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Topic # 185304 17-Nov-2015 21:16
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Hello all,

I've finally decided that the wifi/internet troubles in my house are due to major overcrowding on 2.4Ghz - WiFi Analyzer on Android was awesome in spotting that. So it's time to go for a 5GHz router, but the question is which one.

My main requirements are:
- video & audio streaming. We have 2 Samsung Smart TVs and make a lot of use of Netflix
- Skype from laptop / Facetime from iPad
- a small amount of online gaming from a recently-built desktop (with a 5GHz wireless card in it)

We have 2 adults & 1 teenager in the house.

At the moment we're on ADSL via Bigpipe, but we're promised fibre in the street within 6 months.

I'm not looking to spend a fortune, so something in the $200 range would be preferable, but if there is a good reason to go a little higher I will.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Cheers,

Martin

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  Reply # 1429994 17-Nov-2015 21:19
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how big is the house, how is the current wifi signal strength around the place? how central will the router be?



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  Reply # 1429996 17-Nov-2015 21:23
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Jase2985: how big is the house, how is the current wifi signal strength around the place? how central will the router be?


Three-bedroom house, fairly large. Router will tend to be towards one end. I've been using a wifi range extender to boost it into one of the bedrooms, although the rest of the house is fine.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1429998 17-Nov-2015 21:30
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If you want awesome WiFi I'd strongly recommend the Xclaim XI-3 (around $300 from PB). The Xclaim is made by Ruckus who are well known for making awesome WiFi gear. My one is incredible and keeps getting better with each update. They're also cloud managed with tonnes of features getting added all of the time (free too!) and the WiFi range is also very very good.

Just connect it to your existing router, disable WiFi on your existing one and set up WiFi from their cloud managed portal.




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  Reply # 1430000 17-Nov-2015 21:33
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michaelmurfy: If you want awesome WiFi I'd strongly recommend the Xclaim XI-3 (around $300 from PB). The Xclaim is made by Ruckus who are well known for making awesome WiFi gear. My one is incredible and keeps getting better with each update. They're also cloud managed with tonnes of features getting added all of the time (free too!) and the WiFi range is also very very good.

Just connect it to your existing router, disable WiFi on your existing one and set up WiFi from their cloud managed portal.


have you got that on auto reply now :)

you might be better with an access point to spread the signal. :)

better to have 2 lower powered access points than one high powered one, especially the wifi spectrum congested

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  Reply # 1430005 17-Nov-2015 21:43
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Jase2985:
michaelmurfy: If you want awesome WiFi I'd strongly recommend the Xclaim XI-3 (around $300 from PB). The Xclaim is made by Ruckus who are well known for making awesome WiFi gear. My one is incredible and keeps getting better with each update. They're also cloud managed with tonnes of features getting added all of the time (free too!) and the WiFi range is also very very good.

Just connect it to your existing router, disable WiFi on your existing one and set up WiFi from their cloud managed portal.


have you got that on auto reply now :)

you might be better with an access point to spread the signal. :)

better to have 2 lower powered access points than one high powered one, especially the wifi spectrum congested


Almost yes ;) - I am in a very congested WiFi area with businesses etc and have tested so many AP's (including the Ubiquiti UniFi AC and also Cisco Meraki gear) and none have even come close to this. I've still got some Cisco Meraki AP's sitting there in boxes unused.




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  Reply # 1430024 17-Nov-2015 22:10
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michaelmurfy: If you want awesome WiFi I'd strongly recommend the Xclaim XI-3 (around $300 from PB). The Xclaim is made by Ruckus who are well known for making awesome WiFi gear. My one is incredible and keeps getting better with each update. They're also cloud managed with tonnes of features getting added all of the time (free too!) and the WiFi range is also very very good.


Thanks, but that sounds a bit of overkill for my domestic situation.

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