit.try [link] on your phone in the location of shield
Is it safe to assume this is an apartment then? It's possible your router is using a channel that is absolutely swamped and you're getting shitty performance.
If you have an Android phone, you may want to use [link] to check it out. I'm not sure if there is anything on iOS to test.
Fing is another Network app that may be able to provide you with some important wireless information - [link]
This thread is full of terrible advice, sorry.
>Edit: 100 MBs not GBs. That is a minor difference I suppose.
That's a massive difference. And you meant 100Mbps. :)
You're paying for 100 megabits per second. This is abbreviated as 100Mbps, NOT 100MBps (which means 100 megabytes per second -- 1 megabyte = 1MB, 1 megabit = 1/8MB). Your expected speed in megabytes per second is (100 / 8) = 12.5. This is important because speedtest results usually show megabits per second, whereas most other apps (Steam downloads, browser downloads, torrent clients, etc.) will show megabytes per second.
The most likely reason your connection is slow through your phone is not ISP-level throttling, it's WiFi issues. First of all, figure out whether your're connected to your router through 2.4GHz or 5GHz WiFi. The latter will give much better speeds, especially if a fair number of people with WiFi routers live near you (ex. closely-packed neighborhood or apartment complex).
The more people using a channel the same as yours or close to yours, the more interference will be present. Interference will cause slower speeds on WiFi-connected devices. Here's how you can diagnose this:
Download WiFi Analyzer for Android.
Find this screen in the app. This screenshot is an example of a LOT of wireless interference, which will cause slow speeds for anyone using any of these networks.
This is an example of minimal interference, if you're using the red or green networks. People using the networks in the middle will probably see some interference issues. If you'll notice, there's a button at the top-left corner of this screen which lets you toggle from 2.4GHz to 5GHz. Check whether you can see your network on the 5GHz tab.
Interference is most likely causing your problems. There are a few options to fix it:
If your router only supports 2.4GHz (you can check in its control panel), then use WiFi Analyzer to find the least crowded channel and then set that channel in your router control panel. There's another screen in WiFi Analyzer which gives every channel a 1-10 star rating; choose the channel with the most stars. If there isn't really a good option, consider buying a new router which supports 5GHz.
If your router supports 5GHz, make sure your device is connected to the 5GHz network (some routers can broadcast on BOTH 2.4 and 5GHz at the same time, and your device could be using the former). Also make sure you've used WiFi analyzer to find an empty 5GHz channel to put your router on, as interference can still happen (but there are a lot more channels to choose from).
If your device is more than ~4 years old, there's a chance it doesn't support 5GHz networks even if your router does. In this case, you'll have to live with the 2.4 speeds until you can upgrade it.
Spectrum is getting sued by New York because they bought TWC who was already getting sued prior to the merger. It was already an issue before Charter bought them and rebranded to Spectrum.
As far as for a wifi analyzer if you have an android...
How crowded is your wifi enviroment.you can analyse the wifi enviroment and chose the less crowded channel.install wifi analyser on your phone and run testHow crowded is your wifi enviroment.you can analyse the wifi enviroment and chose the less crowded channel.install wifi analyser on your phone and run tests
Sounds like there could be interference from another signal, most likely another router. If you have an Android phone, I highly recommend the app Wifi Analyzer to check which channel is the least crowded and switch your router to that channel.
Make sure you are using 5 GHz and check that the channel is clear with something like WiFi Analyzer. Your new router could be using a more congested channel. Also check your channel width settings.
I would try changing the wireless channels on the Nighthawk as it may be experiencing interference. Usually Channel 11 for 2.4ghz is the least crowded but it may vary.
If you have an android phone you can get the Wifi Analyzer App to see what channels are being used in your area. You can also use inSSIDer Free on a Windows laptop to check the same thing. Pick a channel that has the lowest number of wifi networks in the area on it, or has the weakest signals of surrounding wifi networks.
Is one of the apps I use on android, just to check channel overlap, and signal strength.
A little bit of poking around should net you more apps than that.
If your laptop has a pcmcia slot for expansion cards, then consider getting a more dedicated wifi adapter to troubleshoot (More dedicated than a usb dongle):
Newegg pcmcia cards
Yeah, it'll show up without a name.
I use Wifi Analyzer. Hidden networks show up as a peak with no name associated to it.
Don't rent modems/routers. Buy your own. Please.
you're talking about your wireless router? 2.4Ghz (the frequency most wireless devices talk on these days - barring some newer stuff) can go through walls pretty well. it does not go through wet things (water, plants, people) very well and does degrade with each wall it passes through but you'd have to get to 3ish to notice the losses most of the time. YMMV of course because of radio interference and such. I suggest hooking your router to a long cable (if possible) and moving it around to see where you get the best signal throughout your place. I personally use wifi analyzer to help with that.
As long as you're using an Android device, download Wifi Analyzer.
Open the screen that looks like this.
If you see the parabola that represents your home wifi signal shrink when you walk into that room, you have interference in the room due to environmental factors (pipes, ducts, whatever). If you see another parabola grow and overlap it, you have interference from some other wifi signal.
Be aware that this only checks for 802.11 signals- anything other type of wireless device on the 2.4 Ghz band is not checked via this app.
If you don't have Android but you do have Windows there's a version from another company that's probably compatible with your laptop. If you use Apple products exclusively, sorry about your luck- iThingies lock this ability behind a paid app, but you sort of expected that when you bought one.
Draw a quick map of your house, then download WiFi Analyzer. Walk to different areas of your house and write down the dbm. Then (optionally) use a few colored pencils to map signal strength. -35-40 is excellent, -80 and beyond is no good
If your wireless is on one side of the house, naturally the other side of the house is going to get lower signal. If you buy another router, make it more centrally located. If you have CAT5/6 going to different rooms, buy an AP or two
Edit: Also, sticking a wireless device in a panel, in the basement is the worst idea imaginable
What is your square footage?
Do you have a floor plan you can post?
so your equipment are trying to connect the being disconnected.set your wifi on a different less crowded channel and see if it works (just play around with the channels untill you find the best).are there many wireless equipment around your area?.You can load this on your android phone and get the best channel to set your wifi
WiFi is dependent on other factors such as how many walls between your device you are connecting with and what they are made of etc.
You can also look into what channels are being used by other networks in your area then swap to one that is not being used at that time.
If you have an andoid phone you can use Wifi Analyzer to see what comes up and check you signal strength whilst you are at it.
Yeah, I was kind of thinking that WiFi reliability/signal could be the most likely culprit. If you have an Android device there are free WiFi scanners you can get from Google Play store. I got this one called WiFi Analyzer:
802.11ac is the latest standard, with the expensive stuff being Wave 2, which... let's just say they had to invent a new ethernet speed to keep from having multiple links to the APs.
802.11n is tricky. With MIMO, it can get up to a theoretical 600Mbit/sec. Since most devices can't do MIMO, though, you're limited to probably around 40Mbit/sec in the 2.4GHz band, depending on your settings, and a bit more in the 5GHz band (again, settings permitting). Functionally, I've seen situations where I get 40Mbit/sec throughput in 2.4GHz on a good day, and 150+Mbit/sec in 5GHz. This is within 10 feet of the AP however, and 5GHz isn't the greatest for going through walls, so you're range limited more than 2.4GHz is - that's why we all keep using it.
I would take a look at your current throughput on the wifi and see if you can get a feel for what you're getting now, and WHY you're having problems. For example, live in a city or moderately crowded suburb? Chances are someone just moved in nearby or "upgraded" their router (or worse, cranked the power on their existing one, thereby creating massive interference for everyone else). Here's what I'd recommend from that end.
Get something like Wifi Analyzer for Android (Or there's a Windows version for Win10 if you have it). See how crowded your airspace actually is and if there's any explanation for the cause. Because spending money on an AP that gets better reception, when you're being crowded out, is no fun at all.
Set up iPerf on your main PC and one of your laptops (there's android clients too, I think), and use it to test throughput on your current wireless. Keep in mind, I actually started doing homelab stuff and set up an HTPC because I couldn't get a wire to my PS3 and couldn't stream anything 720p or higher over wireless N; that was in a condo complex of course so the airspace was terrible, but even so. At least you'll have something to compare with once you get the new gear.
Install this [link]
If there are a bunch of networks on top of yours, then you have interference. Try to find a channel that is mostly unused, but stick to 1, 6, or 11.
If you have an Android device I would highly recommend this app. [link]
Good video to go along with it: [link]
I wouldn't be surprised if you get bumped down to 15 mbps when you move. Often times, you can wind up with the old connection speed of previous tenants even though you're being billed at a different rate. In your case, you seem pretty lucky to be getting double your paid for speed.
As for the wifi coverage of the house, before purchasing anything, I would scope out the current wifi coverage there. 1400 sq foot, 3 story house, sounds like it might be a city home or at the very least a house that might be fairly close to other houses. If you have an android device, a rooted iPhone or a laptop, there are tools out there to check out what kind of wifi signals are in your area, what channel they're on, strength, etc. When I had my Nexus 6, I used this tool.
Something to also keep in mind, the more walls the signal passes through, the more interference you're going to have. Good wifi depends on many variables, so adding more obstacles for the signal helps nothing. Having it travel to multiple floors will be challenging for 1 router. My house has 3 levels as well. I currently use this router. I wound up buying a wireless extender to try and have my signal reach all 3 levels of my house. It works, however, an extender effectively halves your speed, so this might not be desirable (depending on what you need speed-wise). Additionally, not all software/hardware will play nicely with an extender (I see some disconnects sometimes from my work VPN). I finally got fed up with this and purchase 500' of Cat 6 cable and I'm going to begin wiring up my house. I need more speed and better coverage. WiFi is just too unreliable for me.
SO, while cables are not always an attractive option, don't rule them out. It might be less headache in the long run. There are companies that will run the cable for you so you don't have to get your hands dirty.
Hope some (any) of this info helps!
I use [link] to check out wireless network signals etc.
Also use [link] to check Internet speeds
These are both handy when I'm out at a customer's place. Also, I use my phone to quickly Google for an answer sometimes too.
I would check what channels are being used by others in the vicinity, a handy app for this can be had on multiple platforms
They may even recommend the best channel for you to use. If you have the option use the 5GHz band as this is faster and has a shorter range, it is also less used than the 2.4GHz band. Make sure your access point and WiFi card support 802.11AC which is the newest standard and will allow use of 5Ghz
How many bars of WiFi signal are you seeing?
Try this app on a smartphone, you may see that you are on a congested channel, or that the signal is simply too weak.
Try updating the firmware.
Also try changing the channel. If you have an Android device you can use WiFi Analyzer to find the best channel.
I'm really only ~5-8 meters away from the router through the wall, so I doubt it's interference, especially since my PC has been in this set up for the past 2 years with no problems.
The spike does not occur on my phone, which leads me to believe I have some hardware problem with my network adapter, (is this plausible?).
The Wifi-Analyser app i've been using shows no other networks on the same channel as mine, and i've experimented changing channels anyway.
If you have an Android phone, use the app Wifi Analyzer to see whether too many of your neighbors are clogging the 2.4 GHz wifi spectrum in your apartment building.
You may need to get a new wifi router (or gateway, if renting from Charter) that supports 5.0 GHz (usually as 802.11 AC). There will be less interference from neighbors and less buffering.
To test whether the problem is wifi or your modem, directly plug a Cat 6 Ethernet cable from your modem to your device and see if you still have bad buffering.
Use WiFi Analyzer and make sure your network isn't set to a channel that a lot of other networks are on. And use 5GHz instead of 2.4GHz if your router supports it.
Download Wifi Analyzer on your phone. Are there more wifi networks where you live?
Can you run a bandwidth test on a laptop using the 2.4 Ghz band? If you are in an apartment with a lot competing networks you could run into slowdowns, but if it is fairly clear you shouldn't have any problems. You could also use a wifi analyzer app to make sure your router is on a good channel.
Still may be worth to install this [link] and look at what other networks are using your wifi channels.
The stock WiFi client under Android doesn't distinguish between network points with the same SSID. I'd recommend installing and using WiFi Analyser as this allows you to expand a given SSID if it has multiple networks.
Don't know the equivalent under iOS I'm afraid.
I have 250u, I typically get 320 down with the smaller hops.
If you must use wifi, then get the wifi analyzer app and make sure you're connected to the channel with the least interference.
I assume that you're only having issues at home? Maybe you or your neighbour has leaky microwave? We need something more to tell what's happening with your wifi:
You've shown speedtest results. This may be the problem not only with the WiFi but also with your internet connection.
You should check and see if you are on a crowded wireless channel and if your router supports it, change it to a less crowded channel. If you are on Windows 10 there is the Wifi Analyzer app, or on Android
Ok in these situations you need to try the following.
Get wifi analyser from the app store:
Check the channel of the router and that it's not congested.
