[dba-Tech] [dba-OT] Wireless Router Opinions

Rocky Smolin rockysmolin at bchacc.com
Tue Jul 10 10:18:33 CDT 2012

So I downloaded a wireless viewer and I see that I'm on channel 6 along with
one other network.  There is one on channel 9 and 4 on channel one.  

My RSSI is -18 - the other channel 6 RSSI is -82 - pretty weak - as is the
channel 9 guy.  The four channel 1 networks' RSSI ranges from -70 to -90. 

However, watching my RSSI I see that it drops to -70 from time to time.
Another metric here is the Last signal as a percent - and mine is 95-100%
but drops to 60% occasionally for a couple seconds and then returns to

Could that be an indication that the wireless circuitry in the router is
getting shaky or is that coming from outside?

Any clues here?




-----Original Message-----
From: dba-ot-bounces at databaseadvisors.com
[mailto:dba-ot-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] On Behalf Of Francisco Tapia
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2012 3:03 PM
To: Off Topic
Subject: Re: [dba-OT] Wireless Router Opinions

  Let me throw in my 2cents.  I like my wifi access at home, I hate it that
in the past I would try to push large amounts of data (2gb+ of data) and the
network would drop out or that it could take 45min plus just to transmit...

I like my data and I like it now. :)  with that being said I think that
buying some of the items on the list are an equivalent to dumping your money
down the garbage.

this router is the n53u version of my router...

it's dualband so you will get great speeds on both the 2.4ghz band (for a,b,
g and n) and you will also be able to power through on a 5ghz product w/o
any issues.

One major problem on why people go out and buy a new wifi router is because
the wifi performance is generally bad.  It is worth your time to look into a
wifi analyzer to help in this area.  Look into the problems in your
neighborhood, make sure you are not being stepped over by your neighbor,
there are only really 3 channels on the 2.4ghz spectrum 1, 6 and 11.  your
router should be on 1, 6 or 11 with the least amount of interference from
your neighbors.  If you are on channel 1 and so is your neighbor, buying a
new router will not fix this unless you buy a more powerful router that
emits more energy, but really it's a short term solution because your
neighbor will just endup doing the same thing.  but if you check your
signals and choose a clear channel both your neighbor and you will benefit.

if you have an android phone you can download the free wifi analyzer tool

also note: if you are sharing a 2.4ghz between a,b,g, and n devices that
channel will slow down to the slowest device so if you are running any
802.11b devices, damn it get a usb dongle that bumps them up to 2.4ghz n (or
at least g) that will also help boost your overall speeds and reliability.

but if you're going to spend money, I'd spend it on the asus product.  I've
had so much hit and miss with the netgear products that I never refer to
them as the N300 or the N600, but specifically by the model numbers like the
late wndr3700 v1 which was a beast of a beauty :)

lot's of luck to you!

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On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 1:56 PM, Rocky Smolin <rockysmolin at bchacc.com> wrote:

> Nice.  But looks like more router than I need at home.
> R
> -----Original Message-----
> From: dba-ot-bounces at databaseadvisors.com
> [mailto:dba-ot-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] On Behalf Of Gary Kjos
> Sent: Monday, July 09, 2012 1:05 PM
> To: Off Topic
> Subject: Re: [dba-OT] Wireless Router Opinions
> Just got this link from CNET on "5 Game Changing Wireless Routers"
> http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3132_7-57382096-98/top-5-wireless-routers
> -home- 
> networking-evolved/?tag=nl.e404<http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3132_7-57
> 382096-98/top-5-wireless-routers-home-%0Anetworking-evolved/?tag=nl.e4
> 04>
> On Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM, Rocky Smolin <rockysmolin at bchacc.com>
> wrote:
> > Dear Lists:
> >
> > The wireless side of my wireless router is going south on me.  Wired 
> > ports are fine.  Wireless comes in, drops out  at random (Seems they 
> > don't last more the 3 years or so...)
> >
> > Anywho, I'm on hold with Staples right now to see what's in stock - 
> > I gave the tech 5 routers to see if they have one on the shelf:
> >
> > Netgear N150,
> > Belkin N300,
> > Netgear N300,
> > Linksys E1200
> > Cisco Valet +
> >
> > They're all between $35 and $50 - so it doesn't pay to really shop 
> > around or drive anywhere.
> >
> > Oops, only got the Netgear N300 on the shelf but it get 4.5 out of 5 
> > stars from customer reviews on the Staples site.
> >
> > Any opinions?
> >
> > MTIA
> >
> > Rocky
> >
> >
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