Low WIFI signal

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My Maestro has low WIFI signal.  My router is a brand new Netgear 3200 and this was a problem with my old Apple router as well.  All my other WIFI devices are fine and do not drop out or lag.  The Maestro only being one floor away, the WIFI signal varies all over the place and it will drop packets (the display freezes for a sec and then comes back).  Its not my router or network as my other WIFI devices do not experience this problem.  Matter of fact my WIFI signals throughout my home is at the highest its ever been with this new Netgear router.  I'm running the 1.10.8 Beta, is this a known problem with the beta or is this just a problem with the WIFI antenna?
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Hi Nick

You can't really use the bars to determine wifi signal strength.  However, as you are seeing, it is showing wifi Quality.

Are you able to test on 5Ghz only Wifi - I am guessing you are using 2.4Ghz wifi.

BTW, I can see the same thing in my apartment as you are seeing.  The Wifi AP is 3 feet away, but it has a poor connection on 2.4Ghz.   I did some serious work on it and it was due to just RF noise and channel sharing.  On 5ghz, it is perfect.

The Maestro is also very streaming data intensive and we want low latency and if the foundation (wifi) underneath it isn't perfect, then the Maestro suffers.  If it was Netflix, we can't see or hear the difference.  

There is a great application you can download called Acrylic that will give you a visual on just how many signals are sharing the only 3 channels on 2.4Ghz Wifi.  https://www.acrylicwifi.com/en/wlan-software/wlan-scanner-acrylic-wifi-free/

We have also found that new AP's are not as good as old ones due to many reasons.  

If you can take that one back and and see if you can get a TP-Link Archer C7 dual band, I think you will see a marked performance improvement.

I hope that explains some. Here is a pic of a 'normal' house and all the signals it hears.  They all impact performance.

many 73, Mike va3mw