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Packet Losses. Should I change my Wi-Fi router?

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October 7, 2013 2:55:50 PM

This 8 year-old Netgear Wireless G router is giving me 1.5 Mbps-3 Mbps transfer speeds between computers on the network. While on the internet, when devices are connected through wireless, pingtest.net gives 60% to 80% packet loss and webpages hardly open after several tries. While connected through LAN, there is 0% packet loss and webpages open instantly.

Is the wireless radio done? Or is there too much of interference in the house?

PS: We don't use a cordless phone and there is no Wireless network in the neighborhood.

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October 7, 2013 5:19:22 PM

If the WIRED portion has no issues and MULTIPLE computers have issues with the wireless portion then I'd say the Router/Gateway likely needs to be replaced, yes.

Basic troubleshooting is about swapping parts so you'd have to replace the Router/Gateway to ultimately confirm things, but it does appear to almost certainly be the problem.

By Gateway I mean MODEM+ROUTER which is pretty common, by ROUTER I mean just the ROUTER sans MODEM.

The problem appears to be in the Router's wireless portion.
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October 7, 2013 8:04:43 PM

There are other sources of interference that can affect 2.4GHz radio (microwaves, baby monitors etc), so there is still potential for interference within your home.

To be honest though, you've done well getting 8 years out of your Wireless G Netgear - it's probably time for an upgrade?
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October 8, 2013 4:04:56 AM

Thank you so much for the answers, Photon and Martin! :)  Guess I'll have to replace the router. Because, there's no other thing in the house that uses 2.4 GHz (not even wireless mouse), except the microwave oven. Even the interference is caused while the microwave oven is off.

Is this a good choice? http://www.flipkart.com/asus-rt-n12-lx-300mbps-wireless...

Thanks a lot! :) 
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October 11, 2013 4:11:42 AM

The Tiger said:
Thank you so much for the answers, Photon and Martin! :)  Guess I'll have to replace the router. Because, there's no other thing in the house that uses 2.4 GHz (not even wireless mouse), except the microwave oven. Even the interference is caused while the microwave oven is off.

Is this a good choice? http://www.flipkart.com/asus-rt-n12-lx-300mbps-wireless...

Thanks a lot! :) 


For the PRICE it seems fairly good however I couldn't find any official reviews.

I do like Asus in general and the customer reviews seem good overall.
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October 23, 2013 8:26:23 AM

I've gone for a Dlink 300Mbps dual antenna Modem plus router. DSL 2750U. So far so good. Thanks for your help :) 
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October 27, 2013 1:07:18 AM

The Tiger said:
I've gone for a Dlink 300Mbps dual antenna Modem plus router. DSL 2750U. So far so good. Thanks for your help :) 


Login to your device and:
a) apply a firmware update if it exits and/or set update to Auto if an option

b) set wi-fi to the HIGHEST security level that all your wireless devices support (if unsure, start at the highest security and check all devices).

c) USB storage seems like a good idea but my router (different D-Link) only supports Always-On type so the drive never shuts off. No idea if this is still an issue.
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