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Topic # 242687 9-Nov-2018 13:30
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Hi there,

 

Atm I am using a vodafone provided router, but we are using an extender as the range isn't good enough to go through the whole house. The house is around 145m2, so it will be in the roof but want very good coverage round the whole house. What would you guys recommend? Not sure what brand to go for? 

 

I am looking for one with at least a dual band but triband is even better as well as 2.4 and 5Ghz too, we are using fibrex so something that supports vlan tagging would be needed. Guest networking is a must as well.

 

 

 

Would prefer one with a very good update history, so one that is gonna be updated for quite a few years.

 

 

 

Thanks

 

Any more info let me know and happy to provide :)


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  Reply # 2122708 9-Nov-2018 13:37
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No router will provide perfect Wifi around your average house. Do you have any wired in APs installed already?


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  Reply # 2122711 9-Nov-2018 13:40
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Is this a bungalow (one level) or 2 storey house? 145m2 on one level is brutal to cover




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  Reply # 2122720 9-Nov-2018 13:56
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DarthKermit:

 

No router will provide perfect Wifi around your average house. Do you have any wired in APs installed already?

 

 

 

 

Okay, the edges of the house is fine if is spotty. I don't expect 5 bars everywhere but even 2 or 3 is good enough,

 

Only one which is in the middle of the house. So we have the internet with the vodafone router coming in on the far edge of the house and the extender in the middle of the house, but it's not good at extending it lol




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  Reply # 2122722 9-Nov-2018 13:59
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antoniosk: Is this a bungalow (one level) or 2 storey house? 145m2 on one level is brutal to cover

 

 

 

One story, i don't expect perfect coverage just decent enough through the house say 2 or 3 bars is fine on the far edge of the house.


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  Reply # 2122723 9-Nov-2018 14:00
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antoniosk: Is this a bungalow (one level) or 2 storey house? 145m2 on one level is brutal to cover

 

We've got a 220m2 single level house with a Fritz 7490 in the middle and it (wifi) works ok throughout the house. Yes, things will fall to 2.4ghz but the band steering means it all happens pretty smoothly.  Picked up a 2nd one cheap off TradeMe to setup mesh (you can do wifi or ethernet backhaul), but haven't needed to thus far.


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  Reply # 2122766 9-Nov-2018 14:22
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Charmander:

 

it will be in the roof but want very good coverage round the whole house.

 

 

Sticking electronics in a potentially hot and dusty environment like a roof cavity is probably not the greatest for longevity....

 

 


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  Reply # 2122776 9-Nov-2018 14:41
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Have you considered a couple of APs from a firm like Ubiquiti or Grandstream? I did that in our house, and we have decent speeds throughout as well as seamless handover as we move within the space.

 

Perhaps another option could be a mesh-based system ? At least there's no need to put cables through ceilings etc so you can relatively easily move equipment around to ensure the best coverage.


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  Reply # 2122777 9-Nov-2018 14:44
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I have a router guide in my signature that could help but take a look at the Ubiquiti AmpliFi (Here)

 

Provides very good wireless, and is a very good router. Ubiquiti have a very good history with their enterprise grade products also and have shown to keep improving the firmware of this router.

 

The router can be plugged in to your Cable modem and configured with VLAN 10 with DHCP. It also looks nice so no need to hide it away.





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  Reply # 2122780 9-Nov-2018 14:51
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Do you have wired ethernet to any of the house? If so just set up another access point with a different name. You might be able to use the same name, but I don't know if it will choose the strongest as you move around - my experience is you have to select manually.

 

wellygary:

 

Sticking electronics in a potentially hot and dusty environment like a roof cavity is probably not the greatest for longevity....

 

 

My alarm system has been up there for years, no problems at all.





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  Reply # 2122787 9-Nov-2018 15:01
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timmmay:

 

My alarm system has been up there for years, no problems at all.

 

 

Most alarm boxes have a fairly low thermal envelope with oodles of space in the box,

 

Every router/AP i'v come across runs warm to the touch and the board is pretty dense...


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  Reply # 2122807 9-Nov-2018 15:42
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Another vote for Fritz Boxes. You can pick them up are cheap on Facebook/Trade Me.
2 should cover your whole house nicely.

 

 




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  Reply # 2122843 9-Nov-2018 16:16
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tanivula:

 

antoniosk: Is this a bungalow (one level) or 2 storey house? 145m2 on one level is brutal to cover

 

We've got a 220m2 single level house with a Fritz 7490 in the middle and it (wifi) works ok throughout the house. Yes, things will fall to 2.4ghz but the band steering means it all happens pretty smoothly.  Picked up a 2nd one cheap off TradeMe to setup mesh (you can do wifi or ethernet backhaul), but haven't needed to thus far.

 

 

Okay, sounds decent, I just did a change and moved the router to the middle of the house and getting decent speeds throughout the house. So do you think a single router in the same place would improve it? 




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  Reply # 2122845 9-Nov-2018 16:17
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wellygary:

 

Charmander:

 

it will be in the roof but want very good coverage round the whole house.

 

 

Sticking electronics in a potentially hot and dusty environment like a roof cavity is probably not the greatest for longevity....

 

 

 

 


TBH have had a server running in the roof at my other house for years and still works fine. Yeah it does get hot, but the router up there currently still works after 6 years. lol




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  Reply # 2122846 9-Nov-2018 16:18
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jonathan18:

 

Have you considered a couple of APs from a firm like Ubiquiti or Grandstream? I did that in our house, and we have decent speeds throughout as well as seamless handover as we move within the space.

 

Perhaps another option could be a mesh-based system ? At least there's no need to put cables through ceilings etc so you can relatively easily move equipment around to ensure the best coverage.

 

 

I had a decent thought about it was looking into the Google home Wifi, but looking at reviews your still gonna get some what slowdown. With where the router is now in the middle of the house would a mesh system work fine? Or would a single beefy router be the better bet.




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  Reply # 2122848 9-Nov-2018 16:20
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KrazyKid:

 

Another vote for Fritz Boxes. You can pick them up are cheap on Facebook/Trade Me.
2 should cover your whole house nicely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do they support guest networking? Cause in the future if we have a B&B I don't want them to access the network only to access the internet?


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