I feel like my situation is likely typical:
old house with thick walls, wireless router on finished-attic 3rd floor; a network extender on the 1st floor. Typically get 2 - 3 bars of signal strength.
a couple of months ago, we had the router replaced with Verizon FiOS’ most recent model. While it was done, I had the service guy walk through the wi-fi to ensure it was set up properly, the extender was linked properly. He made a couple of minor tweaks - found an old extender that had been set up but wasn’t in use and disabled it - and declard us Good to Go.
For the most part, connecticivity has been good.
Recently, it has become intermittant. We’ll be watching Amazon Prime or Netflix and it seizes up and reloads for a few seconds regularly.
So - is this a reflection of increased holiday traffic? More folks at home bingeing?
Or is this perhaps a local phenomenon, i.e., some weather or other factor rendering our internal wi-fi more sketchy. Either way, something outside my network that I can’t affect?
Or are there things I should be upgrading? Are there more powerful routers or extenders? The sense I got from the FiOS guy was that I had the latest and they were functioning fine with good signal.
As a final note: I try to discuss this with my family, who are frustrated when this happens. It seems to me that Home Wireless Networks are a far more less-exact science than most folks realize. So many factors, many out of our control locally, affect things. And they expect that, once set up, it will run clean. The concept of intermittant difficulties that can come and go doesn’t seem to make sense.
Am I thinking about Wireless Networks correctly?
Thanks in advance for any insight!