If the channel is free, turn off all other wifi devices so that only the testing unit is connected. Test throughput again, you'll notice that it's the same as before due to the fact that those routers are pretty nasty and wifi on average has a throughput of about 20mbps unless your using a multi-radio router (that one is not). Sometimes you'll get a handshake connection that states >70mbps but thats just handshake not throughput.
I'm a network engineer by trade, out of all the routers I've ever installed the 2 best for wifi throughput are:
And even those listed above will not sustain anything above 60mbps when over 15 meters away from the unit, but they can handle multiple connection at that throughput..
From what I see thats not that good of a router wifi quality wise looking at reviews so that might contribute to the problem, though I am NOT an expert on them.
Though a few things might help, Are you in a populated area where lots of other routers would be close, like apartments and such? If so changing the channel on the router page might help, only do channel 1, 6 or 11 though for your routers 2.4 ghz. You can also try updating the routers firmware if you haven't do so already.
Both of those options can be tried from logging into your router, right click on the connection icon on your PC/laptop in the lower right corner of your start bar, click open network and sharing center, click on the internet your connected to, should open a smaller window, click details on that one, and look for IPv4 Default Gateway that will be the IP you'll log into to enter your router, open a browser and type that in, refer to your routers manual for the default username/password... (most are usually admin/password), once logged on you can see if there is any firmware updates, and try changing the routers 2.4 ghz channel. You can download a wifi analyzer to find out if 1, 6, or 11 is the best channel in your area. Here's an android one, and a windows 10 one
From personal experience, phones can be used to measure the effects of EMF-shielding before and after shielding - by measuring how much WiFi/Phone reception drops with apps such as "WiFi Analyzer" or "WiFi Analyser". It is probably the closest you'll get to an "EMF Reader".
Values are measured in dB.
Almost true. At least on my oven, which is a "Matsui". The model number is "MAT SMW17E" if it should be relevant. I also tested this before going full-scale.
My microvawe is ~2 feet, or 60cm from the main modem/repeater, measured center to center, and my Samsung goes from full bars on Wifi and -42dBm, to one bar and -81dBm, measured with WiFi Analyzer when I close the door.
In my particular case, I did not lose any phone reception inside the oven, but as I have mentioned in this thread, it must have something to do with the towers my phone connect to; I lose connectivity to one when I test inside F. C. or oven, but not the other.
By the way, your quote was from badbiosvictim1 (link to comment inside), and not me, though you observations may be accurate.
As others are saying, the Wi-Fi and cell signal status indicators show signal strength. It maps a signal strength value of negative dBm to a visual representation, usually some kind of segmented icon (e.g. bars).
More bars has no correlation on faster Internet speed, but fewer bars has a correlation with slower Internet speed. You can be connected to a Wi-Fi access point that is saturated with active users where you'll see full bars and painfully slow Internet. You could also be the only device connected but with weak signal strength and slow Internet.
To get a better idea of what the bars mean, download an app like Wifi Analyzer that has a signal strength meter. This will show you a live display of signal strength measured in dBm along with a color scale. Watch the meter and compare to your operating system's Wi-Fi status indicator.
For a modern Android phone, full bars is -40 dBm or better, rated as "Signal strength: Excellent" in Wi-Fi settings. Half bars is in the neighborhood of -70 dBm, "Signal strength: Fair."
You can then use an Internet speed test (search Google for "speed test" for one provided by Google) and see the relationship between your signal strength and the actual speed available to you at your location.
If you are using wireless than this is for you. The other they my pings got very bad, it was one of my neighbors. Living in apartments with each of us with a routers starts to make the network channels crowded. First you need to get in your router, change the channel to manual, not automatic. Than pick a channel which has less traffic. Also channels below 8 are faster but lower range, and above slower but higher range. In my case 3 was the best channel. You may need to do a try and error, till you feel your ping is back to normal
I use this Android app Wifi Analyser [link]
For Android phones, you can get something like this: [link] and it will show every network near or around you.
Based on the comments / your responses, I'd say your problem is definitely the 2.4 Ghz band being too crowded. You can download an app for your phone like wifi analyzer to easily figure out which band is the least crowded:
Then change your router to work on that band.
My Chromecast runs perfect, Plex, music, Netflix, YouTube, everything at 1080p with no stuttering, 25 mbit internet connection, 5 Ghz.
If you're in a condo or similar, you should consider upgrading to a router with 5 Ghz. In condos / dense buildings, there are often just too many wifi signals to get a decent connection on the 2.4 Ghz band.
EDIT, I just re-read your post, what do you mean
> using a tethered connection
Do you mean wired? or using other device like your phone to connect to the Internet? tethering uses WiFi as well.
Do you have any other devices to try the network? If so, do you notice any differences?
Can you please do a speed test here and here using the Wifi network? And if you can connect with a cable, do you see any improvement?
Can you scan the channels using a wifi analyzer, like this for android and check if the channel your router uses is crowded?
PS, hide your IP from the speed test.
Can you download the app Wifi Analyzer and post the different views. [link]
Try this to see if you can locate access points nearby using this.
As @seinman said, don't waste your time trying to hack it, get a wired one.
On to the problem about too much wifi signals. try to find a channel with the least traffic:
I haven't really kept up with what's good in powerline but there's plenty of reviews out there, if it's got plenty of reviews on Amazon and 4*+ rating you should be golden.
> I feel like i started having issues ever since my neighbours on both sides got decent internet/routers. I was one of the first in the street that got fiberglass installed. Could this have anything to do with it?
It definitely could, especially if you're using 2.4GHz as there's only 3 non-overlapping bands available (1,6,11) and if multiple access points are on the same frequency they have to compete for air time with eachother. If you've got an Android device you can use this app to see what channel your neighbours are on, else you can just try switching it in your routers options to another of the bands and see if it's any better.
Sometimes yes and sometimes no. When I was using my ISP provided router/modem while the coverage was great the actual router itself couldn't handle too many devices, causing disconnects every now and then. I then replaced it with an Asus RT-AC68U router which was far more stable and got rid of the stuttering issues I had with my gen 1 Chromecast when mirroring.
Another thing to check is interference as well, if there are too many wifi networks around your area, it can make your own one unstable. You can use Wifi Analyzer to check, and help you pick the least congested channel which should help with stability.
Download WiFi Analyzer run it while walking around the entire space keeping an eye on what networks it can see how the airwaves look on your phone and then decide on a wireless channel and stick to it. Because of how Wireless signals work - while there are 12 - 13 channels to pick from, you will always get best performance on Channels 1, 6 and 11 (and 13 if you can use it) providing no-one else is using them.[link]
That's Google play store.
Find best channel for 2.5 and 5
The further you are way from a router can effect speed/signal strength . It makes more of a difference if your in an network overcrowded area, having them close helps power though. A good little app to check for signal overcrowding (signal strength) and suggesting the best channel can be found here
Sorry for not replying directly. I was asleep, just woke up out of nowhere and saw your message. So quickly replying before I head back to bed. 2:38 AM here! xD
> I noticed that those are all static pressure fans. Wouldn't I want to get AF fans for the top and rear of the case?
Correct, however I did forgot to mention "why" I picked those thermaltake fans.
I said that I "mostly" did it for the looks. The thermaltake fans are indeed SP fans, which means they work best on a radiator or cooler.
So why the heck do I still suggest to use 1 for the case?
Because airflow speed is really not extremely important anymore these days, because both the CPU & GPUs don't run extremely hot anymore.
This is why most fans can run at near silent levels (or if you have good fans & case, you won't hear them at all) because they simply don't need to run that fast or move a lot of air to keep the temperatures in check.
Only when the CPU & GPU need to work hard (when you game) the case fans need to spin a bit faster to "move" more air. The air movement is really important. Fresh or cool air needs to enter the case while the hot air that the CPU & GPU "expose" needs to be pushed out. This happens naturally by increasing fan speeds. The higher the CFM the more air they move, yes.
So why did I suggest such low CFM fans? Because even that low number, is enough to keep your card it's temperatures cool enough.
While a higher CFM would likely be able to lower the temperature of the card by about.. 2C, you're trading silence or cost or looks of the fan for it. Which I did not find worth it, which is why I suggested this fan.
Here is a good video about case fans and how many you need?
And here is an other great video that looks at my exact point as well. That case fan CFM or whatever, doesn't really make a huge difference in temperatures..
This video is hilarious.. It also shows you why case fans aren't super duper important anymore in terms of temperatures. As long as there is "some air" moving, the temperature won't change much.
The cooling performance is highly affected by the actually coolers on the GPU & CPU themselves!
> I think I'll hold off on buying the fans for the radiator since the Enermax ones seem to be good fans that also seem to push a little more air than the Thermaltake ones. I don't think color will matter there because they'll be hidden anyway.
The performance will roughly be the same, but the fans will just look cooler! You could technically place the fans like this. Both directions would work, push or pull. Meaning the way the air flows through the radiator. Temperature wise it won't hugely affect it, but when you place them in push (which is the way it is, in that picture) the temperature of the CPU will be a bit higher, while the GPU will be a bit lower.
When you set them in pull, the CPU will be slightly cooler and the GPU a bit higher.
In terms of the light, it's true that they're pretty much hidden, but the LED strips will provide the color pretty well if you place them the way I said above. Which will make them light up the other parts of your system pretty nicely. I mean, it's absolutely not required to buy for sure, I mean.. in terms of performance, it makes very little difference at all.
Which is again, why I said that I mostly did it "for the looks".
> For the cables, I think I'd rather get a basic kit than an extension kit and have to worry about cable management. Let me know if you know anywhere else to buy a basic kit in that red or white color.
I actually only know that you can buy them from EVGA, but those are pretty expensive and really, for the couple of cables that actually will be visible, it's probably not worth it.
In terms of extensions, I personally use them and.. my case got pretty much NO room for cable management, but I still managed somehow.. yes my side panel has a bit of a bulge, but fuck it my front looks awesome!
> I will also buy that wireless adapter. In the near future I will also be updating my modem/router.
Good news, a router is really not that expensive anymore! You can buy them extremely cheap, but I do recommend to spend a decent amount for at least something that is "good enough".
I am certain that both of these 2 routers would likely fix a lot of your troubles. They're also very easy to setup and you can kick your IPS in the butt for providing you with such garbage.
> I don't intend to spend a bunch of money on it either, as I'm the only one using it besides maybe my phone or my girlfriend's phone. So I don't need one that has tons of features to split the internet between people.
I highly recommend you to download the free app "WiFi Analyser". This app will very likely surprise you, but the network that you're using (you need to know the name of your WiFi), is very likely overlapping with other networks around the house from neighbours or other devices that send data, such as.. radios, TVs, washing machines, some fridges, microphones, etc. There are a lot more things in your home than you might expect that could potentially send out data and thus interfering with the connect of your device with the router.
This is why the 5GHz network will very likely solve this issue, right away. Because the 5GHz network (compared to the standard 2.4GHz) is not used very widely.. yet. Thus the chance of other devices interfering with the connection is very slim. Which makes the connection much stronger.
> I will also buy an anti-static wristband for assembly.
Good idea, those are cheap anyway. If you don't know how to "connect" them. You have to connect them to a point that is earthed to the ground for the best result.
How I generally do it, is by connecting a PSU cable into the wall socket directly, that I know is earthed. Us Europeans use an other socket, we have that pin sticking out which is our earth pin.
Then I plug the cable into the PSU and keep the PSU turned off, by doing this.. the PSU is now connected by earth and the "housing" is also earthed. Thus I can clip the anti-static wrist band to the PSU and be earthed as well.
> Anything else I may be forgetting? I believe the enermax cooler comes with thermal paste already so I think I'm all set to go!
Nope, perhaps a screwdriver (preferably magnetic!).
Don't worry about "magnets" for PC, the magnets inside screwdrivers are nowhere near strong enough to harm PC parts, not even a HDD. I've been using a magnetic screwdriver for my whole life when building PCs. Haven't had anything die yet by using it.
Of course, the stronger the magnet, the bigger the chance, but I don't think a screwdriver can kill it. I have some extremely strong screwdrivers (for work).. I could test it! I have a few HDDs that I don't care about anymore if they die!
Maybe your neighbour got a new router and now broadcasts on the same WLAN channel? If you have an Android device you can try this Wifi Analyser and see if there's a free channel you can use. Maybe that will help a bit.
Install this and see what the congestion is like
Look at the channels tab and see if your router is on a channel that is very congested.
Also see if you can make a different SSID for the 5ghz radio.
Got an android device?
Install and run this, post screenshots:
WiFi repeaters can work but they are generally not amazing performance wise. Needs to be positioned in good strength WiFi of the original access point to work properly so often it's hard to actually get a significant range boost with one. Of course if you run ethernet to one, then it should be just fine.
Buying a new router and putting it in the same place as the existing AT&T one probably won't get you that much better range unless the provided one is monumentally garbage. The limiting factor tends to be the output power legally allowed and even pretty cheap access points will be throwing out as much as they can.
