DL...thank you so much for for the suggestion of the updates for the old Linksys. I thnk I'll retire it and get the Asus. You should know that I appreciate your recommendations.
Hi GDK....Thank you for your insight and sensitivity to the extra costs that us consumers pay, pay, pay. I don't particular like that Rogers has a product that is in the long run inadequate, but they and Bell seem to have the hold on the market. But at this point rethinking the whole thing is just too much stress for this old school broad.
I wanted to thank all off you together, but as I have been advised by DL, it is not possible to send something to all of you at once. and I am hoping that you all will read this. You don't know how valuable your input is! You are all amazing and make this whole internet thing less frightening for us. Thank you! All of you....
Thanks...I really don't care how much it costs at this point....If it's a good piece of equipmet and lasts me (like the old Linxys did), it's well worth it, and not having hubby screaming that he can't get internet service....It's like having the right tools for for the job. If you think the AC68U is the "one" that's all I need to hear. I'll call Rogers to set the modem to bridge mode...I don't think I want to do it myself.
The RT-AC68U is what my parents are running (I have one too, but set up differently).
They were very much in your situation, actually - I thought the Hitron CGN2 would be 'good enough' for their needs, I was very wrong, it got put in bridge mode, then they dug out an oldish Linksys that wasn't perfect (wireless printer would occasionally lose its connection) that eventually got replaced with the RT-AC68U. Haven't had to think about network problems at my parents' place for the year that it's been there...
Outstanding, outstanding piece of hardware. (Make sure to update it to the newest firmware version too)
The cost thing, that we need to pay, is a mixed thing
If you look at rogers going back more than 2-3 years, rogers only supplied a modem. If anyone wanted wireless, they had to fork it out themselves.
Most 3rd party are still the same. So it's an extra cost.
If the rogers one works, than its a bonus. But unless a very basic setup, usually won't
Invest the money, and you KNOW it will work.
The wireless is really the only main issue with the rogers Internet part. Once that is dealt with, there are tons of us who get our package speed or higher with the current modems.
Hi GDK....Thank you for your insight and sensitivity to the extra costs that us consumers pay, pay, pay. I don't particular like that Rogers has a product that is in the long run inadequate, but they and Bell seem to have the hold on the market.
I hate to say it, but I don't think it's Rogers. Every 'gateway' product offered by every large ISP in North America that I've heard of has attracted similar complaints. But the marketing department wants to say 'home networking and wifi included', so they keep buying them despite the mediocre performance.
At least the Rogers ones have the bridge mode that is easy to set up and lets you work around all of this.
Hi V...Based on what you are all saying is it's not a Rogers problem, but in a way it is....It's a lack of customer service. All they have to say to each customer when they give you the Hitron or the Cisco is that it is to be used only as a bridge, and their recommendation to the customer is to get a Router. If I would have received that information from the get go, I would have done that no questions asked, purchased a newer router and not have had to waste my time and energy on 5 phone calls which lasted at least an hour each, take back one of the Hitrons, which was also over an hour, had a Rogers representative come back to exchange the modem, because we thought it was defective and my time for sitting around the house waiting for half a day for that - I bill out at $75.00 per hour, so they wasted many billable hours on all the excess drama. I could have bought many new routers for the time and emotional energy that was wasted.
For me it is inexcusable for such a powerful company to portray these products as suitable to customers under false pretense. Just tell the truth that the modems/routers really are not as powerful as they suggest and either get a better quality product or offer the customers a way for them to actually be effective. I was used to having a router that I had to purchase with my old unit...so it wouldn't have been a stretch for me to have to get a newer router if Rogers would have suggested it in the beginning, instead of causing me pain and suffering....and then finally finding out threw this forum that I had been duped into getting an ineffective product.
It would be the same thing for customers who purchased XYZ phone that allegidly was supposed to do this and that, but really only did this and in order to do that, you had to purchase extra equipment, but only found that out way later in the game. That is what I call non-disclosure of service. And I don't care how many companies are doing the same thing....it is just ineffective it's disrespectful to customers and a good way to create disention of customers. I am sure that all the calls that they get on a daily basis about this situation alone are completely wasteful in time an energy in the customer service department. I can having to deal with the same complaints day after day, without any appropriate recourse to offer customers - it must be a long drawn out day. The powers that be should be ashamed of themselves, that they are not intelligent enough to come up with a better solution to this problem, and probably waste thousands of dollars a day on paying out for customer service representative reiterate the same answer...making customers check their speed issues, having routers turned on and off, returns of modem/routers, it goes on and on without resolve. As far as I am concerned in the end it is false advertising and the worst of customer service to purposely sell a product that is ineffective without a buyer be ware disclosure.
