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#142638 19-Mar-2014 11:21
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I've had ADSL with Telecom for about 2 years, and am still using the Thompson router I received when I signed up.

Connected to the router through Ethernet cable, I get a consistent 10mbps downsteam and around 0.8 up - not blazing, but good enough for my purposes.

However, the wireless connection tops out at around 3-4 mbps and regularly drops below 1, which makes watching streaming video or similar things almost impossible.  I've tested this with several wireless devices sitting right next to the router, so it should not be an issue of distance or receiving device.

I have spoken to tech support at Telecom and they cannot see any issues with my connection - which makes sense as it's clearly not the ADSL that's at fault.

I live in a large apartment building, which leads me to suspect that the wireless frequencies may be overloaded - is there some way to test this?

Failing that I am forced to suspect the wireless transmitter on the router is faulty.  Contemplating buying a more reputable router to replace it - any recommendations?

On a possible related note, the router takes forever to reset and re-establish connection (over 2 minutes in some cases) - is this normal with the Thompson routers?

Sorry for asking several different questions at the same time, thanks in advance for your help!

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  #1008866 19-Mar-2014 11:35
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In many urban and CBD areas 2.4Ghz WiFi is now on the verge of being totally unusable due to congestion.

Perform some basic fault finding first of all by changing wireless channels. 1,6, and 11 are the best 3 and the only that don't overlap. There are plenty of apps such as inssider which will tell you what channels nearby access points are on.

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