Transferring the signal through AC, normally called Powerline Ethernet, is typically very reliable and relatively fast. Basic kits that should be capable of providing real world performance enough to max out your internet at around 30Mbit aren't particularly expensive. Amazon have a wide range with a lot of solid customer reviews.
Personally, I'd first walk around the house with some sort of WiFi analyser or at least something that can show you actual signal strength and see where signal drops off significantly. Think about what might be in the walls between you and the AP as you do so, a wall with a lot of metal in it could cause a big drop in signal whereas one with none should cause quite little and you want to try and position any new access point in such a way you will mitigate these. If you find you have a lot of low signal areas, you'll probably want another access point, whether by a repeater, a standalone access point or another router. If you only have one particular problem room, powerline ethernet is probably a good option.
As for DNS, you could just leave it set to Google DNS permanently or it seems a simple batch script can handle it.
First of all, Ethernet will always be faster, but only getting ~5% of your speed isn't normal. Try some of these:
If none of these work, then it's out of my knowledge.
Your wifi router gets set to a channel. Your laptop doesn't get set and can use a wifi access point on any channel. Most likely your wifi router was set to a bad channel that had many other wifi routers in-range on the same channel drowning it out. This frequently causes the described symptoms of being there, but being unable to connect, flaky connections, and working for a short period after power-cycling the wifi router. Try logging into your wifi router and changing the channel it is set to, you may find it works much better. I use a free Android app called Wifi Analyzer on my phone to see what wifi access points are in-range, and what is the least used channel to get the most reliable reception. There are many free alternatives to Wifi Analyzer. Here you can see a screen shot of what it looks like and really visualize the common problem of wifi channel congestion.
Is it possible someone has set the same SSID (network name) as your network?
edit: There are WiFi scanners available for phones that will list the BSSID (the MAC address of the AP) of visible APs. You can check with one of those for duplicate SSIDs. The MAC address of your modem/router is usually printed on it (make sure to find the AP MAC and not the WAN MAC). WiFi Analyzer is one I have used in the past.
edit2: So the residential gateway is wrong on both wired and wireless?
> I guess the local network bandwith is limited by the router (300Mbps) and the 2 wifi chips from sender/recevier devices?
Yes, that and the number of devices you have connected, and the amount of WiFi devices near you using the same or overlapping WiFi channel(s).
You can use an app like WiFi Analyzer to see the other WiFi APs near you and try changing the channel on your router to one that's less used. Try to stick to channel 1, 6, or 11 for 2.4Ghz WiFi, as they are three channels that don't overlap in any way.
I'd suggest using a 5Ghz AP if there are a lot of 2.4Ghz devices around, but the Chromecast 1 doesn't support 5ghz.
A quick test of network bandwidth would be copying a file from one computer to another (or a phone). Otherwise you should be able to work out roughly how fast your WiFi is operating by tapping the WiFi network name in android settings, or somehow on your Linux machine (it'd depend on what distro I guess).
One router should be able to handle your 20 total devices. But if you plan on growing your farm you should add an access point (I use this one for $22) and it handles 20 devices. My main router ($30) handles 10 devices running MLB.tv, Netflix, online gaming and a few beermoney apps. And all on 65 Mbps connection with very little slowdown.
Like I said, your router should be able to handle what you have. People have mentioned before, but try switching your WiFi channel by logging into your router.
I had a similar issue of huge slow downs but changing the channel fixed it. Download the android app WiFi Analyzer to see how many other networks are being used in your area and choose the one with the fewest congestion. Other forms of interference like baby monitors and other household appliances don't show up on that app so make sure to test all three non-overlapping channels (1,6,11) before going out and buying an access point or new router. I'm pretty sure my issue involved a baby monitor on channel 11 and switching to 1 solved all the lag.
Also, if your router is dual band, try moving as many devices over to the 5GHz WiFi as you can.
Lastly, if none of that works, your DNS might be slow which happens every once in a while when using an ISPs default DNS servers. You can use namebench to find the best DNS server then go into your router and change your DNS settings.
EDIT: And rebooting your modem's probably not a bad thing to try.
Without doing an investigation of the area, the easiest fix is getting a powerline device.
Decent pricing on Amazon for TP-link:
If you're curious to see what other signals are on channels around you, this is a good app.
Wifi Analyzer - it shows the nearby access points and what channel their on. You can determine which channel is the most "open" so you get less interference. Most routers have the channel set to "auto" to try and determine the best one, but I find it doesn't always work perfectly
DiskUsage - Shows you in a simple, visual what what is taking up all that precious storage on your device/SD card.
Well, that could be low - depending on what speed it's supposed to be!
If it's not seeing the Wireless network at all, that's going to be unrelated to any network speed between the router and the outside world. If you have an Android phone, grab yourself a Wireless diagnostic app - Wifi Analyzer is the one I use.
You can take this around the house to see how the signal changes - maybe there's a black spot right where your PS4 is. You can also see what networks are on the same channel (i.e. frequency) as you - if there's a quieter channel switch the router over to that instead.
Use a dedicated 5GHz ac WiFi network and try to make sure it's on a channel that isn't crowded (you can check using a tool like this).
And be close.
Easy mode: Put your farm right next to your router or close as possible. You can also try Wifi Analyzer to find the best channel (can help).
Otherwise buy a good (So many crappy routers out there) HI power router, still farm next to router. If you phone are close to the router the RF power should be strong enough to power though. I'm balls deep in signal but my phones work fine but I have them 3 feet from my router using a RT-N68 ( can get the t-mobile cell spot for $59 sometimes its the same thing), Otherwise hope for cheap 5 ghz phones to come out or move to the country...
I miss this:
I do not miss much else, although the ability to use the phone as a USB drive was one that I had not tried that I wish I had.
WiFi analyser on the Google Player store or there is probably a similar option on itunes. Here is the one I use because free [link]
See this screenshot of what it shows [link]
My wifi is the really big one but as you can see there is plenty of overlap between them. Mine is quite a distance away from those so mine doesn't get much interruption.
If you can move yours to a less busy channel then it should help.
Another option is to increase the strength of yours.
Link to app:
Checked for interference on the Wifi channel you're using?
If there are several networks on the same channel then its common for the network to be unstable and lose connection frequently.
Check with something like this
What you gotta do is get this app on your phone:
it scans the wifi around you and shows how congested each channel is.
Ok just because someone isn't on your particular network doesn't mean the channel is clean. There can be multiple channels being occupied around you. If you live near people, and they have wifi it's likely that they are using something that could interfere.
If you have a smart phone use a program like this [link] and you will be able to see a clearer picture of how clean your area is for the signal.
Look at that image and you will see how the app works.
If they are using wifi, you might want to change the channel they are using in the router.
There's an Android app called WiFi Analyzer that can show which channels are in use in the area:
You can test the Ethernet speed at dslreports.com
Just happened to notice your comment when looking back at an old post of mine.
Wifi analyzer is my favorite app for picking a WiFi channel:
There used to be a freeware windows program called inssider, but now it's a paid program. I'm not sure about Mac and iOS but I'd assume there would be similar apps out there.
Yeah, the increased tick rate shouldn't affect ping really.
Wifi? I always recommend a wifi scanning tool to get an idea of other networks that could be interfering.
If not wifi, I'm not sure what it could be then :(
Weird. Install this and take a screenshot [link]
Try this app: [link]
It will help you figure you the best channels to use, measure signal things like that. If it turns out your areas overcrowded there little you can do other then go 5GHZ/ AC with everything. Or Do what I did get a very high end, High power router..
I used to work for an ISP so I have spent a lot of time troubleshooting my ps4. roommate had a ps3. Had a similar issue with nat types and such.
my ps4 would work fine until the ps3 was turned on, then I got random disconnects, really slow speeds.
I tried setting up port forwards, triggers, nothing worked.
How I ended up fixing it, I added an extra IP address to my internet subscription. My company give one extra IP for free. some companies charge 5$/mo. for that. (dynamic IPs not static)
And then I hardwired my ps4 on the modem. essentially giving it its own public IP. DMZ never worked for me so this worked out the best. roommate stayed on wireless. no more issues.
It kind of sounds like that ps4(2) is in an area with heavy wireless interference though.Your router might already be good enough, just suffering from interference.
You can test for interference on android phones using WIFI Analyzer: [link]
on iPhones you can use Cloudcheck [link]
If you just have interference, just hardwire ps4(2)
One thing you can also try is swapping the location of the two ps4 units and running the test. Does the issue follow ps4(2) or is it location based.
best of luck
OK so it is very likely your WLAN. If possible, at least use wired between your PC to the router, eliminate as much wireless as you can.
Also, are you using 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz wifi? Using 5Ghz can help if your 2.4 air space is congested. If you're interested, get wifi analyzer to see how crowded is on the radio channels.
You can also try to go with Powerline. If your wifi is super weak, the powerline might give better reliability. I can't guarantee success though as it depends on your electric wiring.
Install WiFi Analyzer or similar on your phone. Slowly walk around and see if the signal varies more on your phone than it does others.
> 1- Does Ethernet cable have a really significant impact on consistency and ping that its better to go with it rather than the WiFi 4G network even though its the superior one?
This is not going to be a simple yes/no for your situation.
When connected to your 4G device, you are looking at two possible reasons why there is inconsistency on your connection. The wifi signal, and the cellphone signal. So you can either have awesome wifi signal but terrible cellphone reception, or have bad wifi and good cellphone signal.
If you have an android phone, you can use this app to check if there's a ton of people with their own wifi routers. more people, more 'noise' and your wifi signal would take a hit.
> 2- If i were to get a 4G router that has an Ethernet cable port and connect my PC to it via Ethernet will it be the as good as the Ethernet connection from the vdsl2 modem? or is 4G connection worse than broadband in terms of PING and consistency in all situations ?
Again, we can't say for certain if the problem is your wifi or your cellphone reception. So we can't say "buy this and your problem will be solved."
Honestly don't know for macbook, but using a smartphone, this is what i use for android [link]
Have you tested other devices (laptops, phones, tablets, etc) to rule out an issue with your laptop specifically?
Also, you can use a tool like inSSIDer to check signal strength, heatmap the appartment, and check channel overlap to create a bit of a case to present to the landlord. Link here, not free, but you can find the old versions for free via google LEGALLY.
If you use android theres Wifi analyzer as well.
Also worth noting, WiFi signals like to drop rather than go up, placing the router in a higher floor would also benefit everyone more.
A lot of times this can be caused by interference. Try to see if networks are interfering with Wifi Analyzer.
Start with downloading an app called Wifi Analyzer Then use it to see if the channels are overcrowded in you area. It can rate the channels in your area to help you to select the best one to set on your router. If they all rate poorly you have two options go AC which wont help you in your case or the 2nd option is get a very high power router. Also Part of the problem is also the WiFi on the Verizon router probably has poor throughput. Again a Higher end router would solve this maybe even reduce or eliminate the need for a repeater. Repeating effectively half's the original throughput. I would recommenced an Asus RT-N66 / RT-N68. But then again I'm not a fan low end routers. A good cheap repeater is the RT-N12 can be had for $10 if you catch it on sale + rebate.
Try using a wifi analyzer like this: [link]
That will help you find a free channel to change your router to
It's this one:
>I mean really, if you're sitting there on gigabit internet, and actually bothered by the loss, are you reeeeaaallly still in the realm of consumer use? Seems like you're toeing the line at that point.
It's more of a thing where you don't want to pay for something you're not using.
>To clarify, do you agree or disagree that MIMO and multiple datastreams effectively amounts to just multiple connections that's abstracted out from the higher layers?
I'm not sure if I understand you correctly, perhaps because I'm a non-native English speaker, but MIMO is basically exactly how you described it. Multiple connections between multiple transmitters and receivers(Antennas to antennas).
>Nah, both 5ghz and 2.4, and on all of the non-overlapping channels there are generally at least 6+ networks, along with a few joksters on the ones in between.
2.4ghz is a very noisy band in general, since for example wireless mice, keyboards, headsets, bluetooth and microwave all broadcast there. And where they aren't distracting the signal, the channels are too few and too close. I managed to dig up this picture showing both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz channels set up to not interrupt other networks.
I would recommend downloading Wi-fi analyzer if you're using android. Walk around your apartment and looking for empty 5Ghz channels.
>I know, it's fucking ridiculous. I said fuckit and wired up everything I could, but for some stuff that's not an option =(.
Oh I understand that feeling, don't worry. I prefer to wire mine up too. Not only for the feeling of stability, but it's also safer as it's harder to sniff.
>Nope, nice to talk to someone who seems informed and isn't a dick
Thanks. It's nice to talk to someone who understands most of it. I discuss a lot about network setups at work, but it's usually to regular customers who just want to be able to browse their news sites.
So, to test the theory at least, if you have an Android (I assume you do) download the app Wifi Analyzer and it'll display all the Access Points (AP's) that are in your area.
