moderated Re: An accessible router
I thought I'd let y'all know how I resolved my router issues.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I continued to experience the problem with my 5GHz band crashing, so I decided to try a wifi 6 router. I purchased a Netgear Nighthawk. (I don't recall
the model number.) And set it up with my wife's sighted assistance. All went well except my Lenovo Flex laptop simply didn't see either the 2.4 or 5 GHz
bands. I called Netgear support and waited for literally hours to talk to customer (dis)service only to get disconnected without a solution. I wasn't going
to wait around for several more hours, so I returned the Netgear router and purchased a TP-Link Archer AX50.
I encountered a few glitches with its setup as well, but I got them all resolved. First, I had the same problem with the AX50 not being seen by my Lenovo
laptop, so I had my wife help me set it up using her iPad. We had some trouble getting our preferred password to work. I think the iPad was substituting
some special characters which the router didn't like.
Since my laptop was the only device that didn't want to connect to the network, I figured it was probably a driver issue, so I went looking for a driver
update. I first checked Windows update, but it said my driver was up to date. I then went to the Lenovo website, but couldn't find anything that looked
like a driver update for the wireless adaptor in my Flex laptop. Finally, I scoured the Intel website and after much hunting around, I found a driver update
for my wireless network adapter. I installed it and restarted my computer.
At last, all my devices connected to my new wifi 6 router, including my Lenovo laptop. And so far, (crossing fingers) no crashes! And I was able to enter
my preferred password from my laptop.
To summarize, my Lenovo laptop needed a driver update in order to work with a wifi 6 router. The Netgear probably would have worked with the driver update,
but I'm happy with the TP-Link and it was actually a bit less expensive. I have noticed that I don't get quite as fast download speeds, but that could
be due to any number of reasons, such as a busier Internet or even the driver update. Getting a slightly diminished download speed is way better than having
to reboot my router several times a day.
I guess time will tell whether I made a good decision in choosing this router.
On 4/15/2020 7:37 PM, Audiobookfan via groups.io wrote:
I think I might be in the market for a new router myself. I got my stimulus payment and figure it's a good way to use some of it.