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Time for a new wifi router?

After years of trouble-free operation, my 4 year old Linksys N750 wifi router has begun having problems, mainly that it drops the internet connection on the 2.4 G band (but not the 5 G band curiously enough). That is to say, the 2.4G Wifi connection isn't itself lost, just that the 2.4G channel loses its internet connectivity. It seems to happen mostly in the evenings. Since my phone and the Wii we watch Netflix through can only use 2.4G, this has become very annoying. [more inside]
posted by aught on Aug 25, 2015 - 14 answers

Desktop PC showing "limited" on wifi extender, no internet connection

I have really thick walls and lots of interfering things in the walls (a chimney, for example) between me and my wifi router, so a few years back I got an extender so the signal could reach my bedroom consistently. It's been working great until recently. [more inside]
posted by clone boulevard on Aug 15, 2015 - 7 answers

So I'm not as tech-savvy as I thought I was...

Using a new modem/router setup brought on unbearably slow speeds, but which is to blame?? [more inside]
posted by exutima on Aug 10, 2015 - 7 answers

iMac won't internet good

I've got continual internet dropouts, and because it's such a common problem, there's not a lot of help I can get from google. Because it's such a common problem, what's your advice on working out how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by The River Ivel on Aug 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Wifi enabled battery powered speakers?

I'm looking for a waterproof, battery operated speaker that can be transmitted to over wifi, NOT bluetooth. Does such a thing exist? I can find lots that use bluetooth, but that's not what I'm after. I specifically need wifi.
posted by Solomon on Aug 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Wireless options for a 200' Internet connection?

Is there a reliable and low latency wireless option for a point to point network connection? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Jul 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Provider to install wi-fi from Ethernet for an event in San Francisco

Seeking recommendations on a provider who can set up wifi for a small event in a large room in San Francisco that has Ethernet but no wifi. [more inside]
posted by skylar on Jul 18, 2015 - 9 answers

What ate my data?

According to my carrier, my iphone 5S had two registered data usages at 12:00am on the 15th for a total of 575MB. The problem is, I was asleep at the time, and the phone should have been accessing our wireless connection. So what ate the last of my data? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jul 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Wifi dropping on certain wifi networks and only on Macbook Airs.

Wifi is dropping on two Macbook Airs on certain networks but not on others while all other devices are fine. How to fix? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Jun 28, 2015 - 11 answers

What are some good choices for portable speakers?

I'm interested in getting some kind of WiFi based speakers for my apartment -- preferably something small and reasonably portable that I can move from room to room (or alternatively, something cheap enough to get a unit/pair of speakers for the kitchen, one for the living room, and one for my bedroom). There are a lot of similar devices on the market now and I'm not sure how to start combing through them. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy on Jun 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Wifi Consultants?

Are there any wifi consultants in Austin, TX that could help diagnose why a high speed connection drops throughout a house? Alternatively, are there any good guides to do a self-diagnosis?
posted by Pants! on Apr 3, 2015 - 9 answers

How to insure we have wifi while out of town?

Vacationing for 2 weeks in Southern CT. One of us will technically still be working and will need reliable internet access. The house we rent has no TV or internet, and the general location has somewhat iffy mobile phone signals. Looking for a way to guarantee we can get online as needed. Bonus points if you can explain the solution in terms a kindergartener would understand!
posted by mmf on Apr 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Eyefi Mobi Pro card vs. Nikon WU-1a Wireless Adapter

Has anyone compared an Eyefi Mobi Pro SSD card to a Nikon WU-1a Wireless Adapter in terms of useage/ease of compatibility? I have a Chromebook I'm looking to automatically transfer high-res photos to, and am interested in the pros/cons of both products.
posted by Neale on Apr 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Microwave ovens that don't use the 2.4GHz frequency?

I need a microwave oven that won't kill my Sonos wifi signal when I'm trying to prepare dinner and also listen to music... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Mar 21, 2015 - 7 answers

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt?

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt? [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut on Mar 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Where do we (my phone and I) go from here?

My current mobile situation meets some of my needs, but not others. Can I do better? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Mar 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Airplay and Apple TV Not Cooperating

My friend's wi-fi signal drops when she turns on Airplay. Help? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Mar 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me understand this wi-fi/ethernet thing I just bought.

Can I turn off the wi-fi extension function of a TPLink Over power ethernet kit and still have the PS4 and receiver connected via electricity only? [more inside]
posted by arm426 on Feb 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Why is my wifi faster with 802.11n in 802.11a compatible mode?

Cable modem, Time capsule, and various Macs. When I put the time capsule into 802.11n only mode, I get about 30mbps. When I put the time capsule into 802.11n (a compatible) mode, I get about 60mbps. Why could that be? [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog on Feb 12, 2015 - 7 answers

Wireless to Wired Connection for multiple devices?

