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    Upgrade Wifi - Mesh - Which one?

    Hi

    I am contemplating to upgrade my wifi and I am leaning towards a mesh network - but they are considerably more expensive than a conventional wifi with extenders.

    My question: can you recommend any? Are they worth the money? Although the flat is not to big, we have concrete walls and have quite bad reception in half of the rooms. Any suggestions? Wiring is not really an option, as we are only renting.

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    One alternative option to consider is using the wired power network ... e.g. via Homeplug.
    They usually give a local Ethernet connection and some also provide wifi.
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    I have Netgear Orbi (router + 1 slave) because I had wifi reach problem but where I live in a large 3 storey Victorian redbrick with lots of chimneys (i.e. thick brick inner walls in every room) and wooden floors. Router and slave communicate using one 5MHz channel but positioning of the units with a line of sight not through brick was essential for throughput. Even with the Orbi I need a homeplug to reach a corner of an extension due to foil backed insulation sheets on walls.

    Before I got the Orbi I used an Asus RTN66U which did a very good job using Homeplug to allow me to position the router in the optimum place rather than where ISP connection comes into house.

    If the flat is on one floor with concrete walls then unless you can get line of sight between the units and not going through concrete - homeplug would be a better idea - if only to reposition the main router .

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    +1 for PLC/Homeplug
    And you could also have a look at flat ethernet cables in passing. They work great running under carpets or around corners.
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    having struggled over the years with domestic wifi gear, i would recommend looking at ubiquiti - ive not had to reboot an access point in over 3 years now. its a little more expensive, but in terms of reliability and convenience its hard to beat.

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    Get a Strong 1600. Works great for me in a large flat with concrete walls.

    I connected it to the router and turned of the WiFi in the router.

    It’s a MESH access point but one works perfect for me.

    It has AirPlay built in to so with the AirPlay plug-in you can use it as a SB to. Haven’t tried it myself yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Webster View Post
    One alternative option to consider is using the wired power network ... e.g. via Homeplug.
    They usually give a local Ethernet connection and some also provide wifi.
    I have set up a pair of Netgear powerline networking adapters, because the WiFi card in my TV broke. That worked fine, but my amplifier was picking up noise from the mains circuit. I ended up buying an power socket strip with mains conditioner to stop that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Bob View Post
    That worked fine, but my amplifier was picking up noise from the mains circuit. I ended up buying an power socket strip with mains conditioner to stop that.
    Oops. I should have mentioned that, I've seen it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpa View Post
    ...

    Before I got the Orbi I used an Asus RTN66U which did a very good job using Homeplug to allow me to position the router in the optimum place rather than where ISP connection comes into house.

    If the flat is on one floor with concrete walls then unless you can get line of sight between the units and not going through concrete - homeplug would be a better idea - if only to reposition the main router .
    That's actually a brilliant idea! Hadn't thought of that, would've been a lot cheaper than the amount op homeplug adapters I now have
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    Google Wifi works perfectly for me and all of my squeezeboxes.

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