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Router recommendations?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by thedon23, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. thedon23

    thedon23 Elite Member

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    So my family has high speed with Comcast, but lately we've been having trouble. Once we get like more than a few feet away from the router, the wirleess connection either slows down big time, or just completely drops.

    We called Comcast, and the issue seems to be with our router. We have a Linksys E1000 Router. It's weird though cause right now, as I'm typing this, I'm not even close to the router, but my speed is fine. But last night when I was in the same spot, I had no connection.

    We have the 2nd highest package with Comcast. 20mb down, 4mb up.

    Any suggestions as far as a good router?

    PS. Our house is around 2500 sq/ft, so I want something that'll have a fairly strong signal.
     
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    Crewchief007 Power Member

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    Before switching routers, you need to:

    (a). Take into consideration the construction of your house
    (b). Are you on more than one level?
    (c). Does any of your rooms have wall surfaces that retract signals?
    (d). Are you attempting to get signals in rooms that are actually dead spots?

    That said, the Cisco Linksys E1000 Router, is rated as one of the best/better home use routers on market. Which means, if you are having certain "Dead Spots" you may need to look at a signal booster. But even before considering any type of signal booster, do your homework first.

    I would measure where and when these drops in signals occur to get a better picture of what you are dealing with. Signals bounce off of and are blocked by certain materials. Also, you want to check other variables such as your actual Comcast speed. They have been known to throttle users; if you recall there was a lawsuit about that issue. And finally what about your neighborhood? Is it congested with wireless traffic?

    If it is, this could affect the Cisco Linksys E1000 Router, because I doubt that it is a dual-band router that supports both 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequencies to be able to handle such congestion. Again, it might but I don't have time to check to confirm, so it would be a good idea if you checked that out also.
     
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  3. El_Seo

    El_Seo Regular Member

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    Anyway, if his router support 5gz, his wifi card for sure dont support it.

    If sometimes the signal is good in 1 spot and in another time it's not, this can append because of some noise that can be generated by a lot of things and it's breaking your signal.

    I suggest you to check in your router settings and put your sensivity range (ack timing) at an higher level, you're also better to select a fixed channel in the top level of them, like channel 10 or 11 because it's better and most of the people are using channels between 1 and 6.

    You can also use backtrack on a usb stick to boot with and to use airodump to analyse what people are using in your neighborhood.

    Try to avoid channels used by other people in your area.

    Start with this before thinking about another router!

    :)
     
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  4. Marcink99

    Marcink99 Power Member

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    Any Linksys that can run DD-WRT. Perfect router with a perfect firmware - allows to adjust power, therefore adjusting wireless coverage, has advanced security features, and my favorite - runs Linux :)
     
  6. Marcink99

    Marcink99 Power Member

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    Wireless will never be as quick as wired. I will not go into details as why. I also have comcast business line I get 70+ my best was 120. Wireless gets about 22-36 at the most.