Again, thank you for all your help and listening to my rants....
Unfortunately i agree...
The advertising is... while not FALSE 100%.. its all hidden in the GREY.
"Our fastest and farthest reaching modem"
Which is true.. its THEIR farthest... doesnt mean it is THE farthest as other ones.
"Reaches the whole house"
is all relitive... what size of house?
I found its a mixed bag with techs on the phone and otherwise... some will outright say, bridge mode.
Others dont even know about it >.>
I too have had nothing but on-going issues with the Hitron Modem. I have had one for over a year now and I have also had it replaced with a new device (same model) but it has the same issue.
I have performed a ridiculous amount of timing tests and troubleshooting and have Rogers techs come in to "assess". Needless to say they could find nothing wrong with the cable signal and could only suggest moving the modem to another area in the house (which I did to no avail).
The issue, based on all my testing, is that it is the wireless component of the modem that fails. When I am cabled I have no issues at all but when I am using the wireless I get signals dropping all the time: sometimes it is extremely slow, other times it is essentially "dead" and then suddenly (after any random amount of time) it goes back up to "normal". I have tested with different PCs\laptops, ensured I was the only connection (i.e. turned off handhelds\phones\ps3, etc.) and even tested different sites... the results were indisputable - the wireless is inconsistent at best.
Resetting the modem will sometimes bring the wireless back up to speed but then it may just a readily drop back down. It does not even seem to be linked to particular times of the day.
I have been a loyal Rogers customer for about 15years but I am seriously considering moving to Bell. Rogers only offers 2 modems - one you cannot use on the higher speed plans (which I need) so really there is only the one modem and despite all the posts I have seen regarding this they STILL haven't responded with addressing the hardware. In my opinion this is unacceptable for a "Communications company" ... and while I could setup a separate modem in conjunction with this one (as was posted as optional suggestions) it is hardly a solution since I then still have to pay for the second modem to serve a basic function that should be provided by the Rogers Modem ... which I am paying for with each monthly payment. VERY POOR FORM ROGERS!!!
If you're willing to do some troubleshooting, we can help. There is no doubt that the wifi on the Hitron modems isn't stellar, but, to be fair, ISPs are all going to combo modem / routers which are probably just about equal in wifi performance. Of course, that may not be saying very much about the performance.
Just as a suggestion, take a read thru the following thread, starting at post #44 and reading thru to the end. It has a bit of a surprise ending.
If you don't mind, can you log into your modem, navigate to the STATUS..... DOCSIS WAN page, copy the text from the downstream and upstream tables and paste that into this thread. You can highlight and copy both tables all at the same time and copy all of the text. Those are the cable signal levels which might be of interest.
On the wifi side of the house, you can load inSSIDer to look at the wifi environment. This is a wifi monitoring application can monitor both 2.4 and 5 Ghz network, but it can't display 802.11ac networks on the 5 Ghz band which are becoming common these days. There is a new pay version out that will do that however and its worth it ($20 US) if you use 802.11ac networks. It will indicate to you, in list form and graphical form, what modems and routers are running nearby, and which, if any, are transmitting on the same channel or overlapping channel. Ideally, there would be at least 40 dBmW separation between your network received power and that of any other network that your laptop can detect on the same or overlapping channel. The less receive power separation there is between your network and anyone else's, the greater probability that you will lose the wifi connection to your modem, or, that the data rates will be very slow. As well as looking for interference issues, you can use that to determine if you might have issues with the wifi transmitter, or the antenna or wifi card on a laptop. These would show up as inconsistent levels where the laptop was stationary at one location, and therefore shouldn't experience large power level swings up and down. If that is the case, it would take a another laptop to prove which device has the problem, the modem or the laptop.
When you replaced the modem, did you replace the power adapter as well?
Do you happen to use any type of power bar to run your computer equipment and modem? When these start to fail, they can emit enough RF noise to cause serious problems for the router signal levels. Problems with signal levesl under this circumstance have been seen with the cable signal levels, but it might also be possible that the wifi signal levels would be affected as well.
As far as setting up your own router, personal opinion that is the best route to go as it puts your network beyond the view of any ISP and gives you full control over the router settings, versus having to go thru tech support to change some settings and, in the end, still not knowing what is available and can be changed on the tech support side of the house. You would also see greatly improved wifi performance using a router with external antenna, and these days, with implicit and explicit (in the case of 802.11ac) beamforming, better data rates. Fwiw.....