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Whether you are working from home or playing games online, having the fastest wireless network possible is a necessity. A weak connection can make using even the most powerful gaming desktop a hassle. Remote meetings and video calls require significant bandwidth and can put some severe strain on your network. Having an unstable connection can also negatively impact online gaming with frequent disconnects and other issues. Having a reliable high speed connection can make everything from streaming video to remote work efficient and enjoyable. The best way to improve the strength of your network is through the implementation of powerful equipment such as high end access points, modems, and routers. Your internet service provider will provide you with basic equipment - this may not include a wireless router which is necessary to set up a WiFi network. If your ISP offers a wireless router, it may still be advisable to use your own if you plan to connect many devices to your network wirelessly. Additional equipment can take your wireless network to the next level by boosting the range and power of your signal to most optimal levels.

Access points are amazing small devices that can be added to a network to extend the range and power of a wireless signal. Larger homes or businesses may benefit from creating a mesh network. The primary benefit of mesh networks is that each device in the network connects together to provide more coverage without compromising latency or speed. Different hardware such as gaming routers or desktop switches can be integrated into mesh networks and work to make the signal as strong as can be in all areas. Gaming routers are an excellent way to improve WiFi signal to the maximum speeds possible by your connection. These devices are designed to provide the most powerful yet stable connections for when it matters most. Gaming routers can also function like desktop switches and provide multiple hardwired high speed connections for other devices. A great place to start with upgrading your network is to purchase a gaming router. The technology present in these devices helps to boost your WiFi signal straight out of the box. As your needs grow, you can add new equipment to integrate with your router and improve your wireless network quality.

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Community Article where are the optional external power supplies for the NetGear GS116LP — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion where are the optional external power supplies for the NetGear GS116LP evcofrank ✭ February 18 edited June 7 in General Discussion If you have the product and it has optional power supplies you should have at least a limited amount of the options available to purchase at the same time as I purchase the product. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin February 18 Thanks for the feedback, @evcofrank. I'd be happy to reach out to our buyers to inquire about this and express your interest! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Other forums I have read have them  pretty closely rated.  Secondly, I am looking for a comparable router to support as well. I am really interested in the new WiFi 6 technology but am brand loyal. The research I have done all seem to range around 300-400$ for something but I am pretty new at this and I don't know if that is really necessary for the usage we have.  I currently have Xfinity provider with 600-700 mbps internet download speed for a 2400 sqft bi-level home. Usage: 1 gamer (LoL), 5 children ipads for school, 5 adults working from home, and netflix streaming. Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin October 2020 Hello, @hotchocolateoranges Welcome to the community! What brand do you prefer?  Also, what store would you be shopping in? I'd be happy to make some recommendations. I would double-check to ensure that the Modem you purchase is compatible with your ISP. For your router, I'd recommend getting one that offers Wi-Fi speeds that would match your ISP speed. So a router that can share speeds of 600-700 mbps. I think this ASUS router would be more than enough for your needs. https://www.microcenter.com/product/626788/asus-ax5400-dual-band-wifi-6-gaming-router Another option for you would be the NetGear ORBI which includes an additonal access point for extended coverage.  https://www.microcenter.com/product/509656/netgear-orbi-whole-home-ac2200-tri-band-gigabit-wireless-ac-router 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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I work from home and would like to find a router or modem that will allow us to schedule when the WIFI is on and off (preferably on only a few hours a day when everyone is home), but also allow for ethernet connection for when the wifi is off.  We just purchased a Netgear AC1750 and not only does it have terrible coverage, but it doesn't allow for ethernet to work when the WIFI is off, so obviously we'll be exchanging it very soon.  We just recently switched to Century Link fiber, and I'm happy to provide any other needed details.  I'd love to also have a button that allows us to manually turn the WIFI on and off, in addition to scheduling, but if we have to pick between this and scheduling, the scheduling is more important.  Thank you for your help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin October 2020 Hello @Jeanimal. Here's a similar speed option for you. https://www.microcenter.com/product/607126/netgear-nighthawk-pro-gaming-xr300-ac1750-dual-band-gigabit-wireless-ac-router I believe that the Nighthawk does have the ability to schedule your wireless connectivity. Here's an article listing how to perform this action. https://kb.netgear.com/24102/How-do-I-set-up-the-wireless-schedule-on-my-Nighthawk-router 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Strict nat type — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Strict nat type Rusher ✭ June 2020 in General Discussion I didn't know what section to put this in but when i try to get on games like destiny 2 i keep getting a strict nat type error and i cant figure out how to fix it i'm running on an alienware laptop   Thanks Rusher 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TS_JosephF admin June 2020 Rusher said: I didn't know what section to put this in but when i try to get on games like destiny 2 i keep getting a strict nat type error and i cant figure out how to fix it i'm running on an alienware laptop   Thanks Rusher Hello @Rusher - So NAT is actually a feature built into your router. It stands for Network Address Translation. To make it simple, it is what allows your router to use 1 'public' IP address for all the devices on your home network by translating it to a number of 'private' addresses. Of course, this can interfere with some services or games as you are experiencing now. This can be resolved by modifying either the UPnP (Universal Plug n Play) setting or by port forwarding the necessary ports for Destiny 2. You will either need to enable UPnP or enable port forwarding for the ports this game uses, but not both. This would require you to access your router and make some changes. We have a guide that can explain how to access your router here. I recommend looking at this site here. It explains the different NAT types and how you can get yours to the correct one. You also will want to look at this link here. It shows what port numbers you will need to forward on the router for Destiny 2. If you can tell me the exact model number of your router is, I can find you a copy of the manual and explain where these settings can be found.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Rusher ✭ June 2020 my router is the netgear XR450 @TS_JosephF 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin June 2020 Netgear has a good guide on how to enable UPnP and allow all the ports for the XBOX Live service here: https://kb.netgear.com/19844/Why-does-my-Xbox-say-NAT-is-set-to-strict-or-moderate-when-I-try-to-play-online 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Looking for Home Network Help/Advice — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Looking for Home Network Help/Advice Frac22 ✭ November 2020 edited June 7 in General Discussion I recently moved into an old Victorian house, and I am struggling with my home network connectivity.  The house has a small footprint with 3 stories.  The major issue seems to be with the tin ceilings on the 1st and 2nd floors which limit my WiFi signal significantly (I also still have a few walls that are horsehair plaster).  I am thinking of upgraded to a mesh router setup but wanted to ask the community about this. Suspecting the tin ceilings would be a problem I have already hardwired cat6 cable into each floor of the house.  The current wiring has each floor hardwired into the basement, with 3 separate cables.  I was planning on using a network switch in the basement and then getting a router for each floor of the house, is this overkill?   Can I run the network switch in the basement and have the router on the 2nd floor with a satellite on the 1st and 3rd floors?  Since I have the hardwired lines between the routers and satellites can I save money and get a cheaper mesh network without the dedicated backhaul channel or do I still need to pony up for the tri-band systems.  Still doing research on how the new WiFi 6 and mesh systems work, but any pointers or advice is welcomed. My service provider is FIOS, and I am currently using my own router a Netgear Nighthawk R700P.  I only get signal on the 1st floor as it can not penetrate the ceiling for the 2nd and 3rd floors. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers TSPhillipT admin November 2020 Hello @Frac22 Thank you for posting on the Micro Center Community!  Just to check, you have your router and access to ethernet ports on each floor?  Rather than doing a network switch to three separate routers, I recommend using the router as the main source and connecting Access Points instead.  This is similar to a college campus or an airport where there are multiple access points all for just one network and you can seamlessly switch between them.   Here are some NetGear Access Points that may be of interest 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Frac22 ✭ November 2020 Hi TSPhillipT,  I do have ethernet ports on each floor.  Currently it is 3 separate wires, 1 to each floor.   I could just run the router in the basement, and then 3 access points (one on each floor).  Was hoping to use the switch in the basement just to connect all the cables, and to reduce the number of access points I need.  Looking at the linked access points, what is the comparison between the Orbi and the Nighthawk?  I'm not sure I understand what the difference is between the wireless standard: Nighthawk: AX1800 Orbi: AX6000 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Network connecting — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Network connecting Phat_Nguyen ✭ November 2020 in General Discussion Hi guys, my house has 3 floors, and I'm planning to use 2 more routers with the modem from the internet provider for each floor so I need help on how to connect all of those to each other through cables, and is it possible to do it?  