If you click in the top left corner where it says 2.4Ghz you switch it to 5ghz, you will see way less AP's running on it.
You could even buy a cheap dual-band router and then plug it into the existing modem and disable it's router functionality (so it's just behaving as a modem).
Yeah, download a wifi scanner on to your phone (like this one). Check what channels are being used for wifi around you. Go to your wifi settings on your router, and choose one that's not being used.
Because most people's wifi routers default to the same channels, they end up getting a huge amount of saturation. It's like having a six-lane highway, and each car trying to drive in the same lane. Change lanes, and you'll go faster.
> Am I really losing this much speed just from a different location in the house? I am technically right above the router where he is across the house.
May be you have metal between you and the router.
Easiest test is to just most your PC to his room to test so you don't need to carry monitor+keyboard too.
You can also use a phone app like this one to check wifi strength within the house.
This page on the Ubiquiti web site actually addresses this very issue. They claim their Long Range Antenna AP provides symmetrical long range, as opposed to a High Power AP which broadcasts a strong signal without addressing reception of weak signals from clients.
This may be a real thing, techno-babble, or just something dreamed up by the marketing department. Since I still have both APs, I'm going to do some testing this weekend, checking signal strength using Wi-Fi Analyzer, checking the link speed reported by Android, and download/upload speeds using Speed Test at various locations in/around my house with each AP. I'll come back here and report my results.
5 GHz gets blocked by walls more easily.
My 6P only connects to 5Ghz when i am in the same room as my router.
Get this app [link] an walk through your rooms an check the signal on both bands
Yes , your apartment complex prob has dozens and dozens of wireless signals all interfering with each other .
use this if you have android phone> [link]
use this if you have windows > [link]
You don't need to pay for anything , bassically find a free wifi anyliser tool and look at the graphs chanels / str. of networks around you and try to find a channel that is mostly clear or has less strong other networks in it
Find a clear channel or somewhat clear channel (use the middle of the wave ) change your router to operate on that channel and test it out :)
If you can not find even a somewhat better channel then you need to switch to a router with 5Ghz wireless n , the 5ghz spectrum has WAYyyyyy more channels and prone to less interference . but its range can be less but in a busy environment with alot of 2.4ghz networks it will be Wayyyyy WAYY better :) (make sure your laptop supports 5ghz wireless n (theres also 2.4ghz n ) almost every phone will support it
also what are you testing your bandwidth with ? 50Mbps = 6.25 MegBytes (MBps)
A WiFi router has 14 channels that it can use to broadcast signals. From the factory the channel selector is set to "AUTO" and it will automatically select a channel to use. This feature doesn't work very well and you will find many routers in your local area trying to use the same few channels. This causes your router to not work as fast as it can because it is getting interference from your neighbors' routers.
You need to start this app on your phone and run it for about 15 minutes and take note of a channel that is in between the existing peaks. You then need to go into your router settings and set the channel selector from auto to manual and set the channel to a channel that was between those peaks. I had a problem with slow speeds and dropped signals and this worked great for me.
Here is the link to the Android software that I used. You will need to find it in the app store. Look at the logo closely: [link]
Watch the video and it will show you how the app works. You will however need to change the channel setting in your router. This app just shows you where the congested channels are located.
You need to start this app and run it for about 15 minutes and take note of a channel that is in between the existing peaks. You then need to go into your router settings and set the channel selector from auto to manual and set the channel to a channel that was between those peaks. I had your same problem and this worked for me.
Check the usage on your spectrums. A neighbor recently decided to do something to shit all over 2.4GHz (which was already getting kind of crowded.) I switched to 5GHz and everything was dandy again.
Something like [link] gives you a good idea how much crap is going on around you. Then I checked PL over a decent period of time with another app on both 2.4 and 5 to confirm that was the issue.
Here are the apps I usually keep in my Tools folder:
A WiFi analyzer. Does channel analysis, RF strength, AP lists. Pretty simple.
Full suite of network tools. ARP, ping, ping sweep, device discovery, traceroutes, you name it.
Your average Ookla speedtest app.
Terminal emulator. Does not come with any binaries, check out Busybox or termux for that.
Excellent SSH client.
Hacker's Keyboard, excellent if you need arrows/shift/ctrl on your Android keyboard.
If you can get into the settings page of the router you can change the channel it's on and see if that helps. There are some apps like Wifi Analyzer that can tell you the best channel to use based on what is being used around you. I'm sure there is something similar for an iPhone or even PC.
You will have to connect your laptop to your modem and run a speed test. If the speed test is not up to par for the package you are paying for, you'll have to contact the service provider.
to run xbox live would take around 50-100megs per hour, so roughly 1.25-1.5 megs per 1min, or 20kb per sec.
You would need about 1.2 to 1.5 megs just for your Xbox alone to avoid lagging, but can change any time depending on server traffic because of DSL.
You may want to set traffic shaping or QoS, quality of service on your router to split the data between you and the roomies. divide the bandwidth necessary depending on the workload. 2mb for xbox, 1.25 per roomie since they are just watching Youtube or face booking. But if they are watching HD on YouTube or streaming Netflix HD its going to kill the connection for everyone.
If wireless is slow you can use the android device to use wifi analyzer: [link] to determine the channel interference between you and other devices. You can change your channel to 2 6 or 11 to avoid intereference with other devices by logging into your router and navigating to Wireless settings..
Tell her she is fucked... Microwaves are radiation. Cordless phone radio waves, baby monitor radio waves. Radio waves are all over us.
Scan the airwaves with an Android app (WiFi Analyzer) [link]
Show her the neighbors WiFi and call it a day...
Try using the app linked above and you will see how wifi-intensive your area is. You can tap top-left part of VRidge stream screen to see if you are losing fames @ network (losing few frames a minute is rather normal but losing frames every 5-10 seconds is not).
I'm not gonna suggest buying 90€ router (but having one is nice when you use a lot of wifi @ home) because basically all we do at RiftCat is trying to find the cheapest ways for the best experience.
We still have few tricks up our sleeve to reduce bandwidth by 50+%, we want to add error concealment techniques to prevent packet loss from totally destroying a picture group and cuasing the floaty-blocky pixel soup thing.
You mean for WiFi?
On iOS, I think you'd need a jailbroken phone, but for Android, you can download the WiFi Analyzer app. It will tell you which channels are most congested on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrums, so you can choose an emptier one that may improve your reception.
I can give you some general Wi-Fi advice:
If you don't need to be mobile then use ethernet. It is far more reliable and faster, and since you shouldn't be wandering around with your console you should just get an ethernet adapter for the Wii U. If the router is not near your system then consider a powerline adapter to use your electric grid as an ethernet network.
Use an app like this one to find the least crowded channel and set your Wi-Fi to that channel. You can also use this app and others to find the place where your signal strength is highest, position the system there.
Remove anything blocking line of sight from the Wii U to the router and move the router closer to the system.
Your router may have some settings that are slowing down certain types of traffic, though in my experience those settings normally just make connections impossible rather than slow them down. Check if Quality of Service (QoS) is enabled and try to prioritize the Wii U.
Did I mention that you should be on ethernet? If powerline adapters don't work for you then get some of these and an ethernet cable long enough to run from the Wii U to the router and hard wire it with a cable. I have a 100 foot cat6 cable running from my living room to my wife's office because my house's old electrical wiring makes the power adapters unreliable. I just have it clipped to base boards and up over door frames, hardly even noticeable since you can get cable in just about any color and I just matched the paint in the hallway.
The WiiU has a really bad card. If you have an android device, download Wifi Analyzer and you can view the recommended channel for your device. [link]
Microwaves wont do much as they're very well shielded. The WiiU's wifi card is just absolute garbage. When it comes to the ethernet adapter, the generic USB ones are fine.
I have this one ([link]) and it's flawless.
I'm ~15 feet away from my router and I did some pretty extensive testing last week with this stuff. I can pull a maximum of ~20Mbps via wifi but I was peaking at ~60Mbps via ethernet. I get 150 down on my desktop but the WiiU ethernet adapters are 100Mbps adapters. The only way I was able to get a decent speedtest was by using the eshop and downloading a game as no browser speedtest will be accurate due to the nature of the WiiU's browser.
I'd HIGHLY suggest you get an ethernet adapter as the card in the WiiU is terrible, but if you don't want to deal with it I'd suggest using that Wifi analyzer app to figure out the best channel
Then Ethernet is definitely the way to go. But there are a bunch of caveats:
1) Strongly consider professional installation even if you're willing to do this yourself. The big cost issue that you'll run into is that you'll need a ton of tools (expensive drill bits, fishing cables, punch-down tools, and most importantly a $500 network cable tester) that you'll only use once. This dramatically reduces the cost savings from DIY.
Here's a cost calculator for network installs. Make no mistake, it's still cheaper to do this yourself.
2) If you have stone or concrete walls it's a major hassle to drill pathways with masonry bits. You're better off with external raceways.
3) Assuming you have stucco walls, if you have the foam injected type of insulation (not the pink fiberglass stuff) probably give up and go with the raceways. This form of insulation turns your walls into solid foam bricks and you have the same problems with drilling paths.
4) The raceways are something most people can easily do themselves.
Step 1) Determine whether you're going for DIY or professional, and internal cabling vs raceways.
Step 2) Decide if you want to be selective about Ethernet or "go crazy".
Selective would be to install a 4-8 port wall panel near were the cable/DSL connection comes in. You would then choose 2 rooms on opposite "ends" or "corners" from the home to wire each with 2 jacks (for many reasons, you never want to do single runs). You would then connect cables from the main router to the wall ports and then 2 cables in the 2 rooms connected to 2 additional hotspots. That should be good enough, but you'll probably want to walk around with a WiFi testing app. I use this one on Android.
If you're willing to go crazy, designate a closet somewhere as a data closet, put a 24/48 port switch in there and wire every single room in the house (except for closets, bathrooms, etc. living room, bedrooms, etc.) with 2 Ethernet jacks. Then you could put hotspots in every room if you wanted to. Expect this to cost $5000 or more.
If you're doing raceways you'll probably want to minimize the cable runs because raceways are expensive.
> the problem is there's no way for me to tell
actually there is.
There are a number of apps for your phone that will perform a wifi scan and tell you the strength of the signal you're seeing on each wifi channel.
this one is my favorite.
Switching channels absolutely CAN hurt. Your router may have performed such a scan by itself and chose an empty region when you set it up. You might move into a crowded channel. Best to do a quick scan yourself and see if you're in the clear.
Using something like Wifi Analyzer might help you track down the router, but you're playing with fire here.
I'd love it if the Android version of the Wifi Analyzer was on iOS. Not sure who made this call but our on-call phone is an iPhone and I freaking hate it.
Posso te ajudar sim. E talvez nem precise trocar o modem.
você mora em prédio, né?
a) arranje um telefone Android
b) instale [link]
Vá perto do seu modem e de uma olhada numa tela tipo
As redes sem fio tem canais (channels).
Vá nas configurações do seu modem e mude para o canal com menos interferência.
provavelmente isso resolverá seu problema.
no exemplo acima eu colocaria uma rede nova no canal 8 ou 14
WinMTR is just a utility to find a source of a problem on your network, it's not actually fixing anything. It will show whether your modem/router is the issue or if there's a node on the path to the server that is causing an issue. There's nothing much you can do about the latter besides complain to your ISP, who even then might not be able to do much.
The best fix for playing on wifi is to get an ethernet cable.
Your method of diagnosing wifi channels could actually have a positive effect on your network stability. Wifi Analyzer is a great tool to have. Be sure to check it every now and then since your neighbor's routers could switch channels and crowd you out again.
If you have an android, check out Wifi Analyzer. Also, try doing a factory reset on your router if you haven't already, maybe it's processing old logs or something and having issues, who knows!@
Do you have an android device available to you?
Install this software and see if there are any neighboring access points broadcasting on the same channel as your access point.
I've never installed a wireless printer. That's the one thing I have always refused to do and stuck my ground on. They're nothing but problems. It always ends-up being "Well I got it to work!" then 2 weeks, a month, a year later they come running "It doesn't work!". Plug an ethernet cable in, create a DHCP reservation and the printer will run forever. If you use WiFi you're lucky if it stays on the network. WiFi is a convenience product, should never be used for a permanent connection to a network.
Rockstar don't give a rat's arse about your wi-fi. You have another issue. Try changing wi-fi channel in case there is some interference. This can help if you have an android phone/tablet. [link]
This happens to me every few days. I'm pretty sure it's due to packet loss caused bynearby WiFi networks using the same channel. What fixes it going into my router settings and changing the wifi channel to a less congested one. I use this app to help me pick, but if you're not on Android I'm sure there are other apps/programs you can use.
Got an android phone? (HTC, LG, Motorola, Huawei - not iphone or windowsphone)
Then download WiFi analyzer - it can tell you, if your wireless signal is being drowned out by other wireless communications, and it can tell you if there are free "channels".
