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DragonDaddyBear
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Mesh Networking Suggestion

Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:20 am

Fellow Gerbils, I need help with suggesting a networking product to a coworker. He's running some ancient gear that he says is about 10 years old. His device is in a basement and he is having range issues outside. I'm pretty sure he's only using 2.4 GHz 802.11n, so 5GHz AC will definitely be an issue for range. For that reason I suggested he steps up to a modern mesh solution. NOTE: He also has nothing plugged directly into his current router. Also, Unifi is not something he's interested.

Right now he's eyeballing Google Wi-Fi because it's cheap, about $250. I'm not sure what options are out there and if they are worth dropping more money on. There's Eeros, Luma, Securifi, etc. What would you suggest he buys, and why? If you suggest a more expensive solution what makes it worth the money?

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Google Home != Google WiFi
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Re: Mesh Networking Suggestion

Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:33 am

It's called Google WiFi but we'll let that one slide. I don't really have anything against Google WiFi though. It seems to perform well enough.

I think Orbi is the best performing mesh system as this time. Might have him take a look at that. Orbi is a bit more expensive than Google, but you get what you pay for.

https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Orbi-Hom ... B01K4CZOBS

edit: https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/tools/r ... ystem/view
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Re: Mesh Networking Suggestion

Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:45 am

I completely forgot about smallnetbuilder. I'll poke around on there, too. Thanks for the link.
 
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Re: Mesh Networking Suggestion

Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:47 am

I definitely can't complain much about G.Wifi (I have a two puck setup atm) but I don't have experience with the others.

That said, I can complain about their QoS. At least for gaming on a middle end DSL connection (14mb) it seems pretty crap if I'm downloading anything and trying to play games. I have a Streamboost router in front of my G.Wifi so I don't have to think about it.
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Re: Mesh Networking Suggestion

Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:06 pm

For range and easy manageability plus great looks (on the base anyway), I'll throw in a mention for Ubiquiti's AmpliFi HD. Probably the most consumer-friendly thing they've ever made.
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Re: Mesh Networking Suggestion

Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:31 pm

MOSFET wrote:
For range and easy manageability plus great looks (on the base anyway), I'll throw in a mention for Ubiquiti's AmpliFi HD. Probably the most consumer-friendly thing they've ever made.

To be fair, their other stuff is enterprise grade. I do love my UniFi AP. I'll send that his way, too. For the price he'll get 2 extenders rather than one.

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