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post #1 of 10
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So we have an EA9200 router and 60down4up via charter. If I directly connect into the modem I get the 60 up 4 down but through the router at max it hits 32 including lan. If we turn off WMM and prioritization it gives 60/4 only through lan the wireless drops from 30 plus to sub 10. Any idea how to fix this their support was pretty much zero help. Second question I'm looking at finding a way to get lan to the upper story of the house without having to lay cable or spend a ton of money. Are powerline adapters a viable option in this case, and if so which should I look into ideally one that isn't absurdly expensive. Thanks for any help you guys can provide
post #2 of 10
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Could really use some help with this if anyone has any ideas if further information is needed just let me know.
post #3 of 10
Sounds like a router issue. Charter won't be able/willing to help you with that. Try contacting the manufacturer of your router.

Regarding powerline adapters, their effectiveness varies greatly depending on the construction of the house/circuit and the use of that circuit. Something like running a microwave could make you have connectivity issues. I've used pluglinks before, and they work... mostly.
post #4 of 10
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Yeah we contacted linksys and they were pretty much no help frown.gif any router suggestions money isn't really an issue.
post #5 of 10
You can try out this bad boy. Good luck!
post #6 of 10
Hello RD20. When I get "stuck" like this I start to make changes, one thing at a time and check if my problem has gotten better or worse. This is called "Strategy Based Diagnostics". Even if you can't get your hands on a router you would keep forever try and borrow one you can install to see what if any changes occur.
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post #7 of 10
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Yeah I'm trying to get my hands on a borrowed one to make absolutely sure it's the router.
post #8 of 10
If money isn't an object get a Netgear Nighthawk, I work for a ISP and every once in a grip I get a rich guy that wants the best there is and we suggest the Nighthawk, it's web GUI is negotiable but its performance on WiFi and LAN is excellent. The nighthawk uses a lot more power and is fairly large form factor and needs space to breath.

Also swap the cat5 that comes from the modem to the router with a short excellent made cat5-6 cable, don't use some cheap dollar store cat5 cable.
Edited by Death Dealer - 10/1/15 at 8:36am
post #9 of 10
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Going to be picking up the nighthawk any links to exactly what type of cords I should ge there is a dizzying array on newegg. Also still planning to get a set of powerline adapters for the upper story any suggestions?
Edited by RD20 - 10/9/15 at 8:50am
post #10 of 10
There are many different routers marketed under the "Nighthawk" line. Don't buy one simply because it has the name "Nighthawk" in it.

The router I linked, the Netgear R6400 AC1750 is almost the same as the more expensive Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 - which itself should not be confused with the Netgear EX7000 AC1900 Nighthawk or the Netgear AC1900 Nighthawk.

The R6400 has all of the features the R7000 has. It has the same range and ability, it just runs on slightly older hardware that will be relevant for just as long as the R7000. Furthermore, the R6400 actually supports DD-WRT firmware, while the R7000 DD-WRT firmware has been plagued with development issues for over a year, and might not ever be finished.

If you're really looking to go big in the home router setup, you can grab a Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk for almost twice the price of the R6400. It will feature greater range and should remain relevant longer, but it won't be relevant for twice as long. It also does not have DD-WRT firmware in development.

My recommendation remains the R6400 by Netgear if you're looking for top-shelf performance but aren't in the habit of throwing money away. Furthermore, these routers will come with a Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable, Cat 5 cables are obsolete and haven't been shipping with premium routers like these for quite some time. A Cat 5e cable can handle a gigabit connection, which should be more than enough for anyone with even the fastest home network. A Cat 5e cable that ships with the router will perform just as well as boutique Cat 5e cable, and there is no reason for you to throw money away.

If you are going to buy new ethernet cables in case you just need more of them or longer ones, normal Cat 6 cables aren't much more expensive than Cat 5e cables, so you may as well go with Cat 6. Monoprice is a great place to buy these, along with any other cables you may ever need.
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