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Modem/router advice needed
Posted by: Ammo
Date: November 13, 2017 12:16PM
I’d like to replace an older unit that gives me better wireless range (I start to lose signal strength 15-20’ from modem). Since the DSL download speed from our provider tops out at 12 mbps, I don’t need a lot of processing power, so I’m reluctant to spend very much money. Any suggestions for a specific unit?

(Sorry if my techno-speak is inaccurate)



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Re: Modem/router advice needed
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 13, 2017 12:34PM
Modem and router, or just a router?



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Re: Modem/router advice needed
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 13, 2017 12:42PM
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Re: Modem/router advice needed
Posted by: Microman
Date: November 13, 2017 01:01PM
I had the same problem wth old wifi router.

Bought TP-Link AC9 or something like that.

Works well, and people in house no longer say, restart the wifi.
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Re: Modem/router advice needed
Posted by: Ammo
Date: November 13, 2017 02:38PM
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jdc
Modem and router, or just a router?

Modem/router



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Re: Modem/router advice needed
Posted by: Robert M
Date: November 13, 2017 02:40PM
Ammo,

Did your provider give you the modem/router upon sign up? I'd give them a call and see if they'd give you a replacement. That and I'd find out form them which models are recommended and supported by them. That'll make choosing one much easier.

Robert
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Re: Modem/router advice needed
Posted by: Winston
Date: November 15, 2017 09:00PM
Another suggestion: Check for interference. 15 to 20' is not much, even with 802.11g (which has the shortest range I've found with WiFi). You might find that changing the router's WiFi channel helps.

Mac OS X has a built-in WiFi scanner, but it's hidden.

1. Hold down Option while clicking on the WiFi (AirPort) icon in the menu bar.
2. Select "Open Wireless Diagnostics..."
3. Ignore the "Introduction" window, and don't close it (which will quit the program)
4. From the Window menu, select "Scan".
5. Click on "Scan Now".

The summary on the left will tell you the best WiFi channels, and the window on the right will show you which channels are being used by what.

You can also get to Wireless Diagnostics by going to:
System/Library/Core Services/Applications

The combined box you have now actually does three things:
1. Modem - bridges DSL signal to ethernet (IP signal)
2. Router - provides a firewall and connects multiple devices to one "outside" internet connection
3. WiFi - bridges from the ethernet side to wireless.

In my house (we have cable internet) we have three boxes, one doing each thing.

If you want to keep using the modem part of what you have now, you can probably disable it as a router, or as a WiFi source, and connect a WiFi router to it. If you disable it as a router, make sure NOT to connect anything else to it except the new router. If you only disable it for WiFi, make sure the new router is only set up as a WiFi access point. It causes problems to have two routers one after the other.

I haven't shopped them recently, but you should be able to find a decent WiFi router for $40-$50. The boxes which also have a DSL modem inside cost more, and may be a compromise, especially for WiFi.


Good luck.

- Winston



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