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin November 2020 I'd recommend getting either a mesh system or a router with a repeater. Something like this: https://www.microcenter.com/product/607976/tp-link-deco-m4-ac1200-whole-home-mesh-wi-fi-system-(3-pack) With this, you'll only need one Modem from your ISP and then these repeaters/access points will pass along the signal. The system you get should depend on your internet speed as well. For example, the system linked above is AC1200, which is 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps on 5 GHz. Hope this helps! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Phat_Nguyen ✭ November 2020 So you think mesh system is better than separate router for each floor ?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 Yes, if you have 3 different routers, that would mean 3 different networks that would potentially fighting each other. If you set up a mesh system, the connected device will switch between access points to connect to the strongest or best signal. Typically, recent access points have a signal that passes a single floor. For example, if you have one access point on the first floor, and one on the second floor, you may not need one on the third because the signal strength is strong enough to cover the area. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Phat_Nguyen ✭ November 2020 I got it, so i will have 1 gigs plan speed which brand should you recommended. I will be gaming alot though  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 I think this would be a great option for you the specs list that it can offer 1200Mbps on its 5Ghz network. https://www.microcenter.com/product/623992/netgear-nighthawk-mk62-dual-band-mesh-ax1800-wifi-6-system-2-pack If you're still interested in the 3 access points I'd recommend this: https://www.microcenter.com/product/513901/linksys-velop-ac4800-tri-band-mesh-wireless-ac-system-3-pack Let me know if you have questions about these! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Phat_Nguyen ✭ November 2020  for the netgear nighthawk mk62 the router has to connect to the modem through Lan cable ?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin November 2020 edited November 2020 Yes, both of these devices have the main router that will connect with your modem via Cat5e cable to then pass along the wireless signal to its other access points and your device. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Phat_Nguyen ✭ November 2020 I guess i will choose the nighthawk with add on 1 more satellite for more signal 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 815 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Looking for recommendations in updating my home network equipment — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Looking for recommendations in updating my home network equipment G_money1 ✭ October 2020 edited June 7 in General Discussion Seeking quality advice and input in updating my dated equipment at home. Mainly one user. Future expansion currently unknown, but not likely.  Requirements:       - modem must be compatible with Comcast/Xfinity       - router with two or more Ethernet ports        - switch (unless the router can serve as both)       - all equipment must work with Apple MacBook Pro        - wireless capable       - must be compatible with Xbox One console   Preferred:        - separate modem and router?? - I’ve read that this allows for more flexibility and is more secure??        - Apple/Mac based (works best with apple products)        - all equipment to work with PC desktop (employer owned) Equipment needing replacement:        - Airport Express Wi-fi base        - Cisco/Linksys modem (Comcast compatible - owned)          If anyone could even lead me in the right direction, it would be appreciated. Thank you, G 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer TS_JosephF admin October 2020 Accepted Answer Hello @G_money1 Welcome to the community!  For your home network, all you will need is a DOCSIS Modem (3.0 or 3.1) and any standard Wireless router. Any modern router will be compatible with all Apple devices and your Xbox one as well. You will have some options though. I would recommend at least a Dual-Band Wireless AC or Wi-Fi 5 router. You could get a Tri-Band wireless router or even a Wireless AX router depending on your budget. Also, I do agree with getting a modem and router separately rather than a 2in1 Modem/Router. It can certainly be more secure and will provide you with a lot more options on what you can purchase. Here are a few modems that I recommend (they are all compatible with Comcast/Xfinity) : This one is capable of download speeds up to 686Mbps and upload speeds up to 131Mbps: https://www.microcenter.com/product/447161/arris-enterprises-surfboard-sb6183-cable-modem This one is capable of Gigabit download speeds: https://www.microcenter.com/product/481225/netgear-cm1000-docsis-31-high-speed-cable-modem This one has a max throughput of 3.8 GB/s: https://www.microcenter.com/product/481351/motorola-docsis-31-cable-modem As for your router, normally I suggest getting a Mesh Router. It is not required but if you have a large home then I strongly recommend it as it will eliminate any Wi-Fi dead zones around your house. Here is a Mesh Router that includes a main router plus two nodes. They each have 2 Ethernet ports. It is capable of 300Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5 GHz band. https://www.microcenter.com/product/607976/tp-link-deco-m4-ac1200-whole-home-mesh-wi-fi-system-(3-pack) This is a Tri-Band Wireless AC router. It is capable of 400Mbps over the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps over each of the 5 GHz bands : https://www.microcenter.com/product/602874/linksys-mesh-wifi-router-(tri-band-router,-wireless-mesh-router-for-home-ac2200),-future-proof-mu-mimo-fast-wireless-router  This is a Wireless AX router. It is capable of 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 2402Mbps on the 5GHz band: https://www.microcenter.com/product/603735/netgear-nighthawk-ax4-ax3000-wifi-6-router Although there is newer Wi-Fi technology out there, Wireless AX or Wi-Fi 6 is the newest we carry at Micro Center.  Let us know if you have any other questions! 5 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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Now, our bandwidth is insufficient to service two smart TVs, 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, etc. Coincidentally (or perhaps because of overloading) our Netgear R6400 (ac and 5G),  router no longer is outputting 5G, either on the main network or the Guest.) and the TVs lock up occasionally. We think we have to to replace the router. We'd like to keep the cost below $250, if possible. Is there any such thing as a router that would be better with such low bandwidth? If possible, we'd like to stick with Netgear. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answers TSMikeW admin July 2020 Accepted Answer The R6400 is a pretty good router.  Does the 5Ghz light on the front light up at all? I would check the settings in the router, possibly factory reset it and even upgrade the firmware. That router will handle 450Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band and 1350Mbps on the 5Ghz band. That's not a ton of devices for the router, and it's far, far in excess of what your ISP is providing at 15Mbps. 5 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 Accepted Answer Thank you so very much for sharing your expertise with me and for your patience! I will do everything you say! Thanks again! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 Accepted Answer Of course, you're correct -- my DSL modem is plugged into the WAN port. I've got a PC plugged into port #1, a DirecTV box in #2, another PC in #3, and a switch in #4. The switch has a Canon Laser printer in it and a Canon Ink Jet printer in it. The PC that is plugged into #1 is 10 years old and gets used perhaps once every 6 months. I don't pay attention to it like I should and the power button was flashing at me saying something like "reboot me." It had been like that for a month or so. When I rebooted it, the red light on the router turned flashing white like all the others. But that PC (plugged into #1) now cannot see the internet at all. I unplugged the CAT-6 cable at each end re-inserted it, all to no avail. Even though it's so old and my husband never uses it, I think I'll replace it simply because it sits right next to the router and I want (and need) a large screen when I'm working on the router. Is the Nighthawk software ONLY for IOS (or Android), or can it also be PC-based? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 Accepted Answer Both, in a way. I would check the with your Cellphones and with the PC. Preferably via WIFI and ethernet. You want to see if there's a serious discrepancy. The other portion here is seeing if the router is unresponsive when this happens. When the TV's do disconnect, do you just wait and reconnect with one, or do you have to power cycle the router? 5 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 Accepted Answer When the TVs disconnect, we have to power cycle the router. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Flip ✭ July 2020 All of the lights across the front are white and flashing EXCEPT the one labeled "1" which is solid red, and the one labeled "2" which is not lit at all. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 Those are your LAN ports. If nothing is plugged into them they won't light up. If 5Ghz is lit, the router thinks it's still broadcasting. I'd verify the SSID is set to broadcast in the routers UI, make sure you're looking from a device with a dual band wireless adapter. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I see the firmware version (v1.0.4.84_10.0.58) on my computer, but no pushbutton to push to update it. I'm sorry I'm so knowledgeable and such a pest. But isn't a red light (on "1") a sign of trouble? Yes, the SSID is set to broadcast on all four (NAME, NAME-5G, NAME-GUEST, AND NAME-5G-GUEST). I'm not sure I understand what you mean when you say, "make sure you're looking from a device with a dual band wireless adapter." I'm looking from a Dell laptop that's less than one year old. How can I check if this computer has that? Thanks again for putting up with my novice questions! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 If you right click on "Start" and go to "Device Manager" then expand "Network Adapters". It'll show you the model of your wireless card. It generally will say "Dual Band" in the name, and we can look it up to verify if it doesn't. It may say Intel 3168 802.11AC Wireless Adapter. As an example. Red is generally an error, but is it red or an amber/orange? That just means is a fast ethernet connection, as opposed to a gigabit connection. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 It says "Intel Wireless-AC 9560" 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 The light above the "1" is solid red. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 Specs say it's a 2x2 dual band wireless adapter. You should be able to see it. It's giving you an error on LAN port 1 then. What's connected to LAN 1? As for troubleshooting steps beyond this. The first thing I would do is factory reset the router and set it up again. You can download the manual here: https://www.netgear.com/support/product/R6400.aspx#docs 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I'm in my kitchen, the router in downstairs, and I'm handicapped. Without making the trip downstairs, I'm guessing that it's got to be the cable coming for the DSL Modem (provided by Horizon here in Chillicothe). That modem that replaced last week. Is that a good guess? