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Greetings gang!


I recently had a couple rooms in my house wired to CAT6, to improve video streaming. But this caused the Netgear AC router to need to be put in the basement. However, I'm not thrilled with how my wifi devices are performing. We've got a 2015 13" rMBP and 2 iPhone 6's, that I thought wouldn't be that affected by moving the AC router downstairs. When devices went from g to n, I felt it. Not so much under ac, though maybe performance would be worse if it were on n. I just can't tell if ac is really doing its job.


Here's our current setup:


2100 sq foot home, basement + 2 stories, colonial

Netgear cable modem and AC router in basement

6 wired connections to 2 rooms on the 1st floor (achieved with a 4 port switch)

iMac on 2nd floor is wired through power line networking to router



I'm thinking I can put a several generations old Airport Extreme-n router downstairs to handle all the wired connections, and hook the Netgear-ac router on the 1st floor via a CAT6 wall jack.


Would I need to run the Netgear as a wifi extender? Or can I turn off the wireless radios on the AE, and run all wireless signals/networks through the Netgear?


What type of network is better for my advanced devices, 2.4ghz or 5?


We're not on a great connection. Time Warner Cable, 16MB down, 1MB up. But there's only 2 of us using devices at the moment, and for the most part it's ok.


Thanks for your thoughts.

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the best thing you can do is segregate wifi by type. make sure N routers only deliver N. and AC only AC. by not allowing them to multi mode means they do not shift to slower for those connected devices. use older older devices for N stuff.

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Thanks for the tip.


I put our 3 AC devices (2 iPhone 6's and 2015 rMBP) on the 5G network, and anything else goes on the 2.4. Moving the Netgear to the first floor has helped a lot. I wasn't sure if I was going to run though any issues running it wired through 2 routers, but not setting one up as an extender, but it's been just fine.

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