I have a Linksys EA8500 MAX-STREAM™ AC2600 MU-MIMO SMART WI-FI ROUTER, and was wondering if it can be configured to connect to Orcon Fibre. I am looking for a boosted WiFi signal in the house due to it being split level. I have been getting speeds as low as 200kbps and lower regularly so hoping this might fix the problem. I am on the 100/20 plan and haven't been able to get over 50mbps ever. Any help would be appreciated. cheers in advance
As to whether a new router will improve WiFi coverage is a complete unknown so it's not possible for anybody to answert that question with anything other than "maybe".
50Mbps is a great speed for 2.4GHz WiFi and you should not expect to get anything faster, regardless of the type of router you have. To get faster speeds you will need to use 5GHz and have hardware that supports this. 5GHz signals propogate less than 2.4GHz so coverage will be less than 2.4GHz.
Expecting a single router to cover a lounge house these days with so much noise in the 2.4GHz band is an unrealistic expectation. The best solution is an additional access point that you can connect ether via Ethernet cable or by purchasing a set of Ethernet over Power adapter.
OK so there is no point in upgrading to 200/20 plan? I won't be able to get any more speed? I was assuming the distance from the router was the reason for the slow speeds. The speed fluctuates so much I figured there was something wrong with my Genius. Guess it will be a trip back to the shop for a store credit...
How are your speeds when you are wired to the router?
Even with 802.11ac, you will not get great speeds when going thru a house. If you need good speeds over the whole house, you have to spread out accesspoints thru it in all the areas you need, best wired back to the router, second best give powerline gear a shot but I have never seen great performance out of it.
the way to go about it is to have multiple AC access points connected via ethernet or ethernet over power.
I find that 5Ghz does okay in the rooms surrounding the access point and then dies from there on out, so thats something to think about, it'll also depend on what your walls are made of.
How many users do you have? if you have more than 4 and want to keep them happy then i'd suggest multiple AC access points.
the speed fluctuations on 2.4Ghz are due to the band being so crowded, the only things i have on that now are old devices and a couple of printers.
But to answer your other question, you just need to put whatever Access point/router you buy into bridge mode, you need to keep the genius plugged in but you can turn the wifi off on it so its not causing any more interference.
Rather than connecting it to Orcon, just add it into your network so you have two access points, genius and your linksys. Or turn the wifi off on your genius. You may find an upgrade to the White NetComm router may make a difference and this will happen if you upgrade your plan as that is what Orcon are doing if you switch to a new plan.
Had a similar problem the Orcon router is very poor. You need 5ghz to get full potential, I have connected a D-Link viper to the netcomm and get almost 100 mbp throughout the house, the improvement is incredible. I am looking for a way to not have to connect the router to the Orcon netcomm.
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