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Looking for consistent speed - RBK853

wbarnes4393
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Looking for consistent speed - RBK853

RBK853 - looking for consistent speed

I have had the RBK50 for the past year or two and it’s been great. I’ve also had 150/150 fiber service from Frontier. I’ve generally gotten at or close to those speeds over Wi-Fi during that time.

Recently, I sprang for gigabit service (for only like $10 more a month!). So, then I splurged for the RBK853, hoping to sling the faster Wi-Fi around as fast as possible around the house. And, sometimes I get like 500-600 down (or even more a few times), but a lot of time it’s more like 150, 200, or 250. In fact, most of the time.

So, what do I check? Why such a wide variance? I would obviously love to see it at the higher speeds on a consistent basis. Is there a playbook of things I can check? I have until end of August to return the router but I would be happy to keep it if I can get those speeds more consistently up.
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FURRYe38
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Re: Looking for consistent speed - RBK853

Wide variance is due to mfr wifi devices and how they are designed and supported. 

AC devices will max out at around 400-500Mpbs. AX, depending, should see near 900Mpbs if the connection rate is in AX mode.

https://kb.netgear.com/19668/Link-Rate-and-Transfer-Speed

What Firmware version is currently loaded?
What is the Mfr and model# of the Internet Service Providers modem/ONT the NG router is connected too?

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CM2000 Modem | Wifi Router RAXE50 and R8500(v.158) Router Mode | Switches NG GS105/8 | 

Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, R8500, RAXE500, RAX50, XR450, EX7500/EX7700, GS308v3

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wbarnes4393
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Re: Looking for consistent speed - RBK853

Looks like the Firmware is V3.2.15.25_1.3.15.

 

The Orbi is connected directly to the FiOS ONT (Optical etwork Terminal) via ethernet - no intervening modem (so, I guess that IS the "modem"). It's an Alcatel-Lucent I-211M-L.

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FURRYe38
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Re: Looking for consistent speed - RBK853

Ok, just checking for a router with in the modem or FIOS unit. No router I believe. 

 

I presume your wire speeds are good. 

 

You can update to v32 if you wish and see if this helps with anything.

https://community.netgear.com/t5/Orbi-AX/RBR850-RBS850-Firmware-Version-3-2-15-32-Hot-Fix-Firmware-U...

 

May not as again, wifi speeds depend on what your wifi devices support. And if you have any AX supporting devices. 

 

 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CM2000 Modem | Wifi Router RAXE50 and R8500(v.158) Router Mode | Switches NG GS105/8 | 

Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, R8500, RAXE500, RAX50, XR450, EX7500/EX7700, GS308v3

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