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 No, the modem should be in the WAN port, no the LAN 1 port. However an error on a LAN port should only effect the device in that LAN port, it shouldn't impact the router overall. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I'll have to go downstairs to check. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 Let us know what you find out. Could be something that you're not even using anymore. Really shouldn't be relevant to the issue of the 5Ghz network not showing up on any of your devices. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I have done everything you suggested except the factory reset. A 10-year old computer was connected into #1 on the router. That was the one that would light up solid red. Since the computer was so old, I've ordered a replacement for it. And, in case it was the cable, it'll have a new CAT-6 ethernet cable too. But our problems with the smart TVs locking up when both of them are in use continue. When we use the Horizon (our ISP) app to check the download speed, are we checking the speed at the output of the DSL modem, or are we checking the output of our router? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 I am on my laptop (connected wirelessly) running Speedtest. My husband is on his iPhone running the app to test speed provided by our ISP (Horizon). No TVs are playing. When we test the speed individually, we each get in the neighborhood of 12 - 14 Mbps. But if one of us starts to test the speed and then the other one starts, the second person to start gets a speed of from 1 - 3 Mbps. When neither speed test is running, the speed goes back up to 12 - 14 Mbps. Surely this is not normal, is it? Does this indicate a problem with the our router (R6400v2) or the DSL modem? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 That last bit there about having to power cycle is the most telling of whether this is a router problem or not. It sounds like he router stops responding, and in this case it is a router problem. This can happen with a failing piece of hardware. The next time it happens, try to access the router GUI on another device. Open up a browser and go to 192.168.1.1. If it won't load, it's your router and replacing it is a very good idea. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Flip ✭ July 2020 Here is another clue that might very well point to a router problem. I am very familiar with the GUI. I use it all the time. (Actually, it's the reason I like Netgear so well!) Before we had smart TVs and before we started having trouble with them, in the GUI Home section, Wireless tile, the continuous scroll always said "SSID" followed immediately by "SSID-5G". (The password for each also scrolled on the next line down.) In the Guest Network tile, it said "SSID-Guest" followed by SSID-5G-Guest. Now, there is no reference at all to 5G in either tile. To further complicate matters, in the Windows Notification area (on the taskbar just after the time and date) on the "Network" tile, sometimes it lists only SSID and SSID-Guest. Other times, it shows all four (SSID, SSID-5G, SSID-Guest, and SSID-5G-Guest). Sometimes it lists only the main SSID, sometimes the main and the Guest, and other times all four. (We have two Polk Audio sound bars, but only one is ever listed, and it's always listed, no matter what.) It's only totally locked up once, necessitating a power cycle. If it happens again, before powering the router down, I'll check to see if the 5G light on the router is lit (up until now, it's always been lit the few times we checked.) I'll also check out the GUI as you suggest. 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Relocation of router is not an option.  I have a cat6 running to basement to a network switch for future office expansion.  I am wondering if there is an extender that I can plug into network switch to improve wifi coverage in basement? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin April 2020 Greetings Phil. I am sorry for the delay in response. You typically can do that as long as the extender has an Ethernet port connection available. 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Any recommendations? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin March 3 Hello @GnuTroff could you confirm, do you need only a router or also a modem? If you're looking for only a wired router, I'd recommend the Netgear GS105 switch. If you're looking for a modem, you'll need an Optical Network Terminal (ONT). Since FIOS does not use a regular modem it uses ONT which is essentially the fiber-optic version of a modem. 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I work from home and will have an office upstairs. I am currently wired directly to the router, which has worked great. I don't think this will be an option based on where the Xfinity cable comes into the house. I have thought about running an ethernet cable from the router to the upstairs, but not sure I'll be able to do that easily. I will also have a TV in the basement that we like to stream on and currently that's on a ethernet line as well. There's 4 of us and everyone has phones/tablets,so good coverage is important. I'm wondering if a mesh router is a better option or if I should consider using power line or maybe a combination. Totally open to other ideas. Just not sure what direction to go. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Ian admin October 5 Which specific version of the X6s do you have currently? The r8000 version states it can cover up to 3500 sq. feet, but it will vary by specific model. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin October 5 @jjmontez I'd test it first and see what you results are. If they're poor on the the top floor, then I'd run an ethernet cable or powerline adapter up there, and install a second router. Set this second router up in AP mode. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Home with stone walls and 3 levels — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Home with stone walls and 3 levels Myke ✭ August 2020 edited June 7 in General Discussion I've been researching how to increase my Wi-Fi network as my living room and 2nd floor bedroom Wi-Fi will drop in and out. I was considering getting this https://www.amazon.com/Gadgets-World-FBA_ALFA-ARSN19M-OMNI-Directional-High-Gain/dp/B0039ORBLK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1527863290&sr=8-4&keywords=wifi+antenna&linkCode=sl1&tag=jithinsanal16-20&linkId=46bff90f87f67b7a0512c1b3d2c65721 to increase the antenna power and put it on the archway of the stone wall which would make it possible to get signal on both sides. I was also looking at access points but they don't seem to have an Ethernet plug out and the Ethernet cables ran to the rooms are ran because we plug them into TVs. What suggestions does the community have? The current set up is 4 routers (3 with wifi and one for networking- The Wi-fi ones are one on 3rd floor, one on second, one in living room on first floor) rooms but I'm worried the multiple Wi-Fi networks can cause interference as there are 4 total signals being broadcast. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSPhillipT admin August 2020 Hello @Myke I think Access Points are the way to go.  There are Access Points with additional Ethernet Ports on them so you can connect your TVs to the Access Point through ethernet as well.  Something like this will work; https://www.microcenter.com/product/600874/netgear-dual-band-wireless-access-point 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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The signal on floor 2 was not great so we bought an Amped Wireless access point which is hardwired via ethernet cable to the Fiber modem on main floor. But the signal in the basement is still also not great, and we want to improve it there. We are wary of buying yet another device to extend the signal down there and afraid of ending up with a patchwork of different devices that don't play well together.  questions:  Is the Google Fiber modem/router a quality product that we should continue using or should we start over and turn off its router and replace it with our own router? Anyone know the manufacturer of the Google Fiber modem/router? Is it ok to mix manufacturers of hardware on a single home network wifi? If the Google Fiber modem/router is worth using, and the Amped Wireless AP worth keeping, should I look to use the exact same Amped Wireless product in the basement, or a different Amped Wireless product, or can I use any other manufacturer? Note: I have Cat5e hardwire run from the Google Fiber modem to both locations where I want to extend the signal (floor 2 and the basement). 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin July 2020 So we actually have a guide on boosting your wifi in your home. I think it should have some good information for your questions, you can read through it here: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/3891/how-to-boost-your-wifi-signal#latest As for the Google modem/router being worth using, there's no reason not to use it and it should be a quality product.  I'd say unless you're specifically having issues with the main router, stick with it. From what I can find online, I couldn't find anything showing that a company like Netgear or other router manufacturers are the ones who make the Google devices, as far as I can tell they're actually manufactured by Google. I could be wrong about that, but that's the best information I could find.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 Hello @94wahoo It is okay to use routers or access points from different manufacturers. Obviously, there are some brands like Ubiquiti that work better when only using their brand equipment but they can be mixed with other manufacturer hardware and still work. As for the Amped Wireless access point, I am not a fan of Amped Wireless products. There are other brands you can get around the same price that I think would be better.  I actually replaced an Amped Wireless AP with the Ubiquiti AP that is in the buyer's guide and I have yet to have any connection problems.  As for the Google Fiber network box, I am seeing it is required for Google Fiber internet. I am seeing that others have connected the 2nd router after this network box which will work but it can cause a 'Double NAT' error on some devices. I have been able to set up one router after another without running into this Double NAT issue, so it can be done. I am not sure who manufacturers their modem but that would not be a determining factor on what other access points you should get for your home. Google has some information on how you can set up your own router after their network box: https://support.google.com/fiber/answer/2446100?hl=en And here is the information they provide on their network boxes: https://support.google.com/fiber/answer/2667456?hl=en  For a basement, you may want to consider the ceiling mountable Access Points (if your basement has ceiling tiles it would be ideal). Since you have an ethernet cable already ran you could also get a WiFi extender that can be set up as an access point as well. You would likely get better coverage from an access point like the TP-LINK EAP225 V3 AC1350. It is PoE powered so set up is fairly easy.  