Solved Very Slow WiFi Speeds in new house

August 12, 2013 at 23:45:09
Specs: Windows 7
Alright, so I just moved into a new house with my wife. We transferred over our Comcast service but I decided that it was probably time to go wireless to avoid drilling holes everywhere to run network wires so I bought a Belkin N450. In our old setup, we had a wired Linksys router and used a Cisco access point in our living room for our phones and everything. Well, my issue is now that the new Belkin router is compatible with the n frequency and my gaming computer has a 802.11 b/g/n card in it. While normal surfing and such, I usually get anywhere from 54mbps to 150mbps but I'm noticing that under load (playing online games and such), my connection speed drops to 1mbps or 2mbps which is pretty unacceptable.

Now, our router is in our basement and my gaming computer is on the second floor. I figured that'd be the issue but regardless of the connection speed, my computer usually has four or five bars (out of five)! I thought about setting up an access point somewhere on the first floor but the access point is a/b/g which means the max speed I can get is 54mbps and that's not even a definite fix.

Has anyone else had this problem and know how to solve it? If you need any more information, just ask away and I'll answer to the best of my knowledge. Thanks in advance!

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August 13, 2013 at 07:00:56
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Now, our router is in our basement and my gaming computer is on the second floor

First off, wireless sucks completely for gaming. More so if you have anybody else sharing your LAN and using up bandwidth which you appear to have.

Secondly, you're two floors away from the router so your signal strength won't be very high due to interference.

If it were me, I'd neatly pull a cable to your gaming PC and I'd get another wireless capable router and I'd connect it to the cable and then I'd plug my gaming PC into the router too.

This would extend your wireless network and improve coverage and signal strength throughout the house and would also provide you with the best possible gaming experience.

If you absolutely can't, or won't, pull a cable then you could try a wireless "range extender" and use that to do the same thing (with of course the exception of improving your long as any component between you and the internet is wireless, your gaming won't be as good as if it were all wired).

For information on adding a second router just click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second Router to your LAN” You'll want to use the single subnet scenario wherein you interconnect the two routers "LAN port to LAN port"

As an aside, the house I own has the basement ceiling finished with sheet rock making it pretty much impossible for me to neatly pull cables up to the main floor. My wife's home office is above mine (mine's in the basement) so I drilled a hole through the floor inside the closet. Luckily the closets also matched up so the cable is nearly invisible in both our offices. I'd have preferred a drop tile ceiling which would have allowed me to do a proper, professional, neat job of pulling to outlets but since I only had to pull one cable I did it through the closet. It's also worth noting that the ADSL modem and router are downstairs in a different part of the basement. As such my wife was getting poor reception on her wireless devices on the main floor so I bought a dual radio (2.4/5.0 GHz) wireless N router which I put in her office as per my guide and she has excellent reception for all wireless upstairs now.

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August 13, 2013 at 15:36:26
Possible use for "Powerline" or "Home plug adapter" (use the domestic power as your cable).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 13, 2013 at 23:42:48
Curt R. summed it up very well but just a little to add to that, in my years of helping on technical forums, it always seems that Belkin routers are the heart of 99% of problems. If your router is still new enough to return, I would suggest doing so and purchasing a Linksys, Cisco or Netgear router.
Just my .02 cents.

Derek's suggestion of the IP over AC technology is also a good alternative for going through two floors with a radio signal. I use Netgear devices at my house where the router is in a different room but some of my equipment needs an Ethernet connection and I can't run cables. And I get a good strong connection with it.
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