Help me improve my home network situation
I also have tried powerline adapters to see if they would work better, and they work the same. The circuit limitations of the technology really comes into play when trying to use them. In most cases I need them to be pretty far apart, which puts them out of range of the circuit loop. They're best fit for inside the same room where you know you wont go off the circuit.
So, you're probably thinking "just wire the house." And I completely agree, except I don't own my property And even though the wiring process would not be that bad, I am not about to wire the house for someone else and potentially not have it after a year.
My thinking is to look into Wireless AC because of the speeds possible, even while it's still in draft. The problem here is that the overhead can be just as high as MoCA, but the benefit is that I can more easily take it with me if I ever move to a non-FiOS neighborhood. The biggest hurdle would be the adapters for the two laptops we have in the house, and as far as I can tell there aren't many for OSX.
So wonderful users of Engadget, what should I do here? Has anyone fully moved to AC and had it be worth it, and have you been on OSX? Is there something I can do to fix my MoCA situation (yes I made sure there weren't a ton of splitters)?
My FiOS Router is in my home office and it does NOT run my WiFi it is just the gateway and only my vonage phone adapter and Netgear router are plugged into it. I have a Netgear WNDR3700 Router and a 8 port Netgear Gigabit switch and everything I can wire into the Netgear router and switch I have which means our 2 office desktops; my Windows 7 Machine and my Wifes OS X Mavericks Hackintosh, 3 WD MyBook Live hard drives and our Epson Artisan 837 All in One The Netgear WNDR3700 handles wifi traffic for our phones and tablets and assorted laptops.
Our house is long and narrow and the office is at one end and the living room at the other and to get Internet to our PS3 and xBox 360 in the living room I have a Netgear range extender that synced up to the main router with a push of the WPS buttons giving us very awesome coverage thru out our home. The xBox isnt wireless but the little Netgear range expander has an ethernet port on the side which the xBox is plugged into and we get pretty decent speeds thru out the house (wired connections getting full benefit of the 70/35 Mbs FiOS connection and around 20 to 30Mbs over the WiFi and about 15 to 20 Mbs over the Range expander).
Like you I don't own the home although my landlord wouldn't have cared if I ran Cat 6 cables thru the attic but Im too lazy and the range expander was alot easier and cheaper
Here is the link to the range expander: www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-N300-Wi-Fi-Range-Extender/d...
It doesn't speed things up, but it certainly reduces the sting!
1. Buy a decent gigabit switch for all your physical connections and unlink that to the router.
2. Buy one or more Ubiquiti Unifi Pro AC access points for your wifi needs and connect those to the gigabit switch.
3. Put a homemade Faraday cage over your router to nullify its wifi entirely.
If that doesn't work out, you can easily resell the Ubiquiti gear on Amazon for the price you paid.
router, Useually inside the wireless settings/advanced settings. of the modem, Enter 192.168.0.1 into a web browser, and you should open your modem page.
The channel is like that of the radio station, one comes in crystal
clear and 10 times louder then the others. There should be 11 to
choose from. The channel can greatly improve speeds.
#2, Spyware/adware, Run the speedtest one computer at a time,
The speeds that you pay for is for one computer. Power down
ALL other computers/phones except 1, and run your speed test.
If the speeds are bad, power that pc down, and try one of your
other computers. ( the first one may be the problem computer. )
Even though you think you are perfectly clean, as you have a
virus protection, They are useually worthless against the small
time crooks. Run at least three malware scanners, ( not counting
your virus protection). AdwCleaner, Spybot, Malwarebytes,
super antispyware, are a few free ones that work great.
#3, The location of the router, ( tv's microwaves, can cause
#4, Secure your network, Perhaps the neighbor kid has cracked
your password, which isnt hard to do with the right tools, and
now a days they can pick up the signal from a long ways away, so
dont use the excuse I dont have neighbors,, Secure your
#5, Get yourself a roll of ethernet cable, and some end clips. (
dont forget the tool to put the ends on), Also get yourself some
little nails and a hammer, Wire your house going up and
over/under the doors so they can be opened and closed without
pinching the cords. You might notice the wires the first day or so,
but if the speed is truely what you want the colored wire wont be
a bother to you, They do make white cable, ( also if you ask the
internet FST, he will probably be happy to leave you a couple
#6, MOVE, to a newer house without lead paint.