And for the 2nd floor, you should be able to use a standard WiFi repeater like the TP-LINK RE450 AC1750. It has a gigabit ethernet port and would provide reliable speeds. If you have a large area to cover upstairs than you may want to consider an access point as the antennas would have more power to broadcast the signal farther. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 94wahoo ✭ July 2020 TS_JosephF said: ... And for the 2nd floor, you should be able to use a standard WiFi repeater like the TP-LINK RE450 AC1750. It has a gigabit ethernet port and would provide reliable speeds. If you have a large area to cover upstairs than you may want to consider an access point as the antennas would have more power to broadcast the signal farther. First of all, thank you so much for lending your expertise! I'm a DIY novice at this, so bear with me...when you say that a product like the TP-LINK RE450 AC1750 has a gigabit ethernet port, is that a port for receiving the Cat5e signal from the Google Fiber modem, or is it a port for delivering the signal to an end user device? Does it only receive the signal from the Google box wirelessly? Since I do have the Cat5e run to the spot where I want to improve wifi signal, the signal from it ought to be pretty strong, and whatever extender or repeater device I use ought to take advantage of that hard wire, right? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 edited July 2020 94wahoo said: TS_JosephF said: ... And for the 2nd floor, you should be able to use a standard WiFi repeater like the TP-LINK RE450 AC1750. It has a gigabit ethernet port and would provide reliable speeds. If you have a large area to cover upstairs than you may want to consider an access point as the antennas would have more power to broadcast the signal farther. First of all, thank you so much for lending your expertise! I'm a DIY novice at this, so bear with me...when you say that a product like the TP-LINK RE450 AC1750 has a gigabit ethernet port, is that a port for receiving the Cat5e signal from the Google Fiber modem, or is it a port for delivering the signal to an end user device? Does it only receive the signal from the Google box wirelessly? Since I do have the Cat5e run to the spot where I want to improve wifi signal, the signal from it ought to be pretty strong, and whatever extender or repeater device I use ought to take advantage of that hard wire, right? That is actually a good question. The one I sent you can only receive its internet connection wirelessly. This repeater -  Netgear EX6150-100NAS  -  can be set up to either receive the internet connection through the Ethernet port OR wirelessly. If you want it to receive the internet connection wirelessly, you would set it up in extender mode (And yes it would receive its signal from the Google network box). If you would like to set up the internet connection via ethernet then you would set it up in Access Point mode. If you were to set it up in extender mode, then you could connect another device, like a desktop PC, to the extender via CAT 5e to provide the internet to that PC.  This one also allows you to set it up with the mobile app, which is typically easier. Since you are able to run an ethernet cable to it, that is what I recommend. Also, you are correct, you will get more reliable speeds from the extender when it is receiving the internet connection via ethernet. 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If I connect the same LAN port to a switch, it works fine. Multiple ports on the router have been tested, along with multiple CAT5e's and CAT6 cables.  A rather weird one.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin August 2020 This is definitely odd. Have you tried any troubleshooting on the router itself like factory resetting it or doing a firmware update? It may also be worth it to clear your CMOS on the motherboard and update the BIOS if that doesn't fix it.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook circatee Atlanta ✭ August 2020 TSTonyV said: This is definitely odd. Have you tried any troubleshooting on the router itself like factory resetting it or doing a firmware update? It may also be worth it to clear your CMOS on the motherboard and update the BIOS if that doesn't fix it.  I have not done a factory reset or firmware update on the router. But, that is mainly since two other computers, directly connected to the router, work. Again, very odd.  However, I did update the BIOS on the ASUS B550-F. ASUS support say to RMA the board. But, obviously doing so, I would be without said computer for a while. Still thinking about next steps. A few choices:  1. RMA to ASUS, and wait 2. Return the board to Micro Centre, and either grab the same model, or a different board all together (bought it on 21st Aug 2020). 3. Simply purchase a 1GB PCIE NIC card. Don't need it this minute, since I am currently connected to my switch (Linksys).  So...  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 edited August 2020 Since you're within the 15 day return period you could definitely return the board if you would like to. If the issue persists with a new board, then you're either A) extremely unlucky or B ) something else is causing this issue.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook circatee Atlanta ✭ August 2020 Update: I just installed a Netgear Nighthawk R7000P, and connected my ASUS B550-F directly to it, and it works. Clearly something on the ATT Uverse router is causing the issue. Flipping weird.  Thanks for all the tips! @TSTonyV 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin August 2020 Always happy to help!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Replace the old modem?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answers TSMikeW admin May 2020 Accepted Answer If you can verify it's the modem. Disconnect the router, connect directly to the modem via ethernet. Power cycle the modem, it's going to be bound up on the router until you do. Test the speed from there. If you can't pull 200Mbps and your ISP says everything is good on their side, I would replace the modem. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Accepted Answer billfox428 said: Thanks to TSMikeW and wow! Getting over 200Mbps download speeds when connected to the modem via ethernet. Haven't seen any better than about 80Mbps since February. Thanks for you help and advice. Can I presume that means I'm suffering from a router issue rather than the modem? Any recommendations are appreciated and thanks again! Yeah, definitely sounds like a router issue then. There are a lot of routers thatt should suit your needs, it just depends on what you're willing to spend on one.  ASUS and Netgear both make good routers in my experience, so I would start with looking at those. I personally have an ASUS RTAC-68U which has been great for me, but that could be little expensive for some people.  The RT-AC66U is the little brother of the router I have and it should also work well. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin June 2020 Accepted Answer Yes, so long as the router has gigabit LAN you shouldn't suffer any slowdowns at all. Make sure it's gigabit LAN. If not, you're going to be capped at 100Mbps at the router.  5 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Accepted Answer Based on everything else you've describe, I would predict that when your router is hooked back up, you'll start getting the lower speeds again. Since the modem is clearly providing full speeds via direct connection, it's probably the router that's slowing you down in the first place.  5 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers TSTonyV admin May 2020 What exactly are they recommending a new modem or router for? Are you having issues with your network? Any more detail you can provide would be helpful.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook billfox428 ✭ May 2020 We've been having issues with our Nest and their support said it was due to unstable wifi connection. The Nest battery was below it's recommended voltage. I next complained to Xfinity about our download speeds and they claimed I needed to upgrade the modem. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin May 2020 Do you know what download speeds you're actually paying for from Xfinity, and what kind of modem you current have? I better router could potentially solve both those problems. Bad wifi connections can affect download speeds, and sometimes low quality routers can prevent you from taking full advantage of the connection your ISP is providing. At the very least, the hardware Xfinity has already given you should be able to provide the full speeds that your plan is set up for, even if you're not always at 100%.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook billfox428 ✭ May 2020 Thanks Tony. Just ran another speed test just now and despite the fact that we pay for 200Mbps downloads, tonight's result was 10.7Mbps! I did get as high as 81.1Mbps this afternoon but that was a month or two high water mark. Again, Xfinity claims it's my Arris modem as I have no interest in their products and the accompanying security issues I believe exist with those. So it seems upgrading from my 4 year old Arris modem and not yet on the AC1900 Linksys router might be worth a try? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook billfox428 ✭ June 2020 edited June 2020 Thanks to TSMikeW and wow! Getting over 200Mbps download speeds when connected to the modem via ethernet. Haven't seen any better than about 80Mbps since February. Thanks for you help and advice. Can I presume that means I'm suffering from a router issue rather than the modem? Any recommendations are appreciated and thanks again! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook billfox428 ✭ June 2020 This community has been incredibly helpful! Last question from me is if I can expect the similar download speeds from my network after the router is back in the system that I experienced with the direct modem connection? 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Maybe you just want to extend the WiFi signal to your office at the far end of your home, or you would like to extend the signal all through your backyard. Either way, this guide will explain the different ways you can extend the WiFi signal inside or outside of your home or business. There are many different devices that you can use such as wireless repeaters, signal boosters, and antennas. Each of these devices will offer different features and will be set up a bit differently. Table of Contents What’s a WiFi extender? What’s a Mesh Router? What’s an Access Point? What is best for me? Products WiFi Extenders Mesh Routers High-Speed Mesh Routers Access Points Updated: 7/6/2020 Prices are subject to change 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TS_JosephF admin July 2020 edited July 2020 What’s a WiFi extender? Now, if you are looking to just extend your WiFi signal inside, buying a WiFi extender or WiFi booster can easily solve that problem. Most of them require very little to almost no setup. Basically, this uses some of its antennas to receive the WiFi from your primary router then it uses the other antennas to rebroadcast the signal.  A lot of extenders also have an ethernet port. It can be used to provide internet access to a PC or other device that cannot connect to WiFi. This ethernet port can also be used to provide an internet connection to the extender itself, which would make it an Access Point.