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Author Topic: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?  (Read 144660 times)

Mikeby

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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #30 on: March 09, 2013, 01:41:39 AM »

I've had great success with changing my wifi channel to channel 4. 

The other signals in the are on channel 1 (signal strength -33) and channel 7 (signal strength -64). 

Suggest you try channel 11 and use 20mhz channels only to avoid as much channel overlap as possible to get the best stability.  Channel 4 is too close to channel 1, and the signal on Channel 1 that you are seeing is quite strong.  If you research the wifi channels, you will find that there only 3 non-overlapping channels available.. Channel 1, 6 and 11.  People setting their wifi to other channels between these three wreck havoc on their neighbors.
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2013, 08:22:13 AM »

Suggest you try channel 11 and use 20mhz channels only to avoid as much channel overlap as possible to get the best stability.  Channel 4 is too close to channel 1, and the signal on Channel 1 that you are seeing is quite strong.  If you research the wifi channels, you will find that there only 3 non-overlapping channels available.. Channel 1, 6 and 11.  People setting their wifi to other channels between these three wreck havoc on their neighbors.

OK, cool, I'll give it a shot, thanks!
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2013, 08:33:05 AM »

Just need to make sure 11 isn't already in use. Alot of channel usage depends upon if they are in use already and what other WiFi is around. Channel flexibility is limited if there are few to numerous WiFi neighbors around.  :-\
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2013, 08:50:56 AM »

Just need to make sure 11 isn't already in use. Alot of channel usage depends upon if they are in use already and what other WiFi is around. Channel flexibility is limited if there are few to numerous WiFi neighbors around.  :-\

True, I noticed that I'm now sharing channel 11 with a neighbor.  No one appears to be on 6 so I may give that a shot.

On channel 11, my signal strength is -68 and theirs is -80.
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2013, 08:58:27 AM »

Anyone using 1 or 4?
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2013, 09:03:33 AM »

Anyone using 1 or 4?

1, 8, and 11 are being used.
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #36 on: March 09, 2013, 09:11:01 AM »

Let us know how 4 or 6 works out for you sir.  ;)
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #37 on: March 09, 2013, 09:22:55 AM »

Let us know how 4 or 6 works out for you sir.  ;)

Will do.  It was stable on 4 but I didn't know about the interference it would cause for my neighbors and I surely don't want to do that.   :P
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #38 on: April 24, 2013, 07:45:47 AM »

There is a beta build of new FW thats available if anyone wants to try it.
http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?board=295.0
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2013, 10:15:17 AM »

There is a beta build of new FW thats available if anyone wants to try it.
http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?board=295.0
I have a DIR-657 that's been having the same Mode N problems others have reported (randomly losing wireless connections only, needing to reboot the device to get it back).  This update did not fix the problem, though it seems to hold wireless connections longer.

However, this update did break the previously working Mode G.  Now Mode G is showing the same symptoms as Mode N.

I'm trying one more time with this update to be sure it's not a configuration problem.  After a factory reset, I went through the initial setup wizard, and the only further change is setting the SSID to invisible.  I'll report my findings.
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #40 on: May 06, 2013, 10:20:34 AM »

What region are you located?
Channel Width set for Auto 20/40Mhz or try 20Mhz only.
Try setting a manual channel to a open or unused channel. 1, 6 or 11. 11 for single mode N if the channel is clear.
What security mode are you using? Preferred security is WPA-Personal. WPA2/AES Only. Some WiFi adapters don't support AES, so you might want to try TPIK only or Auto.
What wireless devices do you have connected?
Any cordless house phones?
Any other WiFi routers in the area? Link> Use InSSIDer to find out. How many?

How far are the connecting devices from the 657 router?

I have a DIR-657 that's been having the same Mode N problems others have reported (randomly losing wireless connections only, needing to reboot the device to get it back).  This update did not fix the problem, though it seems to hold wireless connections longer.

However, this update did break the previously working Mode G.  Now Mode G is showing the same symptoms as Mode N.

I'm trying one more time with this update to be sure it's not a configuration problem.  After a factory reset, I went through the initial setup wizard, and the only further change is setting the SSID to invisible.  I'll report my findings.
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #41 on: May 09, 2013, 09:32:01 AM »

What region are you located?
Channel Width set for Auto 20/40Mhz or try 20Mhz only.
Try setting a manual channel to a open or unused channel. 1, 6 or 11. 11 for single mode N if the channel is clear.
What security mode are you using? Preferred security is WPA-Personal. WPA2/AES Only. Some WiFi adapters don't support AES, so you might want to try TPIK only or Auto.
What wireless devices do you have connected?
Any cordless house phones?
Any other WiFi routers in the area? Link> Use InSSIDer to find out. How many?

How far are the connecting devices from the 657 router?


