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VZFiOSYo

join:2007-02-24
Lakewood, CA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
reply to jonbrach

Re: can't believe how bad the actiontec router is

Well there are a lot of factors that go into wireless connections and speeds overall. The Rev. I does need some tweaking to be able to perform at a good level. It's a good router and just like any manufacturer you may have gotten a bum device. I've personally seen the Rev. I do a speed test at 60mbps download and 35 up. It could be a lot variables affecting wireless performance. Apple products work really well and have both a wireless extreme and Airport Express working in tandem with the Rev. I.


matcarl
Premium
join:2007-03-09
Franklin Square, NY
said by VZFiOSYo:

The Rev. I does need some tweaking to be able to perform at a good level.

What tweaking does it need? I recently got one and my wife complains about the wireless speed.


bluepoint

join:2001-03-24
As for any wireless devices in 2.4GHz, you need to find the cleanest channel for your environment to get the best performance. Assign a fixed/static channel with the least overlapping ones like 1,6 or 11 first, do not leave it in auto. If the wireless is still not performing to your liking, start experimenting with other channels one at a time. To aid you in finding lesser channel interferences use inSSIDer to see the channels/signals around you. The Actiontec rev. I is an N wireless, so your clients must be an N wireless too to achieve a higher throughput.
»www.metageek.net/products/inssider/


matcarl
Premium
join:2007-03-09
Franklin Square, NY
Thanks for all the info Bluepoint. I will look into it. I think the router channel is on Auto.


bluepoint

join:2001-03-24
You are welcome! And as a followup I'd like to add, if you use inSSIDer and you have set a fixed channel, make sure inSSIDer is closed before testing, inSSIDer affects your wireless performance when it's running.


matcarl
Premium
join:2007-03-09
Franklin Square, NY
I downloaded it on one of my laptops, but I don't quite understand all that mumbo jumbo, but I will try. Thanks.


bluepoint

join:2001-03-24
For now until you get used to using inSSIDer and read/viewed documentations, pay attention to the signal strength(lower is stronger) and channel. 2.4GHz wireless is very crowded so it's important that you're aware of the other wireless signal/channels around you so you can adjust yours to the best settings.


matcarl
Premium
join:2007-03-09
Franklin Square, NY
But do I look at that number in the upper right corner and look for the highest number?


bluepoint

join:2001-03-24

1 edit
Look at the first two datas(signal and channel) after the SSID names like above. What you want to see are faint signals from a channel in relative to yours. Since 2.4GHz is a crowded frequency you will not be able to choose a channel without somebody using it. The info you get from inSSIDer will help you choose the best channel for you. Strong channels that you see means it's very close to you, so as much as possible avoid that channel.


matcarl
Premium
join:2007-03-09
Franklin Square, NY
Bluepoint, what does the Auto do on the router? Mine is on Auto and it's currently using channel 11 according to that program I downloaded. Mine is the only one on channel 11, so does Auto pick the best ones? What if I hard change it to 11 and some other people pick that in the future? If I leave it on Auto, would it change to something more available rather than leaving it crowded at 11? Thanks for all your help.


matcarl
Premium
join:2007-03-09
Franklin Square, NY
Bluepoint, also I see my signal twice on the list there. One has my SSID and the other has no SSID but all the other things next to it are identical to mine including the MAC address. Is my router outputting two signals?


bluepoint

join:2001-03-24

3 edits
Yes, auto, when it's working properly will find the best channel for you. However, once it sense an interference it will change channel to one of the three non overlapping channels(1,6,11), most wireless routers/AP are programmed to use those three. There are times when there are lots of wireless around you, the other remaining channels are better, so you really need to test each channels. You said, your wife is complaining about the wireless performance so I suggested to test other channels. If her experience is slow throughput then it means you can use a better channel, there are other hardwares that uses the 2.4GHz frequency like microwaves, landline wireless phones, etc that can interfere with your wireless router that inSSIDer will not show. Remember the best cleanest signal will give you the best throughput.
If you see two entries that represents your MAC then yes that's your router but maybe you need to reboot the laptop after you installed inSSIDer.


matcarl
Premium
join:2007-03-09
Franklin Square, NY
Well, right now according to that program I downloaded, everything seems to be fine, so I hate to mess with anything. I will see. Thanks again Bluepoint


bluepoint

join:2001-03-24
Welcome matcarl See Profile! I assume you're getting a good speed then?