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Slow speed with AP

karrun 4,401 808 August 11, 2016 at 09:09 AM
I am trying to figure out why wireless speeds with my access point are so slow. I am paying for 50 mbps. I usually can get high 20s. I have to use a wireless access point upstairs because my mode and main router is too far away. I think I read when you use an AP you can expect speeds to be roughly half (??). That would be fine, but now I am only getting 4-5 mbps when accessing my AP wirelessly. If I connect with ethernet, I can get high 20s. I have DD-WRT on my TP-link AP router. I am not very familiar with it, and its been a long time since I set it up so I am not sure what to check. I have attached a screen shot of the wireless settings.



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do you mean a repeater/extender? or is the ap connected via ethernet? it's normal for those repeaters to suck. and for them to work best they need to be within good reception of the main router
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Yes, I guess its a repeater. It is connected wirelessly. But when I plug my laptop into it via ethernet, I can gets speeds in the high 20s, low 30s. Its only when I access it wirelessly that the speeds are so slow.
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Don't expect miracles from WiFi. Been covered many many times here.... Do a site survey, set your AP to a channel that is non-interfering or least interference, only use the main channels 1, 6 and 11, use only 20Mhz wide channel, place in a central location.

As for the repeater, that sounds about right. You'll get half the bandwidth off the bat, plus you also factor in that the signal may already be weak. Only way to guarantee high speed is to wire in your APs and not use a repeater.
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Thanks, I'll give that a try. Wired isn't really an option for things like Fire Stick, phones, etc.Anyone know where in the DD-WRT you can check and change the channel number? I can't seem to find it.
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Last edited by karrun August 12, 2016 at 12:10 PM
If you want fast wifi everywhere, you generally have to put in multiple access points connected by Ethernet.
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Sorry not opening a word doc randomly downlaoded online. There are lots of places online (Or even here) to host screenshots

What model of router?
What model of wireless adapter are in your PC?

Have you tried to connect a PC to your modem directly and run a speedtest?

What are you running to run a speedtest?
Have you tried different times of day?
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