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washington_706 598 72 June 26, 2016 at 06:07 AM More Amazon Deals
i use an old single band asus rt-n10p for my laptop and tablet (1st gen nexus 7, 2013) and chromecast (1st gen)

i get some choppiness with showbox from my tablet to my chromecast, so i'm thinking maybe a dual band router and using 5ghz would help as there might be a lot of noise in 2.4ghz that's causing issues.

amazon has a TP Link AC1200 [amazon.com] for $57. would this be a decent upgrade? is there something else in this price range i should consider? i'd be ok going up to about $90.

i know my devices don't support the AC, but this is the same price as an N only dual band router, so i can grow into the AC.

thanks for any advice.
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Did you try changing the channels? Try channels 1 or 11. Just trying to help to avoid an unnecessary purchase.
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Did you try changing the channels? Try channels 1 or 11. Just trying to help to avoid an unnecessary purchase.
i haven't, but will do so. thank you for the tip.

isn't a single channel n150 router pretty outdated/slow, though? i suppose i just have my mind set on the fact that the router is the bottleneck. maybe it's irrational thinking.
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i haven't, but will do so. thank you for the tip.

isn't a single channel n150 router pretty outdated/slow, though? i suppose i just have my mind set on the fact that the router is the bottleneck. maybe it's irrational thinking.
I am not a communication engineer, but from my understanding Wifi waves oscillate at the band stated on the router 2.4GHz/5 GHz. By changing channels the oscillation in moved by a certain degrees of MHz. Hence, moving you to a less congested band(not sure it is the right term) as average population router is set on band 2.4GHz channel 6.

What one refers to slow maybe be because of limited data rate or congested medium. Bandwidth has to do with the standard being used and how much your ISP provides. I believe IEEE 802.11n has a data rate of 150Mbps, if your ISP provide less than that your are fine with it. Also your device must be in compliance with the IEEE standard being used. In a congested medium packets(analogy to mail that contains your data) are constantly dropped/delayed because the overlapping band(analogy to 1000 persons wanting to fly to the same place at the same time on a plane that has volume only for 300 persons).
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Download a tool first like http://www.metageek.com/products/.../personal/ look for demo version or similar tool. Co channel /same very common...and easy to fix....check every 6mo. as people move in out of hood.
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i use an old single band asus rt-n10p for my laptop and tablet (1st gen nexus 7, 2013) and chromecast (1st gen)

i get some choppiness with showbox from my tablet to my chromecast, so i'm thinking maybe a dual band router and using 5ghz would help as there might be a lot of noise in 2.4ghz that's causing issues.

amazon has a TP Link AC1200 [amazon.com] for $57. would this be a decent upgrade? is there something else in this price range i should consider? i'd be ok going up to about $90.

i know my devices don't support the AC, but this is the same price as an N only dual band router, so i can grow into the AC.

thanks for any advice.
you can check my thread on some experiments I had on wifi performance.

http://slickdeals.net/f/8534889-how-to-fix-bad-2-4ghz-wifi-performance
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as an update: i downloaded wifi analyzer and checked my settings.

my settings are set to "auto" which seems to be working correctly. it zigs while the neighborhood zags. right now it has it set to channel 1 while it appears most of the neighborhood is at channel 6.

the problem i think i have is the signal strength. when i have my tablet next to the router, it's at -30db. however, when i go to my bedroom where the chromecast resides, it's -70db to -80db.

would this indicate i maybe need an extender or repeater upstairs? the only problem with a repeater is, i only have a single band router as it stands (although i'm willing to upgrade if it makes sense). what do most people do to get good wifi upstairs? literally my bedroom is right above the room w/ the router.

could i also benefit from a router w/ better range AND 2 antenna? my current router is a single antennna single band.

thanks to all for your advice!

Post edit: i just ordered the router i noted in my initial post. amazon has a $10 clip and save coupon on the item, so i figure it's worth a shot at $48. happy to post back on the results after receiving and setting up if anyone is interested!
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