Using a router in an Apartment
Product Used: 2.4GHz SOHO Wi-Fi Router
Background/Problem: A 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Router, such as the TL-WR940N, being used by a customer in their apartment; however their Wi-Fi speeds and stability are less than satisfactory.
Solution: The most common cause for these symptoms is oversaturation of the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi spectrum, since many nearby 2.4GHz signals from neighboring routers are overlapping, leading to interference. One possible solution is to adjust the router’s Wi-Fi channel settings by selecting a channel that is least used in the area. By doing this, stability and speed can be improved, since the router is broadcasting on a channel that isn’t as congested.
Unfortunately, in some apartment environments, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi congestion can be so severe that optimal speed and stability may not be achievable. The best remedy for this is to consider installing a Dual Band Wi-Fi Router. The term “Dual Band” means the router simultaneously broadcasts over 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi frequencies. The 5GHz Wi-Fi frequency is far less prone to congestion, and can offer much faster speeds than its 2.4GHz counterpart. Most modern wireless entertainment devices (phones, tablets, TVs, etc.) support Dual Band Wi-Fi, so naturally, a Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is highly recommended for the typical modern home network.
For a one or two-bedroom apartment, our Archer C1200, or Archer A7 both provide gigabit Ethernet connectivity, Dual Band Wi-Fi with ample speed and range, and convenient management features at competitive price points. Depending on your Wi-Fi needs, we offer a variety of great solutions. If you’re unsure which Wi-Fi Router is right for you, our Support Team is always available and happy to help answer any questions your might have. Feel free to contact us anytime using the options available here: https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/contact-technical-support