Region: 
Channel Width: 
Wireless Channel: 
Security Mode: 
WPA Mode: 
Cipher Type: 
Wireless devices: 
Cordless phones: 
Other WiFi routers: 
Distance from router: 
North America.
Auto 20/40 MHz.
Auto.  Lands on channel 11.
WPA-Personal.
Auto (WPA or WPA2).
TKIP and AES.
Two Android phones and one wireless printer.
None that I'm aware of.
Yes.  Testing at the router location, InSSIDer sees 4.
Varies.  Usually within 20 feet.

InSSIDer suggests channel 11 since there's one AP on channel 1, one AP on channel 6, and two APs on channel 7.  The AP on channel 1 is the strongest, followed by the AP on channel 6.

All of the above settings are the default for the router going through the initial setup wizard.  Anyway, after setting the router to the above configuration (factory default plus hidden SSID), the router went all Monday, all Tuesday, and Wednesday morning before dropping WiFi connections again.  During this time, I powered off the router at night, powered on at morning.

I'm going to keep testing to see if any configuration changes make things better or worse.  Otherwise, I'm going to roll back to the previous firmware, set to Mode G only.
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #42 on: May 09, 2013, 09:37:36 AM »

Did you upgrade to the v1.02 version?

Region:  
Channel Width:  
Wireless Channel:  
Security Mode:  
WPA Mode:  
Cipher Type:  
Wireless devices:  
Cordless phones:  
Other WiFi routers:  
Distance from router:  
North America.
Auto 20/40 MHz.
Auto.  Lands on channel 11. Try setting manual Channel 11 instead of Auto.
WPA-Personal.
Auto (WPA or WPA2). Try WPA2 Only as a test.
TKIP and AES. Try AES Only as a test. Then try WPA and TPIK only as a test.
Two Android phones and one wireless printer.
None that I'm aware of.
Yes.  Testing at the router location, InSSIDer sees 4.
Varies.  Usually within 20 feet.

InSSIDer suggests channel 11 since there's one AP on channel 1, one AP on channel 6, and two APs on channel 7.  The AP on channel 1 is the strongest, followed by the AP on channel 6. I presume the APs are neighboring WiFi that do not belong to you?

All of the above settings are the default for the router going through the initial setup wizard.  Anyway, after setting the router to the above configuration (factory default plus hidden SSID), the router went all Monday, all Tuesday, and Wednesday morning before dropping WiFi connections again.  During this time, I powered off the router at night, powered on at morning.

I'm going to keep testing to see if any configuration changes make things better or worse.  Otherwise, I'm going to roll back to the previous firmware, set to Mode G only.

Also try testing with the Power setting of the radio under Advanded/Advanced Wireless to Medium to see if that does anything.
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #43 on: May 09, 2013, 10:36:52 AM »

Did you upgrade to the v1.02 version?

Region:  
Channel Width:  
Wireless Channel:  
Security Mode:  
WPA Mode:  
Cipher Type:  
Wireless devices:  
Cordless phones:  
Other WiFi routers:  
Distance from router:  
North America.
Auto 20/40 MHz.
Auto.  Lands on channel 11. Try setting manual Channel 11 instead of Auto.
WPA-Personal.
Auto (WPA or WPA2). Try WPA2 Only as a test.
TKIP and AES. Try AES Only as a test. Then try WPA and TPIK only as a test.
Two Android phones and one wireless printer.
None that I'm aware of.
Yes.  Testing at the router location, InSSIDer sees 4.
Varies.  Usually within 20 feet.

InSSIDer suggests channel 11 since there's one AP on channel 1, one AP on channel 6, and two APs on channel 7.  The AP on channel 1 is the strongest, followed by the AP on channel 6. I presume the APs are neighboring WiFi that do not belong to you?

All of the above settings are the default for the router going through the initial setup wizard.  Anyway, after setting the router to the above configuration (factory default plus hidden SSID), the router went all Monday, all Tuesday, and Wednesday morning before dropping WiFi connections again.  During this time, I powered off the router at night, powered on at morning.

I'm going to keep testing to see if any configuration changes make things better or worse.  Otherwise, I'm going to roll back to the previous firmware, set to Mode G only.

Also try testing with the Power setting of the radio under Advanded/Advanced Wireless to Medium to see if that does anything.
Yes, I upgraded to v1.02(beta).

Correct, the other APs are from neighbors that I have no control over.

I'll make the suggested changes to test and report further.
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Re: Is D-Link doing anything about the Wi-Fi stability issues?
« Reply #44 on: May 10, 2013, 06:03:12 AM »

Changing to Mode N only, Channel 11, WPA2 Only, AES Only, and medium power setting, the modem still lost WiFi connections.

I'm now testing the same as the above, except Mode G only.
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