Balance One - Improving WiFi performance


#1

My new Peplink Balance One is replacing an older Apple Airport Extreme. So far I’m pleased overall with the Balance One in general. However, I’m finding the WiFi performance is noticeably worse than the older apple base station it’s replacing.

(For some reason, I assumed that the Balance One had an external antenna connector, but clearly it doesn’t so that was simply my mistake when ordering it. A bit disappointing in a $500 device).

Poking around the AP settings in the balance one there are a ton of options. I’m a little confused by it all. The location I’m at has moderately busy 2.4GHz bands (about 5-6 other WiFi stations showing up) and a completely empty 5GHz band. Unfortunately, the Balance One is inside a closet with a thick door, so the 5GHz signal is severely attenuated and I can’t seem to get any signal more than 2 rooms away.

What I’m looking for is to maximize the range of the 2.4GHz signal (but not necessarily the bandwidth) - I’d be happy with a slow but reliable 2.4GHz signal if it can reach to the farthest room.

Current Settings:

  • Preferred Frequency: (currently set to 2.4GHz)
  • Output Power (currently set to Max)
  • Power Boost (currently ON)
  • 2.4GHz Bonding Protocol (currently set to 20/40MHz)

SSID-specific settings:

  • Data Rate: Auto
  • Band Steering: Disable

Are there any setting changes I could make which would give me a longer-range and more reliable (but slower) 2.4Ghz signal?


#2

If you cannot relocate the router to a better location then I would recommend adding a Wi-Fi repeater/extender or a stand-alone AP.