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loki16

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Hi all

I have fibre optic at home. Connection via Ethernet is mostly reliable with sporadic dropouts. I mainly use wifi at home and this is where the problem lies.

We are in an apartment, so lots of networks about. Our wifi is very unreliable. Have had various technicians, both from provider and private, look at the problem but it's ongoing.

It's a large apartment. In the room with the router things are A bit better than in the rest of the home.

We have tried the following solutions:
1- PLCs. Two brands. Limited success as apartment was built as two residences, so has two independent electrical networks.
2- wifi range extenders. Two models, both TP-Link; TL WA850RE and RE200. Seem to create conflicts but no improvement on connectivity throughout home.
3- additional router. Passed cable from one side of home to the other, added a quality wifi router. Tried with identical network names/passwords. No help. Tried renaming the second network.

Generally find that connectivity is good for a while, then goes pear shaped.

We have a mix of Windows 7 & 10 laptops, and iOS devices (phones, iPads, MacBook air) all on wifi. Wired devices include a Marantz cr710 music centre, plus Apple TV.

I've kept this short but can provide more details as needed for anyone with patience and interest.

Thanks all.
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Wikipedia: WiFi > Interference

Interference

For more details on this topic, see Electromagnetic interference at 2.4 GHz.

Wi-Fi connections can be disrupted or the internet speed lowered by having other devices in the same area. Many 2.4 GHz 802.11b and 802.11g access-points default to the same channel on initial startup, contributing to congestion on certain channels. Wi-Fi pollution, or an excessive number of access points in the area, especially on the neighboring channel, can prevent access and interfere with other devices' use of other access points, caused by overlapping channels in the 802.11g/b spectrum, as well as with decreased signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) between access points. This can become a problem in high-density areas, such as large apartment complexes or office buildings with many Wi-Fi access points.

Additionally, other devices use the 2.4 GHz band: microwave ovens, ISM band devices, security cameras, ZigBee devices, Bluetooth devices, video senders, cordless phones, baby monitors, and (in some countries) Amateur radio all of which can cause significant additional interference. It is also an issue when municipalities or other large entities (such as universities) seek to provide large area coverage.


Even bad electrical connections can cause broad RF spectrum emissions.

 

http://www.speedguid...twork-speed-375

 

http://www.buzzfeed....slow#.hp8rKv5k3

 

http://www.pcmag.com...rnet-connection


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So basically I need to move home.

I'm in Barcelona where almost all live in apartments. I don't know of friends that have the constant aggravation like I do. Also, our ISPs *should* have some experience with this issue. (you would think.)

I might experiment with some of the ideas here, tens of them, that would might apply to me but not necessarily other neighbours.

Thanks for your feedback.
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You're welcome. :)


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