Long story short, I upgraded my internet service from the 300 Mbps service to Giga service. The actual speeds I’m getting are one issue but my real problem is coverage, which is next to nothing once ...
Yes, I have what should be the newest Cox DOCSIS 3.1 modem/router device.
A buddy who is "in IT" also suggested that I buy a Google Mesh device that I'd attach to my current modem/router but "disable" the Cox unit's WiFi and then use the Google router and pod devices.
I did finally get the Cox Pod to go online yesterday in our kitchen, and directly one floor above my basement office but its doing nearly nothing to provide a usable signal there, which is where I need it the most.
I guess speeds diminish with each subsequent pod, so I see this as a huge issue if I try to add more, as I'm only getting 300-400Mbps from my gigabit service when I'm 10 feet away from the router as it is. Maybe running ethernet cable is the ultimate solution, as I am hearing that I'll never get gigabit speeds over WiFi.
This is all rather ironic and unfortunate I had a perfectly good setup with my (now unavailable) 300Mbps service and the hard-wired extender which provided consistent 300+ Mbps speeds in my office. I feel like I've been sold swamp land by Cox, as in the end I am now getting a far, far reduced TV package and terrible internet coverage for more $$$.
My city only has Cox or AT&T, and on my street the only AT&T is Uverse, which we had and which drove us to Cox in the first place.
as I am hearing that I'll never get gigabit speeds over WiFi
Gigabit is not a speed. Gigabit is a size. Compared to a lesser data plan, Gigabit would be a bigger "pipe."
For example, if I have 10 Mbps plan and you have a 1 Gbps plan, both our data are traveling at the speed-of-light. However, since you'd have a bigger pipe, you'd get more data traveling at the speed-of-light. If widermouthopen sent us both a 125 MB email, you'd receive it in 1 second and I'd receive it in 10 seconds. If Wider sent a 1.25 MB email, we'd receive it at the same time. A bigger plan is just a bigger pipe.
If you live in a dense neighborhood then there is a good chance your WiFi signals might be overlapping with your neighbors WiFi signals. WiFi signals are broadcast over channels and its not uncommon for WiFi routers to be preconfigured to broadcast over specific channels. In crowded neighborhoods this can result in multiple routers broadcasting over the same channel. It is important that you choose a less congested, non-overlapping channel for your network. I'm a Mac guy so I use a program called WiFi Explorer to survey the wireless networks around me to help select less congested channels for my 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz wireless networks.
A little anecdote... beware of cordless phone systems. Some years ago my 2.4 GHz network throughput was terrible until I got rid of my ancient cordless phone system.