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Topic # 224219 8-Nov-2017 08:26
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We've recently had issues with the single D-Link "Saipan" router fading out or slowing down in some parts of the property, plus it also recently started freezing out certain devices....and needed to power cycled to reset it. It felt like a memory leak. seemed to be getting worse.

So time for some new tech.

I had a $150 gift card for Westfield, so I invested it as part payment for a 3-node set of Google WiFi from JB HiFi. It plugs into the Spark HG659b router. But the Spark router can't be in bridge needs to be in IP Routing mode....(and I know there is a memory leak we'll see how that goes). Looks like Google WiFi isn't a full router in it's own right....Or I didn't configure it properly

It I spaced the three nodes around the house, with the primary node being on my UPS. If the power goes out, we can make do with one node.

I'm impressed. It's really fast. It's easy to set up. You get a solid signal everywhere and the throughput is even across the property.

Downsides.....each node only has one usable ethernet port (unless you use the wan one, too, if the node is a bridged one?). So I bought an 8-port D-Link switch from PB Tech for $58. Cheap, but far from the cheapest.

My desktop PC used to connect to Wifi at 468mbps up to 702mpbps on a good day. Now it connects at 866mbps. I have 200/200 fibre and several people banging away on it via the traffic separation and extra signal strength feel like goodness. I have set up port forwarding for a couple of services I access remotely. That all goes well. 

Here's a screenshot of my desktop's connection. Anyone else used Google Wifi? I only installed it two days ago. Any tips or tricks would be appreciated.

I'm on a high fibre diet. 


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  Reply # 1897572 8-Nov-2017 14:26
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Remember that the "speed" reported by Windows is the maximum payload that can be sent.  It is not the throughput.  It is not uncommon to have a high reported "speed" but low throughput - particularly if the channel utilisation is high (i.e. you are in a busy area) or there is interference (microwave oven, baby monitor, security camera, Bluetooth devices, etc.).  High utilisation causes wireless devices to experience "wait periods" (i.e. the data is not sent) while interference results in transmission errors and the same data being resent.

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  Reply # 1897662 8-Nov-2017 17:14
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We've got one at home as the previous Spark modem + powerline extender + incredibly thick walls wasn't a fun time for anyone. Zero complaints other than the price. We're still on VDSL awaiting UFB install (our "go live" date was yesterday but who knows how Chorus time translates into regular time) so no problems anywhere in the house now.


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  Reply # 1897723 8-Nov-2017 18:39
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The primary change in your previous quoted data rate ( 702 ) and your current data rate shown ( 866 ) on that pc is merely the fact you were previously transmitting with a long guard interval 800ms and you're now transmitting with a short 400ms one.


80mhz wide channel, 2 spatial streams...

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  Reply # 1902689 16-Nov-2017 12:30
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This might be a really dumb question, but can I connect straight from the ONT to the google wifi router? I have a broadcomm modem / router currently in between but I read somewhere that the ONT can be the modem in itself?





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