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Can i optimize my home-WIFI? Too many devices causing problems?

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Hi all! As the title states,

i am not 100% satisfied with my home network. I own a FritzBox 7490 router that is capable of emitting a 2.4 and 5GHz wifi network.

None of my devices are in proximity so i have to connect them via the wifi. These devices are 2 desktop pcs, 2 Laptops and 2 smartphones. Obviously, These 6 devices all share the wifi and it's bandwith. Even though the Internet speed is about 50Mbps, sometimes, when multiple devices use the net simultaneously, but not really to the 50MBps limit, the wifi speed reduces drastically. When gaming on 2 PCs while other devices use the net, this manifests in a massive lag spike, that goes away when smartphones (in some cases) are put in airplane mode, or some other wifi-heavy activity is stopped.

I know that downloading a torrent at full speed and gaming on 4 devices at the same time wrecks the ping, but my problem is not the internet speed, its the wifi that goes down to *@#][!![]'#[@#]!* somehow and is sometimes unpredictable.

To come to my question now: Would buying an access point with ethernet plugs solve my problem? That way my router would just connect to 2 smartphones and the access point via wifi. The PCs and Laptops will be connected via ethernet cables to the access point that communicates with the router over preferable 5Ghz wifi. In the end it's the same amount of data that goes over the air but i have the Imagination that it's easier on the wifi when it comes from just 1 device then instead of 4.

Any ideas or suggestions?


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Message 2 of 3

Don't buy anything because at the moment you are guessing. This is most likely to be down to WiFi interference.


Slow speed, intermittent dropouts, breaks in the signal, or no signal on some or all devices, might be caused by Wi-Fi interference from other local networks, which can also lead to a permanent reduction in speed. No ISP can be responsible for your local environment, this is mainly a by-product of the popularity of Wi-Fi.

Generally speaking, the 2.4GHz band suffers much more from interference than the 5GHz band, but the 2.4GHz one can sometimes have a better range, but this all depends on your local area.

The next stage involves sending out a guide to you to help you get me some important diagnostic results, so as I can analyse them for you and recommend changes to your router configuration to solve them.

I only send this out to people who request it.

I am not employed by TalkTalk, I'm just a customer. If my post has fixed the issue, please set Accept as Solution from the 3 dot menu.
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