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So I'm thinking of switching back to AT&T U-Verse from TWC's Roadrunner. In a nutshell my game consoles, phones and tablets get a fraction of the download and upspeed I'm paying for. However my PC and laptop are working normally. Yet all of my "problem" devices work on non-TWC residential networks.
My question is, how is your download speed on phones and consoles? Do you see the proper upload and download speeds?
I apologize about the inconveniences you are having with your consoles. When it comes to the download speed, if one device in your house can get it, all the others should be able to get it as well. If there is any difference in speeds, it will be an issue from the modem to that device. Many factors can come into play, such as wired versus wireless connections. Also, a lot of people have been having success with setting their consoles in a DMZ or passthrough mode. You can only do it to one device, so if you have multiple devices, you want to get another router and set it up behind ours and have uPnP enabled.
I have no issues on my Wi-Fi connected cell phones, although I do have my own wireless router connected as an access point behind the AT&T provided residential gateway.
Sorry for the misunderstanding. I am in the same boat as JefferMC. No issues on my end but using another Router as the access point.
What are the benefits and disadvantages of adding a wireless router behind the RG?
There are two major reasons for your own router:
1) Routing features (nothing to do with Wireless, per se): You want the ability to provide features such as UPnP, Time of day restrictions, alternate default DNS settings, etc.
2) Wireless Access: You can augment or replace the RG as your Wireless Access Point, because:
Or some combination.
What do you recommend for a moderately priced router? I have not paid a lot of attention to adding a router to my service, because there were only 3 of us using it. Now that I have grands with devices, and the increase of wireless devices in my home has made me wonder if I could be inhibiting my wireless internet speed overall.
That really depends on which features you're interested in.
To actually alleviate congestion, going to 5 GHz is a good idea, but your clients have 5 GHz band support (which they don't always) and the 5 GHz support (usually marketed as "dual band") is normally a premium feature.
I am using an old DLInk device that I picked up on sale years ago for $20, which only gives me 802.11g, but seems to work more reliably than the RG's wireless and has proved quite adequate for up to 3 laptops, 2 phone, 2 iPod touches and an Android tablet once in a while.
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