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Netgear wndr3300 5.0 ghz range

The netgear dual band rangemax router is supposed to have 10x the range with the 5.0 ghz channel, but it cant even reach the floor above. Is there any software error that could be occuring? and if not, what could be causing the problem?

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  • davidhgei Feb 02, 2009

    Well the router we had before was a linksys g router from 3-4 years ago. But I don't understand why the 5.0 ghz transmitter wouldn't go as far as the 2.4 ghz transmitter (both are coming from the same router, not the old one).
    Thank you for your help so far, I appreciate all the help I can get.


  • Russ Andrews
    Russ Andrews May 11, 2010

    OK...I verified this at:
    http://kbserver.netgear.com/datasheets/e...

    Before you flame me...the 5.o Ghz is the transmitting frequency of the device...as opposed to the 2.4 ghz transmitting freq of the more common ones. The problem with the 2.4 ghz has been that other devices including wireless phones have been using same channel. This is what the 5.0 ghz is supposed to change.

    While you device is using Dual Transmitters...the signal still weakens going through objects...like the floor...or walls...or doors...

    Is this the first wireless in the house, or have ou had a precious one? Did that one have trouble going upstairs? Have you tried relocating the router to a different spot? Let us know...



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1. Check physical connections.

a. Connect the modem to the Internet port of the router. The Internet “i” LED on the front of the router should light up.
b. Connect the computer to one of the four LAN ports (i.e port 1, 2, 3 or 4) on the back of the router. The corresponding port light where you connected the computer should be lit up.

2. Access the router's web-based utility.

a. Please open any web browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
b. Connect to the router by typing http://routerlogin.com/basicsetting.htm or http://192.168.1.1 in the address field and click Enter or Return key.
c. A window will prompt for a user name and password. The default username is "admin" and the default password is "password".

Note: If you were unable to access the router's web-based utility, you may reset the router to restore the settings to factory default.

To reset the router:

a. Please push the reset button at the back of the router and release after 30 seconds.
b. Unplug the power adapter for 10 seconds and then plug it back in.

3. Configure the router.

If your Internet Service Provider is using a cable connection, please follow the steps below:

a. Click on Basic Settings under Setup tab.
b. Select No for Does Your Internet Connection Require A Login?.
c. Scroll down on the center page and look for the Router MAC Address section. Set it to Use computer MAC address and click on the Apply button.

If your Internet Service Provider is using a DSL connection, please follow the steps below:

a. Click on Basic Settings.
b. Select Yes for Does Your Internet Connection Require A Login?.
c. Select Other on the Internet Service Provider drop down box.
d. Enter your ISP's username (username@ISPdomain) and password. Then, click on Apply.

4. Configure the wireless settings.

a. Click on the Wireless Settings under Setup.
b. Change the SSID to any unique name.

Note: Name (11N SSID) is for wireless N computers running at 5GHz and the Name (11G SSID) is for wireless G computers running 2.4GHz. Kindly make sure that (11N SSID) and (11G SSID) names are different.

c. Set the mode to Up to 270Mbps at 5GHz & 54Mbps at 2.4GHz.
d. Set the 11N Channel to 48 / 5.240GHz and 11G channel to 1 / 2.412GHz.
e. Scroll down, look for the Security Options settings and select WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy).
d. Set the Authentication type to "Automatic" and the Encryption Strength to "64bit".
e. Leave the Passphrase field blank, select Key 1 and enter a 10-digit number.

Note: The 10-digit number you typed in the key 1 will be the password or network key for the wireless connection.

f. Click Apply button to save the changes.
g. Go to Router Status under Maintenance tab and check if there is an IP address under Internet port. If it's 0.0.0.0, do a power cycle.

5. Power cycle.

a. Power off the modem, router and computers.
b. Turn on the power of the modem first and wait for it to initialize, the lights to stop blinking.
c. Power back the router and the computers. Check if it will be able to get online.

6. Connect wireless computer to the router.

Note: If your wireless computer supports 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequency you will see two wireless networks which are 11N and 11G SSID. However, if your wireless computer only support 2.4GHz frequency you will only see one wireless network which is 11G SSID.

If you are using Windows XP with Service Pack 1, please follow the steps below:

a. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer.
b. Then click on View Available Wireless Networks.
c. Click on the Advanced tab.
d. Please delete all the preferred networks then click on OK.
e. Right click on the Wireless icon again and click on View Available Wireless Network. Please select your network and click on Connect. It will ask you for the network key.
f. Please type in the network key and then confirm it. Network key is the password you type on the key 1 of the wireless settings of the router.
g. Make sure not to enable IEEE and then click on Connect.

If you are using Windows XP with Service Pack 2, please follow the steps below:

a. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer.
b. Then click on View Available Wireless Networks.
c. Click on the Change Advanced Settings.
d. Click on the Wireless Networks tab remove all the preferred networks then click on OK.
e. Right click on the Wireless icon then click on View Available Wireless Networks.
f. Select your network and click on Connect.
g. It will ask you for the network key. Type in the network key and confirm it. Then click on Connect. Network key is the password you type on the key 1 of the wireless settings of the router.

If you are using Windows Vista, please follow the steps below:

a. Click Start then select Connect To.
b. Connect to a network window will show up.
c. Select your wireless network and click Connect.
d. It will ask you for a network key. Type in the network key and confirm it. Then click on Connect.

From the above configuration, please check if you can now access the Internet with the ideal speed you have from your ISP.

However, if this does not resolve the issue we will need to get some additional details from you to be able to assist you further. I have summarized my questions below:

1. Who is your internet service provider? Is it Cable or DSL connection?
2. How many wired and wireless computers are connected to the router?

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