Is there a trick or settings to get higher speeds?
A few, like placement of router for max signal, antennas, channel used. Go download inSSIDer at metageek.com for either windows or apple machine; whichever you have. Program is free and helps see all the wireless around you so you can select the best channel (1, 6 or 11). I found 11 works best for me. If you can position the router and antenna for best signal strength. Use a laptop to move around and test various locations in your house, you may find a bad spot – maybe right where you don’t want one.
Also, setting up the router correctly for BOTH G and N signals is important. See the screen shot below from a “tip” my router setup screen gives when I hover cursor over “wireless mode” . I selected “Auto” and “ticked b/g Protection” because I have mostly N devices, but there are still a few G’s around house still… Your router may have similar tips.
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