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WiFi Woes

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by hyelton, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. hyelton

    hyelton Regular Contributor

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    So I recently picked up a TP-Link EAP245 V3
    Just due to the amount of devices its easier to just have 1 ssid for both the 2.4&5GHz networks. But my issue is its DROPPING down to 2.4 way too soon. And some areas wont even switch to 5GHz at all...

    During testing have an "auto" network and a seprate 5GHz network yes of coruse the signal is lower, BUT in testing 5GHz is MORE usable.


    In the furthest away area I want WiFi I get about 10mbps when using same SSID names for both. But having a seperate 5GHz network I consitantly get over 300mbps, so why is it prefering 2.4GHz?


    Any setting to change? or just deal with it? I've tried band steering but it seems to do nothing.

    Thanks!

    Seems my Galaxy S10e seems to handle it better than my iPhone 11 Pro Max
     
  2. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    The device decides where to connect. Most devices select the strongest signal. Since 2.4 GHz signal is attenuated less with distance, that's usually what most devices will prefer.

    If you want devices to connect to 5 GHz reliably, then create separate 5 GHz SSIDs.
     
  3. Hawk

    Hawk Senior Member

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    You can also look into adjusting power level for 2.4 ghz to match with 5 ghz radio, there by creating cell with equal coverage. Though it will be trial and error and will need wifi analyzer.
     
  4. hyelton

    hyelton Regular Contributor

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    Yeah I tested that right after making this post. I THINK I may had done that previously with the last AP
     
  5. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Effective range on 5GHz is going to be about half of 2.4GHz - physics comes into play here.
     
  6. hyelton

    hyelton Regular Contributor

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    Yes of course. But speeds on fringe of 5GHz where tons better than 2.4. But the AP still prefers 2.4GHz when using the same ssid.

    Sort of resolved by lowering the radio power of the 2.4GHz network


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