WiFi is radio, essentially, and if two radios use the same frequency, a lot of information can get lost.
But if there's a free band - an area of "dead air", then you can tune your access-point to use that.
The "bands" are called "channels", and they go from 1-12+14 (14 isn't available in all countries), unless you have a newer model wireless accesspoint, then you might be able to access the 5GHz band.
Download an app on the Play Store called WiFi Analyzer. This will allow you to detect the precise strength of any wireless network in your area. Use it in various places to determine the strength directly next to and at various distances from the range extender and the router to get a better idea on exactly how strong/large your network is and if there are any specific objects obstructing the signal.
Get the wifi analyzer app for your phone. It'll help you find channels with low saturation.
I'm not posting an app store link because fuck apple.
Here are easy steps to get Optimum working.
Ensure that there are a limited number of coaxial couplers and splitters being used before your cable modem. (also note: these go bad over time and may be the cause for drop in signal)
Ditch the modem...buy your own.
Ditch the router...buy your own
Put your router in a central location in your house.
If you can hardware anything use Cat 6, Cat6E or Cat7 cable (don't buy it from Bestbuy or Microcenter)
Download Wifi Analyzer for android...what whatever you Apple people would use
Make sure your router is set to a frequency that other hotspots/routers arent on.
Ditch 2.4ghz products, baby monitors, intercoms, security cameras, cordless phones.
(causes many drops and sags)
Take the 5 bucks a month you were going to spend to rent your modem and spend it on the Ultra50 package.
Do a speed test from all of your devices [link]
Live chat with Optimum and have them check the packet loss and signal loss on your connection.
One thing to try is changing the WIFI channel your router is broadcasting.
If you have an Android device you could install WIFI Analyzer to check for interference from other WIFI networks.
Thats the app I used, its available for Iphone too. It has a function where it will show you the best channels to use. Sped up my phone speed too.
Too be more clear, it not only helps fix the congestion from neighbors but solves the conflict of your router using the same channel as the transmitter from the A50's. You have to make sure you choose a channel below the ones the A50 transmitter uses which are channels 149 - 165.
This is the link where I found the solution, it explains it better than I have. [link]
Okay, that's more like it. Here's a nice one for Android:
For Linux, there's wavemon -- not as elegant as wifi analyzer, but usable. Just "apt-get install wavemon". Screenshot:
It's because you are on WiFi. The problem with 2.4ghz routers is that they have an extremely small band area to work with. On your router you can select between 11-15 different channels which will slightly change what frequency your router is using. The problem is that the WiFi signal takes up 4 channels of bandwidth. Essentially, once you have 3 WiFi networks within range of eachother you have used up the 2.4ghz band and if any other WiFi networks gets added to the area they will create noise for whomever's channel they are using. This is what's causing the rubberbanding.
The good news is that most people never change their channel so everyone uses the default one. All you have to do is change your channel and you are good. The bad news is that modern routers scan the area to find the least used channel. Because of this, in some cases there is no other option than buying a 5ghz router if you want to remain wireless.
Finding a good channel
To find out which channel everyone around is using you can use apps for your phone (iPhone does not allow apps to view this information unless it's jailbroken) or a program for your PC. The PC program is abit less user friendly, but it does the job. If you have an Android phone install WiFi Analyzer. It will scan your area and find the best channel for you. If you don't have an Android phone, install WiFi Infoview.
WiFi Infoview: Look through all the channels and check if channels 1, 6 or 11 are unused. If one or two other people are using one of those channels you can test the least used one and see if the problem is solved.
Changing the channel on your router
The first step is logging in to your router. This is not the same as connecting to your WiFi. Most routers use one of the following IPs for logging in. Enter 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1 or 10.0.0.138 into the address bar of your browser. If you have found the right address a login screen should appear. Unless you have changed it yourself, on most routers the login name will be "admin". The password will either be blank, "admin", your current WiFi password if you have changed it or your default WiFi password (The default password should be printed on a little sticker on your router). Once you have logged in we want to find the WiFi/Wireless settings. Look for a tab or icon thats named "Network Settings", or something similar, then go to "Wireless" (Again, it might be something similar). You might have "Wireless" right on the first page. Once you have found the WiFi settings page, look for a section called "Channel". In that section put in the channel you found earlier. Apply the changes and try out CS:GO to see if you notice any improvements.
well what are you using to scan the networks for congestion. Get this free android app and see which channels are abit quite
as for the antenna and power increase. donot bother 1st because there are regulations and two it will only make the stable connection worse
how 'long' is the range you wish to cover you might be interested in access point points working in the 5Ghz.Ubiquiti has some .have a look
See if you can grab on your phone an app called Wifi Analyzer
This will let you see if there are other wifi networks with the same channels that might be interfering with yours, which I assume is one of the causes atm.
Once you know what channels those other networks are on you should be able to select on that is not used and see if the problem persists.
Try using [link] and analyze your wifi where you see the drops.
Edit: If you have an android phone available, Wifi Analyzer on the Google Play Store might be easier to use.
> You say you have 4 phones, so use one of them with Wifi Analyzer (or equivalent on iPhone if that's all you have).
Can you put this on an android device?
There might be an apple version of it I don't know. There is also a kindle version of it on amazon.
The only ones that are competitive are TWC and and cincy bell and neither of them are very good, it varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. The sad thing is that we are lucky in this city for having one choice, thanks for the regional monopolies that our government allows telecommunications companies to have.
That being said your problem sounds like the problem is on your end not on TWC's try using an app like wifi analyzer for android (i don't know one similar for ios) to see if you have a ton of neighbors on the same channel as you, if you do change your wifi channel to one that is less congested. Also if you are using the TWC wifi router that they "give" you with the service (they actually charge you a monthly fee to use their shitty hardware) for the love of God buy your own router. Make sure your router and modem are TWO SEPARATE devices, these devices are extreamly low powered computers and they can rarely handle doing both jobs at once. Get a router that is dual band so that you can use the less congested 5GHz band as much as possible, also make sure it is wireless AC (the most recent wifi protocol 3x faster than N). You will have to call TWC to get access to your modem to turn off the wifi and dhcp functions which your new router will handel. Don't spend less than $100 on a router, if you do it will be just as big of a piece of crap as the one you have now.
I meant this but the one you linked looks almost the same so i guess it has same functionality.
Wireless connections are highly prone to interference caused by walls, other devices, and even the weather.
First off, what router do you have? You want get an adapter that matches the capabilities of your router for maximum performance and range.
Next, what is your budget? $35 is a realistic minimum for a good adapter that uses a PCI-E slot and has dual wireless AC spatial streams.
Thirdly, have you analyzed your nearby wireless spectrum? You might simply be on a busy piece of spectrum, every device in a band overlaps and shares the airwaves.
Use this if you have an Android device: [link]
That seems unusual, and most likely not anything pi-hole related. But lets not rule it out!
I too am running a stock Nexus 6P, connected to my network on 5Ghz wifi, and I'm not seeing any slowdowns.... What's your wifi connection quality like? You could try this app to get details of connection quality...
An app that scans wireless networks in your range, showing what channels are in use, showing dBm signal strength etc.
do you have clear wifi channels. donot assume.install this free android app and let it run for awhile.it should tell you if you are having wifi interference.and like the other poster said you can never have too much details about your problem
please install this on your phone (its free) and get back to use what you find out
I don't use Apple products but on Android we can use an app like WiFi Analyzer to see what channels they are on.
There are apps for windows that are similar like inSSIDer or WifiInfoView
is there wireless interference at your place . have to agree too that's very low for 100mbps. you can check for congested wifi environment by downloading this free android app.The pick a channel thatsnot congested
also try lowering the channel width found here
better check your wifi environment for noise! do a wireless scan through phone (android app) install it to phone and tell us what you see
please install this on your phone (its free) and get back to use what you find out.keep it running for a while and when your electronics loose connection tell us what shows up.
ok download this app and check to see if your wifi channel is conflicting with another network
also, check to see what devices are connected to the network. nano USB adapters can kill the network for every device because they have bad reception over distances
If you got an android device you can use WiFi Analyzer to try and change your broadcast channel on your router to one that is less crowded. Also what speeds are you getting on ethernet?
I had a similar problem last year where our internet and phone would stop working a multiple times a day. We had been using the same modem for many years. We had Time Warner send us a new modem and everything has been working fine since.
You also might want to change your router's channel to the one least used by the surrounding networks. Wifi Analyzer on Android can tell you. It may not be as pretty, but WifiInfoView on Windows can tell you as well. You'll generally want to change to channels 1, 6, or 11. Whatever is used the least. There should be a setting in the router's interface for changing the channel.
What has changed in your surroundings?
Is it also giving the same result when connected with a network cable?
Are you able to do a WiFi Scan with e.g. WiFi Analyzer
Download Wifi Analyzer Make sure its running and then boot of hearthstone. It keeps a lot of when you connect to a network. See if your network connection drops at all. You can also use this app to test your wifi strength as various points and see if their is other interference from wifi networks near by.
You can get an app like this (Android version) that will show what bands wireless networks around you are on. Pick a less crowded channel and you may see some improvement.
I'm sure it varies with the router. But if you have the one that I have, you can't tell from just looking at the router. You have to use a tool like WiFi Analyzer. Any WiFi analysis tool will work, on any platform. This is just the one that I used.
I saw that the xfinitywifi signal was broadcasting from the exact same hardware MAC address as my home WiFi signal. Once you confirm that your home network name is on the same MAC address as xfinitywifi, call Comcast to have them put your router into Bridge mode. That means they turn off wifi altogether, so you have to use your own wifi router. But, once you are using your own wifi router, comcast can't screw with it.
Just to test it, try moving your pc next to your router and plugging it in. This will let you know if it is the wireless or if it is the internet being supplied. Then you have a few options based on the outcome of this test.
If being wired fixed the issue.
You can run a cat5 in the wall to the room with your pc. You can try a powerline adapter, although they usually only work well if the place was wired with good wire and done right. If you have an android phone download
and then try switching to the least congested channel on your router. You can try a new router with AC or at least a 5ghz band and see if changing to less congested channel helps.
If being wired did not fix the issue.
The only thing you can really do is call the ISP and get them to come check things out. If you are in an apartment call the office and make sure they contact the ISP for you.
Get an Android phone then use one of the many wifi diagnostics tools like [link] and roam the perimeter, looking at low signal areas, interference, etc.
If it's a router, you can try to change the control channel (on the router). I don't know the control channel used by the GamePad though.
Otherwise the only solution I can think of, is to turn off all interfering devices.
If you have a phone running on Android that has 5GHz wifi you can use the app Wifi Analyzer to check what 5GHz WLANs are around.
Do you see many other wireless networks? Like neighbors? Download wifi analyzer on android and see if your wifi channels overlap with surrounding networks.
Congested areas have the issue you are describing and I encountered it a lot doing phone support for time warner in manhattan. Wired won't have issues but wireless will.
If you see other networks then the app mentioned above will show you what channel the other networks are on and you can change yours to a less conflicting channel. Generally you want to be 2 off from where another network is because they overlap a bit. IE: If someone is on channel 8 they will overlap a bit on 7 and 9 so you would want to be on 5 where you overlap on 4 and 5.
Hope that helps.
link to app
If you live in a place where there are several WiFi networks within range, they can cause interference with eachother making you lag just like this.
The easiest way of fixing this is to set your router to use a different WiFi channel that very few others use. To find out which WiFi channel is not used you can install WiFi Analyzer for Android (Mobile) or WiFi Infoview for PC. The Android one is alot more user friendly.
If you went with the android version, you should be able to get a page which rates each channel. Use the best one. With WiFi Infoview, it will list every WiFi network in range and show you which channel they are using. Use the one that is least used.
Every WiFi channel overlaps with the two channels next to it. If you have 10 neighbours using channel 6, then channel 4, 5, 7 and 8 will also be bad. This makes channel 1, 6 and 11 the default channels and the "best" ones. With WiFi Infoview, check if one of those are unused or if only 1-2 others are using it.
As for changing the channel itself, you need to log in to your router. Most routers use one of these three IPs for logging in: 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1 or 10.0.0.138. Open the links in a new tab in your browser and you will hopefully see a login page in one of them. If you don't, use this guide to find the correct IP. Unless it has been changed, the login user will be "admin" and the password will either be blank, your WiFi password or the default WiFi password.
Once you have logged in navigate to the wireless section and see if you can find a dropdown menu where you can select which channel to use.
And, if you're able to, look it over with this: [link]
If you got an android smartphone, theres an App called WiFi Analyzer that'll let you see what wireless channels are congested, once you find out which one is the least congested go into your router settings and change it to the least congested channel.
EDIT: changed the app, inSSIDer is now a paid app.
Since you have a phone you could try using the app Wifi Analyzer. This will help you to find out if your signal is good where you're using the adapter.
