I started another reply and ditched it. There is just too much to discuss about radio technology to go there. I would wait on replacing a 6 year old microwave for this reason alone. Instead, consider getting an ASUS Black Knight
router such as this...http://www.amazon.com/RT-AC66U-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC1750-Gigabit-Router/dp/B008ABOJKS/ref=dp_ob_title_ce
Then, go here and install a slightly improved (more features, more stablilty) firmware. Note that you can dig into the settings and set the power to max, 200 mW.http://www.lostrealm.ca/tower/node/79
See how that works first but if you are still having trouble, I suggest that you invest in some better antennas
, some extension cables for said antennas and move the antennas some distance apart, changing their orientation to give different emission patterns.http://www.amazon.com/Super-Power-Supply%C2%AE-WZR-HP-G450H-TL-WR1043ND/dp/B00DMJI9TA/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1401557988&sr=1-3&keywords=wifi+antennashttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BXBIXIQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2S19KAYIQOOLRhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085X3PRE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2H3QE25AGJEMY
And another thing to try would be to move the router to a more central location
where things like microwaves and baby monitors are not between the transmission endpoints. Try using a powerline ethernet bridge
to create a semi-wired connection to another part of the house from your Internet modem device to the WiFi Router using power outlets and house wiring.http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-HomePlug-Powerline-Wall-Plug-Adapter/dp/B003ULOZ5W/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1401558205&sr=1-1&keywords=powerline+ethernet+bridge
Don't forget that there are two sides to the connection. If you are trying to get an old, weak wifi card in an ancient laptop to perform better, you may still have issues. Suffice to say that you need to see how a variety of devices work before you automatically assume it's the router's fault
. Site analysis is very tedious sometimes. Heck, for all you know it could be something at your neighbor's house that is killing your WiFi. Or you live near an airport or cell tower. Or you have weird wiring in your house. The possibilities are endless. What happens if you try the same WiFi Router at another house or office with the same device? Does it work better? Have I battled this problem before? Yes, many times. Every site is different whether it's commercial or residential. You have to have a disciplined test plan and think outside the box.
Another thing you can do is fire up your laptop, start a command line session (cmd.exe
at the run or search line in the start menu) and then use pings to see how the signal affects throughput. Either use "ping www.google.com -t
" or "ping 192.168.1.1 -t
" (or whatever your default gateway address is) to keep the pings going as you walk around. Watch the time (in ms) to see how much latency is occurring. Higher numbers mean more latency. The lower the better. As the radio signal deteriorates, the throughput is reduced to help protect the integrity. Dropped packets are an indication of a dropped or intermittent signal.
Good luck! Let us know how it goes!