After I made the switch, my daughter was complaining that xbox live kept disconnecting. I also noticed that streaming movies was slower and playing basic games on the iPad also saw a lot of disconnects. At first I was thinking it was due to the residential vs business differences. But as I dug deeper into it I realized it wasn't the Internet connection at all, it was my equipment.
So, what did I have in my house from a "network" standpoint.
- Motorola Cable modem (This is required if you have a cable provider, it's like a DSL modem)
- A Cisco Valet Plus wireless router (the plus is the 1Gbps version, instead of 100Mbps)
- A 4-port switch downstairs
- A 4-port switch in the upstairs living room
- A 24-port switch in my office (only 5 used)
- A Cisco 891 router (work VPN)
- My Wife's iPhone 4s (WiFi)
- My iPhone 5 (WiFi)
- My daughters iPhone 5 (WiFi)
- My iPad 4 (WiFi)
- My daughters iPad 2 (WiFi)
- My wifes iPad 1 (WiFi)
- A Roku 3 (WiFi)
- A Roku XD (WiFi)
- Smart thermostat (WiFi)
- Wife's Windows laptop (WiFi)
- Daughters Macbook Air (WiFi)
- My Macbook Pro (WiFi)
- A Tivo Premier XL downstairs (Wired)
- A Tivo Premier XL in my daughters room (Wired)
- A Tivo Roamio Pro upstairs (Wired)
- A Sony Playstation 3 (Wired)
- An xbox 360 (Wired)
- A Sony Smart TV (Wired)
- A Samsung Smart Blueray (Wired)
- A Samsung Smart TV (Wired)
Ok, so we have 12 WiFi only devices and 8 wired devices.
Every time I did a speed test, I would get 50+Mbps at the start, and it would drop rapidly to 25-30Mbps. This was happening on both wired and wireless. But if I connected my MAC directly to the cable modem, I would get a sustained 50+Mbps, weird, this is a 1Gbps router, isn't it??
Well, it has 1Gbps ethernet connections, but no, it's not a 1Gbps router. Also, it only supported 802.11G (54Mpbs wireless). I needed to get something faster.
I purchased the Netgear R6300 router. It's AC1750 compliant and backward compatible with A/B/G/N standards.
I setup two SSID's one that's called Ryan-Family (compatible and identical to the old router, so I don't have to change anything to get up and running), and a second one called Ryan-Family-5G. This is the new 5GHZ band that's supported on the new router. I then go through all of my WiFi devices and one by one switch them over to the Ryan-Family-5G SSID.
What's the result?
I get consistent 50+Mbps speed tests from all sites. I still have a few devices that don't support the 5G 802.11N standard, but their happy on the 2.4G radio. No xbox drops, no ipad drops, and streaming is beautiful!