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    want to upgrade   (7 Answers)

    I am currently using a Netgear N300 for my wireless network. It was fine until I decided to start streaming MLBtv (in HD) to my HDTV through my Blu-Ray player. There is a lot of refreshing and stuttering and I am assuming it is because my router is not strong enough. Single level home, office and bedroom right next to each other, HDTV and Blu-Ray in bedroom, computer and router in office. Signal doesn't have far to travel. I am getting the same stuttering on my computer but I am attributing that to an older video card in PC. Can you give any suggestions or recommendations? When I do upgrade will I have to re-register my wireless devices? Thank you for your help!!

    By Dawn April 16, 2014.

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      Hi, Dawn. Coming from a purely networking point of view (I have years of experience working with electronics and networking), it seems to me that you have a weak router that can't process all of the data. Here's how it works: a router picks up the signal from your internet company, encrypts it, then sends it to your TV, computer, video game console, etc. Now once it gets to your wifi device, that device has to unencrypt it in order for it to be used. This takes time and, in the case of too many signals and not enough bandwidth, causes buffering and stuttering. Let's say you have 2 devices using wifi but one of them is severely hogging the internet (google TV vs wifi cell phone). It is going to take most of that bandwidth and have to unencrypt it before the cell phone will be able to get its info from the wifi but unfortunately, they like to push and shove each other while being in line to get the data so you end up having them fighting over available bandwidth (your mbps) and the data itself so they both are affected and thus go very slowly. If you are using a single band router, it just makes the problem that much worse. You can think of a single band router as a 6 slot extension cord. It has enough room for a couple devices that take a little data and very little room for those devices plus data hogs (computer, google TV, etc). A dual band router gives you more extension slots (ports to connect to) so they aren't fighting over the same data. My recommendation is to upgrade to a dual band router with at least 600 mbps. I currently have a NetGear Dual Band N600 Router and run many wifi enabled devices on it. I had the same problem you are having when I had a single band. Once you get that, it should take care of the problem immediately. I hope this helps.

      By Alturk8tion May 4, 2014.

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      How far can I expect wifi to range?   (10 Answers)

      By Anonymous April 14, 2015.

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        My House sits on a quarter of an acre lot with 3,000 square foot house and it works well anywhere in my area.

        By Tito April 15, 2015.

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        will this work with Charter internet service   (10 Answers)

        By missilemonger January 7, 2015.

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          Yes, that is why I bought this router. For my Charter Spectrum Internet. I previously had AT&T. The cable installer recommended this router.

          By chato January 9, 2015.

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          how do you hook it up   (9 Answers)

          By Anonymous March 31, 2014.

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            Turn off your computer. You will have to reboot your modem, turn on your computer and you're set. You will find the Router's login and password on the side of the unit. Once it's installed, you will have to log into that password and login, to connect you smartphone and tablet or ipad.

            By Grambo April 12, 2014.

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            Is this compatible with windows 10?   (10 Answers)

            By Anonymous August 1, 2015.

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              Downloaded Windows 10 and had no problems.

              By TOMBRU August 5, 2015.

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              Is this a simultaneous dual band router?

              By Nick March 25, 2015.

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              Can this extend my wireless to my next door neighbors house if I want it to?   (10 Answers)

              My grandmother lives next to me and she has never had internet but it would be nice if she could get an ipad and use my wireless and get on facebook and see all her grandkids. Is there a range extender out there that could do that for me? She lives about 100yds away next door.

              By El Travidor November 21, 2014.

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                It depends upon how far away the house is in relation to where you set up the router. This router does have very good range, but if signal is weak you could purchase a range extender and put that in Grandmas house to boost the signal from your router

                By steve November 22, 2014.

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                Time Warner Cable?   (8 Answers)

                Is this compatible with timer warner cable?

                By Anonymous February 11, 2014.

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                  Absolutely. That is the service I use.

                  By tec9809 September 12, 2014.

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                  I just received a message from NETGEAR regarding a Firmware upgrade. The Release Notes include the following: "Write down all the settings that you changed from the default values as you may need to re-enter them manually." What does this mean?   (4 Answers)

                  By Zozo June 26, 2017.

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                    Zozo; A firmware upgrade is a software update to a piece of equipment; it's similar to a software update in a computer. When you perform this kind of a update to a router, it could change your wireless username and password (assuming you had changed them yourself instead of using the default values). You could make a note of them when you go the website www.routerlogin.net. I don't think you have anything else to be concerned about. You might get better coverage from the suggested update. Go for it. Good luck.

                    By Brian July 1, 2017.

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                  I'm looking to replace my old modem. Will this modem work with a wireless printer?   (10 Answers)

                  By Chris May 17, 2016.

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                    This is not a modem. This is a wireless router. While it won't replace your modem, it will work with your wireless printer.

                    By JonD September 17, 2016.

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