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Old 04-02-2018, 09:35 AM
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Another option, but way more expensive: an Orbi "mesh" system. Technically, Orbi isn't a real "mesh" system, but it still provides a strong signal and fast wifi all over my house. Costco had a deal for $400 not long ago, for a system with a router and two satellites.

Like I said, way more expensive. But it rocks.
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Another option, but way more expensive: an Orbi "mesh" system. Technically, Orbi isn't a real "mesh" system, but it still provides a strong signal and fast wifi all over my house. Costco had a deal for $400 not long ago, for a system with a router and two satellites.

Like I said, way more expensive. But it rocks.
Mesh systems are better - they're other options other than Orbi.
They are essentially creating a system similar to how cell phone tower work.

It would replace the router as well as the extenders.
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Old 04-02-2018, 11:22 AM
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Another option, but way more expensive: an Orbi "mesh" system. Technically, Orbi isn't a real "mesh" system, but it still provides a strong signal and fast wifi all over my house. Costco had a deal for $400 not long ago, for a system with a router and two satellites.

Like I said, way more expensive. But it rocks.
I struggled with extenders in the past, and I was told every time the signal goes through an extender, you lose half the speed. I got an Eero mesh system a year or so ago and it's awesome. Speeds in my office went from ~10 Mbps to ~80 (it's supposed to come into my place at 100). The only downside is they have really limited network controls.
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I have an Apple TimeCapsule as my wifi router, and an Airport Express as an extender. Works well for the most part, but lately the wifi signal has been dropping a couple times a week. I think it's because my TimeCapsule and actual router from my ISP don't play very nicely together.

Thanks for the thread. Reminded me that I owe my ISP a call.
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After years of crappy router-extenders I learned about powerline extenders here on the AO, and so far they're working great....
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I struggled with extenders in the past, and I was told every time the signal goes through an extender, you lose half the speed. I got an Eero mesh system a year or so ago and it's awesome. Speeds in my office went from ~10 Mbps to ~80 (it's supposed to come into my place at 100). The only downside is they have really limited network controls.
I saw some reviews that said the Orbi was better, and others that said Eero was better. In the end, Orbi was on sale at my local Costco, so I got it since returns are incredibly easy there.

I'm pretty consistently getting about 300 Mbps anywhere in my house. (I recently upgraded to gigabit fiber.)
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Mesh systems are better - they're other options other than Orbi.
They are essentially creating a system similar to how cell phone tower work.

It would replace the router as well as the extenders.
I'm curious how much better a true mesh system is. See my performance in the post above. But then, maybe my house isn't big enough to really benefit from the difference.
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Get Google WiFi. It builds its own mesh network and works seamlessly. We have a large home and 3 units cover everything with no dead-spots.
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I was thinking of getting a Netgear X4S mesh extender to help hit a corner of the house that gets shaky coverage, but that made me look at my router and it turns out it is an old Netgear N150. So I thought of upgrading the router a bit and seeing if it has sufficient coverage, and if not, picking up the mesh extender. But if I need to get the extender, a Google Wifi 3pack would have been cheaper. Does just getting Google Wifi seem like a good choice, assuming I want mesh (if I need an extender) and really don't want to pay more than that.
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