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wifi bedroom woes

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  1. dave61

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    We recently put a tv in the new master bedroom. It's not a smart tv, so we bought a Roku stick. The picture was poor, so we checked the download speed in the bedroom, and it was slow. We went to Best Buy and bought a new router and new modem. We tried a booster, then a net system in the house, etc. To date, we have gone through three different systems, and the problem persists. E.g., this morning we installed a new Netgear router and modem in the living room. We get download speeds from 150-230 mbps throughout the house. The speed is 180 mpbs just outside the door of the master bedroom. When we step into the room--literally 2 feet into the room--the speed is 21 mbps. In other words, within a distance of less thank 3-4 feet, the speed drops from 180 mbps to 21.

    We unplugged the phone in the bedroom. The only other technology is a smoke detector.

    Any ideas? Thanks.
     
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    Without knowing the layout of your home, it's hard to say if this is a coverage issue or not. Pretty much all access points and wireless routers come equipped from the factory with omnidirectional antennas. The gain of the antenna will dictate how much of a donut type RF pattern will be transmitted from the access point/wireless router. If there are external antennas on the wireless device, you can move the antenna to try to focus RF output to a specific area of your home.

    The other thing to look for is if there is any RF interference in the MBR. There are some tools you can download/install which will provide you with information about neighboring interfering RF sources.

    On the topic of different wireless devices you see used and mentioned by you in your post. Boosters/repeaters are the worst things you can add to a wireless network. In my opinion, they're right there with trying to support a device running on the old 802.11b wireless standard. Just don't do it. I don't know what you mean by net system as one of the things you've tried. Without further knowledge about your situation as I raised in my previous paragraphs, the best (and in my opinion the only solution one should implement) solution is to use a unified wireless system. The costs of these systems have come down dramatically and there really is no excuse for not using one of them. Examples of these systems are Linksys Velop, Netgear Orbi, Eero, and Google WiFi.
     
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    It does sound like the room may have poor line of sight to the router due to some metal/blockage. I suffer the same fate in the most important room... (the bathroom lol the door has metal in it and works well only if the door is open)

    There are some wifi inspector programs that used to be free (haven't had to use one in some time) but that can help see if there any possible interference from other networks, also you can see your signal strength.

    I don't know if this would be viable option because it will rely on your circuits, but one solution would be to get a set of powerline adapters, one for the main router and one for a wireless access point in the bedroom so that way you can have a signal inside the room.
     
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    I use WiFi Analyzer on my Android phone to do rough site surveys.
     
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