One of my favorite tricks to stabilize many routers is pretty simple (once you know.)
1. Latest firmware.
2. Router defaults (to start.)
3. Now about Babylon. If your router is set to 802.11abgfn compatibility you may find it not working well with all devices. On the worst ones I pull it back to 802.11g. Most of the time I can go with 802.11n.
4. OFDM. Yes, it's an acronym you can do deep research on but in short try it on 20MHz mode.
It's very technical what this is and why. Another Wikipedia...
5. Router specific settings. I like to be sure the router's not in some "client isolation" mode. I even have to turn off the router firewall on some systems. Don't freak here. Routers still have a natural fireware due to NAT (oops another TLA and trip to Wikipedia.)
6. Finally. Site specific settings. The hotspot names and passwords are set.
7. Last thing really. Location. If they put it in the basement, you can usually move it to a better location. Anywhere but there.
I am having a bit of an issue and am looking for some suggestions. I was using an Asus RT-AC87R/U and was having issues with my wifi thermostat intermittently losing connection to its server (it is a HVAC brand specific unit, not a Nest). The company suggested I try another router as it seemed to them like there was an incompatibility with the router. So I tested that by switching to a Linksys WRT1900ACS router. Upon connecting that, the thermostat lost 100% of its connection (where with the Asus, it would only sporadically drop connection) and my garage door gateway device also lost 100% of its connection.
This is used in a home setting but my only real data transfer occurs on wired connections - blazing fast wifi isn't necessary, as really only mobile devices are on the wifi portion, along with low data devices.
I am wondering if these high dollar "hype" routers are causing compatibility issues. I am considering going back to a wired router and a decent wireless access point. Would this be worth trying?
If so, I was looking at the NETGEAR ProSafe 8-port Gigabit VPN Firewall (FVS318G-200NAS) router, but noticed that both its LAN - WAN and WAN - LAN throughput is under 25Mbps. My ISP provides 200Mbps down, so I am afraid that won't work. Does anyone have any suggestions on a good wired router to be used at home?
OR, if you have any other suggestions as to why I may be having so many compatibility issues, that would be greatly appreciated.