At the risk of offending the previously posted topic police, I've tried searching on the forum, I really have, and I must be missing something because I can never get results simple enough for my head to understand. It's not laziness on my part, I clearly missed the tutorial on how to get the best out of geekzone. Feel free to berate me, but if you wouldn't mind helping me out first it would be appreciated. The requirement is at the very end of the post, I just thought I'd spend a few lines sharing current state with anyone that likes context.
So, I'm hopefully shortly(ish) moving to a 200/200 Fibre connection. I've been avoiding replacing my existing router on VDSL for a while and it's just got the point where I'm going to have a tantrum. I have the Spark provided Huawei HG630b. It does a great job wired connectivity; regular speeds of around 48Mbps Downstream / 12Mbps Upstream. I'm fortunate to have ethernet around the house s much of my streaming devices are connected that way. Wireless however... well. No matter how hard I try, I don't get beyond 22Mbps Downstream / 5Mbps Upstream.
I've now tried everything, changed bandwidth, channels etc. Whilst I certainly have a range issue due to the house layout, I've occasionally added access points to address that and speed has certainly improved when connecting to them but then I have the on-going challenges of channel management etc. Irrespective of all of theta, I'm waiting for the fibre to be installed before I invest in a new router or even make anymore changes.
At any point I'm happy to add Access Points at other points of the house to extend the Wireless Network. The experience of my house layout is that I need two access points as well as the wireless router in order to provide full coverage and get through the dead spots and all the usual house dramas of nooks and crannies.
So, what am I asking... I want someone to give me a simple recommendation. I won't come back and give anyone grief, simply because I am accepting I'm starting from zero knowledge now, which means any advice I receive will place me an infinitely better position.
This is what I'm after:
1. 200/200 Capable Fibre Router with Gigabit switch and acWifi (Target cost approx: $450-$500) - If it's something that can work on current VDSL connection then I'm happy to buy it now but it isn't a necessity as I've already consigned myself to the pit of wifi despair until fibre lands.
2. Additional acWifi access points (I'm happy to repurpose a router if necessary, subject to my capability limitations, but I just find some of them unreliable when I am trying to configure them as a LAN connected access point alone). (Target cost approx: $250-$300 each) This isn't mandatory yet, I'll see how good the range is of the new device first.
All help appreciated.