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darkone
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I'm looking to roll out new WiFi in my house but I'm at a bit of a loss in figuring out what to buy.

My priorities in order:
1) Bulletproof (I've had too many routers that need to be rebooted once a week)
2) Good coverage (1700 sqft, 2 stories; I'm open to the mesh networks)
3) Good speed
4) Minimal configuration and maintenance (I just don't have the time I used to)
5) A degree of future proofness

The Ubiquiti product line has always looked interesting. What else should I be looking at? What other factors should I be considering. I'm not against higher cost stuff so long as I'm getting good value over time.

1/24/2020 9:21:42 AM

dtownral
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i've got asus stuff because i'm not very technically skilled in networking and their AiMesh is easy to use and setup, i just keep an eye on things with the android app

i also considered the google nest mesh router

1/24/2020 10:12:27 AM

FroshKiller
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I have an ASUS RT-AC68U, which you will also see listed as the AC1900. Just buy that. Don't overthink it. I live in a 3-story, 1,775-sq. ft. townhome and have no problems with coverage. It does Gigabit Wireless, it's easy, you can add on the AiMesh stuff if you have a weird dead zone, whatever. It's the easy button. Just press it.

1/24/2020 10:22:39 AM

rjrumfel
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I cannot get over how expensive routers have become. I mean there are high end home routers that cost more than the computers to which it is connected.

1/24/2020 10:30:32 AM

OmarBadu
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I use Linksys Velop and have been happy - speed tests from the router average 850-950mbps on AT&T fiber. Great mesh coverage and no real issues to speak of.

1/24/2020 10:59:30 AM

smoothcrim
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if you want minimal configuration, you should look at the amplifi line from ubiquiti, especially if you aren't doing a wired backhaul. there's really nothing else that comes close imo

1/24/2020 12:05:45 PM

darkone
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Is WiFi 6 (or whatever the standards name is) worth shelling out for now with the assumption it will be future proof for a while?

1/27/2020 4:57:03 PM

smoothcrim
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I don't know of a single client radio that supports it. hell, to this day I don't know of a client radio that supports 3x3 mimo despite it being a standard for 5+ years, but there are companies pushing 4x4 and 6x6 mu-mimo. I'd only pay for it if you liked the rest of the package. If you don't have dozens of devices on the same ssid fighting for bandwidth, it's not really useful

1/28/2020 5:13:04 AM

moron
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Ive been happy with the Orbi + 1 satellite. The satellite is currently wireless and I can get a good 450Mbps wifi connection through it (gigabit fiber as internet connection) via speedtest.net. Upgraded recently from the Asus AC68U + Merlin (now converted to a wireless bridge for a printer).

We have probably 20 wireless devices connected, and 20 more wired devices and I don't see any weird issues. Apple's AirPlay works very well too.

1/29/2020 2:50:28 AM

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