Go to Control Panel > Device Manager > Find your adapter (probably under "Network Adapters" > Double-click it to bring up the properties. Go to the "Power Management" tab and uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power". Go to the Advanced tab and make sure everything to do with power savings is also turned off, and to use the maximum speed for the adapter. You could put up a screenshot to show all of the options and I or someone else could help you to find the right ones to change regarding power savings. There are usually other settings that can help ensure optimum performance in there as well.
Hopefully someone else will chime in and help as well.
Does sound like you're on a congested WiFi channel. If you have an Android phone (or Samsung Tablet ;) ) i'd recommend this particular app to find the channel with least amount of networks on it:
If they are all congested, you might want to look to upgrading to a router with 5GHZ capability (but wont help your 3GS). Hopefully you can find a decent channel on 2.4GHZ to get your connection stable.
They are good, but also a lot of them are bad. Buy a good brand and not some off brand you saw on aliexpress. Don't get a mini usb adapter either, the antenna on those are not the strongest. Do you use android for your phone, if you do install Wifi Analyzer wifi and look to see which channels are the best to set your router to. Ideally look for 1 or 6 or the best is 11 on 2.4, 5ghz it don't matter which channel really. Look for the least congested channels.
Easiest way to check for channel overlaps. If you share a channel you share the bandwidth. Find the best bone for you.
I would buy a little 5Ghz USB adapter, you'll see the benefits... I have been mind-blown by 802.11ac
Some Samsung devices have issues with 5ghz band wifi. Use Wifi Analyzer to determine if you need to switch to the 2.4ghz band.
No, I meant this one:
Your problem sounds very odd. You could try turning both your router and phone of and on again before proceeding in case they're confused.
Then perhaps try that app, see if it says anything that looks odd about the router you can't connect to. Then try and connect to it using the app (it might prompt you to install "wifi connector" by the same developers). I'm just wondering if you'll get more details about the failure using this (or some other) app rather than with google.
I would definitely get a better wireless adapter if I were you. Those little usb dongles don't tend to get very good reception.. and your D-link adapter has pretty awful reviews in general.
If you don't mind spending a few bucks, I'd suggest getting a good PCI wireless card.
This one would probably do wonders for you: [link]
One important standout feature here is that it lets you move your antennas away from obstructions, so you'll have a clearer line of sight for your wireless signal.
I can tell you what's wrong with your wifi. It's nearly always the same damn thing.
Those devices only have 14 channels (really, more like 10). Everyone tends to leave them on the default channels. This results in your wifi hotspot having a channel band overlap with 2-5 of your neighbors, and you all end up with shitty reception that goes up and down like a damn yoyo.
Find an android device and run wifi analyzer to get a look at all the crap in your area. Identify your wifi network by name in the app and take a look at how much of its color area under the curve overlaps with other networks. The more the overlap, the worse yours will perform.
Simple fix, too. Look for channel numbers with nothing else on them, where if you moved your wifi to those channels there would be less or no overlap at all. Most wifi access points have two channels, pick the two with the least interference in the analyzer app, log into your access point, and change the channels to use those.
You'll see something like this example. In that overlapping hell you'd want to be on 2, and 13. Hopefully it'll look more like this example in your area and you'll have more to choose from (that one would work well with 3 and 4, decently with 8, 10, and 13).
I don't know of any apple apps that can do this, unfortunately. Something about the way the i-devices restrict radio access prevents it from being easy to scan the band like the android devices can.
If you have cordpess phones that use the 2.4GHz band they can also torpedo wifi completely while you are talking on them due to the interference. Switch to 900mhz or 5GHz phones instead.
long shot but try: [link]
and see if you've got a lot of overlapping networks.
On windows I'm sure there's a program you can download that will scan for the different wireless networks and show their channels. It may even be on by default, I don't know.
If you're on android there are different apps that do the same as above. Just search Wifi Scanner in the Play Store.
If you are on Android, try this one - Absolutely awesome for identifying signal drop-off with a real time signal strength meter, and for helping to identify which channels to use to help alleviate wifi congestion. I swear by it.
first lets make sure that you havenot put your wifi router on a congested channel.download and install this android app.its free.and scan for quite wifi channels.then setup your router on that channel
So WiFi is sent on the 2.4 or/and 5.0 GHz frequency. But there is a bit of room to choose from in those frequencies, called channels.
E.g. 2.4 GHz is actually 2.417 to 2.484 GHz (image).
If your WiFi and your neighbors WiFi both operate on channel 6 (2.437 GHz), your PC's network card is looking for your WiFi on channel 6, but is also getting all your neighbors traffic, which it basically has to filter out. This of course makes your connection slower.
If you have an Android download Wifi Analyzer, with this tool you can see what channels are crowded.
Now pick a channel which is not crowded - this technique both applies for 2.5 and 5.0 GHz.
Regarding modem vs router. I'm pretty sure you just change the channel on your router, it sounds like the modem is just forwarding all traffic to your router which then handles WiFi.
If there is anything, just write.
Hell.download this app to your phone.its an android wifi analyzer and its free
Then go your living room and try and see with the app if you can find wifi channels that are quiter.change your wifi channel to be that.
Not all wireless radios (nor internal antennas) are created equal, one might work fine whereas another has a weak signal...
Download WiFi Analyzer on an android device to pinpoint the signal.
Do you have an android phone?
if so install this:
This will allow you to see the signal strength and determine if that is the cause or not.
For TSing reception and such, if you want to just use an android device then wifi analyzer works p well
On my 1st gen chromecast I could go up to about 10Mb/s, but I think that was limited by network rather than the decoder. Chromecast shouldn't have any problems decoding 1080p, so I would guess the problem is network or server, but again an i7 should have no problems with that. You could try getting the Chromecast ethernet adaptor or try something like Wifi Analyzer to find a different wifi channel.
Also when you are streaming to a Chromecast the app settings also apply to the Chromecast, so you might try fiddling around with some of those settings as well (under video and advanced).
You are right that it is hard to answer a question like this without knowing a lot about your home.
A tell sign is that your 5ghz signal is the best, meaning that there is a lot of congestion on your 2.4ghz bands. You should run a wifi scanner like this useful app.
Then you should put your 2.4 Linksys radios on either channel 1, 6, or 11; whichever is the least congested. If you have other radios on your scanner in channel 2,3,4,5,7,8,9, or 10, try and hunt them down to put them on non-overlapping 1,6, or 11. Your wifi extender could be hurting you and you should take it out in favor of better positioning of your router. Unless your house is really big, put the router in the geocentric part of your house, aka the middle, 1st floor.
Everything else just sounds like interference and obstacles.
Personally I don't see the point of Cat6 at home unless you have a clear need for 10Gb ethernet, such as video editing as your day job. Most use cases don't even max out 1Gb ethernet in normal usage.
Where you are going to have multiple remote switches connecting into one single main switch, at that point if you have heavy volume on the remote switches it might be worth thinking about 10Gb however the cost is so much greater most people would be better with LACP anyway from a performance vs. price PoV.
You need to think about your topology for the number of devices. Plan out the WiFi first, use a tool like this: [link] to understand where your current dead spots actually are. You want to be as close to the dead spot as possible with the new Access Points. The Access Points should be wired in to the central switch unless there are nearby devices that will benefit from ethernet. In that case you put in a switch and wire the access point and those devices into the switch. WiFi done right can preclude the need to put in ethernet for a lot of use cases. Most of the time people try to get away with one Access Point in a large house and then complain when it doesn't perform.
This is a pretty good Android app that does that.[link]
Yep, it's a WiFi issue. Do you have an Android device? Download this and see what your environment looks like. You want to try and pick a lesser used, non-overlapping channel both where your computer is and where your router is.
You can also head over to /r/HomeNetworking once you have an idea what your network situation is.
No idea what is is, but here's a troubleshooting checklist I came up with:
Some are total shots in the dark.
>Apparently everyone is disconnecting randomly even though we have a 100Mb/s Down with 10Mb/s Up. Everyone is currently wireless and we have over 12 devices connected at a single time, sometimes more.
The internet speed won't actually have any effect on wireless connections dropping, it could be that you're just trying to push more data over it at the same time whether it's LAN traffic or internet traffic. Good way to test is plug in a cable to a laptop or something and see how stable it is.
If you're going to work with what you have, I recommend you enable both 5ghz and 2.4ghz bands at the same time and connect using the 5ghz whenever possible, it will take the load off the 2.4ghz radio. Also check out something like Wifi Analyzer to make sure you're using a 2.4ghz frequency that doesn't conflict with your neighbours too much.
I recently sorted out some issues with my Wi-Fi by examining the channels that competing signals from my neighbours were using by using WiFi Analyzer. Have you looked to see if there's anything nearby that could be interfering with your signal?
That said, if it's one of those awful ISP supplied wireless routers, you may indeed do better with some Powerline adapters. I just usually consider those things to be a band aid approach, rather than resolving the real issues at hand.
Ensure the two routers are on different channels. Note that any time one router is into another router you are doing double NAT, which will likely cause a slight drop in speed, and may cause connection problems for devices behind the second router.
If the antenna is located behind the PC, remember that the PC is a big metal box that interfears with wireless signals. A USB wireless adapter that can be located away from the PC might be a better choice.
That can happen when the wifi signal is weak or congested - try using the extender that comes with it to move it further from the TV, or getting a longer extender and moving it away from the TV altogether. You might also consider picking up the Ethernet adapter they've released, if your router is somewhere close to the Chromecast.
If you're stuck with wifi, check out an app like Wifi Analyser to see if the channel your wifi is on is busy, and if there's another one that's better.
Also, are you on a personal internet connection (Comcast, Time Warner, etc) or on your school's? If your school is providing the internet they may be blocking the ports Chromecast needs, in which case you'd have to talk to your tech people there.
Get this app
You'll be able to scan and see what ssid's are in what channel. If you are running the old stuff you'll be between 1 and 11. So you'll want to be 1, 6 or 11. The newer 5ghz and ac will have hundreds to choose from
>I am curious to know how all these invisible wifies fill the air and yet that they do not blend.
They actually do blend and it can cause problems. Basically wifi is using a part of the electromagnetic spectrum, just like fm radio, mobile phones and visible light, just another wave length.
The most common wifi is in the 2.4GHz spectrum, which is a part that can be used by anyone without licence. Now here is the problem, the part of the spectrum that you are allowed to use is actually quite small. There are 11 (or 13 in the EU) channels, but a wifi network is actually 5 channels wide. So there are just 3 non-overlapping channels (1,6 and 11) which everyone should use.
Wifi is polite, and will take turns in who is talking so that the signals don't mess each other up. But this only works when the networks are on the same channel. If you are on channel 1 and your neighbor is on channel 2, your networks will overlap and try to shout over each other. This can cause packet loss, which will slow your connection down.
You can get Wifi Analyzer on your android phone (there is probably something like it the iphone too), with it you can see all networks close to you and what channels they are on. And you will probably see what a mess everything is with your neighbors having overlapping channels.
But that is not all, pretty much anything wireless you can think of is using the same 2.4GHz spectrum. Wireless phones, keybors, mice, headphones, RC cars, wireless security cameras, baby monitors and even your microwave is in the same spectrum. And they don't play nice like wifi and white for their turn to send and wont show up on apps like Wifi Analyzer. So it's really hard to figure out what is causing the problem unless you have some professional spectrum analyzer tool like this
However, there is some good news. Quite recently the 5GHz spectrum was opened up for public use. So new devices will be capable of using it. It got a lot more channels and they are all non-overlapping. And as it's new, hardly anyone is using it. So if you are having problem with wifi, like if you are living in an apartment and have a lot of neighbors, it might be worth getting a 5GHz router.
>Or since there are so many wifies in the air, so many wifies that my computer senses, shouldn't they all mix up?
To clarify this. You could think of the wifi channels are colors of light. if your wifi is using the red color, only sending and detecting red light, it wont be mixed up with the green and blue that your neighbors are using.
Do you have an Android phone? Grab this app and post a screenshot of the tab that shows the channel of all the APs you can detect. The one with the shaded curves (first screenshot on the play store).
If you have a smartphone try downloading the app "wifi analyzer" and use it to check the availability of the channels. [link]
Maybe if you are lucky manually setting it to an open channel will solve the problem. However I am more leaning towards a faulty router if anything.
With wifi, it could be a few things;
Placement of the antenna, yours looks fine, but I have no idea what's in the wall between it and your computer, pipes, wires, thicker walls, etc.
Or, the channel the antenna is broadcasting at, some will automatically change depending on other signals in the area, but yours probably doesn't. I'd download an app like wifi analyzer and go near the problem computer and watch the channels. If your antenna is broadcasting to an over-saturated channel, then that's your problem. It should be a simple setting for the extender that you can change.
It could also just be a bad network card, since your computer and another have the same one, you could swap them and see if the problem follows the card.
