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Desperate to improve my 5GHZ connection. Help me decide which of the 2 options.

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Ok so i just installed my "new ac router" but my 5ghz connection on the new router is noticeably worse (4 bars to 2-3) on 5ghz, Full bars on 2ghz, my network card is a centrino ultimate-n 6300, which i know isn't all that bad, first thing i want to know is if it would be worth buying an external usb wifi adapter like this
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TQD235C/ref=twister_B01AXO6I5I?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

My last question is if i should just go full on pass throught powerline, direct to wall sockets.
http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-PA8030P-KIT-Passthrough-Pass-through/dp/B014S58BBM/ref=sr_1_8?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1456380573&sr=1-8&keywords=powerline

i have heard lots of mixed things on powerlines resulting in people getting their mbps capped/low mpbs. I have a 50mbps connection, i stream via xbox app and my xbox one is wired, i just want to improve my 5ghz signal HELP PLS:(
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Go to the app store/play store and download free app called WiFi analyser. It will help determine if you should change router to a different channel, as well help you check signal strength throughout your property. Also, did you try moving your router around a bit or other machines that are close to it?
    
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i have done that and switched my channels. it improved a lot for 2.4ghz but for 5ghz i constantly get 2 bars of 5ghz which is terrible and it affects my download speed from 50mbps+ all the way down to 20mbps frown.gif which is what i am trying to fix. I go just a tad bit closer to 3 bars and the speed jumps to 45-47mbps, im talking 2 walls/15 ft away
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Hey so few things. 5GHZ will get you faster speeds but will have a lower broadcast area due to that so you could try to get a PCI express card with antennas to help. I have seen the powerline ethernet adapters work and not work well sometimes. If you can't run a cable (always best bet) you could try to get some sort of WiFi card. I wouldn't go with a USB one personally. Something like this is what I would recommend (if your PC has the slots for it) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320181&cm_re=pci_ac_wifi-_-33-320-181-_-Product also don't forget I dont know what your house is like, what the walls are made of , etc. So many variables when it comes to WiFi

Good luck
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I use a powerline and I absolutely love it. Feels just like running a cat 5 all the way from the downstairs to the upstairs. From the powerline I hooked up another wireless router... Now I have my main access point on the first floor, and a secondary upstairs. Works flawlessly.

I think powerline adapters work depending on the integrity of the electrical wiring in your house. My house was built in 2005, and works flawlessly for me... but I've read many reviews of people not having the same luck as me. Glad I took the plunge into the unknown though, couldn't have been happier.

I recommend you buy in store though.. makes returning very easy if your not happy with your purchase. Always best for these types of situations were you aren't sure what to do or how well it will work for your specific scenario.


I don't recommend you try upgrading the wireless adapter you're using... generally, you won't notice a difference. I went out and bought a "highend" wireless card (spent like 120) and was no different than my internal wlan chip... ran tests and results came up almost identical.

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