Wich 5GHz router to choose?

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by -RuuD-, May 5, 2015.

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    -RuuD- Guest

    Hi roter experts,
    Already a few weeks I am confronted with unstable WiFi on 5GHz-band.
    Research teached me, there are several stations on the same channel.
    Due to sever congestion on 2.4 GHz, use of that band is also not an
    option anymore.
    Activity on 5GHz is concentrated on channels 36 and 46 (several
    stations 40 MHz wide).
    So I intend to "move" upwards, but my current router (Linksys WRT610N)
    refuses to do so.
    DD-WRT firmware seems to have the possibility, but due to driver issues
    with this software 5GHz does not work at all.

    So I decided to invest in a new router, but wich one?
    Studies on the internet are more confusing than resolving.
    So I need some advice from your experience.

    What I want from my new router:
    It should cover 2.4 GHZ for smartphones and WiFi printer;
    It should cover 5GHz band preferably also above channel 50 and maybe up
    to 165 or something like that?
    It should have the possibility for a "guest" area;
    It should have at least 4 ethernet ports;
    Preferably external antenna's for "playing"with the antenna-patterns,
    It should be fast, (future-proof)
    What would really make me happy, a possibility to adjust (reduce)
    bandwith on the ethernet-ports seperately;
    It should be cheap ;-)
    That latest demand is a joke of coarse, I realise a router meeting
    these specs will cost.

    Anyone any good sugestions?

    Thanks in advance,
    Ruud.

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    Geoff Guest

    I have just been down this route. I have a BT HH5 which works super
    fine and has no restrictions at 5GHz which some makes have going right
    up to Ch 165. I got mine for free but you can get them cheap on ebay.
    (£40ish on a good day)

    I'd stick to the lower channels on 5GHz. You will almost certainly find
    them empty or with very little use. Here is why and sorry if I don't
    have it 100% right but you will get the drift.

    The higher channels at 5GHz are on a shared basis, (Military?) and
    before your router is allowed to use higher channels it has to send a
    signal and wait anything up to 20 minutes to see if the frequency is
    being used by the RADAR (or whatever it is) before it will let your
    router operate.

    Some routers take the easy option and just don't go there.

    Lower 5GHz channels are dedicated to routers so this problem won't
    occur there.

    One other nicety about the HH5 as you mention ports. ALL of the four
    HH5 ports are 1G. It does NOT have external aerials though.
     
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    Geoff Guest

    Geoff, May 5, 2015
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    -RuuD- Guest

    Op 5-5-2015, heeft Geoff verondersteld :
    Thanks for the answers so far, Geof.
    I am a radio-engineer and I am familiar with the spectrum-issues.
    Unfotunately some of my neighbours discovered the lower 5GHz band also,
    and sometimes these channels are heavily loaded with traffic. That's
    why I need to go up in frequency. In the area where I live (in the
    Netherlands) there is no Radar-use on this frequency-band. I already
    chequed that with a spectrumanalyzer and a SHF SDR.

    I will keep this one in mind, but maybe some other members have other
    idea's?

    Thanks so far,

    Ruud.

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    Geoff Guest

    If you find any way to override the higher channel control I would be
    very interested. I can't really see that a signal that has trouble
    making it through a wall should need this sort of control. My HH5 has
    always turned on for the high channels after a few minutes so I doubt
    there is any RADAR where I am either.
     
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