Lastly, I'd suggest a wired connection anyway. It might be a bit less appealing to look at, but worth it if you want to have the best connection, wifi is not a very good option for multiple devices that will likely be using it heavily and simultaneously.
> It seems especially bad on our smartphones for some reason
Try an app like Wifi Analyzer to see if you're on a crowded channel. This is the main reason I have a dual-band wireless router and stick to 5G on any wireless device that supports it. Wiki There tend to be fewer people on it, which reduces interference.
Grab a WiFi Analyzer app for your phone. It will measure your signal and you can try different channels to find the strongest one where you need it. You can also use it to see what's happening to your signal in real time when it drops. Channel 6 is usually a good choice although frequencies may be allocated differently in your country where other nearby devices can cause interference. Also as an FYI, 2.4GHz will go through walls better than 5GHz if you have those options.
Possible, but unlikely.
As far as site survey, grab an app like wifi analyzer for android or use the airport utility for iphone to find yourself a channel that isn't shit.
I also have to disable wireless-N on my router because for some reason my n3ds would just go "nope!" when trying to connect with it.
Well, you're gaming on WiFi which is far, far from ideal.
What router? What's the congestion of 2.4GHz at your house? Download WiFi Analyzer for Android to check. How's the signal to your computer?
If it's only happening when you the computer hardwired to your router is on, it's probably something it's doing that's hitting your network hard. Perhaps your router sucks and whatever amount of traffic that computer generates sometimes is enough to bring it to its knees for a moment.
depends on the hardware and the associated software/drivers. i live in a moderately dense, but not urban area level of density, and my wifes apple devices were having a ton of connection/dropped connection issues while windows laptops and android devices were fine.
i downloaded wifi analyzer and switched to a less congested frequency, and the issue cleared up for her.
There used to be. It was the first app I paid for back when the 3GS came out. Then Apple removed it from the App store and my phone. No warning, no refund. So, I switched to Andriod and use WiFi Analyzer. It's a great app.
Don't use a Pi with a USB WiFi dongle. Those little dongles are slow. And the Pi B+ was not a speed demon either. The fastest I could get it to go, Ethernet to Ethernet, was 30 Mb/s.
If all you want is to increase the speed of you home's WiFi faster than the AT&T WiFi will go, that what you really need is a WiFi Access Point. It just plugs into the Ethernet port of the AT&T router.
Some of the WiFi A.P. are a little pricey. If you want a cheaper solution, go to Walmart (or some such store), and buy one of the better Linksys (or your favorite brand here) WiFi Routers. Plug the Ethernet from the AT&T router into the switch port of the Linksys. Remember to disable the WiFi on the AT&T. Also, Disable the DHCP server in the Linksys.
Lastly, Why is the AT&T WiFi so slow? Is it because you are using the same WiFi channel as your neighbors? I have this little program on my Android phone. It shows who is using the WiFi channels around you. There are similar programs for the iPhone and PC's.
Alright, so we know it's something local. Are the pings still inconsistent if you connect with an Ethernet cable? This is to isolate whether it's an issue with the wireless/interference or if it's an issue with the way your OS handles networking.
EDIT: also install Wifi Analyzer like /u/lcdphill suggested.
Since I'm playing from EU and I seem to not suffer from any perceptible latency, I'll share some tips that may help with latency in general.
First thing to do is measure is your connectivity in general suffering from latency. I recommend using the test from DSLReports. It reports two things. General ping and latency caused by bufferbloat. If you do any tweaks to your networking settings, make sure to test every change with that tester. If any tweak does more harm than good, do not enable it.
First thing you can do is to use wired connection if at all possible. Wi-Fi causes latency due to interference from other Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, microwave ovens, etc... The interference causes packet re-transmissions on the link level. If you are using Wi-Fi and you are stuck with it, make sure you are using the least used channel on your router. If you have an Android smartphone, you can use Wifi Analyzer. With laptops running Windows, use InSSIder. These help to visualize what channel is the least congested. If you can, try using 5GHz channels, as they are less likely to be congested.
If you are suffering from bufferbloat according to the test, there are a number of things to do. If you can access your routers QoS settings and it has rate-limit options, try setting the rate limiter to ~95% of the bandwidth you observed from the speed test. 95% is a good starting point, but experiment what gives the best result for your case.
Another thing that might help is to go to your network adaptor settings and find Tx/Rx buffer sizes. Try setting them smaller. Do note that do not set them to 0. Also, the higher bandwidth connection you have, the less you can decrease these numbers without causing adverse effects. Also, test the effects every time.
While this may not help with SC2 that much in particular, try enabling ECN and CTCP. Do note that some older router around the Internet may still react pretty badly to ECN, so turn it off if you start having connectivity issues.
If you have an ancient router (like for example Linksys WRT54-G), consider buying a newer one. I heard a lot of good things about Asus RT-AC66U. I personally use TP-Link Archer C7 which was cheaper, but I have been very happy with it.
If you have experience with Linux and want to go more hardcore, check if you can install OpenWRT on your router. Latest versions of it has a number of improvements that help reduce latency. However, I take no responsibility on bricked routers and voided warranties. Be sure to follow instructions religiously. If you decided to go this route, be sure to test SQM.
Now obviously these tips might not help. However, they are worth a try at least.
Check to see which channel the router is using using a WiFi analyzer (Link at bottom) You should be able to change the router to a different channel that isn't being taken up by your neighbors. Less congestion = more speed.
tl;dr - that router will work just fine; try to avoid 2.4GHz interference if possible and encrypt your WiFi network.
Any consumer grade router will do just fine. Make sure you plug it in a surge protected outlet. Linksys is a popular brand and I wouldn't be surprised to find that particular model somewhere else in the $50 range.
802.11 N is still relevant, 802.11 AC routers are the latest standards but the speed is mainly for LAN communications to send/receive at higher data rates; aka, doesn't affect your Internet service since those speeds are set by your ISP.
Either use the software (not ideal) or learn to manually access your router to configure it. Most routers can be accessed by simply putting 192.168.1.1 into the address bar of your web browser and then using admin/admin or admin/password as the default login.
Typically your WAN/Internet will be set to DHCP (automatically get IP from your ISP) but some ISPs use MAC authentication, PPPoE, etc., so be sure to talk with your ISP if it doesn't work right out of the box.
You most likely have no need for any LAN customization, but if you do, this router will support a variety of common features such as UPnP, port forwarding, DMZ.
You'll mainly just need to focus on setting up your WiFi network name and encryption. Use WPA2-Personal with AES for encryption and disable WPS. I prefer the manual web interface to configure it but the software they provide will also help you to configure what you need.
Also, since you're in an apartment complex, use the 5GHz band to avoid all the 2.4GHz interference. Make sure your devices support 5GHz WiFi; most smartphones do but a lot of laptops (even newer ones) don't. If you must use 2.4GHz band then try to find the cleanest channel.
If you're an Android user, use WiFi Analyzer to determine the best channel to set your WiFi on. I don't have an iPhone so I can't recommend you an app but there must be some equivalent.
Do a site survey and pick a channel that's not used. Best in mind, on g, there's any b only 3 unique channels, 1, 7 and 13. Wifi Analyser on Android is good.
One of these two routers.
AC version has a newer gen chipset. I have the non AC version and it works great however. Love having the ability to hook up a USB flashdrive or HDD and use it as networked storage. Can even access the NAS from outside the network if you get that far into setting it up.
When you hook it up go to 192.168.1.1 and change the default login/password, easiest to do this on a PC that's plugged into the router via ethernet. Then go to the advanced wireless section, change the Authentication method to WPA2-Personal and throw in a password. I'd also change the default SSID and select the option to hide the SSID. You'll have to know what the SSID is to be able to add a device to it as it won't show up in the list of available access points, you select the option to add one yourself on each device. This has to be done for both the 2.4ghz band and 5ghz band in the setup.
I'd also suggest downloading Wifi Analyzer for android and seeing what all other wifi signals are in your area. You want to select the control channel under the 2.4ghz section to one that doesn't have any signal peaking on it. I live in a condo and you'd be surprised how many wifi signals are all sitting on the same channel causing interference on each other.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask. :)
edit forgot to mention if you're using the all in one network gateway (Modem/Router combo) you'll need a DOCSIS 3.0 modem. One of these two depending on the level of service you get would be recommended. Usually the cheaper one is fine as most peope aren't getting down speeds over 100mbs. Call your ISP and see they recommend. The surfboards are by and large some of the best however.
Tangentially related, but your router might be on a shit channel... or it could just be regular apartment type congestion.
Can use something like this to find a better one or if your phone can see 5g get a dual band router.
You should probably wait and see what the layout of the new house is, where the access point will be in relation to the computer, and whether wireless is in fact the best solution.
There might be signal attenuation from walls/structure, EMI from appliances, etc, in which case something like MoCA or powerline might make more sense. Or he might need to upgrade his router/AP to a newer model in order to take advantage of MU-MIMO and higher throughput with 802.11ac.
If you have an Android phone, you can install something like Wifi Analyzer, set up the router/AP in its new home, move to the area where the computer will be, and use Wifi Analyzer to see whether the signal is reasonably strong.
Does anyone in the home have an Android phone? There's a neat app for Android called Wifi Analyzer that lets you see all of the wireless networks in the area and which channels they're on. You can walk around the condo and watch how the signal levels change on the various channels, which can help you pick the one with the least interference or congestion from nearby networks.
> I have a sniffer app on my phone that I'll poke around with.
Would that happen to be this one?
It's helped me set WIFI up in some pretty busy locations.
As always with RF, knowing what other signals are around is the first step in avoiding interference.
The speeds you're seeing are pretty normal for wifi. If you want to see consistently high speeds on wifi, get an 802.11ac (or 5 GHZ 802.11n) access point and locate it in the area you want high speeds, hard wired back to the router.
There are loads of other things you can do to optimize wifi. It's a complex subject. You might install Wifi Analyzer and use it to see if there's interference from neighbors on your wifi channel.
Do you always have the guest network on? I do not know that much about routers, but having your guest network on may be hindering your connectivity based on the comments I read on this thread. [link] (3rd to last comment). Also have you used a wifi analyzer to see if your neighbor's wifi channels are interfering with yours? That may also be the cause of your loss of connection. [link]
From the side bar:
>*It is recommended that you use a wireless scanner for this step. WiFi Analyzer for Android. Sorry iOS, Apple has banned these basic networking tools. NetSureyor for PC. iStumbler for OSX.
You might see if your router has an option like "DNS Proxy" or "DNS Masquerading" and disable that, it can cause problems with various things, but also the connection test that Windows does after connecting to a network.
Consider that maybe your ISP connection, or router is bad/faulty - only complaining to your ISP will get it replaced.
Why dont you try something like WIFI Analyzer to see if there's a lot of interference from other access points near you?
Are you connecting to a 2.4 or 5GHz access point? I had no other option than to purchase a 5GHz AP because there were so many interfering AP's around me it was literally unusable.
If you need to stick with wifi, I would suggest using the 5GHz band if possible. Perhaps you should analyze your wifi to see if you're on a congested channel. I used this app and discovered that some of my neighbors were using some of the no-no channels (anything that isn't 1, 6, or 11), and it was killing my speeds.
If you have an android phone you can install this
It will tell you if any of your channels are congested from neighbors.
This looks like Wi-Fi Analyser for Android :
If you have an Android phone, download this app to get some nice charts showing which wifi channels are crowded/clear in your area.
Are you connected via wireless? if so...
If you are on wireless...
If it works fine when wired, then wireless is your problem...
Updated the BIOS?
Updated to the latest wireless driver?
...both available on Lenovo's website.
Consider that your computer might not be the problem...
I'll assume your connected to the router wirelessly? or are you wired to it?
I'm guessing you are connected to the router via wireless?
I use an app called Wifi Analyzer. It shows you every SSID broadcasting around you and what channel they're using.
Xfinity... so is it one of those routers that has an open public wifi hotspot running?
For security purposes, I'd buy my own router and just turn off all things wifi on the Xfinity gateway device. (basically just use it as a modem).
What happens if you connect with a wired connection and do a speed test? That would help eliminate a software or configuration issue on the computer (like a virus, firewall overhead, OS setting like bandwidth throttling, older OS software updates, computer hardware limitations other than the NIC such as hard drive or memory bottlenecks etc).
Looking at your settings it looks like AC might not actually be supported - are you sure your card can do AC? All that the settings list is 802.11a, b, g, n, not AC. If you are connecting at 54Mbps (bits) that is the limit of 802.11a (and g for that matter), which should translate to around 6.6MBps (Bytes) - use this calculator for conversions between MBps and Mbps - [link] as there is a difference which you are looking at. 802.11n may go from 54Mbps to 600Mbps, but that depends who else in the area is using 802.11n and how much interference there is and if your gear is capable of doing multiple spacial streams and 40MHz channel widths - which your settings indicate it should do 40MHz at least.