My business has a remote office that has a terribly slow DSL connection. A mobile hotspot there can provide a much faster internet connection. Is there a wireless ethernet bridge that will support multiple devices? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Feb 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Why do my WIFI speeds often drop down to 1 mbps from 100 mbps?

I use Grande Communications internet in Austin Texas, (110mbps up 10 mbps down) my Wi-fi speed able to attain on my laptop in the same room as the modem is about 100mbps. Often, from the same location, the highest speed I can attain (speedtest.net) is like 2mbps. I tested on my laptop and phone. I reset the modem to factory settings, I changed the channel of wi-fi. No one else is using the same channel as I am, and it usually only drops to slow in the evening, and by morning it's better. (I am using a top of the line Arris Surfboard SBG6782-AC which cost about $200)
posted by crawltopslow on Feb 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Make my TV a wifi jukebox (difficulty level: nitpicky requirements)

My personal music collection is divided between vinyl records (easily played over the stereo, no problems there) and over 70GB of music mp3s on my laptop. I almost never listen to my mp3s anymore because laptop speakers suck and I'm past the point of listening to my music on headphones only; and also because I still haven't figured out a way to wirelessly send/access (either via wifi, bluetooth or cloud storage) the music to my TV or to my amplifier directly. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jan 11, 2015 - 20 answers

iPad2 spotty connection to wireless

My iPad2 recently has stopped reliably connecting to the internet. I want to continue my bad habit of watching Teen Wolf in bed in the new year. Is there a way to solve this issue? [more inside]
posted by backwords on Dec 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Which prepaid smartphone should I get for international travel?

I'm planning my first (and hopefully not last) international vacation and I'd like to get a smartphone for traveling that can be used on a prepaid basis for both voice and data. When not traveling it will not be used as a phone, although I'd still like it to perform double duty as a mp3/move player at home. Home is the united states and travel will be to Iceland (and beyond). [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone?

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone when connected to public (library) wifi, when it is working for everyone else? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Insane frustration setting up multi-AirPort home wifi network - help?

I'm trying to use a couple of AirPort Expresses to extend my home wifi network but am having great difficulties. Please help? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Dec 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Latitude Not Accessing Free Internet But Ipod Is

and so is iPad. So why can't my Dell Latitude access the free WiFi services? It's showing a list of wifi connections but not the free wifi that both my ipad and ipod can access - in this case it's Free Bezeq.
posted by watercarrier on Dec 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Working in Astoria on the weekend

Good places to work in Astoria/Long Island City for a few hours at a time on Sundays? [more inside]
posted by hobgadling on Nov 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Wi-fi connection drop on iPad 3 running iOS 8.1

My iPad 3 (the first retina) running iOS 8.1 will drop the wi-fi connection fairly regularly. This often happens when streaming video via BBC iPlayer or YouTube apps. Any suggestions on how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Stark on Nov 12, 2014 - 2 answers

I have an extra wi-fi router now. Can I put it to use?

I recently bought a new router (Archer AC1750) to fix my crappy home wi-fi. It helped, but the second floor of the house still had some issues. Then my cable company (Time Warner) sent me a new cable modem with built-in wi-fi, rendering my new router superfluous. The new modem is also good, not quite as good as the Archer, and my second floor still has poor signal. I'm wondering, can the Archer be used somehow to improve the second floor signal, in some kind of unholy alliance between it and the Time Warner modem/router?
posted by malhouse on Nov 4, 2014 - 9 answers

What's the question about wifi security for a small adhoc network

We have a wireless network at work that is being misused by neighbours. Our IT guy and I need help with keywords to ask for security solutions as Google is giving me adware articles, and I do SOHO macs, not PC networks. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Nov 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Helping Airport Extreme beat my personal faraday cage with extender?

My Airport Extreme (A1143 model) is having issues in our new house. It was built in the 50's so the floor has lots of metal in it due to the plastering of the ceiling below. We get wifi in part of the finished basement but no the whole thing, and even the "good" part drop pretty frequently. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Nov 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Migrating my iphone syncing from PC to Mac. Outlook/itunes questions!

I've been syncing my iphone via itunes on my windows laptop for years. I've also used the same itunes install to hold my media library (mounted via a NAS on the wifi router.) I use Outlook to manage contacts. Just got a mac mini to use as a media server. I want to sync through that now. I'm not sure if going through icloud is the right choice. Is it? [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Oct 27, 2014 - 0 answers

Is there any way to get iTunes Wifi Syncing to actually work reliably?

iTunes WiFi Syncing seems to have worked around 3% of the time I've tried to use it. Any way to increase that percentage a bit? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Can't get to public wifi login screen

How can I connect to a public wifi network when the login page stubbornly refuses to appear? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Oct 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Wi-Fi calling Republic vs. T-mobile

I want to get a pre-paid android phone asap (for a trip), but I also want to be able to use it at home and my house is at the bottom of a hill and has no to poor coverage. I'm thinking that wi-fi calling may be a solution. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Wall-of-sheep-in-a-box, 2014 edition

As a conversation-starter at a legal technology conference, I would like to set up a "Wall of Sheep". Assume I know what I'm getting into legally. Is there a "wall of sheep innabox" that would get me enough results in realtime to throw some stuff onto a screen at our booth? It has been years since I've fired up a sniffer myself. [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Sep 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Wifi Extender/Booster needed: But which one?

