But we do have ideas to help with WiFi. Part of your post sounds like an ISP or modem/exchange or plant issue which is not going to be cured by another router.
In the past I proved this by removing the router and the numbers didn't improve much, if at all.
I've been struggling with these issues for months, but finally decided i need to ask someone who knows a little more about these things.
I have an internet connection of "up to 24mbps" And I know it's not likely to get all of that. And there are things like throttling and DSLAM congestion to consider.
Normally, according to speedtest.net I'll get results of 30ms ping 10mb dl and .80mb up
The ping is pretty normal seeing it cant be tested on a local server. However the speeds seem to be a bit unstable. But mainly, my upload seems to be most unstable of all. It constantly drops and sticks between 0.40-0.50mbps. This is a problem for me as I want to live stream games.
It can go for hours at a time at that speed, but during any point in the day it can drop. Yes, it happens during peak hours, but it's not limited to that. It can happen in the afternoon or even after midnight. But it's been tested at every imaginable hour, with and without other internet devices in use.
So now to the router. It's a ZTE H108NS from the phone company. It's only been in use for a few months. Here are some stats from the router page:
Data Rate Down/Up(kbps) 12042 kbps / 951 kbps
Line Attenuation Down/Up(dB) 39.9dB / 21.3dB
SNR Margin Down/Up(db) 8.6 dB / 9.1 dB
I have only recently discovered line attenuation, and apparently that means I'm around 2800m away from the exchange. BUT, is it possible the line or other interferences can cause the attenuation to appear greater than it is? I say this because, there have been a few cases where i would get speeds of 15-20mbps dl and .90mbps upload. Surely it wouldn't be possible to see those numbers at that distance, even if for a few hours? But even the reported data rate from the router isn't what I'm getting.
I've recently ordered a switch, thinking maybe it would help with other devices in use. But is this something a new router could solve?
Many thanks for anyone taking the time to read and help! Calling the ISP would be useless due to language barrier