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Topic # 232161 2-Apr-2018 10:44
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In a recent thread in another forum, WIFI networking built into a router (Netcomm NF4V) was discarded by many posters in favour of mesh wifi.

 

I am now in a position to buy - but there is a mesmerising array of options making in difficult for a novice like me to make an informed choice.  As I understand it the router's built-in WIFI would be disabled in favour of base unit plugged into a router LAN port.  I would hope to use 1 base unit and at least one (maybe two) remote units to give coverage to the whole house.

 

I currently have 3 PCs - 2 desktops with USB WIFI adapters, 1 laptop with built-in WIFI and several mobile phones and so all use WIFI for networking connectivity.

 

In looking at 'access point' hardware I see an array of hardware that does not differentiate between 'base' and 'remote', and many units specify multiple LAN ports - so I am at a loss to understand what I am seeing and I would definitely not trust an in-store salesperson advice.  While I never like to get sucked into over-priced name-brand products, equally I want good quality rather than cheap junk.  Any suggestions welcomed and appreciated.

 

 


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  Reply # 1987123 2-Apr-2018 11:47
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Firstly, any possibility of connecting the desktops via Ethernet cables, and maybe the laptop as well if it is always used in 1 location. As you will get better speeds on those devices, as well as free up WiFi bandwidth for the portable devices.







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  Reply # 1987130 2-Apr-2018 12:18
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Aredwood: Firstly, any possibility of connecting the desktops via Ethernet cables, and maybe the laptop as well if it is always used in 1 location. As you will get better speeds on those devices, as well as free up WiFi bandwidth for the portable devices.

 

No.  Desktops and laptop are spread around the house.


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  Reply # 1987143 2-Apr-2018 13:31
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OldGeek: In looking at 'access point' hardware I see an array of hardware that does not differentiate between 'base' and 'remote', and many units specify multiple LAN ports - so I am at a loss to understand what I am seeing and I would definitely not trust an in-store salesperson advice.  While I never like to get sucked into over-priced name-brand products, equally I want good quality rather than cheap junk.  Any suggestions welcomed and appreciated.

 

 

It sounds like you are confusing traditional wireless networking products with the newer mesh devices. Mesh devices are usually sold as a pack of 2 or more starter devices, and the vendors have their own brand and proprietary mesh protocol.  You can't mix devices from different vendors.

 

I've not used these, so I'm not going to recommend one over another, but these are some of the mesh brands

 

Google wifi
Netgear ORBI
TP-Link DECO
Linksys Velop

 

Basically google any vendors name + "mesh" and you'll find their mesh capable product name.  To form a mesh network, all your devices need to be from the same vendor and part of their mesh product line.

 

 




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  Reply # 1987145 2-Apr-2018 14:01
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Just what I was looking for - specific devices and models - many thanks.


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  Reply # 1987147 2-Apr-2018 14:03
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For you - like I suggested before. Ubiquiti Amplifi or the Netgear Orbi.





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