Ok few things:
DOCSIS 3.0 is good because it allows channel bonding - Think of it as a 8 lane highway vs 1 lane
. If a truck jackknifes in the 1 lane highway nobody is going anywhere. On a 8 lane highway they just push the traffic over to the rest of the unaffected lanes and keep going. This is why there used to be slow downs back in the days because EVERYONE was on the same channel. So when neighborhood kids decide they wanna start raping some torrents everyone would suffer. With D3, you just move over. Right now you (and me) only have 5 active channels but they are moving to 8 channels now
. 8 Channels also give you options for more speed (8 x 43Mbps each).
Signals are TERRIBLE!!!
Can't believe they left you with that. Obviously it's working but you want to be in the range of -10 to +10, 0 being PERFECT. -13 while can work (up to -15) is bad in general. Since they ran a drop from the pole new to your house, they put splitters on it I would assume but did they put a 4 way or 3 way or what? Remove the splitter and see what signal you get directly connected at the original cable, if it's better (closer to 0) then put a 2 way splitter there, 1 going to the modem and one going to the other splitter which splits to the TVs as they are more easy going with weak signals.
Make sure all the connections are screwed on TIGHT also.
See some FAQs here; http://www.dslreport...m/faq/optonline
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So quick question to the Network gurus.
Right now the router I got for free is a Netgear N600, seems decent enough, at least for now.
So my first question is it is Dual Band, I should name both bands the same name, is that correct?
So if my SSID is DLNetwork for the one, it should also be DLNetwork for the other correct? Same security, etc.
Also, should I change DNS Address? Set it to whatever that one free service is I know I am signed up for?
Gonna forward some ports now, may have questions about that, will see.
For this part, that netgear should be dual band
You can do both as the same or name em different - DLNetwork and DLNetwork-5G if you want to specify. That way you'll know which one is 5G and connect to that one (say Xbox360 and other 5G devices). However if you don't want to bother with all that you can just name them the same and the devices will connect to anyone that's strongest (odds are that will be 2.4Ghz) - my laptop however you can specify which one to make higher priority so that's 5Ghz.
If the same network security so you don't gotta tell people different one based on which they are connecting to. Just say if yous ee DLNetwork-5G choose that one, if not then their laptop doesn't have 5Ghz and they'll just have to take the 2.4Ghz
DNS Address - honestly it doesn't matter so much. OOLs are good, and never have issues. You can however change them to: 18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199 or a combination of all those that way if 1 goes down you have the rest as backup
Which one you use as #1 is up to you.