I recently built a HTPC running 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro with a Ceton 4 tuner PCI-e card. This computer has a gigabit ethernet port and has a wired connection to the router (also gigabit). I've decided to add a TV to the bedroom upstairs using an Xbox 360 as an extender. Here's the problem. I'm trying to do the unthinkable and stream 1080i video to the bedroom TV via wifi. My router is a Linksys EA6400 which is a simultaneous dual band AC router meaning it has two completely separate radios for 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz. It fully supports beam forming too. The 2.4GHz radio is set to Wireless-N only and the 5GHz radio is set to Wireless-AC only. Despite being an AC router the signal barely reaches the second floor directly above the router. When I take my Macbook Pro upstairs it briefly says it's on Wireless-AC with a transmit rate of 167mbps then it falls back to 2.4GHz Wireless-N with a transmit rate of 30mbps. My Nexus 5 smartphone experiences a similar speed drop. When the Macbook is downstairs on the same floor as the router it reports a transmit rate of 867mbps. Because of this my Xbox 360 has severe audio/video stutter and TV is unwatchable. Does anyone know of a good Wireless-AC range extender?
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12/2/13 at 1:01am