I live in a densely populated area and my devices see 10-20 wifi networks at any given time. Once in every few minutes a ping to my router goes up to the point of timeout and the device loses the connection to the wifi. I believe that it has something to do with too many networks being in the range and the router can't keep up, but I am not exactly sure that this is the root cause. I tried all usual advices, like to play with channels and nothing helps. I have 2 networks on the same router, 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz, and 2.4 one is performing worse. I forgot what the exact router is, it is TP-Link, an older model from this line (I am not using ADSL part). I am 100% sure that the wireless part is the culprit, it works perfectly fine via an Ethernet cable.

Based on this I have two questions:

  1. Are connection issues related to too many wifis? How can I verify or disprove it?
  2. If it is about wifis, how can I fix it? Will buying a better/newer router help?

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  • The short answers are Yes and No – Ron Trunk Jun 19 at 10:56
  • @RonTrunk may a better/newer/more expensive AP help somewhat or this is a dead end? – Andrey Jun 19 at 13:46
  • Save your money. – Ron Trunk Jun 19 at 14:23
  • Unfortunately, questions about home/residential networking are explicitly off-topic here. You could try to ask this question on Super User. – Ron Maupin Jun 19 at 14:52

If you're dealing with such a problem it might be related to too many access points transmitting on the same channel as yours and overlapping it, causing interferences and signal loss. My advice would be to download a wifi analyzer app as the one in the embedded picture and check whether your wifi is transmitting in the same frequency of other networks.

You should then configure your wifi access point to transmit over a less saturated channel. In this case I had the same issue, and the point wasn't in changing the router nor the device, but instead to change wifi transmitting channel. To know how to do it I'd rather tell you to check your router's manual, but it should be an easy thing to do.

Indeed, checking your environment with a wifi analyzer application would be a good deal to point out the transmission power and reach of your access point. You can even separate 2.4GhZ and 5Ghz access points.

WiFi Monitor, for example, is a very nice app.

A common wifi analyzer app.

If you have any questions, tell me!

  • As I said in the post, I already looked into changing channels. This is a dead end because there is no more room left, all channels are quite saturated. I also separated 2.4 and 5 ghz APs. – Andrey Jun 19 at 13:45

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