Wednesday, March 04, 2015


Review and Set Up Information
Like many people I have many wireless devices and had terrible problems getting enough throughput from my FIOS Actiontec wireless router.  This FIOS router works fine for hardwired connections however it is very poor for RF strength and wireless throughput.

I have 150Mbps service from Verizon and the FIOS Actiontec ethernet router only allows 20-47Mbps of throughput to my laptop.  This is using an USB 2.0 internal laptop wireless card, that came with my Sony laptop.

After researching this on the Internet I realized the solution is to upgrade and buy an Asus wireless - AC1900, about $170 on Amazon.
You also need to upgrade your laptop wireless card to USB 3.0, so I purchased the Rosewill-Wireless-Dual-Band-Adapter-AC1200, you plug this into your USB 3.0 connector.  My laptop is about 4 years old and luckily it has an USB 3.0 (blue) connector.  Now within 10-25 feet of the new Asus Access Point (AP) I receive 138-148Mbps on my laptop, this is very good for wireless.  Your mileage may vary as even small adjustments in the usb 3.0 antenna can cause big differences in throughput.  Also if your signal has to go through insulated walls.  

The best way to set this up for most people is to turn the RF off on the FIOS Actiontec router.  You connect to:
enter your login and password and go the the screen that controls the RF signal.
Then you configure your new Asus router as an Access Point using 5 Ghz.  This has several benefits as you can encounter multiple problems trying to get two separate routers communicating.  So your hardware setup should look like below:

Next you need to login to your new Asus and set it up as an Access Point.
The screen should look like below:

The only minor problem I encountered is that Intel WiDi will not work with the new USB 3.0 wireless device, this is because Intel only puts WiDi on computers based on a set configuration that is specific to each computer manufacturer.  The good news is there is an easy fix for this, when you want to use WiDi just unplug the USB 3.0 wireless device and then you can use WiDi as you still have your old wireless card internal to your laptop (computer).