After all the moaning from the teenagers and wife about our "poor Internet", (we have a 950/450 fibre connection), it's time for me to investigate the best way to improve our wifi coverage. Despite my insistence that our Internet is actually pretty kick arse now, they still give me a hard time about things deteriorating ever since our move to fibre.
The real issue here of course is poor wifi coverage, so I'm looking for advice on the best way to improve this. I'm wondering if a wifi mesh network is the way to go, or if there is a way to leverage or improve our existing configuration.
Wifi is currently delivered via an ASUS RT-AC68U router. I've also got the Spark supplied Huawei router (HG659b) in another location in an effort to extend the range (connected to the LAN via Ethernet, and set up as a wireless access point. This has a different SSID, as it wouldn't allow me to use the same one due to a restriction on spaces in the SSID. With this configuration we're having all sorts of issues with wifi performance (on both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands). Neither wifi access point is overly reliable, and it's common to have to switch between the two in order to fix wifi performance issues.
We have a pretty big house (two story, 271m2), with the ONT terminating in one corner of the house upstairs. Luckily I do have an Ethernet port in a reasonably central point upstairs, and another one downstairs at the other end of the house. So these can be leveraged to extend coverage. This is what I've attempted to do with the Huawei, but it's not working out so well. Perhaps there's a way to tweak this though?
Based on this information, I'm looking for recommendations of the best way to improve our situation. Ideally I'd like a solution that may be able to utilize our existing equipment, but if that is going to be pushing the proverbial uphill, I'm willing to consider replacing existing equipment. I can't help thinking a wifi mesh system may be the solution I'm after here. But I also can't help thinking that the Ethernet ports I have scattered throughout the house may present a cheaper, but just as reliable, option.
The key thing here is I do not want to be spending money on a solution that shows little to no improvement. I'm already in trouble (unfairly, I'd counter) for talking my wife into the GB fibre plan which has, in her mind, shown a degradation in performance over our old 70/30 VDSL connection. To be honest, I am a little confused why the switch to fibre coincided with a drop in wifi performance, but that appears to be what's happened. Perhaps the equipment I have isn't quite up to the task after all (although I'm hoping a few judicious tweaks may still be possible to improve things).