I’ve recently run into some trouble with the wireless in my home and no matter what I do I can’t seem to fix it. I’ve tried everything from rebooting the thing, messing with the configuration, to even calling Comcast to see if they could do anything on their end to make the thing stop dropping the wireless signal every hour or so which forced me or the wife to reboot it. I’ve been using the Netgear since I switched over from AT&T to Comcast because it had gigabit Ethernet, wireless capabilties, and it supposedly had a media drive component so I could stream stuff. Well the Netgear has been quite disappointing to date, I’ve never been able to get the media server part to work (and its well documented that it totally sucks as a feature), the wireless is completely unreliable, the only part that even seems to work is the cable modem aspect of the device.
I was able to dig out my Linksys X2000 that I used when I was using AT&T. It has a wireless router component to it and I decided to dig this out of my little tech storage area and connect it to the Netgear. Now this thing is really old so it only can do 10/100 on its ethernet ports so its not as fast as the Netgear when I connect something to the modem directly. What I did do though was I connected the Linksys to my home desktop and the router and I connected the Linksys and Netgear to my NAS so it can still take advantage of Gigabit ethernet and regular 10/100.
I was able to check everything out that connects in my house and it all seems to be OK. I changed the SSID on the Netgear to be unique and as my backup and used the original SSID on the Linksys so everything would still be able to connect like it used to. So far so good, I haven’t really tested the speed between machines but at least to the internet it seems to be the same as if I was just using the Netgear by itself. While I’m glad I found a work around solution this is by no means something that I wanted to do. I purposely bought the Netgear to be my single device to consume internet and be able to use it from multiple devices. The fact that I had to bring out my Linksys after all this time is kind of a bummer. It does do Wireless B/G/N but doesn’t use the 5Ghz band but thats technically ok by me since I was using the 2.4Ghz band at home because of my HP Photosmart printer. Linksys actualy makes a better product than Netgear so I’m expecting to have a lot less trouble with the wifi going forward.
Now the thing I really want is fiber to come to my neck of the woods. I would love it if I had Google Fiber or something, then my internet would be screaming fast! I think I’ll have to wait a while until that happens, until then I’ll be suffering with Comcast.