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# 243689 25-Dec-2018 20:59
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Hi everyone, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays first of all.

 

I am moving into a new 2 storey house in a couple of month, which has UFB. The comms cabinet is inside a linen cupboard upstairs where all 12 Ethernet wall ports terminate back to. There is no patch panel installed due to the size of cabinet but just slacked CAT5E with RJ45 plugs at the end of it.

 

My proposed setup:

 

ONT -> ERX -> 2 dumb 8-port switches daisey chained -> 1 Asus router as AP upstairs & 1 Tenda router as AP downstairs both setup with the same SSID as 1 WiFi network.

 

Any thoughts on this setup? Do you see any issues with stability, reliability and performance of the WiFi network? 

 

Thanks in advance. 


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Master Geek


  # 2150576 25-Dec-2018 21:04
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Throw the routers away and buy two Unifi Access points (2x AC lite or depending on the house layout maybe one AC-LR is enough).

 

Instead of the two dumb switches, get the Unifi 60W 8 port PoE switch, so you can power the APs and other devices.


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  # 2150577 25-Dec-2018 21:05
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spend the money and get 2x access points will provide a much better experience than using the routers as access points and likely allow seamless handover between access points. can be centrally managed which is a plus.

 

why do you need 2 8 port switches? do you plan on using all 12 ethernet ports/cables

 

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  # 2150579 25-Dec-2018 21:19
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Moved into a new house and have pretty much same setup as you described.

 

Slowly building up home network. Got Unifi USG already that I'm using with a Dumb switch and Asus router as AP but planning to get 8 Port Unifi PoE switch and 2 x APs. 

 

Was waiting for a good deal to buy remaining stuff but seems like Ubiquiti stuff almost never goes on sale. Also confused if I should get 2x AC Pro or 2x AC Lite.

 

Running Unifi controller on a Home server I'm running 24x7.




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Ultimate Geek


  # 2150580 25-Dec-2018 21:19
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Thanks for the suggestions.

My issue with getting the Unifi APs is that aren't they performing the best when ceiling mounted?

The whole house cabling was run before we bought the house so it was too late to get the builder to run 2 extra cable for ceiling mounting the APs, hence why using the 2 routers plugged into the wall ports.

I might not use all 12 ports but like to know there are ports available should I need them.


Just saw this on PB:

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NAPUBI0426/Ubiquiti-UniFi-UAP-AC-IW-Dual-band-AC1200-300867Mb

Maybe this is the AP I need to plug into the wall port so it doesn't look weird having an AP meant to be ceiling mounted, mounted on a wall.

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  # 2150581 25-Dec-2018 21:25
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I guess depending on the house but if you didn't want to ceiling mount the APs then you could go for couple of in-wall Unifi APs which would replace your existing ethernet sockets. They act as APs and also give you additional 2 ethernet ports. So quite handy if you have only one port at a location but would like two. 

 

If you have access to Ceiling upstairs then running an additional cable for a roof mounted AP should be fairly easy and just use inwall downstairs. One of the rooms at home didn't have ethernet point and I ran it myself a month ago.


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  # 2150583 25-Dec-2018 21:42
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the access points still work fine when not ceiling mounted, they may just have slightly less range, not a huge deal in an average house.

 

i have 2 ceiling mounted access points, on is mounted facing the roof, sitting under the TV, and the other is mounted vertically on-top of a speaker behind the bedroom tv (not enough space for it to mount horizontally. both work fine for my house.




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Ultimate Geek


  # 2150590 25-Dec-2018 22:41
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Thanks guys for your inputs, I now have some alternative options to consider before we move in.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2150601 26-Dec-2018 00:33

Since the linen cupboard is upstairs, surely it would be easy to run more Ethernet cables from the cupboard to the ceiling, to The APs.







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Ultimate Geek


  # 2152619 31-Dec-2018 13:39
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Hi all, 

 

Just a bit of follow up, I've gone for a mesh Wi-Fi solution: Orbi RBK23, the 3-pack setup, on special @PB for about 376 buckaroo despite having Ethernet running throughout the new house. 

 

I figure I'd just use the wall ports as Ethernet backhauls to the satellite units.

 

Have just got Orbi setup at my current house to see how well they work.

 

This means I now have two wireless routers from my previous setup that are surplus to requirements, which I will start a new thread in Offers & Wanted forum shortly.

 

The Orbi setup process would have been a lot straightforward, had I not tried to set them up in AP mode connected to my ER-X, which I was having connectivity issues with (again will start a new thread in the correct forum for resolution), so for now have setup Orbi as router mode with two satellites on Ethernet backhauls (current house also has CAT5E throughout). 


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