Originally Posted by Wookii
Are you having specific issues running the Altitude on the 2.4Ghz channel? I've recently upgraded my router (last weekend) but the old one ran the entire network only at 2.4Ghz.
No problem on my old dedicated 2.4 Ghz network in the HT, which I used for the past three years until last week (I had the Altitude on Ethernet to the router as a wired connection, as well as a legacy Oppo 103). But since the direct wired router/Internet connection dedicated in that room is now DOA for the indefinite future, I was looking for workarounds short of stringing 100 ft Ethernet connections on the floor as Chuck (audioguy) suggested. The old network still works as an "intranet" for the HT, but I've lost the Internet in the room unless I access Internet from a router that I placed on the far end of the house where the coaxial cable connection to the router still works.
5 Ghz is strong enough to stream 4K through our 2250 square foot condo from one end of the house to another with that relocated router, so I could get by with just 5 Ghz Wifi in my HT except that the Altitude can't find that network. My guess is that the 5 Ghz is 802.11ac, which AFAIK
isn't supported by the Altitude. Tried by "n" networks on the Access Point menu of the Altitude with no luck.
The Altitude can find the 2.4 Ghz network from that router, but it's weak. Maybe 2-5 Mbps at best when I run speed tests from that network in the HT vs. 50 Mbps or better on 5 Ghz. Same router, dual networks supported.
Most of my devices are hard wired with Cat6A ethernet, except the mobile devices, but even so connecting to the Altitude via a the 2.4Ghz network on an iPad or iPhone was never an issue. It's not likes its bandwidth requirements are high, and if you've managed to get all the other devices working on the 5Ghz channel, the 2.4Ghz channel should be fairly free of traffic.
True, except that I want all my devices on the same network so that I can use the iPad to control them (VNC, Oppo apps, Roku etc.) until I do a real control system. Just having the Altitude on 2.4 Ghz means that I don't have all my devices on the same network. And putting my devices on a weak network isn't a great idea.
If you are having VNC signal loss etc, you could try a higher gain antenna in the Altitude. You could also try a 5Ghz Wi-fi adapter - most use the USB port (which I suspect the Altitude won't have generic drivers loaded for) but there are some that plug into the ethernet port.
Probably the mesh/extender of the 5 Ghz network, where I connect the Altitude using the attached Ethernet ports on the extender and keep a single network, is the best way to go if/until my cable/Internet provider can rewire into my HT and I can get my contractor here to fix their damage LOL.
I bought a Netgear extender last night in the Black Friday shopping frenzy
so we'll see how that goes. The one I picked up does have the separate backbone vs. channel broadcasting, so allegedly I won't get the signal dropoff of a repeater.