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 What’s a Mesh Router? If it has been a while since you upgraded your wireless router then you may want to consider a Mesh Router system. Mesh Routers are fairly simple to set up and can offer the most reliable speed for all of your devices throughout your home. If you are looking for a full coverage wifi network, then a Mesh Router will be best for you. This would replace your current router and would also provide at least 1 other ‘satellite’ or 'node' that you can position in a different area of your home. These nodes will connect to the primary router using a wireless connection - no ethernet cable required - and can easily increase your WiFi coverage and improve the overall quality of your wireless network. One feature that is very convenient is that it creates a seamless network. This allows you to walk throughout your home without having to manually switch between WiFi networks to maintain your internet connection. Your device will automatically switch to whatever node it is closest to. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 What's an Access Point? Another way you can extend your WiFi signal is by using an Access Point or AP. Now, these can require a little more time to set up and you likely have to run an ethernet cable to it from your current router, depending on which one you purchase. Some can be set up in ‘Repeater’ mode, which is very similar to a WiFi extender. Others can be set up in ‘Access Point’ mode, which will require you to connect an ethernet cable for an internet connection.  Both will create another Wi-Fi name or SSID (service set identifier) but will still allow devices to communicate with each other as it will still be 1 network. Access Points can offer the most versatility because they are sold with various antenna strengths as well as directions.  Access Points can also be used to set up a wireless bridge. Basically, this can allow you to use two Access Points to extend a WiFi signal several hundred feet or more, depending on the antenna strength and gain. It is more popular to set this up in a corporate environment rather than a residential one. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 edited July 2020 What is best for me? When you are looking to extend your WiFi signal, there are few things you will need to consider: Are you extending the signal outside or just inside? WiFi Extenders or Boosters typically do not have strong antennas to boost the signal outside. Extenders and Mesh Systems would be best to boost your WiFi signal inside your home rather than outside. An Access Point would likely be the best option when looking to extend your WiFi signal outside. You can choose one that best suits the direction and distance you are extending the signal.  Whether you want the signal to cover a big backyard, or an exterior garage or barn, an Access Point will give you the most reliable connection. These are common in office buildings, warehouses, and large garages. Is your priority the WiFi speed, coverage, or both? For indoor use, Mesh Routers will offer the best overall speed and reliability inside your home. It would be able to provide the most consistent speed while extending your WiFi coverage.  A WiFi extender is a good indoor solution, however, it may not provide the same speed or reliability as a Mesh Router would.  Access Points can offer very reliable speed and coverage but I would recommend these mainly for outdoor use. Although, there are some Access Points that can be set up as a node if you already have a Mesh Router. Are you comfortable with some network setup, or do you want something that is plug n play? The simplest device to set up is going to be a WiFi extender. Most will require you to push a button on your router and the extender. It really is that easy. A Mesh Router and most Access Points will both require some sort of network setup. You would have to access the UI of the router or AP to set up the internet connection. Even though these require you to set up the device, they will also include more features to help with the overall security and bandwidth across your network. Are you looking for a complete wireless solution? Or is running an Ethernet cable an option? If you are looking for a complete wireless solution then I would recommend a WiFi extender. All that is required is a wall outlet. They are very convenient when running an ethernet cable is not an option. A Mesh Router can be considered a complete wireless solution if you are looking to replace your current router. It would require you to connect an ethernet cable from the base router to the modem and to a wall outlet, of course, for power. However, the 2nd and/or 3rd satellite does not require any ethernet cable. An Access Point is not always considered a wireless solution as most require you to run an ethernet cable. You can purchase some Access Points and set them up as a WiFi extender, but it might be easier to just get a WiFi extender.    What is your budget? This can easily be the determining factor for some of us. The most inexpensive solution would be a WiFi extender or booster. With that being said they are some very pricey extenders similar to the cost of a low-end Mesh Router. Based on the products I am recommending, here is a range of the prices: WiFi Extenders = $29.99 - $119.99 Access Points = $69.99 - $99.99 Mesh Routers = $89.99 - $699.99 As you can see by the range in price, when it comes to Mesh Routers, you’ve got plenty of options. Below, you will see the different products I recommend to see what best suits your needs and budget. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Extenders and Repeaters I recommend these extenders if you are looking for something simple. They will provide the WiFi boost you are looking for at an affordable price. TP-LINK AC750 Compact Plug-in Range Extender $29.99 100 Mbps Ethernet Port Up to 433 Mbps over 5GHz Can be set up as Extender or AP Inexpensive and simple solution. TP-Link RE305 AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender $49.99 100 Mbps Ethernet Port Up to 867 Mbps over 5GHz Affordable - With reliable speeds ASUS RP-AC55 Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless Range Extender $65.99 Gigabit Ethernet Port Up to 867 Mbps over 5GHz Extender mode only Good WiFi coverage _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ These range extenders are also very easy to set up. These are a better option if you are looking for something that can provide a bit more speed. TP-LINK RE450 AC1750 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender $79.99 Gigabit Ethernet Port Up to 1300 Mbps over 5GHz Can be set up as Extender A simple, easy solution that can provide Gigabit speeds Netgear EX6150-100NAS AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender $119.99 Gigabit Ethernet Port Up to 867 Mbps over 5GHz Can be set up as Extender or AP Easy setup with the Nighthawk App 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Mesh Routers If you have not upgraded your router in a few years, then you may want to consider upgrading to a Mesh router system. This will extend your WiFi signal and can also speed up your network. Tenda AC1200 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System $89.99 100 Mbps Ethernet Port Up to 867 Mbps over 5GHz 3-pack  Covers Up to 2,500 sq. feet TP-LINK Deco M4 AC1200 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System $179.99 Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports Up to 867 Mbps on 5 GHz 3-pack Covers up to 5,500 sq. feet Setup and manage your network with the Deco app. TP-LINK Deco M9 Plus AC2200 Smart Home Mesh Wi-Fi System $269.99 Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports Up to 867 Mbps over both 5 GHz 2-pack Covers Up to 4,500 sq. feet Setup and manage your network with the Deco app. Linksys VELOP Whole Home Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi System $399.99 Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports Up to 867 Mbps over 5 GHz 3-pack  Covers Up to 6,000 sq. feet Easy setup with the Linksys app. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 edited April 26 High-Speed Mesh Routers These Mesh Routers are 802.11ax or WiFi 6, which is the newest wireless standard available in our stores. Even though the newer 802.11ad wireless standard is available, we have yet to see any sort of mass adoption for the 802.11ax wireless standard. If you were to buy one of these routers, you would not have to worry about upgrading for at least a few years.  ASUS AX6100 Tri-Band Wireless Mesh Routers - AiMesh Support $379.99 Four Gigabit Ethernet Ports Up to 4804 Mbps over 5 GHz 2-Pack Covers up to 5,500 sq. feet ASUS ZenWiFi Tri-band AX6600 Whole-Home Mesh WiFi 6 System $449.99 Three Gigabit Ethernet Ports Up to 4804 Mbps over one 5 GHz 2-pack Covers up to 5,500 sq. feet This Arris router below is the fastest Mesh system we sell at the time of writing this. The AX11000 is capable of reaching a total speed of 11 Gbps! Arris Enterprises SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh WiFi 6 AX11000 System $699.99 Four Gigabit Ethernet Ports Supports Multi-Gig WAN with link aggregation Up to 4804 Mbps over both 5 GHz 2-pack Covers up to 6,000 sq. feet Can use the SURFboard mAX™ Manager App for network management. NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System (RBK853) $699.99 Four Gigabit Ethernet Ports Supports Multi-Gig WAN with link aggregation 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Access Points The Access Points I have listed below can be set up either indoor or outdoor. These are best when you are looking to extend your WiFi outside of your home. TP-LINK EAP225 V3 AC1350 Wireless Access Point $69.99 One Gigabit Ethernet Port POE powered Up to 867 Mbps over 5 GHz Mesh capable Easy management with the Omada app Ubiquiti Networks UniFi AC Mesh Indoor/Outdoor Access Point $94.99 One Gigabit Ethernet Port POE powered Up to 867 Mbps over 5 GHz Works with UniFi Network Controller App TP-LINK EAP245 V3 AC1750 Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point $99.99 One Gigabit Ethernet Port POE powered Up to 1300 Mbps over 5 GHz Seamless roaming between router and AP Easy management with the Omada app 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 edited July 2020 Questions or Comments? As always, we want to encourage you to be a part of these discussions. If you have any questions about anything you see here or if you think we should add something to this guide, please let us know! We will be happy to explain anything more in-depth so you have a good understanding of the products and how they work. Perhaps you would like to recommend a router or extender that we have not listed here on this guide, please post a comment. We would love to hear your thoughts about it along with your experience with the item.  Lastly, I hope this guide helps you successfully extend the range of your WiFi and also teaches you the basics of each device. Thank you for reading! Be sure to check out some more networking articles below! How to Troubleshoot Network Problems 2020 [Guide] How to Access and Configure a Router How to manually set your DNS server 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cj_mustang ✭ January 25 I do not know much about wifi, I know enough to be dangerous but I’m not a techy by any means, I have a detached garage about 60-75 feet from my house that I would like to be able to stream tv/ sports pay-per-views to. I have dsl that’s rated at 12mbps I’m in a rural area and I would like to know the best access point to use for this situation and will it help if I have a WiFi extender in the house to supplement the access points connection? Please help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 25 I'd recommend a Mesh system or range extender depending on your current wireless router. 