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Plusnet (NetGear) Wireless Router

Seb
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Plusnet (NetGear) Wireless Router

The NetGear router which was supplied with my fibre connection is to say the least a bag of utter crapola; does anyone have any recommendation for which router to buy as a replacement which has good range to cope with a large(ish) house?
For example if I'm sat on my downstairs throne using my phone on wireless which is one normal internal wall and 2.5 meters away from the router my signal is very poor. 
Signal upstairs is an impossibility.
Before anyone asks I've not encased the router in a box of lead, nor have I stuffed it behind a radiator or anything else equally as stupid.
Any advice gratefully received.
Thanks
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Re: Plusnet (NetGear) Wireless Router

Have you tried different channels?
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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Seb
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Re: Plusnet (NetGear) Wireless Router

Quote from: jelv
Have you tried different channels?
I haven't, but then there are very few other networks in range of my house (if any).
I'll give this a whirl tonight.
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Re: Plusnet (NetGear) Wireless Router

You may find this helpful:
Quote from: Strat
inSSIDer can be found here http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/download/
A good Android app can be found here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
   Why I have left Plusnet (warning: long post!)   
Broadband: Andrews & Arnold Home::1 (FTTC 80/20)
Line rental: Pulse 8 Home Line Rental (£13/month)
Mobile: iD mobile (£4/month)
Seb
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Re: Plusnet (NetGear) Wireless Router

Hi jelv,
I use wifi analyzer currently on my android phone.
I will have a play with the other application.
Many Thanks.
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Re: Plusnet (NetGear) Wireless Router

Quote from: Seb
For example if I'm sat on my downstairs throne using my phone on wireless which is one normal internal wall and 2.5 meters away from the router my signal is very poor. 
Signal upstairs is an impossibility.

Suprises me that. When I had this router installed it sat on top of my Sky box underneath a TV stand in the living room downstairs. Even then I could get a decent enough signal in the bedroom on the second/top floor (the house has three floors) using a smartphone or laptop Undecided

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adagio
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Re: Plusnet (NetGear) Wireless Router

Mine sits on the floor behind a sofa a few inches from the front wall of the house. Get a good signal in back upstairs bedroom and back garden.