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# 177705 12-Aug-2015 01:47
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Hi, just got fibre installed the other day... 

I live in an old house which seems to have walls made of lead or something as all previous wireless setups have struggled here.  Was wondering about the wireless setup on the HG659.   

Currently I have it broadcasting both 2.4 and 5 ghz (G and N i think?),  the N one is about twice as fast but only covers half the house, the G one just barely covers the whole house but still occasionally drops connection.  And the connection is too slow to stream video reliably to the other end of the house.

I was wondering if disabling the N network would have any effect on the strength of the G network ?  or any other things I can do to maximize range / performance ?

Thanks. 

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  # 1363315 12-Aug-2015 01:47
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Hello... Our robot found some keywords in your post, so here is an automated reply with some important things to note regarding broadband speeds.

 



 

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  # 1363327 12-Aug-2015 02:04
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Your router does 2.4GHz (b,g,n) and 5GHz (n,ac). 2.4 has more penetrating power, but can only support slower speed. Vice versa for 5. They shouldn't interfere with each other so disabling one won't help the other.

Your best option is to stick another access point at the other end of the house and run an ethernet cable between the two.

 
 
 
 




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  # 1363329 12-Aug-2015 02:43
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ah ok, thanks very much.

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  # 1363374 12-Aug-2015 07:32
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Not sure where my reply went but get yourself a Dlink N300 WIFI network extender. It will create a new 2.4/5ghz repeater hotspot to extend your coverage. Easy to setup.  No need to drill holes and run extra Ethernet cabling back.

As for existing performance have you experimented with any wifi analyser software to make sure you are on a clean channel. Or tried placing your router higher etc?





 


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  # 1363393 12-Aug-2015 08:28
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Vodafone has released an update the other day for the HG659 thread on geekzone about it



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  # 1364724 12-Aug-2015 16:06
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Apsattv: Not sure where my reply went but get yourself a Dlink N300 WIFI network extender. It will create a new 2.4/5ghz repeater hotspot to extend your coverage. Easy to setup.  No need to drill holes and run extra Ethernet cabling back.

As for existing performance have you experimented with any wifi analyser software to make sure you are on a clean channel. Or tried placing your router higher etc?



thanks, I will look into wifi network extender, as running an ethernet cable would be a hassle.   I have moved the router around/up a bit, has helped a little, I'll check out some wifi analyser software, thanks for the suggestion.

I've also just updated to the latest firmware so will do some tests later to see if that has helped.

But first I have to call vodafone, some voip issues still to sort :P    

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  # 1364729 12-Aug-2015 16:13
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an extender will generally half the available bandwidth

 
 
 
 


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  # 1364734 12-Aug-2015 16:19
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Extenders aren't a fix for a problem, they typically are the cause of an even bigger problem.

The biggest issue being that people place these where they have no coverage thinking they'll magically fix the issue. You then have something in a dead spot with very poor RX and TX performance dragging down the entire existing router/AP, half the maximum throughput as well (which is how they work by design) and the result is a problem, not a solution.

If wireless is poor buy 2 x Ethernet over power adapters and an additional access point.

Unless you understand WiFi they should be avoided at all costs. If they are going to be used, they need to be placed somewhere where signal strength is good (is under 70dB) to avoid dragging down the performance of devices connected to the original AP/router.




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  # 1365133 12-Aug-2015 23:30
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sbiddle:
If wireless is poor buy 2 x Ethernet over power adapters and an additional access point.

I'll second that. Really great flexibility compared to running cable.

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