Originally Posted by psuKinger
Very cool. I wish I'd seen this/taken you up on this offer *before* last weekend, but that's my own fault...
I bought a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 back in 2015, and it was *really* good to me for about 3.5 years worth of use. Fantastic speed and range. Super-reliable. I recommended it to anyone that asked me. I bought it for others in my family (father; sister-in-law; etc) as Christmas gifts when I heard people were having WiFi/networking problems or shortcomings.
But over the last 4ish months my network has become pretty unreliable. Over the last week the failures/dropouts/reboots are becoming more and more frequent. I'm not sure if it's just failing hardware (I would have expected to get more than 4 years worth of good use out of a pretty-well-reviewed mid-to-higher-end-ish offering from a "brand" like Netgear), or it's related to increasing-demand/usage related to my growing list of "attached devices" and "internet of things" (a couple dozen hue lights, a half dozen smart speakers, a half dozen "whole-home-audio-music streamers," a half dozen streaming media players, phones and laptops for me and the wife, tablets for the kids, etc etc etc)...
I took advantage of a Cyber Monday deal on a TP-Link AX6000 WIFI-6 router with MU-MIMO and OFDMA, in hopes that my problems are either related to:
- better management of my growing list of attached devices
- just general hardware failure (bad luck on my part; rolled snakeeyes)?
Problems/glitches first started rearing themselves the very first Saturday this fall of College Football, where I have a pretty elaborate basement setup that involves the ability to watch many (6+) college football games at the same time using a combination of the internet (Comcast's online streaming service) and my intranet (CableCard HDHomeRun DVR networked tuners)... for September and October glitches/reboots/unreliability was only experienced during those heavy-usage Fall Saturdays. But at this point I'm experiencing drop-outs during what I'd call "normal usage" (1-person Netflix streaming last night on our main living room TV; over-the-weekend two or three simultaneous FLAC music streams).
Any thoughts/opinions you have on best-practices or the liklihood that I've taken the proper steps by buying a new WiFi 6 router with MU-MIMO and OFDMA, or if there's something else I should be doing in parallel, would be greatly appreciated...
, I use TP-Link exclusively, since 2010.
Before, I did use Netgear, but reliability, warranty issues and non-existent Tech support drove me away.
I install TP-Link Routers in large Beauty Salons (~15-20.000 SqFt.) together with Ubiquity access points.
Some of these Salons are 100+ Miles away, and I cannot afford going back to these locations to re-set or replace Routers.
I have done about 30 Salons right now, up and down the West coast, from San Diego to Ventura county.
My point is: TP-Link is a very reliable product. Perhaps it was just bad luck on your end.
Another Fact is that I am using the lower End Routers from TP-Link, like the Archer 1740 or 1900.
Less Features, less problems.
I'd call TP-Link Tech support, yes there are real Folks to talk to, very helpful Techs, they might point you in the right Direction.