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Re: Routers
« Reply #165 on: December 16, 2014, 10:58:29 AM »
What most people don't realize is that the 5ghz is the fast lane, but you mainly use it if you're in the same room as the router as it doesn't go through walls well. If you want range you need to use the 2.4ghz which isn't as fast.
really, did not know that 2.4ghz has better range than the 5ghz?  I assume that the 5g has better range as well, as long as your devices/internet support ac


Higher frequency = shorter wavelength = less range

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« Reply #166 on: December 16, 2014, 11:00:16 AM »
What most people don't realize is that the 5ghz is the fast lane, but you mainly use it if you're in the same room as the router as it doesn't go through walls well. If you want range you need to use the 2.4ghz which isn't as fast.
really, did not know that 2.4ghz has better range than the 5ghz?  I assume that the 5g has better range as well, as long as your devices/internet support ac

yup.. the higher the ghz gets.. the shorter the range.  Some people still use 900mhz for telephone range.

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Re: Routers
« Reply #167 on: December 16, 2014, 11:40:22 AM »
No, higher frequency doesn't penetrate through walls as well. Most people want better range and a stronger signal but all the technology advancements seem to be focused on higher speeds when most people aren't complaining about that. And in order to get the max speed you need to be in the same room, not more than 5 or 10 feet from the router with clear line of sight and with a newer Macbook Pro or a handful of other devices.

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Re: Routers
« Reply #168 on: December 18, 2014, 01:50:07 PM »
Thinking of adding these powerline adapters for my entertainment center (TV, Xbox, PS4, etc.) downstairs. 

http://slickdeals.net/f/7177700-2x-trendnet-powerline-500mbps-nano-adapters-w-built-in-outlet-35-free-shipping

So plug one adapter into router, plug other into wall socket behind entertainment center.  Hook up a switch to the adapter.  Plug ethernet cables from TV, Blu-ray, consoles to switch.  Should be that easy no?


I used similiar powerline units for years.  Be warned that they get hot, so make sure there's plenty of clearance.

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Re: Routers
« Reply #169 on: December 18, 2014, 01:58:41 PM »
But they have to be on the same circuit right?  Not sure if the plug behind TV is on the same circuit as my router.

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Re: Routers
« Reply #170 on: December 18, 2014, 02:09:19 PM »
But they have to be on the same circuit right?  Not sure if the plug behind TV is on the same circuit as my router.
They do work across breakers, but it may decrease performance:

http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/power-line-local-area-networks-work-circuit-breakers/
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Re: Routers
« Reply #171 on: December 22, 2014, 04:29:39 PM »
But they have to be on the same circuit right?  Not sure if the plug behind TV is on the same circuit as my router.

I had it installed across 3 different floors in Irvine (I lived in a 3-story condo at the time), no issues.

I stopped using them when I had extra Linksys routers.  Installed DD-WRT and configured them as repeaters.

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Re: Routers
« Reply #172 on: January 15, 2015, 03:32:14 PM »
http://slickdeals.net/f/7598350-netgear-nighthawk-ac1900-dual-band-wireless-gigabit-router-r7000-bundled-with-1x-ooma-oomatelo2-230-newegg

Nighthawk plus Ooma for $230, great price if you need both.  If you have an AMEX card, check your offers, there is a newegg $25 off $200 purchase.

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Re: Routers
« Reply #173 on: March 02, 2015, 07:50:40 PM »
http://slickdeals.net/f/7697243-linksys-ac3200-tri-band-smart-wi-fi-router-with-gigabit-and-usb-200-shipped-amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ON7AX3U/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Do I need this?  No.. Do I want it.. hmmm...Why is it so easy to spend $200 online for a router that I won't need versus $250 to replace my iPhone 5S that I use religiously everyday? 

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Re: Routers
« Reply #174 on: August 28, 2015, 12:36:08 PM »
The Nighthawk is still good but at a lower price point the Archer C7 is the best:

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-router/

Interestingly enough, you can put a $25 deposit on a T-Mobile WiFi Personl CellSpot (if you are a TMo subscriber) that not only gets you a really good router but also helps your WiFi calling coverage.
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