Also, if you want to dig in to this the best bet is to get a WiFi analyzer. I use this for Android - [link] , it is free, works well and is easy to use. It will show the congestion in your area for both 2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz channels and other info. You should be able to set your problem computer to wireless 'adhoc' mode to get it to act as an AP to test its signal strengths from your android with this analyzer.
If you can find a (free) WiFi analyzer for your Dell (your NIC might have a similar software bundled with the NIC driver, for example Intel has the 'proset' tools for their NICs that can see signal strength or RSSI (the closer to 0 the better on the negative scale), Signal to Noise ratio (higher the better), connection data rate, etc. you can see if maybe there is an issue with that specific NIC and its antenna. There are these which are free, but I have not used them myself - [link] or [link]
If you can supply the exact make/model of the AP and the NIC, maybe we can verify what they are capable of.
From your speed tests when disabling 'a' then 'b/g/n' it looks like you have lots of interference on b/g/n causing speed issues and not so much on a. It could also be something like an issue with the NIC - such as the internal antenna got disconnected or broken, yes even at 6 feet this can make a difference. Or it could be related to antenna polarity (google vertical vs horizontal wifi polarity for more explanations) - basically try rotating your laptop to see if signal strength changes at different angles.
a wifi analyzer tool will help with troubleshooting though, especially if you can get one set up on the machine that is having the issues and compare the results on a device that is not having issues.
Nećeš, jer ti nemaju nikakvu obvezu dati novi uređaj budući da je tvoj ispravan. Jedino ako je tehničar dobre volje, no...
Imaš smetnje. /u/Garestinian ti je linkao kako podesit kanal.
Android app za preskenirat kanale, nađi najbolji, ulogiraj se u router i pod wifi postavkama postavi onaj koji ti djeluje najbolje.
Download Wifi Analyzer from the Play Store and see if you can see it.
I had an instance at a friend's place where his N5 could see, and was connected to, his 5GHz network...but my N6 didn't connect (it was a remembered network) and under Wifi Analyzer it showed up as a hidden network (empty ESSID) on both of our phones. Rebooting both my phone and his router did nothing to help.
He was running a custom firmware image on his wireless router. Only place I've ever had a problem...
Thanks! I was using channel 4 and couldn't figure out why performance was bad since nobody else was on it. I'm now using 1, which is much better.
Also going to put this here for android users: [link]
It will tell you the best channel to use if you swipe to the star tab.
If you just want to measure signal strength, I would check out Wifi Analyzer.
If ya gots a tablet with a wifi analyser app and its fully charged then while power is out in the hood you can walk around and see how many are still running on backup batteries or UPS boxes. I know a few do, mine included.
From the sidebar>>>
>*It is recommended that use a wireless scanner for this step. WiFi Analyzer for Android. Sorry iOS, Apple has banned these basic networking tools. NetSureyor for PC. iStumbler for OSX.
>-How to determine what settings to use for your wireless network:
>* 2.4GHz, use it for range and device comparability
>* 5GHz, use it for speed/bandwidth, minimize interference with other signals
>* After scanning your area with a WiFi tool, determine what channels are being used by neighboring networks
>* You want to set your WiFi on a different channel as to minimize interference, while at the same time choosing the highest channel available. For instance if you see someone on channel 9, you want to set your WiFi on channel 10 or 11.
>* Higher channels offer slightly better performance. If there are no other wireless networks, choose a high channel number.*
>Additionaly, and as pointed out by /u/v-_-v on his post bellow, there are only three channels on the spectrum that do not overlap. These being channels 1, 6 and 11. Therefore it is also suggested that if possible, to simply choose these channels. Unless of course these are overused where you live. For more information on this topic, please read the comment referred.
Try using Wifi analyzer to test your signal strength with your devices. Some devices will show different signal bars, even though the signal strength is the same between devices.
No problem :) For future reference try and stick to 1, 6, 11 or where it's allowed to be used - 13. An app like WiFi Analyzer for Android is quite good because it shows you the quality of the 13 channels. [link] It may be available for other platforms.
Do a survey of your place and pick either 1, 6 or 11.
Edit: I misread that. Take your router's WiFi channel setting off Auto.
I'll just toss this additional item out there for anyone that is having issues still after doing port forwarding.
I was have the most difficult time consistently getting an open NAT even though I configured my network and was confident I had my IP's assigned properly. From time to time it will still change to STRICT -- but as I mentioned not consistently.
After lots of trial and error I tracked it down to channel interference on my wifi network. Unfortunately, I only have a 2.4ghz range so my network options were rather limited and changing the channel made not difference.
After some more digging I installed Wifi Analyzer (Android, not sure if iOS equivalent exists). What it showed was I had significant interference on the channel I was currently using. The reason? My roku 3 in the bedroom was also utilizing the same channel. With the analyzer opened I changed channel on my network; almost immediately I saw the roku jump to the newly selected channel; wtf I thought to myself. So I did a bit more researching on the roku. Turns out that the Roku needs wifi for the controller to connect; it doesn't use a traditional IR -- as a result it just grabs the default channel of your wifi connection. This setting cannot be changed on disabled on the roku. As a result; my roku which is closer to the xbox than the router was causing major interference which resulted in really awful connections.
To put things into persepective (from the advanced network diagnostics) I went from the following:
With roku turned on:
Download: .6Mbps - 1.2Mbps
with roku turned off and clear wifi channel
as you can see, huge gain on performance -- I couldn't consistently get it so I was pulling my hair out until I realized it was the roku which only gets turned on when my kids or wife were in the bedroom watching something and/or forgot to turn it off completely. Until I realized it was channel interference I didn't even think of the roku being the offender.
Obviously, you don't all have a roku, and if you have a 5ghz router then this should be a problem; but for those of you who have a 2.4ghz wifi setup it might be work exploring your channel saturation (if you have close neighbors they can also be impeding on your channel as well). The app I referenced above does a really good job of giving you the current condition; as well as recommending the best alternative channel to try for the least amount of interference.
This one though I suspect they will all work.
This is the one I use
> the WiFi situation is absolutely fine;
Obviously not. ;)
If it was one mini, I'd say you got a dude. But it's more than one.
There's a great app for android to guage how noisy your wifi is.
you may end up being surprised. I'm lucky - live on 3 acres, and even w/ my Ubiquity LR AP I don't overlap anyone's wifi.
Si usas el interné para trabajar o jugar no hay como estar enchufado con un cable UTP . Puedes poner cable y pegarlo a la pared con canaleta autoadherible .
También si vas a poner más de un access point, lo preferible es enlazarlos entre ellos con cable.
La respuesta rápida / cara es poner airports de Apple. Cualquier router que compres haste el favor de que sea de banda dual 2.4 / 5 ghz. En Amazon hay variedad de modelos precios , ve los reviews en el amazon gringo Amazon.com . Si vives en departamento lo más seguro es que tu espectro ya esté saturado y compres lo que compres vas a tener mala calidad . La banda de 5ghz ayuda pero no es buena cuando hay paredes. También ayuda mucho donde pongas el AP/ router, idealmente debe tener línea directa d vista con el usuario.
Para android hay apá como wifi analyzer para que veas cómo está el uso en tu casa, si hay más de 10 APs no auguro una buena calidad de wifi.
i believe you are doing test all wrong.what you need to check is how crowded or free the channel your wifi is in is.its called spectrum analyzing.you can do this via an android mobile phone or a laptop with a wifi card.so if you have an android phone download this to check for the less crowded channels.f you have a laptop with wireless capabilities then download Issider4 from metageeks here and it will give you a better detailed overview of how noisy your wifi environment is.
Properly configured 802.11AC far exceeds the need in all but the most fringe cases. My desktop has a 300Mbps link to the router with <1ms latency, but my home internet connection is only 150Mbps. What do I gain by plugging in a gigabit wired network connection? Nothing.
That desktop sits on the 5GHz side of the router and the Chromecast sits on the 2.4GHz side of the router, but ping is consistently 1ms or 2ms even with multiple people in the house streaming video and music to various devices. That is not anecdotal information by the way, it's hard data logged by a 24 hour ping test.
So, no, I'm not saying anything about "almost as good". I'm saying 802.11AC is capable of providing more bandwidth at a lower latency than anyone currently needs unless you're that guy who's trying to directly edit movies stored on a server or pulling huge multi-track audio files to a workstation. But that's not the use case we're talking about.
> over 30 devices on my wifi and I was noticing major performance problems
This problem was most likely caused by your wifi router simply being at max capacity, especially if it was purchased 2+ years ago. A router can only handle a specific number of simultaneous connections, but that's a really hard number to find for a lot of consumer grade routers. If your router is only able to maintain 31 connections, it will drop one of the connections when the 32nd device tries to connect. If you have a family of even 4 or 5 people, it's really easy to exceed the capabilities of a router like that, so you need to research the router you're thinking about buying and make sure it's actually capable of handling your needs.
As far as your neighbors go, get a wifi analyzer app for your phone so you can see exactly what channels they're using. With 5Ghz (in the US), you have 9 clean channels to choose from, so it's really unlikely that you'll have neighbors blocking all of those channels. Switch your router to the empty channel and you're golden.
Download wifi analyzer on your phone and run it. Is your wifi being swamped by neighbors? If so, change your wifi channel to something more clear.
It could be that rocket league is generating tiny packets which can keep the wifi AP transmit window more in your favor as the CSMA algorithm has a sort of 'shortcut' for transmitting multiple packets back to back without having to wait the full detection window.
This sounds like a wifi problem. If you can, and your wifi router supports it, maybe buy a 5Ghz wifi dongle for $20 and use that. The 5Ghz spectrum is way less crowded. Keep in mind, the range is also reduced, so hopefully you're reasonably close to the router. If not, hopefully there is a good alternate channel.
The 'auto detection' mode routers use works fine...except it is usually the case that where the wifi router is located, it can't hear the other routers so thinks the channel is fine. I like to just manually pick the channels.
If you're getting terrible lag and packet loss in the dorms, while plugged into the wall, you probably have a terrible router. Things slowed down a little between 7-9pm, but packet loss isn't as big of an issue as this subreddit would make you think.
Now, if you're trying to do anything on wireless, keep in mind the 2.4Ghz band is so cluttered that, were it a road, it would look something like [link]. You've got the people using channels 1, 6, and 11, like they should (but quite a lot of them), and then those people who get on channel 5 or 2, and just slow everyone down even more.
Enjoy your decently fast internet, OP, and use the 5Ghz band if you can. There's about 1/10th the people on it. Or just plug into the ethernet port, like I did.
If you want to see just how bad the wifi around you looks, I recommend Wifi Analyzer for Android.
Poor wiffy performance can sometimes be alleviated by switching channels in your WLAN settings on your router.
Do you have an Android phone? Download WiFi Analyzer to check and see how many other networks are operating on the same channel.
I did this just last night, after my WiFi performance on my phone turned to crap over the course of a couple of weeks. The signal was strong, but due to the channel being very overcrowded I was only getting about 0.3Mbps throughput...if I could connect at all. I switched from channel 1 (1&6 are the most common) to channel 13, which nobody else was on. My throughput went up to ~30Mbps, even though the overall signal was weaker.
Now, I realize that you are having issues when other people are using your network at the same time, but this will still hopefully improve if you move your network to a less crowded channel to begin with.
Giving a complete framework for how to diagnose the problem is likely to be hard. I'll provide just two tools you can use to see if the problem is WiFi.
Use ping and/or tracerout to see if you have a high rate of dropped packets. Since we're just tyring to figure out if WiFi is the problem, ping your router. If you see a packet drop percentage of 20% or higher, that's likely a problem.
Second, download one of the many WiFi spectrum analyzers (like this one) and use it. You want your router to be using a WiFi channel that is not in use by any others. If you have a high packet drop / packet error rate, switching channels can help.
The ultimate solution is to just use ethernet and eliminate WiFi all together temporarily.
For the most part you are correct. I always suggest keeping the modem and router separate. You can keep the modem you have from Comcast but ask to have it put into bridge modem. Set up your dual band router. Your MBP and Air should connect and have better speeds on the 5 ghz wavelength.
If you want to test what wifi networks are in your apartment and have an android phone you can download Wifi Analyzer I live in a residential area and I don't have very many networks around me but everyone is 2.4 ghz and my place is the only one that is on 5ghz.
Wifi Analyzer is an Android app that helps you visualize the strength of a wifi signal at a particular location. Use that to determine where your signal is weakest (if that's the problem), then move your router(s) closer to there.
looks like 9, 10 or 11 would be your best bet trying.. there's no real way to say which would be best other than running at each channel for a bit & see how performance goes.
for the 5Ghz looks like it's pretty much wide open from 48 through 140..
do you have an Android device? farproc's WiFi Analyzer is free and will give you the channel info you're looking for..
if stuck Windows only there's this Wifi Analyzer app that seems to be getting good reviews (I have it but haven't tried it out yet).