Earlier this year, I was having trouble with mobile devices connecting to my home WiFi and often my desktop computer (connected via Ethernet) would seem to not connect to the internet. Being in a rural area, I've got wireless (radio tower) internet and the router connects to a switch inside the house. I have a D-Link DAP-1650
as the wireless access point, which is connected via Ethernet to my switch . My ISP checked my connection and it found no issues and none of the other customers using this tower were reporting any issues either. They told me that the only way to test the router is to bypass the router and connect directly into the modem to see if there is any difference. My ISP does not like D-Link and recommended any router made by Asus or TP-Link.
Since I was using an old D-Link EBR-2310
router located in a detached garage beside the tower, it was a bit inconvenient for me to try bypassing the router. I found that Amazon had a cheap wireless router for $20 (TP-Link N300
that appeared to have really good reviews so I thought I would try it instead. The TP-Link N300 was a big improvement in WiFi connectivity but my download speeds are verrry slow. This morning, I've been trying to download a large file and the download speed is around 20-40 KB/s and the process has already failed several times. I used to get 5-10 Mbps when the EBR-2310 was working better. Sometimes, rebooting the N300 improves its performance.
I thought I would go back to a wired router because I my DAP-1650 works fine in the house and I can use the N300 as an outside WAP. Having checked around, it looks like there are very few wired (ie, no WiFi) routers for the consumer market.
Any advice about getting a good router for home use?