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Thu, Jun 9, 2022 10:55 PM

BGW320 Signal Strength?

Is the BGW320 signal strength "stronger" than my T-P Link WDR3600 wireless router's? 

I'm curious to know because I'm considering switching to AT&T, and I'm wondering if I should disable the BGW320 wifi and use it as a modem only rather than replacing my router with it.

dave006

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Only you can by trying out the Wi-Fi on the BGW320 vs your T-P Link WDR3600.

I will note your T-P Link WDR3600  is a little long in the tooth (End of Life) since it is limited to 300 Mbs at 2.4 Ghz and 5 GHz for a total throughput off 600 Mbps wireless.

If none of your devices have a need for faster Wi-Fi or more concurrent Wi-Fi streams then it is back to a personal test in your environment.

As with most routers location, location, location is key. I find so many AT&T Gateways installed on the floor, in a cabinet with glass doors or even behind large screen LCD TVs. It is hard to just say yes or no.

Dave

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"Only you can by trying out the Wi-Fi on the BGW320 vs your T-P Link WDR3600."

True, and I will have overlap on service, so I will test it. But I wanted some feedback to see if it was already known. Thanks!

dave006

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I have the BGW320-505 (Nokia model) and I have (2) AT&T Smart Extenders - model 4920s to provide coverage to a couple of remote areas. They are not needed for basic Wi-Fi connectivity but to maximize connection speeds they do make a real difference.

Note: they don't provide Wi-Fi 6 speeds but do provide 700+ Mbps to remote Wi-Fi-5 devices. They are limited to Wi-Fi 5 connectivity (802.11ac) 1300 + 300 Mbps using 3 x 3 antennas (802.11ac 2x2 802.11n).

My house is Concrete block with lots of rebar and concrete fill to strengthening the walls against hurricanes. My interior walls are all made with metal 2x4 studs so lots of things to get in the way of Wi-Fi signals.

I am currently testing the new AT&T Smart Extender 4971 to see if I can get the full Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) speeds remotely. I just got it today.

Not sure if it is worth it just yet as it is $10 per month service fee. You can have multiple 4971s for the one monthly fee.

Dave

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