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I'm in the process of networking my first place and the router I'm using is only getting wifi signal to like 2 rooms and they're the back rooms next door to each other. The apartment is small, less then 900 square feet, yet I get hardly no signal at the front door/living room.

I would just do ethernet, but I can't run the cabling for it through the walls on the account that I'm in an apartment and I don't want to have cables taped to the carpet everywhere. Anything that may be causing bad wifi signal?

Linksys N750 is my router.
    
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post #2 of 19
Odds are it's interference with other wifi signals.

Do you WiFi adapters support 802.11n 5GHz? The 5GHz frequency is much much less congested.

If so, do your adapters have more than one antennae?


Your router is concurrent 2x2:2 on 2.4GHz and 3x3:3 on 5GHz so that is great.
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You could look into a powerline repeater or a Wireless Repeater to boost the signal.
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Originally Posted by linkinparkfan007 View Post

You could look into a powerline repeater or a Wireless Repeater to boost the signal.

Powerline is NOT recommend in apartments. There's is too much noise on the lines.

There is no need for a repeater... it's a 900ft^2 apartment.
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I'd run something like InSSIDer to see what kind of neighboring APs you have in each wireless spectrum. This should allow you to see things like RSSI and SNR to get a better idea of what is actually going on.

As already stated, use the 5GHz spectrum if at all possible as it gives you a plethora of additional channels and the vast majority other wireless traffic from neighbors and similar are usually lumped into 2.4 GHz.
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Okay potentially moving the Router depending on location or moving it higher perhaps?
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Another one for tapping into the 5Ghz spectrum.
    
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post #8 of 19
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Okay potentially moving the Router depending on location or moving it higher perhaps?

It's a still a 900ft^2 apartment..... Assuming it is 20x45ft, it should be trivial to get reception from end-to-end and through 2 walls.
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post #9 of 19
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I've got a 5Ghz network up along side. My devices show it as an even weaker signal then the 2.4Ghz network. Get maybe half signal on the 2.4Ghz network and maybe a third on the 5Ghz network. It's making my Roku 3 unpleasant because of the blurriness of the pictures.

And I'm getting ~57Mbps down wired, and only about ~17Mbps down wireless as well. I know wireless will be lower, but over half lower?

What about just getting a really long ethernet cable and run it between the carpet and baseboards around the entire house? The door frames would be problematic though I would think.

And the apartment building is ~17 years old so powerline would probably be an issue, but I am on my own circuit since I'm having to pay the power myself and not through the apartment.

BTW, the apartment is 30.5x33. 1000sq ft. Just did a rough estimate of it. 1 of my feet is 1 foot so I did it that way lol.
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Download InSSIDer 3 and see if there is any interference from the outside world (other signals overlapping, etc.).
    
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