04-02-2012 05:21 AM
- This router is supported by the DD-WRT firmware
- It has gigabit Ethernet ports and wireless-N (although it doesn't work too well)
- The wi-fi performance is poor. Downloading things on my laptop over wi-fi took forever, and speedTest.net showed a download speed of about 1Mbit/sec., which is odd since I know my internet download speed is more than that - when used with my desktop PC (connected via wired Ethernet), speedTest.net shows an internet download speed of about 35Mbit/sec. Also, one of my wi-fi devices (a Google TV set-top box) wouldn't even connect via wi-fi, despite being only about 6 feet away from the router. The wi-fi on this router performed worse than my older router which only had wireless-G.
04-02-2012 04:40 PM
There are many reasons why you experience poor signal or connection. Like, it can be due to the lack of proper settings in the router. So to get the better throughput from the router you can try the following combination of settings:-
A] With the help of Cisco Connect Software (if at all you have installed the router with the help of this software)
1] Open the software and go to the option which says "Router Settings"
2] Then click on the option which says "Advanced Settings" which will take you to the router's configuration page.
3] Then go to the Wireless tab, keep network mode as mixed,
For Channel Settings of 2.4 GHz you can make Channel Width to 20 MHz only and Channel to 6, 9, 11..
For Channel Settings of 5 GHz you can make Channel Width to 20 MHz only and Channel to 40 or 161...
B] If you haven't installed Cisco Connect then you can log on to the router's user interface using it's default IP address in the browser which is 192.168.1.1 and type in 'admin' as the password leaving the user name field blank. This will take you to the router's web interface and then follow steps as mentioned above to make the changes.
Second, for the best possible speeds, you need to be using WPA2-AES as your security mode. Any other security mode will see your speed/range capped.