- Make sure your router AND your PC supports 5GHz wireless.. It'll say 802.11 a/b/g/n instead of just b/g/n. 5ghz is videly less used, and so you have less interference. Most mid/high-end laptops and phones newer than 3-4 years will support it. If your PC supports AC, I can recommend Ubiquity as access-point. Don't own one, but have tried it.
- Download inSSIder from metageek, and check channel usage on the networks in the proximity. It's an awesome program, and it's free! As ntlgnce stated before me, channels and interference is everything. Find a channel not used, or least used regardless of 5ghz or if you're stuck on 2ghz.
- If you have the 5GHz set, and found a channel you're all alone to use, see if you can set the access point to lock on "only-N", meaning it will only use 5GHz 802.11n, for max speed.
- Oh, and also, if you have 5ghz and not many other networks on there, see if your access points supports multichannel. Wider spectrum and higher speeds! :)
- In inSSIder you can see how strong your network actually is. Don't trust the "bars" on your phone or computer. A very good signal is around -50 dbm. Higher numbers are weak, lower is stronger. Stronger than -30 would be like i was standing right next to you screaming instead of talking, and you wouldn't be able to understand me, higher than -80 would be me standing in the other room whispering.
Quick edit: I just realized you talked about OSX. inSSIder doesn't work on OSX, but you can surely find a windows pc or android phone to test it.
If you have a MacBook from 2011 or newer, you have 5GHz. Fix your AP if you don't have 5ghz on that.
We use AC at the office network, and it's gold. Never actually tested it in terms of file copying etc, but every operation feels like I'm still on my ethernet-connected desktop, be it surfing, sharepoint online sync, dropbox sync, lync/skype-videochat etc etc. It's worth every penny if you need higher wireless speeds than the dualchannel 600mb/s you get from 802.11n
If you have more than one AP ensure they are on different channels.
Some APs have an auto setting that allows the channel to be selected as 1, 6 or 11 depending on what signals it is receiving and this is often the default that the ISP's setup in their "free" wireless routers. This may work for you.
However there are many other non-Wi-Fi transmissions permitted in the 2.4GHz band which can cause wirelesss slowdown or dropped connections. Devices such as microwave ovens and set-top satellite TV boxes should be kept as far away as possible from your APs.
Other wireless technologies that operate in the 2.4GHz band include ZigBee, Bluetooth and wireless video cameras or TV senders. In the UK DECT cordless phones are 1.8GHz so never a problem but other countries use 2.4GHz and might cause issues.
Of these networks Bluetooth is frequency agile and low power so not normally a problem but ZigBee can overlap with Wi-Fi channels if not setup with care to co-exist. Unfortunately there are now many ZigBee devices (or similar 802.15.4) that are appearing for things like central heating control (BG Hive), LED lighting (Philips Hue) etc. and some conflict is almost inevitable.
Probably the worst interference is wireless video senders since they typically use a quarter of the entire 2.4GHz band as they have only 4 channels to select. If you simply must have wireless video senders choose models in the 5.8GHz band.
Another problem is the higher speeds of 802.11n since this requires the AP to be set to a wider bandwidth and this uses 40MHz channels instead of 20Mhz. This means that it effectively conflicts with 2 of the 3 usable 2.4GHz channels no matter how you set it up.
Moving to 5GHz is a great idea as it has non-overlapping channels and less interference but the downside is slightly worse range as it is more readily absorbed by walls and other objects. The new 802.11ac standard is the fastest yet but ONLY works in 5GHz band but most APs using it will also support b/g/n in the 2.4GHz at the same time provide it is a dual concurrent radio type.
Since I'm the one who mainly needs the higher speeds in the house, if I upgrade my laptop to a newer one with support for AC I may go that route.