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Netgear CG3100v2 crap Wi-fi range

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I have just switched to the Ultimate plan with Telstra Cable. The wired speeds are great. Well over 100mbps.

 

But wireless drops off very fast, to such an extent that it is difficult to watch youtube clips in the bedroom or the back garden (around 20m and 15m from the modem) . Speed tests get as slow as 0.25mbps

 

This is so irritating that I have been thinking of buying a range extender. (any cheap recomenations for this?)

 

However is there anything I can do to the modem settings or placement or any other low cost method to squeeze out a little more range?

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If you can log in to the modems web ui have a look for the wireless settings and see if there is anything about transmit power. Also could be worth trying a different channel.

For the channel grab inSSIDer from http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/ and do a channel scan and see if there is any channel conflicts with surrounding wireless APs.

 

Other options.

By a wireless router with better wireless and use it in WAN bypass mode

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=933517

The best solution is to run Ethernet from the modem to a convenient spot which will give you decent coverage in the garden and bedroom and fit an AP there (or if you have an old router kicking around use that in WAN bypass mode).

Second best is to use ethernet over power (homeplug) devices to get wired LAN to a convenient spot and then set up a wireless AP.

Third best solution ( by far the worst) is to see if the Netgear will do WDS on the wireless and buy another netgear AP that is WDS capable and set them up in a WDS network. Note that this will at least halve the max speed your wireless can reach.

Info on WDS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_distribution_system

For wireless APs the Ubiquiti products are supposed to be very good, but I have not used them as yet (got a Unifi on order).

I have found the cheap and cheerful TP-Link stuff is not bad and something on this page

http://www.tp-link.com.au/products/?categoryid=212 is probably what you want to look at.

Or if you want dual band.

http://www.tp-link.com.au/products/?categoryid=1680

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I only just yesterday picked up this: Net Gear WN3000RP

 

I would say that it is very easy to set up, just took me a little while to work it out because of the wifi security I use to secure the network. (Just remember that the extender provides a new 'alias' mac address to hardware attached to it and things will be fine)

 

So far it's been a great little unit, and doesn't take any desktop space. I got it specifically to handle a two level house with the lower floor, towards the rear of the house, not being able to pick up the router signal. Haven't head the kids complaining lately so things must be fine.

 

It is a little slower in internet speed than connecting directly to the router, not that you would notice unless you are using something to specifically test the speed. Otherwise, very much recommended.

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I have just switched to the Ultimate plan with Telstra Cable. The wired speeds are great. Well over 100mbps.

 

But wireless drops off very fast, to such an extent that it is difficult to watch youtube clips in the bedroom or the back garden (around 20m and 15m from the modem) . Speed tests get as slow as 0.25mbps

 

This is so irritating that I have been thinking of buying a range extender. (any cheap recomenations for this?)

 

However is there anything I can do to the modem settings or placement or any other low cost method to squeeze out a little more range?

For the video or large size of file to transfer over the wireless is not that stable, many reason will interfere with the signal,

so,use a Powerline adapter such as TL-PA511, or TL-PA210kit, to extand your internet to your router, will be the best solution for you.

and the most important thing is all those device are less than $50 for a pair..

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