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I have been having a slew of connectivity issues lately with my hardware. I am running a Netgear R6200 router with an A6200 adapter(5ghz). I have been getting random disconnects, slow UL/DL speeds, and in some cases momentary lag spikes. i have been running this hardware for a little over a year with no issues, and now recently i seem to be having tons of issues. My PS3 has no issues (hardwired) at times when my desktop does (wireless).

Aside from running testmy.net and speedtest.net to verify connectivity, I don't really know where to start. Today I experienced abnormally low upload speeds on both test sites on my desktop, but not on my other PC (2.4ghz wifi). Even then, the results were far from repeatable. I have disabled windows ability to put USB devices to sleep (power saving feature) and disabled minimum power state in the adapters configuration (per netgear support article). None of this has helped.

The orange indicator flashes on my adapter frequently, and when this happens I tend to lag during teamspeak sessions. From what I understand, the orange LED is supposed to mean it's connected to 2.4ghz, blue is for 5ghz. So I would guess that the adapter is trying to connect to the different band randomly.

Any help would be greatly appreciated to diagnose this. I dropped $300 dollars on this stuff a little over a year ago (now out of warranty) and would not like to buy anything additional until I am certain the hardware is to blame. Thanks in advance!
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One thing I noticed messing around with it is that do you have the SSIDs named the same thing? I found changing them works better. Also, how far away is the PC from the router, any walls in the way?
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My ssid's are different, the 5ghz band ssd has a -5G at the end. The distance is roughly 150ft through 3 walls.
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What kind of thickness are these walls? 5Ghz doesn't like to go through much of anything. I'd try moving the desktop closer to the router, and seeing what that does. If it has no problems, your looking at it being too great of a distance. I know in my building's parking lot I can see 5 bars of our 2.4 Ghz, but the 5 is 0-2. And that varies greatly.
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It's an apartment so the walls are fairly thin. Yet still, I didn't have any issues with connections until just recently. I purchased both components new a little over a year ago.

I regularly get 4-5 bars, so I don't believe reception is the main issue.
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I had a Netgear N600 router when I first moved into an apartment (800 sq ft) in early 2011. I moved into a larger home (1450 sq ft) last year and everything was great until recently. I kept disconnecting and reconnecting. It seemed to always disconnect when I was doing something important and I would have to start all over again. My Wi-Fi printer wouldn't print unless it was plugged in via USB...which defeats the Wi-Fi purpose. All this on 2.4Ghz...

I said screw it and went out an bought a Netgear R6300 and everything is perfect. WAY better signal strength. The router is placed in the living room towards the front of the house and I can still get decent strength on 5Ghz in the back room. Full bars on 2.4Ghz and my printer will print wirelessly. Also, I don't have that annoying blue strobe light anymore that is on the N600 tongue.gif

I don't know if routers wear out...but I was fed up with mine. You may also want to contact your ISP to see if they can boost up your modem. Mine wouldn't connect to the internet after I powered it down, so I called my ISP up and they fixed it over the phone.

Hell...for all I know, my modem might have been my problem all along, but at least I got rid of the blue strobe light on the N600 that wouldn't turn off tongue.gif
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I had a Netgear N600 router when I first moved into an apartment (800 sq ft) in early 2011. I moved into a larger home (1450 sq ft) last year and everything was great until recently. I kept disconnecting and reconnecting. It seemed to always disconnect when I was doing something important and I would have to start all over again. My Wi-Fi printer wouldn't print unless it was plugged in via USB...which defeats the Wi-Fi purpose. All this on 2.4Ghz...

I said screw it and went out an bought a Netgear R6300 and everything is perfect. WAY better signal strength. The router is placed in the living room towards the front of the house and I can still get decent strength on 5Ghz in the back room. Full bars on 2.4Ghz and my printer will print wirelessly. Also, I don't have that annoying blue strobe light anymore that is on the N600 tongue.gif

I don't know if routers wear out...but I was fed up with mine. You may also want to contact your ISP to see if they can boost up your modem. Mine wouldn't connect to the internet after I powered it down, so I called my ISP up and they fixed it over the phone.

Hell...for all I know, my modem might have been my problem all along, but at least I got rid of the blue strobe light on the N600 that wouldn't turn off tongue.gif

I previously had a draft N linksys router that had some quarks, and it also had some issues when one person would stream Netflix and I would try to game. It wasn't able to keep up for whatever reason, so I dropped around $300 on my current setup a year ago to update and get a bit better performance. I was happy with the performance up until recently.

I don't want to just drop x amount of money on more new hardware if my current hardware is ok. I want to be able to diagnose my setup to find the root cause, I just lack the know how in this particular instance and need some help.

If I contact my ISP at this point, they will blame my router, because it isn't theirs and they therefore won't have to provide technical support for it. If through diagnosis I find the modem to blame, I won't have any issue calling them up and having them replace it. At this point however, playing dart board diagnostics isn't going to be advantageous to my wallet or my patience.
post #8 of 15
Networking is a fickle mistress. One thing you could try is disabling the 2.4 Ghz radio, which would let you pinpoint when the 5 is on or not.
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It's an apartment so the walls are fairly thin. Yet still, I didn't have any issues with connections until just recently. I purchased both components new a little over a year ago.

I regularly get 4-5 bars, so I don't believe reception is the main issue.

Switch it to 40mhz on channel 36 or 44.
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Completely missed that one, are there a lot of other networks in the area?
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