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Topic # 242151 13-Oct-2018 12:40
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So, some help and suggestions please regarding the above subject! :D  Currently we have:


- Fortigate Router + ONT + Switch
- Synology NAS DS1515+
- Plex Server (SFF PC)
- Apple TV (3rd gen, hard wired)
- Airport Express (little white puck, hard wired)
- Airport Extreme (tall white puck, hard wired)
- Philips Hue bridge
- Devices: 2017 MacBook Pro, 2018 Surface Pro, iPhone 6S+XS, iPad Pro


We have a two story house with mostly garage and office/spare bedrooms etc downstairs - then main living/kitchen/dining, small reading room + main bedroom upstairs with an outside area off to the side of the house. At the moment i have all the tech bits in a small wall mounted server cabinet in the garage, the Airport Express behind the TV (central to the main living area, kitchen, dining and front deck), the Airport Extreme in the small reading room, coving bedroom, downstairs (to a degree) and outdoor area. 


Main Problem: The Airport Express is just getting too slow and i would like to replace with something much faster as we often do work on our dining table (the office desk is hard wired) and its just not cutting the mustard with the new(er) laptops. I must admit I like how the two apple access points just work as one network, nice and simple. Basically need faster WIFI!


I have been thinking of these options and wondering if someone can assist with suggestions or options?... My thoughts up to now:


1). Replace the Fortigate router and wifi acesss points with a Synology RT2600ac, position this behind the TV which is central to our entire house basically. I am very comfortable with the Synology eco system but is the Synology best option in this case and would i need an extender of somekind to get out to the outdoor area.


2). Swap the Airport Express with an Airport Extreme around? The only issue is that laptops seem to flick to one or the other when working at our dining table alot.


3). Replace the Airport Express with an Airport Extreme - but i just seems like apple is leaving this behind.


4). Replace the access points with a Wifi Mesh Network. Is this needed if you have the areas where you are putting the devices hard wired? 


5). Other? 


Any help is very much appreciated. 





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  Reply # 2107246 13-Oct-2018 13:14
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I am assuming the Aiports are wired? What is your budget on this?


Personally - I'm going to recommend replacing the whole network with either a Grandstream GWN7000 + one or two Grandstream GWN7610's (if they're wired) or an Ubiquiti USG + Ubiquiti UniFi Switch + UniFi access points (more expensive, but works incredibly well).


If they're not wired and you're needing mesh then the Ubiquiti AmpliFi is my go-to router of recommendation. It performs well, and is simple to use (and looks nice). You'll however need to combine this with a switch as the AmpliFi only has 4 ports on the back.


This will replace your Fortigate Router and Airports.

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  Reply # 2107247 13-Oct-2018 13:19
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I am assuming the Aiports are wired? What is your budget on this?



Yep - both Airports are wired. Budget - as little as possible :D Looking at the Ubiquiti stuff which i have in the past as it looks really good. Prob too much $ to buy gateway, 16 port switch and two access points really.... 


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  Reply # 2107256 13-Oct-2018 13:47
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Hi, the Ubiquiti eco system, is nice, but as you see to go the whole hog is a bit pricey for some. For wireless you will find a couple of Unifi Waps hard to go past(approx $150ea for AP-Lites), so purhaps put with that an Edgerouter X (approx $100) and a basic switch ($50+) would fit the need. You will need to cable to the 2nd WAP.


As for the Synology 2600, while a nice bit of kit and as someone who loves and supports a modest number of DSM devices, I have found the likes of the edge router and Mikrotiks to be more flexible, but YMMV.



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  Reply # 2107262 13-Oct-2018 14:03
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You can just use Unifi APs without an edgerouter.

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