I need a wifi extender/booster. I lease a modem from Comcast. Which booster/extender do I buy from Amazon? [more inside]
posted by discopolo on Sep 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Need help with getting Chromecast to work with my mobile devices

I just set up a Chromecast. Casting from the Chrome browser on my Windows PC works fine, as does Youtube on my Android phone (Droid Maxx running 4.4.4). No other apps (tried Netflix, Google Play Music & Movies, and HBOGo) work (won't even show the cast icon). I also tried Netflix with an iPad (running iOS 7, but not the latest version) and it didn't allow me to cast either. But I am able to successfully see the Chromecast device from both my phone and iPad using the Chromecast app. What might be the problem?
posted by EatenByAGrue on Sep 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Exactly how closely is Big Brother watching me at work?

If I'm on my workstation at the office, using Pages through iCloud.com on a web browser, how likely is it that my IT department can see what I'm typing? I'm fairly sure they can see that I'm on iCloud.com using Pages if they look. But can they see the text I'm typing into a Pages document? [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Aug 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Best way to get internet when there's no wifi

My workplace doesn't have wifi, so I am not able to access the internet from my laptop, which is what I use at work (I don't have a desktop). What is my best option of getting internet at work? [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Aug 21, 2014 - 6 answers

International Wifi Hotspot

My wife and I will be traveling to Scandinavia for a trip shortly (Denmark, Sweden, Norway) – what's the best option for us to have internet access considering our phones are locked to ATT? [more inside]
posted by CharlesV42 on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

What's better? More WiFi networks or fewer?

Devices share bandwidth on a network. WiFi networks compete for bandwidth with each other. Is it better from a user/performance perspective to have multiple networks and spread the devices out among them, or a single network with all devices using it? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Aug 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Trying to improve my Internet connection in my house

I am a Verizon FIOS customer using Verizon's modem/router combo. I am having some problems getting a strong signal in one room of my house. I am torn between two options, and I would love your input. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jul 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Connecting Phillips Hue lights without an internet connected router

I'm currently setting up for my wedding reception tonight, and we'd planned to use our Philips Hue bulbs for lighting. We brought our router, hub, and lights, but the venue only has wifi, and it looks like the router needs an internet connection to have everything working. HALP. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Jul 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that takes multiple SIM cards/dongles?

I'm based in the UK and will be spending a week somewhere that has no broadband. The reception on most networks seems to be changeable though it's strongest on Vodafone. Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that can take multiple SIM cards or dongles so that I can connect together more than one network and thus maximise my chances of getting connectivity?
posted by skylar on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Androidfilter: can I use my Android's GPS despite not buying a 3G plan?

I own an old Samsung Galaxy SII Android phone. I've recently cancelled its 3G plan, so now it accesses the Internet exclusively through Wifi. This has apparently caused its GPS function to stop working when it's out of range of a Wifi network, which I hadn't expected. I'd like to resume using it as a mobile GPS device without re-purchasing a 3G plan. Do you know whether this can be done? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jun 27, 2014 - 19 answers

I'd like a wifi booster/relay so that I can sit in the park and work

I have an Mac airport express base station next to the cable modem downstairs. I'd like to sit in my local park and work on my Macbook. Where I sit is about 100 metres away, with a direct line-of-sight to the upstairs of the house, give or take the odd tree branch and squirrel. What I think I need, therefore, is a basic booster station in an upstairs window, that overlooks this park. What options do I have? Any advice appreciated! [more inside]
posted by carter on May 26, 2014 - 12 answers

17 hours without internet, I think I'm gonna die!!!

Actually, it's a friend of mine who is suffering without internet. He's on a Greyhound for the next 17 hours. Wifi and power outlets on the bus aren't working. Driver doesn't know how to fix it. I guess this is a long shot, but does anyone know if these buses have circuit breakers or something that can be reset, or other ideas for how to get wifi and power working?
posted by phoenix_rising on May 22, 2014 - 5 answers

15" macbook wifi failure

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro, 15", a1286. recently, when i turn on the computer the wifi works for maybe one minute, then even though the airport signal stays strong, i can't connect to anything. I ordered a used wifi card off of ebay, and the same thing happens. so i'm guessing it's not the wifi card, but the flex cable, the antenna, a software bug, or (worst of all worlds) the logic board itself. I ordered a new flex cable, and i hope that fixes the issue. If it doesn't, has anyone else had this problem before, and would recommend anything? If it's not the cable i really hope it's a software bug. I'd hate to replace the logic board, otherwise known as "buying a new computer"
posted by camdan on May 10, 2014 - 15 answers

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