60 feet is quite a long distance, and depending on the impedance of your walls, the signal strength may be reduced and it may not reach. I'd recommend the ASUS range extender if you already have a powerful router. The speed of this extender will exceed your ISP speed but it may provide the signal strength to reach your outbuilding if it's placed on the inside outermost wall of your home assuming that it is able to connect to your home network there. Hope this helps! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook boymama0818 ✭ January 29 My parents just purchased property out East and their internet is awful. Their router was placed in the garage at install. What is the best way to help them? I’m looking for an all in one, whatever will help maintain a stable connection at the fastest speed available. I’m worried the connection itself is just too bad out there but I’m willing to try anything.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 29 boymama0818 said: My parents just purchased property out East and their internet is awful. Their router was placed in the garage at install. What is the best way to help them? I’m looking for an all in one, whatever will help maintain a stable connection at the fastest speed available. I’m worried the connection itself is just too bad out there but I’m willing to try anything.  What kind of internet speed are they paying for? What kind of speed are they receiving?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 33 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 816 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 85 Consumer Tech 26 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 79 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 28 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article In store pick up question — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Store Information and Policy In store pick up question JaquanW93 ✭ April 2020 in Store Information and Policy Me and my fiancé bought the kiddos A gaming monitor, we paid for it on her credit card and after check out it tells me I need the card and ID on pick up, but due to her being 6months pregnant she is not leaving the house due to COVID-19. What are my options on picking it up without her?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments JaquanW93 ✭ April 2020 Also I’ve been calling the Denver Micro Center store for 30minutes now and it’s saying the hold capacity is full and the phone hangs up. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 2020 Greetings. You can use another card at time of pickup, it will just have to match the ID of the person picking it up. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook tconn2690 ✭ April 2020 what is the Time Limit to ordering online, then pickup for St Louis Park, MN store? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin April 2020 tconn2690 said: what is the Time Limit to ordering online, then pickup for St Louis Park, MN store? If you're looking for time frames from online order to confirmation, it varies depending on how busy the store is currently.  Prior to the pandemic, it would be around 18 minutes, but due to the influx of requests, it is advised to just wait until you receive the confirmation email prior to heading to the store.  I do apologize if this is an inconvenience. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook tconn2690 ✭ April 2020 TS_AlexS said: tconn2690 said: what is the Time Limit to ordering online, then pickup for St Louis Park, MN store? If you're looking for time frames from online order to confirmation, it varies depending on how busy the store is currently.  Prior to the pandemic, it would be around 18 minutes, but due to the influx of requests, it is advised to just wait until you receive the confirmation email prior to heading to the store.  I do apologize if this is an inconvenience. no worries, I put the order in now, was not planning to pick it up until tomorrow 4/18/20 morning? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin April 2020 tconn2690 said: TS_AlexS said: tconn2690 said: what is the Time Limit to ordering online, then pickup for St Louis Park, MN store? If you're looking for time frames from online order to confirmation, it varies depending on how busy the store is currently.  Prior to the pandemic, it would be around 18 minutes, but due to the influx of requests, it is advised to just wait until you receive the confirmation email prior to heading to the store.  I do apologize if this is an inconvenience. no worries, I put the order in now, was not planning to pick it up until tomorrow 4/18/20 morning? That shouldn't be an issue!  Once it's confirmed, you have 72 hours to pick it up 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Chilly ✭ April 2020 edited April 2020 post moved to general. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Lawrence ✭ April 2020 Want a Samsung 32" monitor. Your site shows 6 in stock in Madison Heights. But, I don't want to come in to the store and interact with anyone in person (Virus) Can I order and pay by credit card over the phone, and then stop in front of store, call and have someone bring it out and put it into the trunk of my car? Thanks, Lawrence 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SX_AMIGO ✭ April 2020 I PLACED A PICK UP ORDER YESTERDAY AND TODAY SAME ORDER BUTIM NOT GETTING ANY FEED BACK ON WHEN I CAN PIC IT UP\ 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin April 2020 Lawrence said: Want a Samsung 32" monitor. Your site shows 6 in stock in Madison Heights. But, I don't want to come in to the store and interact with anyone in person (Virus) Can I order and pay by credit card over the phone, and then stop in front of store, call and have someone bring it out and put it into the trunk of my car? Thanks, Lawrence The Madison Heights location is currently offering curbside pickup services. When you place a reservation order through the website, you will receive a confirmation email when it's complete. Once you receive that email, there will be a link inside that will allow you to set  the order as curbside pickup.  SX_AMIGO said: I PLACED A PICK UP ORDER YESTERDAY AND TODAY SAME ORDER BUTIM NOT GETTING ANY FEED BACK ON WHEN I CAN PIC IT UP\ Due to the virus outbreak we've had an extremely high volume of reservations and they've been taking a lot longer to process than normal. The exact time frame will vary depending on your local store, but some locations have been very far behind. Once you receive a confirmation email that the order is ready, you'll then have three days to come to the store to get it.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Foo_Neil ✭ April 2020 edited April 2020 This is related to curbside pickup: I went to the North Jersey location to pick up an order that was place on the website.  I arrived there 1.5 before the already early closing and was told that they were not allowing any more customers in the store for the day.  This is after driving a hour with tolls to pick up this order.  If this is an issue, why does that location not have curbside order pickup ?  I did gripe to one of the Microcenter associates at the door and they told me that they had stopped letting people in an hour ago and to contact the home office about curbside pickup. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin April 2020 Foo_Neil said: This is related to curbside pickup: I went to the North Jersey location to pick up an order that was place on the website.  I arrived there 1.5 before the already early closing and was told that they were not allowing any more customers in the store for the day.  This is after driving a hour with tolls to pick up this order.  If this is an issue, why does that location not have curbside order pickup ?  I did gripe to one of the Microcenter associates at the door and they told me that they had stopped letting people in an hour ago and to contact the home office about curbside pickup. I'm sorry today didn't go the way as planned.  That's never a good feeling at all.  We've been implementing curbside pick up at store locations at a steady pace.  I'll definitely get word up the ladder about your concerns with New Jersey's location and curbside pickup @Foo_Neil 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook garyh ✭ April 2020 Hi, I used privacy.com to place a shipment and one of my employees is picking it up for me. Can you help me in getting my order? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DaveC ✭ April 2020 For the Houston location:  I understand it will take time, but can you tell me if my reservation will take 3 days to gather or more?  I'm up against a deadline and if I can't get the parts this week, I need to figure out a Plan B.  I placed it last week, so i'm hoping I can pick it up in the next day or so. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BigE45 ✭ April 2020 I placed an order yesterday for tustin store. Have not received any email updates and order says it is still processing. Went by the store today after work, wait was too long to go in but they said online order wait times are around 30 min. Went home checked my order and one of the items only has one left in stock. If that one item runs out will my whole order be canceled or will they still pick up the other items and I can just get those? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_BryantA admin April 2020 @garyh Good morning and thank you for your question. If this is not for our Micro Center Madison Heights location, then your employees can pick this order up for you, though know they would be required  to use card payment in their name to pick up the order. If you need the status of your order, Direct Message me with your order information and I'll be happy to check this for you. @DaveC Good morning and thank you for forwarding your concerns regarding your order. If you have not received a confirmation yet and the order was placed last week, unfortunately this may not have been able to be fulfilled due to order quantities. If you Direct Message me with your order information I will be happy to check the status for you.  @BigE45 Good morning and I apologize for the difficulties in picking up your order. Some product that is out of stock may be out of stock due to the item being reserved. Depending on the item the order may be split to have a partial reservation or cancelled. If you Direct Message me with your order information, I will be able to see if the order has been cancelled, ready, or if it is a partial ready order.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DaveC ✭ April 2020 How do I dm you?  I can change MT reservation to something available.  I'm up against a deadline 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Orlando ✭ April 2020 Do you have Brother TN360 toner cartridges in either ILLinios store location? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin April 2020 edited April 2020 @DaveC To DM TS_BryantA, click on his name and then click on the message box.  It should start a message chat between him and you.   @Orlando I see that we have the Brother TN360 toner at both our Chicago and Westmont location. https://www.microcenter.com/product/279253/brother-high-yield-toner-cartridge,-black-toner,-page-yield-up-to-2,600-pages,-tn360 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook julie ✭ April 2020  do you have the MSI Optix MAG272CRX 240 hz monitor in stock?  in the westbury long island store also looking to buy a two monitor monitor arm 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Adan ✭ April 2020 My dad ordered me a laptop with his credit card do I need to bring him with me to pick up the laptop or do I need to bring the card with me ?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Isaiah_H ✭ April 2020 Hi, I placed a reservation 2 days ago, and I was looking to pick it up today, but I saw something that it has to be before 6. The store hours for the St. David’s, PA location are 10-7, so could I pick it up before 7, or is it 6? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSKyleH admin April 2020 julie said:  do you have the MSI Optix MAG272CRX 240 hz monitor in stock?  in the westbury long island store also looking to buy a two monitor monitor arm Hello Julie, I am sorry but I am not showing this monitor available, but we do we have some other 240hz options here, https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966896+4294815396&Ntk=all&storeid=025.  Adan said: My dad ordered me a laptop with his credit card do I need to bring him with me to pick up the laptop or do I need to bring the card with me ?  Hello Adan, we do allow anyone to pickup the order as long as they have the order number and are able to pay for it using their own credit card. Isaiah_H said: Hi, I placed a reservation 2 days ago, and I was looking to pick it up today, but I saw something that it has to be before 6. The store hours for the St. David’s, PA location are 10-7, so could I pick it up before 7, or is it 6? Hello Isaiah, currently our hours are 10am to 7pm for the PA location, however, we stop processing new orders after 6pm, which means that if you have not gotten your confirmation then the order would not be ready that night. If you already have the confirmation email informing you to come to the store, then you may arrive any time before 7pm, when we close. Keep in mind with COVID-19 and higher wait times, we may not be able to add you to the waitlist after 6pm. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Isaiah_H ✭ April 2020 Okay, I’ll be coming in tomorrow, hopefully before 6, I have my confirmation and payment option ready to go!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AntoineYetts ✭ May 2020 Hey I need help it’s the 3rd day today and I need to check my status I have a $1 hold on my account but nothing has come out can you see if my items are in stock or double check to see if you see something that I can’t. Please and thank you. I’ve tried calling and I can’t get through for the In store pick up option at three Madison Heights, MI location. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Denis_Ferreira ✭ May 2020 I am about to confirm an online order for a netgear 8 x 4 docsis 3.0 cable modem to pick up at the store in Paterson - NJ. I would like to confirm if I would be able to pick it up before Monday if I order it right now. Thanks 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Isaiah_H ✭ May 2020 Hello, this is my 3rd day for my reservation, and I plan to pick it up before 6 at the St. David’s, PA location. I was wondering how I will go about the process once I get there, and how to claim my reservation. I’ve got the confirmation email 2 days ago, so I’m set. Just don’t know what to do when I get there. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSKyleH admin May 2020 AntoineYetts said: Hey I need help it’s the 3rd day today and I need to check my status I have a $1 hold on my account but nothing has come out can you see if my items are in stock or double check to see if you see something that I can’t. Please and thank you. I’ve tried calling and I can’t get through for the In store pick up option at three Madison Heights, MI location. Hello @AntoineYetts, we only place a small hold on the card used for the reservation. The full payment will be charged on the card used for pickup. If you have the confirmation email letting you know its ready then you may come to the store. If you text your order number to the store we would be happy to check the status of the order. Denis_Ferreira said: I am about to confirm an online order for a netgear 8 x 4 docsis 3.0 cable modem to pick up at the store in Paterson - NJ. I would like to confirm if I would be able to pick it up before Monday if I order it right now. Thanks @Denis_Ferreira our reservations have been backed up recently so I do not have an estimated time for when the order would process. However, once the order is completed you will have three days to pick up the order. This time starts once you get the email confirming the order. Isaiah_H said: Hello, this is my 3rd day for my reservation, and I plan to pick it up before 6 at the St. David’s, PA location. I was wondering how I will go about the process once I get there, and how to claim my reservation. I’ve got the confirmation email 2 days ago, so I’m set. Just don’t know what to do when I get there. I understand you already have your confirmation @Isaiah_H this will allow you to come to the store and once your allowed to enter, then you bring the confirmation to the pickup counter and they would be able to retrieve your order. An ID and Credit Card would be required to finalize the payment of the order.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook jenlo ✭ May 2020 Hi, I used my card to purchase the computer for pick up in Northern VA, but due to some preexisting conditions, I'm staying inside. 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Even if you do not consider yourself an expert with computers, you can learn how to use them yourself. I will walk you through how to change some basic settings that will benefit you and anyone that is connected. I will also do my best to explain some of these settings and features so that you are aware of how the changes you make will affect you and your home network. How do I access my router? First, in order to change any settings, we must access and (usually) “sign-in” to the router. What do I mean by this? To access Facebook on a PC, you would type in facebook.com on your web browser and sign in to our account with a username and password. This process is similar to accessing your router. We are simply typing in the address to your router and signing in with a username and password. Make sure you are connected to the router with an ethernet cable or through Wi-Fi. Now, the first step is to find either the hostname to your router or the IP address to your router. The hostname for your router depends on the brand, would be something like ‘router.asus.com’ or ‘tendawifi.com’. The easiest way is to find this is directly on the router. There is a label either on the bottom, side or back of your router. It should have things like hostname, IP address, username, password, pre-shared key and more. Find the label and take note of either the hostname or IP address, whichever is available. For example, in the picture above, we can see the IP address: 192.168.0.1. This is also a good time to write down the username and password. You will need this later to log in to the router. If you cannot find either one of these or are unsure, do not worry. I will show you another method for finding this. Windows PC We can easily use command prompt or Windows Powershell on your PC to find the IP address of your router. You can open command prompt by clicking the start button, then scrolling down your list of programs until you find Windows System. If you right-click on the start button, you can click Windows Powershell (See pictures below). You can search for either of these in the Windows search bar at the bottom of your screen. Windows Powershell/Command Prompt Once you have either of those open, just type in this command: ipconfig (see picture below). Once you enter 'ipconfig' with no spaces, hit Enter. Then your networking information will appear in command prompt or Windows Powershell.  **Just know if you are using command prompt then your screen should look identical to this. The only difference should be the username that I covered up.** What we are looking for is the Default Gateway IP address. The default gateway, in this case, would be your router. You will type the IP address listed next to Default Gateway into any web browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.). You can see we used Command Prompt in the picture below. If you are using Windows Powershell, it will look the same but the windows will just have different colors. **It is very likely that your IP address and default gateway will start with 192.168.xx.xx** Signing into your Router Once you have typed in the IP address of your router in your web browser (see picture above), you should see a screen similar to the picture below. From here you will need that username and password listed on your router. The password is typically something basic like ‘admin’, ‘1234’, or ‘password’. Remember this step because we will be changing the password later. Once you have signed in, congratulations! You have successfully accessed your router. Take a moment to get familiar with the user interface and layout of your router settings. Be sure you don’t click save or apply on any pages so you don’t accidentally change anything. If you try that username and password and it is not working or you have simply forgotten what it could be then you can reset the router back to original settings. You can find more information on how to do that here. Navigating through your Router settings Once you have signed into your router, you should see a screen similar to the one below. The first settings you should change are the password to both your router (the one you used to sign into it) and the password to your Wi-Fi (this is the password you would type in on all of your devices to connect them). **Changing the Wi-Fi name or password WILL disconnect any device that you currently have connected. You will have to connect all of them again using the new password or to the new Wi-Fi name** Now, to change the name of your Wi-Fi and the password, you will want to find Wi-Fi settings or Wireless Settings. Different manufacturers will have different labels for this so just look for those keywords. You can see the Asus router shows ‘Wireless’ under Advanced settings and the Netgear router lists it as ‘Wireless Settings’ under Setup. It can even be found under Security or Wireless Security. Changing the Wi-Fi password Once you have found the correct screen, you can change your password to whatever you would like. It is very important that you have a secure password for your Wi-Fi. Typically, a longer password = more secure. Adding symbols and numbers can also make it more secure. Be sure that WPA2 is selected as the security method. If you also have the option for ‘Encryption’ select AES. Once you have typed in your new password and selected these settings, click in ‘Apply’ or ‘Save’. If you are currently accessing your router through Wi-Fi, it WILL kick you off after you change the password. You will just have to sign into Wi-Fi once the router restarts. After connecting to the router, you can type in the IP address of the router again