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Hi everyone, I could use a little help in trying figure out why my wifi is so slow. I have a large 4 story L shaped house and just installed a Asus RT-N66U this last weekend. This is on the first floor since that is where the cable comes in and my computer is there. In testing the set up I was getting 27Mbps off of my laptop on floor 3 which directly above the router. Since then I installed a recently built home built computer on floor 4 connected via a Netgear powerline model XWNB5201. This unit has a access point and wifi extender. We also upgraded to 50Mbps. Tested the WiFi speed on my laptop last night and getting 56Mbps on the main computer but only 7Mbps on the laptop. Even 5 feet away from the router I'm getting slow Wifi. Also, I noticed the laptop defaulting to the Netgear extender even on the first floor. I need some help in trying to figure out why my WiFi is so slow. My networking knowledge is probably a 2 out of a 5 so keep that in mind. rolleyes.gif
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Probably a Laptop problem since most of them come with really cheap Wifi cards.
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Netgear extender

There's your culprit.
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Probably a Laptop problem since most of them come with really cheap Wifi cards.
Unfortunately very true. It's very telling when Intel or Qualcomm's flagship wifi card can be had on eBay for less than $20.... frown.gif

The last wireless chip Intel put out that I could recommend with enthusiasm would be the legendary 5300. Since then? thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
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There's your culprit.

yessir.gif I'm not a fan of extenders. I'm not really an enemy of a properly designed extender, but as a whole, I think they're mostly junk. You have a four story structure that seems to be covering a lot of area laterally as well. This sized structure cannot be effectively covered by a single access point.

I would disconnect the extender temporarily and then try your testing again. Though it's a pain in the butt, it may be time to run some more powerline or run CAT6a through the walls and drop some APs in. If you're game for that, I can recommend some great stuff for doing it.
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Unfortunately very true. It's very telling when Intel or Qualcomm's flagship wifi card can be had on eBay for less than $20.... frown.gif

The last wireless chip Intel put out that I could recommend with enthusiasm would be the legendary 5300. Since then? thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
yessir.gif I'm not a fan of extenders. I'm not really an enemy of a properly designed extender, but as a whole, I think they're mostly junk. You have a four story structure that seems to be covering a lot of area laterally as well. This sized structure cannot be effectively covered by a single access point.

I would disconnect the extender temporarily and then try your testing again. Though it's a pain in the butt, it may be time to run some more powerline or run CAT6a through the walls and drop some APs in. If you're game for that, I can recommend some great stuff for doing it.

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There's your culprit.


Not sure about the laptop being the issue since its worked fine in the past. I'll have to reset the power line without the extender since its built in, and try it from there. Otherwise the power line running to that room is running great. I would be interested in possibly running CAT6a, it will be a big project better for the summer months Sure, recommend away smile.gif
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Awesome. In order to really create a system covering multiple floors and rooms that works together and is easy to manage, a bunch of consumer-grade routers is generally speaking a terrible idea. There's always more than one trying to hand out IP addresses (DHCP) and all of them like to think they're the default gateway, etc....

I can't lie, I'm a huge fan of Ubiquiti Networks for small-scale (or even large scale) Wi-Fi deployments. Their APs are only $70/each for the basic model (which is fine for most users) or $220 for the Pro model with dual band 802.11n. Depending on the size of your deployment, only three or four will likely be necessary. They come with their own PoE injectors which is just an insane value for the $$$.

Buying cable in bulk and terminating each cable doesn't really make sense if you don't own termination tools, and the cost savings are pretty small, really. I would just buy some Rosewill CAT6a or CAT7 cable. It's a really good deal per ft. and the cable is built absurdly tough. Here's the 100ft model and here's the 50ft model.

A decent router would be a good choice for your gateway. Basically, you'd take the ethernet out of your modem and plug it into the router, and the router would serve as a gateway to the internet as well as DHCP server. It would be a very user-friendly and painless way to get up and running. I personally run a router/firewall combo with static routing and lots of other goodies called the Ubiquiti (Surprise surprise) EdgeMAX EdgeRouter Lite.

That should get you started. thumb.gif If you decide to start a thread on this project, let me know!
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Thats not too bad money wise, its the actual running of the cables through walls etc that is a little daunting. So you think the Asus router I just purchased wont be up to the task?
By the way, thanks for the advice.. Rep for you help biggrin.gif
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Thats not too bad money wise, its the actual running of the cables through walls etc that is a little daunting. So you think the Asus router I just purchased wont be up to the task?
By the way, thanks for the advice.. Rep for you help biggrin.gif

As a gateway, I think your ASUS router would be just fine. Just not as a member of the wireless part. As the device which accepts a feed from your modem and then in turn feeds the APs as well as serves as DHCP, it would do a fine job.
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