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Rogers Coda modem/router... help me pick a new router

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Rogers Coda modem/router... help me pick a new router

so I am having issues with the crappy coda modem/router from rogers. Low speeds and dead zones. I live in a 3 story townhome and the modem is on the main floor. Dead zone happening in the basement and top floor bedroom. Paying for gigabit but usually getting around 300mbps on wifi (techs coming and going here all the time with no answers)

what router should I try? I would probably like to get it at bestbuy so I can try and return if it doesnt work for my situation. thanks
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What is your level of networking knowledge? Can you get ethernet cable from the middle floor to the top and bottom floors?
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JAC wrote: What is your level of networking knowledge? Can you get ethernet cable from the middle floor to the top and bottom floors?
I really dont know much. I will have to keep it wireless, too much trouble to run cables to the other floors.
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riseagainstthemachine wrote: I really dont know much. I will have to keep it wireless, too much trouble to run cables to the other floors.
Ok, if you like the Google ecosystem, I'd consider the Google Nest Wifi. Very simple to set up and use, doesn't need wired connection, you'd have the router on the main floor and a WiFi point on each floor above and below.

If you're an Amazon guy instead of Google, then there's the Eero mesh system. Same idea, just different flavour.

Here's some comparisons.
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-nest-w ... r-systems/
https://www.androidcentral.com/nest-wif ... s-eero-pro
Whenever someone asks a question that starts with "Why do they..." or "Why don't they...", the answer is always a) money, b) stupidity, or c) both.
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I highly recommend the Asus line of routers. SInce BB sells them, you can buy and try.
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You’re never going to get gigabit on WiFi

If you want the speeds that you paid for, you will need a wired connection

Don’t waste your money on a router, if you have a newer home, chances are you will have some ethernet or CAT5 running through the phone lines

Convert a phone jack into an ethernet port and get an access point. The EAP245 is cheap and usually on sale at Amazon

If you can’t get ethernet, plug the access point next to the Rogers modem
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riseagainstthemachine wrote: so I am having issues with the crappy coda modem/router from rogers. Low speeds and dead zones. I live in a 3 story townhome and the modem is on the main floor. Dead zone happening in the basement and top floor bedroom. Paying for gigabit but usually getting around 300mbps on wifi (techs coming and going here all the time with no answers)

what router should I try? I would probably like to get it at bestbuy so I can try and return if it doesnt work for my situation. thanks
Invest in a good Mesh system & you will be surprised
I have same gigabit crappy white modem from Rogers & after setting up Eero Pro 6, i can get full potential now.
Once you buy a Mesh system, just make your white modem Bridge mode so your Mesh does all WIFI & then you yourself will see the results ;)
No offense but i do not recommend a simple Router to solve dead zone issues.
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riseagainstthemachine wrote: Paying for gigabit but usually getting around 300mbps on wifi (techs coming and going here all the time with no answers)
It's very difficult to get more than 300 mbps on wifi in real world use. You need a quiet radio environment, without too many other wifi APs/routers nearby. Further, both your AP/router and devices must support the higher performance modes of 802.11ac (WiFi 5) or 802.11ax (WiFi 6). On WiFi 5, both the AP and device must support at least 2x2 MIMO, and/or a 160MHz channel width, to get over 300 mbps in real world use. If you don't have suitable devices, replacing your AP/router won't help. If you do have suitable devices but still only see 300 mbps in close proximity to your router, then you might be stuck in a noisy radio environment -- which isn't correctable.

I have more bad news for reducing dead spots. The only way to fully remove dead spots is by installing additional wifi access points that are connected to the main router by wired Ethernet. Mesh wifi systems can help with dead spots, but they cut your effective bandwidth in half, so you'll only see 150mbps at best.

The only way to fully resolve your issues, and to make full use of gigabit ethernet, is to install some wired networking, install several more wifi access points, and possibly replaces your devices with models that support higher performance 802.11ac or 802.11ax.

If you're not comfortable doing your own wiring, there are networking and low voltage electrical contractors who do this kind of work. Expect to pay a few thousand but, if you pick a good contractor, you won't have any more network access problems once they're done.
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I am with Rogers (500/20 Mb/s) and decided to go with a TP-Link AP (TP-Link AC1750 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit AP). The house is a 5-level b/s and with 3 AP's I am consistently getting 400 MB/s down and 20 Mb/s up on 5GHz and 330/20 on 2.4GHz.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07NMZ ... UTF8&psc=1

You do not need a router. I did something along with Gee's idea.
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300mbps on wifi is pretty decent, max I've seen on my network is around 420mbps.

This is with 3 access points one on each floor with a wired back haul.

All my wired connections get around 900mbps though.

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