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1 meter away from router and still slow

McCloud
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I am living in a flat with a lot of neighbors - and a lot of different hotspots. 

 

I am guessing this is the reason for poor wlan quality (speed). Very poor. I'm literally 1-2 meters away from the router (TL-WR941ND) and the speeds are much lower when compared to cable. 

 

I've worked as a network administrator but never saw a connection being this bad. 

 

Is there any way to improve this, apart from trying to optimize the channel? Unfortunately, it's only a 2,4GHz, and 11bgn mixed mode,  so I don't have too many options.

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2,4 GHz will be crowded, especially in a densely populated area. Try switching to a different band.

 

Also on a side note: Connection speed doesn't necessarily improve the closer you get to a router, there is such a thing as too close to a router. Your wifi signal is usually doughnut-shaped

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54 minutes ago, myselfolli said:

2,4 GHz will be crowded, especially in a densely populated area. Try switching to a different band.

 

Also on a side note: Connection speed doesn't necessarily improve the closer you get to a router, there is such a thing as too close to a router. Your wifi signal is usually doughnut-shaped

 

oh, interesting.. thanks.

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10 hours ago, McCloud said:

I am living in a flat with a lot of neighbors - and a lot of different hotspots. 

I am guessing this is the reason for poor wlan quality (speed). Very poor. I'm literally 1-2 meters away from the router (TL-WR941ND) and the speeds are much lower when compared to cable. 

I've worked as a network administrator but never saw a connection being this bad. 

Is there any way to improve this, apart from trying to optimize the channel? Unfortunately, it's only a 2,4GHz, and 11bgn mixed mode,  so I don't have too many options.

Yeah, um... even a 5G network will eventually become sluggish if there are more than 5+ networks fighting for channel bandwidth in close proximity to each other. The solution here is to ask each of your neighbors to turn off their wireless, move to a different location, or...

10 hours ago, bindydad123 said:

use Ethernet 

... use an ethernet connection, because ethernet is best connection. Well, I mean, at least for home use. Fibre would be better but it's expensive for home use.

10 hours ago, myselfolli said:

2,4 GHz will be crowded, especially in a densely populated area. Try switching to a different band.

Also on a side note: Connection speed doesn't necessarily improve the closer you get to a router, there is such a thing as too close to a router. Your wifi signal is usually doughnut-shaped

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As per others you want to roll dual band equipment as there's a lot more airspace you don't have to contend with.

 

Distance is kind of irrelevant if there's a lot of neighboring interference.

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