Bolt and Mini setup help

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by hoopster3, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

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    Much, much cheaper from eBay sellers.

    I still think you should have installed an access point/bridge. It's not only a matter of simply getting access to the router, the distance degrades speed. My bridge doubled my speed and it only cost me $20. Also, you never explained why you needed more speed as your stated speeds didn't seem to be low at all. Were some of your devices not working properly?
     
  2. hoopster3

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    Some of my devices were not getting the speeds I thought they should be getting, even when they had the connection bars full on my Wi-Fi. I didn't have much of an issue getting a good connection, I just wanted the Wi-Fi to perform better. I also was looking at something that was capable of "Beam Forming" so I could get a solid connection whenever I wanted without worrying about others on the network. This was especially wanted for the Xbox One.

    If I simply wanted better coverage I would have gone the route you suggested. My plan for buying the router was also to collect data and if the gain wasn't what I was looking for I would just take it back. I have so many devices connected that I was also interested in a router that could put out multiple data streams to multiple devices more efficiently.

    Will post results soon...
     
  3. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    I got to wondering if my router was as good as I believe. So I set up a test. Three Mini boxes all sharing a Linksys WUMC710 wireless bridge. Basic Roamio also using a bridge (Netgear EX7000). I put all three Mini units on three different HD channels. No problems. Then I used my computer, also on the EX7000, to run a speedtest.net check and it still let me access the internet at the 40Mbps I pay for. It ran for about 30 minutes which made me feel good. Test done.
     
  4. hoopster3

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    On both routers all Wi-Fi results are from a 2.4 GHz connection, except the Xbox One. Here are the before results using the Netgear WNDR4000 router:

    Wired computer connection: 253 down, 27 up, 16 ping
    20ft Wi-Fi connection through a wall: 102, 35, 18
    40ft Wi-Fi connection through 2 walls: 56, 37, 19
    Xbox One on Wi-Fi in the basement: 74, 35, 18

    After results using the Asus RT-AC3100

    Wired computer connection: 245 down, 27 up, 16 ping
    20ft Wi-Fi connection through a wall: 141, 41, 16
    40ft Wi-Fi connection through 2 walls: 98, 39, 20
    Xbox One on Wi-Fi in the basement: 115, 38, 16

    When I use the Ethernet port on the back on the Bolt and connect it to the Xbox One the connection is 78, 28, 18. So I've found the 5 GHz Wi-Fi better than the wired connection, which I wasn't expecting.

    The 5 GHz connection on my phone, Ipad and Xbox One are all just about or over double what the Netgear router provided.

    Thoughts?
     
  5. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    5GHz is better than 2.4GHz. Newer is better than older.
     
  6. hoopster3

    hoopster3 Member

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    I realize that. Why do you think all my devices are connected to 5 GHz band??? :)
     
  7. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    In theory, assuming all Gigabit LAN links, devices connected through the BOLT should definitely be able to hit your Internet max rates (even up to 400+Mbps, based on the BOLT-to-TiVo Bridge standard MoCA 2.0 connection being the bottleneck). Makes me wonder if you have a bad Ethernet cable, a Fast Ethernet switch somewhere in the mix, the MoCA bridge not performing according to expectations (dropping the connection to MoCA 1.1 for some reason), or the Xbox One's connection test not being able to accurately test the connection rate. As an alternative, you could use a computer wired to the BOLT and hit speedtest.net; or, for testing the LAN connection speed from the far side of the BOLT to your router, you could use a couple computers and another utility such as LAN Speed Test, iPerf, jPerf, etc.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2017
  8. waynomo

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    Haven't followed the thread so forgive me for offering a suggestion off the top of my head that could be totally irrelevant.

    Would doing a transfer from TiVo to a PC or vice versa help diagnosing the problem. (see what speeds can be accomplished that way?)
     

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