Wireless signal keeps dropping!
After rearranging my room, wireless devices won't stay connected to the router!
SOLUTION: Turn Off Beamforming!
TEST: Install a WiFi analyzer app on a mobile device (Wifi Analyzer by Webprovider on Android). Watch on 2.4 and 5.0 GHz how your radios are turning on and off every 30 seconds. One will stay active in each band, but a 2nd one will toggle, and confuse all of your connected devices. Beamforming isn't smart enough to disable itself, and stop trying to beamform when there's interference. Go to ADVANCED tab, ADVANCED SETUP, WIRELESS SETTINGS, then scroll down to the bottom, and TURN OFF "IMPLICIT BEAMFORMING".
If this works, relocate router away from solid objects (walls) or noise (UPS power supplies, CRTs, power/video cables). Then try turing beamforming back on. ...Or, just leave it off.
This may not fix ALL of the other issues that this router has, but it will minimize the frustrating ability to maintain wireless connections. It is unclear if beamforming is designed to happen on both 2.4 AND 5.0, but ALL bands are affected and drop out when the unit is attempting to compensate.
Firmware is current: Feb, 2019: V18.104.22.168_10.1.54. Connected devices include: Many versions of Windows, ROKUs, ANDROID devices, VoIP module, security camera DVR, brand new RING doorbell (connected via separate router, because it's incompatible with this router).
Owner of this router since 2016. (Heavy data user, wireless and wired, Access Control database lists more than 60 known/trusted devices, up to 20 at a time.) No longer using Guest Network (issues in previous firmwares). Not broadcasting SSID. Using WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]. No channel interference from neighbors at all. Not using Smart Connect. Not using Parental Control (Disney... [Barf] ). Not using Ready Share (issues in previous firmwares). Making use of the mobile Genie app, but it needs work, too (used on various Samsung devices, up to and including S9+... it does 80% of what it advertises, and connection to router is "reasonably consistent".)
If there is something more reliable and bulletproof out there, please let me know. I don't know if I want to buy Netgear next time.