DPete27 wrote:In the future I might try to run Ethernet upstairs through the walls but that's going to be a challenge.
Flying Fox wrote:DPete27 wrote:In the future I might try to run Ethernet upstairs through the walls but that's going to be a challenge.
Powerline networking has come a long way. Even if your wiring is older and you don't get all the advertised speeds, the stability of the network should still give you a much better experience compared to a video/game getting cut out in the middle of it.
Just bridge the 2 floors and you are good to go. I used a kit where one end is a 4-port switch so the basement living room is immediately networked with the PS3 and HTPC.
DPete27 wrote:My wife and I recently moved into our first home. In our previous apartment I was using an Ethernet cable to my gaming PC because the wireless interference from all the networks gave me horrible speeds. I purchased a D-Link DIR-655 to go with my Asus N13 wireless-n card I had lying around. At this point in time, there is no good way to run an Ethernet cable from my gaming rig to the router. In the future I might try to run Ethernet upstairs through the walls but that's going to be a challenge. I can see 18 other wireless networks from my house (much more than I thought there'd be), and about 10 of them are wireless-n (also more than I thought there'd be, hence why I went wireless-n in the first place).
I had 12Mbps service at my apartment, now I have 30Mbps service. Signal strength is ~65% (4 of 5 bars on the windows icon = "Good") but doing a bandwidth test on speedtest.net, I'm getting 8-12Mbps download, 10-26ms ping, and 3-4Mbps upload. The download speeds are obviously only half of what I can get if I throw an Ethernet cable down the stairs and hook up to the router directly, but its roughly as good as I had at the apartment.
I play Warframe with by brother who lives 6 hours away (brotherly bonding time). But I've noticed that if I play on wireless, I get awful in-game lag. As soon as I throw the Ethernet chord down the stairs and hook it up (again, only a temporary fix), lag is gone. I'm not sure why this should be the case if my download/upload/and ping are all at reasonable levels.
Anybody have any ideas on:
a) why this is happening
b) what I can do to fix this. (monitoring software, changes I should make on the router, etc)
Networking is not my strong suit, so please speak in Layman's terms.
C-A_99 wrote:Try switching the channel on the 2.4 GHz band. Some routers/firmwares can do a site scan to see what channel others are using, or they can select the channel automatically. In the U.S., channels 6 and 11 are most commonly used, but I don't remember off the top of my head which others will work. Many old routers default to ch. 6, so try to see if anything improves on ch. 11.
Flying Fox wrote:Powerline networking has come a long way.
JohnC wrote:WiFi to 802.11n only (if possible).
JohnC wrote:First, go over your router's settings - disable any QoS (like "traffic shaping" setting under "QoS engine" section and "WMM" under some wireless section)
JohnC wrote:you should've purchased decent router in first place
DPete27 wrote:Flying Fox wrote:Powerline networking has come a long way.
I'm aware of this tech. It's been brewing in the back of my head. Probably only works through the same circuit loop in my breaker? I assume the outlet on the main floor by my TV is on a different circuit than the upstairs bedroom. Haven't ruled it out, just need to learn a little more about it before taking the plunge.
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