Networking – 2.4GHz Wifi keeps dropping 5GHz not – Three different routers


about a month ago (after six months of trouble free operation) devices in my house started dropping wifi connection to my BT Hub 6 router. This would also disable wired devices (PC, TV). The light on the router would remain blue but nothing could connect to it – wired or wifi. A hard reset would solve the problem for random amounts of time – 10 mins to half an hour before it recurred.

Once the wireless devices were disconnected all attempts to reconnect (signal still there and strong) would result in various error messages: "Password incorrect", "Authentication problem", "Cannot connect" etc.

The wireless devices are an ipad, four android phones and an android tablet, three of which can use 5GHz the rest only 2.4GHz.

Spoke to BT who said there appeared to be a fault with my Home Hub 6 and sent me a new one. The problem started again almost immediately.

Bought a Netgear D7000v2 router, set it up but the problem continued along with the router regularly freezing (unable to access via wired PC). Turning it off and on again solved the problem this time rather than hard resets. All leds remained white (good) – no faults were indicated.

I then tried a brand new TP-Link AC2800 (Archer VR2800). This router no longer freezes but all wireless devices on 2.4GHz keep dropping however 5GHz and wired devices continue to work fine. All leds remain lit – no faults indicated on the router's admin webpage either.

All the different routers firmware was updated to the latest versions – no change.

I have changed the 2.4GHz channels from "Auto" and set the channels manually, trying all of them.

I have changed the positions of the routers (although still in the same room) and all the routers have different SSIDs and passwords.

I have used a wifi analyser to look at surrounding wifi networks – none of which appear nearly as strong as ours.

The connection to the internet (VDSL) remains up at all times.

After turning off everything else in the house that uses bluetooth to no effect, my guess is (by a process of elimination) that it would seem to be interference on the 2.4GHz band but I'm not sure how to find out what that is.

This weekend I intend to ask my nearby neighbours if they are experiencing any similar issues but before I start knocking on doors any advice would be much appreciated.


Best Answer

My DLink router keep dropping ONLY the 2.4 link for years, so I bought an ASUS router. Well, the ASUS router (AC-5300) has twice the number of tools to use in troubleshooting and you can assign up to 64 Static IP address. My house has about 50 MAC devices, WiFi 2.4 :Light switches, Wall plugs, Alexa, Ring and so on.

I did figure out that whenever the LEASE was renewed, the 2.4 would drop off and ONLY the 2.4 and not the 5 Gig, they kept on working.
I would REBOOT the router and everything would come back online. So I assigned all my devices to fixed address. Well I thought that would solve the problem, NOT. So what did work was, set the DHCP LEASE time for 8 days (12,000) and also setting the Router's auto REBOOT function to activate in the middle of the night on Sunday @ 0100 hrs.

Since the LEASE will never expire (Lease restarts after reboot), the 2.4 has never dropped off line since. This is not the correct FIX but it is a WORKAROUND that does FIX the dropouts.

SECURITY NOTE: Don't forget each home has TWO Firewalls so to speak. Your ROUTER has the normal NETWORK and the GUEST NETWORK!

So, you should put your ALEXA'S, RING'S, THERMOSTATS and so on, on the GUEST (WiFi) network as they do NOT need to speak /see your internal network and only need to speak /see the Web and the other devices on the GUEST NETWORK.

TRIVIA, when the TARGET STORE got hacked, they got in through the Air Conditioner interface which was on the INSIDE of the firewall!
So keep your ALEXA'S on the OUTSIDE!

As always, hope this helped at least one person, Vegas OBie

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