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Actiontec Wireless Signal next to none, your experience

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Actiontec Wireless Signal next to none, your experience

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I just had FIOS installed and they replaced my DSL modem with an Actiontec wireless router. Besides the real hassle of re-configuring my existing routers to work with the new Actiontec, I am getting a very very unacceptable wireless signal. Fifteen feet away ant it barely connects, never mind a room or two away as my D-Link DGL-4500 did with ease.

What has been your experience ??

They are sending me another but not sure if it will be better.

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In general, based on numerous comments in these forums, the signal strength of the ActionTec is not great and the antenna configuration doesn't seem conducive to a good coverage pattern.    I can reach my ActionTec from anywhere inside my house, but anything immediately outside my house is no longer reachable (such as on my deck).   I have had some success moving my router around and changing the antenna orientation -- paying particular attention to avoid being near large "solid" objects or large metal objects -- and by manually selecting the channel on which the router broadcasts.   

 

By far however, my best experience has come from disabling the wireless on the router and using a wireless access point (such as your Dlink in Lan to Lan connection mode with DHCP turned off) to carry the signal.

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In general, based on numerous comments in these forums, the signal strength of the ActionTec is not great and the antenna configuration doesn't seem conducive to a good coverage pattern.    I can reach my ActionTec from anywhere inside my house, but anything immediately outside my house is no longer reachable (such as on my deck).   I have had some success moving my router around and changing the antenna orientation -- paying particular attention to avoid being near large "solid" objects or large metal objects -- and by manually selecting the channel on which the router broadcasts.   

 

By far however, my best experience has come from disabling the wireless on the router and using a wireless access point (such as your Dlink in Lan to Lan connection mode with DHCP turned off) to carry the signal.

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I guess I wil not bother with the new router and stick to what I have. I set up my DLink DGL 4500 and Dlink 615 as access points by turning off DHCP and setting the SSID to the same on both.. I had to add a switch to support the 4 ethernet wires I also run for my entertainment center and a wired desktop.

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