I just recently setup a Sonicpoint Ni in a new training area classroom. This wireless router is the primary connection for classroom training of about 5-6 laptops at any given time. When these laptops are in use, however, the connection fluctuates drastically. Pinging a local machine or external site will move from 10-20 ms to 3000 ms and back again in only a couple of seconds.
The less laptops are using the wireless in that room the less slowdown there is so that just screams to me that the unit is getting overloaded. But can that be right? These laptops aren't connecting and downloading large files or streaming 4K video - they are doing simple web browsing and moderate use of our EMR (Neither of which should be that hard on a router) so I really don't get it. Is 5 or 6 wireless connections too much for a Sonicpoint NI? Do I need to get something more robust? It sure seems like it, since the less I have connected the less slowdown it is, but I wanted to make sure and see if anyone has had experience with this product.
For reference here is the Sonicpoint I have: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833376622&cm_re=sonicpoint-_-33-376-622-_-Product
I have another one downstairs (They both run through a Soinicwall NSA 3500 and I have all brand new Avaya POE 3524GT switches) but I haven't tested that cluster of laptops with the downstairs unit.
I can say, however, that number of laptops was used downstairs up until recently using nothing but an older Netgear WNDR3400v3 and we never saw slowdown like this.