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.
I had the Asus utility for my card running for a while to monitor signal strength. While I had it working (it BSOD' my computer after about 3 minutes, so I uninstalled it) I did notice that at the time, the router was on Channel 11. There were 3 or 4 other wireless networks on that channel also. I'll have to check out the router's firmware and see if/how to change that or set it to automatically select (if it isn't already).
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.
WiFi to 802.11n only (if possible).
Not all of our devices support 802.11n, so that's not really an option.
First, go over your router's settings - disable any QoS (like "traffic shaping" setting under "QoS engine" section and "WMM" under some wireless section)
Will check into this, thank you.
you should've purchased decent router in first place
Based on price and newegg reviews, I don't think the DIR-655 is a junky router (more mid-range IMO). I know it's been around for a while, but my biggest reason for getting it was the $55 sale price. If I was going to spend $150 on a router, it would be 802.11ac.
I did take a quick peek at the firmware options when I first set the router up, but didn't know what the half the stuff meant, so I didn't change anything. For the networking gurus out there: are there any default settings that can/should typically be changed that could improve my situation? (besides traffic shaping that JohnC mentioned)
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