- 6 months ago
I’m getting lag issues during gaming and surfing on wireless connected devices and I’ve been researching how to resolve. We currently have around 27 devices running thru our router (I know I was just as shocked) and after doing some investigating have determined that our WiFi signal doesn’t reach as far as we need.
Thus began my search, it started with looking at extenders, which turned into getting a better router since many claim they can extend my signal, better interface and customization of our network and network security. (Reasoning was really good extender being around $200 or for $350 I can get WiFi6) Several of the articles I read state the att supplied routers are garbage and can’t handle the speeds we’re paying for. This rabbit holed into further confusion into making sure it was compatible with att and finally worry about speeds being cut in half by using said att router in bridge mode. Currently my area is not on fiber so the highest speed available is 75 mbps.
If I choose to go with the “hot and new” router does it have to be compatible with att, or can I use whatever router is currently “the best”? Was looking into the new wifi6, but have decided wifi5 will be fine for now.
I understand it’s possible to use a different router, but will my speeds be cut in half by putting my current att router in bridge mode or IP Passthrough?
Will I even see better performance using a better router since the signal still must pass thru my att router in bridge mode? Basically garbage in garbage out...
Or, is it just better to go with a WiFi extender and hope we get fiber in our area before I’m too old for this $@#!?
I’m by no means an expert in any of this and have gotten tired head searching thru articles and videos trying to formulate an opinion and finally decided to reach out here.
Thanks for any input