Two years ago I asked Geekzone for help with our home modem and router (thread here) and ended up keeping our Spark provided Huawei HG659b and pairing it with a Grandstream GWN7610.
This worked well, with the Grandstream only skipping a beat a couple of times more recently – hopefully nothing to worry about. The range is still crap but I suspect that's down to our terrible house layout and poor positioning of the access point so I might get a longer Ethernet cable and position it further along the wall.
The problem is the HG659b which seems to last only 4-5 months before starting to give us really poor performance. On days where most of us are home and using it, we can experience more time down than up. Spark has been good about sending us new ones, but again they only last a few months before becoming incredibly frustrating again. I would rather buy something that is more capable.
In 2017 the advice if we wanted to really upgrade was to invest in a Grandstream GWN7000 router to pair with the 7610. I checked the Router Guide thread and it still seemed to be the way to go as of April this year, but I wondered whether after two years there might be some updated advice or newer models to go for instead?
So basically my goal is more up-time and a longer life product. Range extension advice would be great if there have been any advancements in the last two years. Of course, any help would be greatly appreciated.