Has anyone had luck with adding a range extender to your setup?
Or, would buying a new AC router be a better way to go?
Any suggestions with model names/#s would be greatly appreciated.
We have called in the past, and have been directed to change channels on the router, and the signal strength has been turned up.
This has not resolved the issues. We recently moved to a new home and are having the same issues as in the past.
I called our tech who did our install and was told it might require us to purchase an extender.
However, with the new AC routers, we are trying to determine if a new router would be a better investment to run Wifi from.
Let me start by saying I do not work for MTS and what I am going to suggest gets your outside the area of MTS support beyond "best effort". That said:
1. General advice is to try and locate your router on the same floor of your residence as the highest level of use. This normally means that a basement location, regardless of the router is a poor choice.
2. Obstructions in front of the router on are another issue. This is why it is fairly common for commercial installations to be ceiling mounted.
3. As Jeremy suggests, I would recommend a dual band router that can operate on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz at the same time. The advantage of this is fewer people currently use the 5 GHz WiFi space so there is less interference.
4. Also keep in mind that your devices also need to support 5 GHz. Surprising a lot of laptop still do not.
5. Also keep in mind walls and floors, especially in older houses or with major interior insulation (ie sound dampening) cause additional levels of barriers to WiFi signals limiting their strength.
6. If you can also get a scanner app for Android to show you which networks exist, which channels they are running on and their relative strength. This will show you your own network and all the other networks in range, even if you do not have access to them. Its not a security issue as it is measuring their radio signal and other public, unencrypted information. I am not sure if there is a similar app for Apple devices.
Has anyone out there successfully hooked up a range extender to the MTS pace 5168N router? if so, can you post how you did it as i have tried 5 different range extenders and none have worked. I have tried the manual configuration and the WPS button and both do not work Saying no uplink router found which means the router cant find the extender. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks