Say a big two stories 6 bedroom house or mansion, router can't keep up with the range. Only have one outlet for cable, and don't want to run Ethernet cables from router to other routera or PCs
What is my best option? Someone suggested open mesh
@Hydrolex: it's been a while since I've set up networks so prices have gone down a lot. Here's a 5g/2.4ghz one. If your house is just wood you should only need 1 if it's brick or concrete you might need 2
There're powerline extenders/wifi adapters but I wouldn't waste my time on them unless you want to connect via cable or pretty sure about the electricity lines that running inside your house, poor electricity configuration could result in poor speed with pings even by using a cable. I'd take the more expensive approach and grab some 3 point mesh.
Thanks, any idea which one? Money not an issue
I heard the ones from Google are great, TP Link counts as the cheapest but quite do the job well. Netgear is also a good option.
mrbojangles25 Mesh is basically 3 APs (Access Points) configured to work flawlessly on the same wifi name. Before Mesh was a whole product that sold as 1 unit network people were configuring as many APs as needed using different brands sometimes and different models to solve wifi problems at work / homes.
Wifi extender basically takes the signal that comes from your router and amplifies it / repeats it (see Wifi repeater).
Mesh is the more expensive and the better solution out of them all, you can apply more than 3 of those, they're also sold separately or in twos so that you can add as many as you need. Typically 3 point mesh would be more than enough for a 2 floor house.
If you need any kind of control over your wireless (in depth things), Google mesh is awful. You cannot connect multiple wired devices to the APs if you're in mesh mode and if by some chance you need to utilize Plex and have it connect to the web for outside your network connectivity - it won't work.
I was gifted a 3 puck Google Wi-Fi. Cool. Looks neat, but I wasn't in need of it. It sat in the box for 8-10 months. Then one day, the router I was using was causing issues and after power cycling it, it wouldn't power back on (sent in to ASUS for warranty). Thankfully I had the Google Wi-Fi to use for backup.
I get it setup - which it self is pretty simple. You need a smartphone, be it Android or Apple and download the Google app for the wi-fi. You set up the first puck as your main AP. Then you find a couple other spots around your place to setup the other pucks in mesh connection. This works great, no issues with this basic setup.
In my case I need a handful of things wired (my PC - I won't game on wireless, it just sucks compared to wired, my PS3 at the time and a couple of other devices) and the main puck for your wireless mesh can be the only one a wired device can be plugged into, but each puck only has 1 RJ45 port. I need 4 devices wired, but only one port.....time to connect up a 5 port switch.
I plug in the switch, connect my wired devices and none of them are on the network. If I plugged 1 wired device directly into the puck, it would get on the network. The puck didn't work well with the switch if you don't set it up in the correct steps.
I setup one puck to the be the wifi router for my house, but it doesn't quite provide the range at the far end of the house, but whatever. I connect the switch and everything is working fine. A few days later my RMA'ed ASUS router comes back, but since things are working fine with the Google WiFi puck, I just leave it.
Fast forward a couple months later. I build a system to use for my Plex server. Upon getting it setup, movies copied to it I give the subscription based version of Plex a try. My brother likes it, he can stream any video I have on the server without issues......for a few hours, then the connection to the internet for the plex server fails. I have to restart reboot (power cycle) the Google puck and at the same time, restart the Plex server to get the internet to connect again for the server. But, after a short period of time the Google puck fails to keep the plex server accessible outside of my network. I tried to setup port forwarding on the puck, but that made zero difference. I factory reset the puck and tried setting it up again - no change.
I eventually said F it and damn near threw the Google Wi-Fi pucks away. I plugged in my ASUS router in and my Plex server popped online without a hitch. I plugged in all my wired devices without an issue and I have so much more control over my ASUS router - MAC address blocking for the kids devices, QoS for my computer and limiting the upload for the plex server so when others are streaming it doesn't bog everything else down that requires upload bandwidth.
Long story short - if you just need wifi, Google mesh network should work just fine. If you need any number of devices wired or have a Plex server that others access, avoid Google WiFi pucks.
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