and log back in. One thing I have to mention is that many routers have 2 different Wi-Fi names that you can connect to. You may have noticed that your Wi-Fi names have ‘2.4G’ and ‘5G’ in the name. This is because your router can emit a Wi-Fi signal using different frequencies, these routers are called "dual-band". The 5 GHz band is faster and is better for most modern devices. However, the signal does not reach as far as the 2.4 GHz band. If you do not have a strong signal on the 5 GHz Wi-Fi then just connect to the 2.4 GHz. The reason I want to mention this is because you can set different Wi-Fi names and passwords for each of these. If you look in the pictures below, you will see the D-Link router has two different boxes to see the name, password and security for each frequency. Make sure that you change the password to BOTH. You can use the same password or a different one for each frequency. Changing the Router Password The last thing we will do is change the password to your router. It is potentially the most important step in securing your home network. Just be sure you set a secure password for this but do not forget it! If you happen to forget this password, you will have to reset the router and reconfigure everything that you have already done. Now, this setting can be under different setting screens depending on your router. It could be found under Administration, Maintenance, Management or Advanced settings. If you look at the pictures below, you can see that the setting is found under Administration then Management on a Linksys router. For the D-Link router it can be found under Maintenance then Admin. Also, you can see on the Linksys router, you have the option to change your username too. This is recommended if you have the option. Just remember after you type in your username and password to click on save or apply. Once the router restarts, you will have to log back into the router with the new username and password. Now, you have successfully just made your home network more secure. Give yourself a pat on the back! Just remember to only give your Wi-Fi password out to people you trust and NEVER give anyone the password to your router. You can always change these passwords as often that you feel is necessary. Anytime you suspect someone is using your Wi-Fi without your permission, changing the password can solve that problem. They would be disconnected (along with all of YOUR devices) and would not be able to use your Wi-Fi again unless they got the new password. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How to Access and Configure a Router - Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker How to Access and Configure a Router - Micro Center Nowadays, a wireless router is required for nearly every home. I personally do not know anyone that does not have one in their house. Many people purchase routers with a lot of great features but may not know how to use them. Even if you do not consider yourself an expert with computers, it is fairly easy to learn about great features routers provide. Today, we will walk you through how to change some basic settings that will benefit you and anyone that is connected. I will also do my best to explain some of these settings and features so that you are aware of how the changes you make will affect you and your home network. How do I access my router? First, in order to change any settings, we must access and (usually) “sign-in” to the router. What do I mean by this? To access Facebook on a PC, you would type in facebook.com on your web browser and sign in to your account with a username and password. This process is similar to accessing your router. We are simply typing in the address to your router and signing in with a username and password. Make sure you are connected to the router with an ethernet cable or through Wi-Fi. Now, the first step is to find either the hostname to your router or the IP address to your router. The hostname for your router depends on the brand, would be something like ‘router.asus.com’ or ‘tendawifi.com’. The easiest way is to find this is directly on the router. There is a label either on the bottom, side or back of your router. Here is an example of one: It should have things like hostname, IP address, username, password, pre-shared key and more. Find the label and take note of either the hostname or IP address, whichever is available. For example, in the picture above, we can see the IP address: 192.168.0.1. This is also a good time to write down the username and password. You will need this later to log in to the router. If you cannot find either one of these or are unsure, do not worry. I will show you another method for finding this. How to access your Router from Windows PC We can easily use command prompt or Windows PowerShell on your PC to find the IP address of your router. You can open command prompt by clicking the start button, then scrolling down your list of programs until you find Windows System. If you right-click on the start button, you can click Windows PowerShell (See pictures below). You can search for either of these in the Windows search bar at the bottom of your screen. Using Windows PowerShell/Command Prompt Once you have either of those open, just type in this command: ipconfig (see picture below). Once you enter 'ipconfig' with no spaces, hit Enter. Then your networking information will appear in command prompt or Windows PowerShell.  **Just know if you are using command prompt then your screen should look identical to this. The only difference should be the username that I covered up.** What we are looking for is the Default Gateway IP address. The default gateway, in this case, would be your router. You will type the IP address listed next to Default Gateway into any web browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.) You can see we used Command Prompt in the picture below. If you are using Windows PowerShell, it will look the same but the windows will just have different colors. **It is very likely that your IP address and default gateway will start with 192.168.xx.xx** Signing into your Router Once you have typed in the IP address of your router in your web browser (see picture above), you should see a screen similar to the picture below. From here you will need that username and password listed on your router. The password is typically something basic like ‘admin’, ‘1234’, or ‘password’. Remember this step because we will be changing the password later. Once you have signed in, congratulations! You have successfully accessed your router. Take a moment to get familiar with the user interface and layout of your router settings. Be sure you don’t click save or apply on any pages so you don’t accidentally change anything. If you try that username and password and it is not working or you have simply forgotten what it could be then you can reset the router back to original settings. You can find more information on how to do that here. Navigating through your Router settings Once you have signed into your router, you should see a screen similar to the one below. The first settings you should change are the password to both your router (the one you used to sign into it) and the password to your Wi-Fi (this is the password you would type in on all of your devices to connect them). **Changing the Wi-Fi name or password WILL disconnect any device that you currently have connected. You will have to connect all of them again using the new password or to the new Wi-Fi name** Now, to change the name of your Wi-Fi and the password, you will want to find Wi-Fi settings or Wireless Settings. Different manufacturers will have different labels for this so just look for those keywords. You can see the Asus router shows ‘Wireless’ under Advanced settings and the Netgear router lists it as ‘Wireless Settings’ under Setup. It can even be found under Security or Wireless Security. Changing the Wi-Fi password Once you have found the correct screen, you can change your password to whatever you would like. It is very important that you have a secure password for your Wi-Fi. Typically, a longer password = more secure. Adding symbols and numbers can also make it more secure. Be sure that WPA2 is selected as the security method. If you also have the option for ‘Encryption’ select AES. Once you have typed in your new password and selected these settings, click in ‘Apply’ or ‘Save’. If you are currently accessing your router through Wi-Fi, it WILL kick you off after you change the password. You will just have to sign into Wi-Fi once the router restarts. After connecting to the router, you can type in the IP address of the router again and log back in. One thing I have to mention is that many routers have 2 different Wi-Fi names that you can use to connect. You may have noticed that your Wi-Fi names have ‘2.4G’ and ‘5G’ in the name. This is because your router can emit a Wi-Fi signal using different frequencies, these routers are called "dual-band". The 5 GHz band is faster and is better for most modern devices. However, the signal does not reach as far as the 2.4 GHz band. If you do not have a strong signal on the 5 GHz Wi-Fi then just connect to the 2.4 GHz. The reason I want to mention this is because you can set different Wi-Fi names and passwords for each one. If you look at the pictures below, you will see the D-Link router has two different boxes to see the name, password and security for each frequency. Make sure that you change the password to BOTH. You can use the same password or a different one for each frequency. Changing the Router Login Password The last thing we will do is change the password to your router. It is potentially the most important step in securing your home network. Just be sure you set a secure password for this but do not forget it! If you happen to forget this password, you will have to reset the router and reconfigure everything that you have already done. Now, this setting can be under different setting screens depending on your router. It could be found under Administration, Maintenance, Management or Advanced settings. If you look at the pictures below, you can see that the setting is found under Administration then Management on a Linksys router. For the D-Link router it can be found under Maintenance then Admin. Also, you can see on the Linksys router, you have the option to change your username too. This is recommended if you have the option. Just remember after you type in your username and password to click on save or apply. Once the router restarts, you will have to log back into the router with the new username and password. Now, you have successfully just made your home network more secure. Give yourself a pat on the back! Just remember to only give your Wi-Fi password out to people you trust and NEVER give anyone the password to your router. You can always change these passwords as often that you feel is necessary. Anytime you suspect someone is using your Wi-Fi without your permission, changing the password can solve that problem. They would be disconnected (along with all of YOUR devices) and would not be able to use your Wi-Fi again unless they got the new password. I hope all this information helps you with your router questions! © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Web Page Site Map | Micro Center What's where? Shopping: Help, Policies, Specials, Rebates, Site Tools, Shopping Cart. Email & Newsletters. At The Stores: Store Locations, Store Information/Services, Partners.