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papasmurf1269
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Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
Is the router and the pucks the same thing? Or, do you need both?


DukeSilver
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
If you're talking about the Google pucks, they are routers. You would also need a modem.


papasmurf1269
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
So, with any mesh system you need the pucks and a modem?
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CubsFanBudMan
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
What is your current setup? Who is your internet provider?


papasmurf1269
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
Cox. I have giga blast with a Cox provided Modem/Wi-Fi router


CubsFanBudMan
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
So you will still need a modem. You will probably want to buy one instead of renting one from Cox. Then most mesh systems have the router built in, but may be limited on the number of devices that can but plugged into them. You may need to also get a switch.


papasmurf1269
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
Ok. TY


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LSUTigerDDS
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
I had issues with dead spots because the router I bought was actually a rebranded Netgear outsource that didn’t have the specs I thought I was getting. Got a range extender. Install was less than 5 minutes and it has worked perfectly.


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Chillini
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
I picked up the TP-Link Deco Mesh system a few months back. Had too many dead zones in my house. It has worked exactly as I hoped. Simple set up and easy to manage. May not be for you if you need to do more technical stuff but for a relatively cheap and easy system it’s great.


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LSU-MNCBABY
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
I have an Eros, have the main one and 3 others and get pretty much coverage all over my house and pool area. It’s much better than my previous set up


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TU Rob
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
I went with a Ubiquiti POE Access point. My old TP-Link router is fine, but location was an issue. I moved it to the basement, built a shelf between two joists and sat that, the modem, and a switch on it. Hardwired all my TVs and computers, and ran the AP to another spot down there under my bedroom. So the TP-Link router covers one half of the house, and the Ubiquiti AP covers the other half. Might be cheaper/easier than setting up a mesh system. I just have the kids tablets set up to only access one of them in the living room where they use their devices. I switch mine to the AP when I am in the bedroom and leave it on the normal router the rest of the time.


Korkstand
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
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I just have the kids tablets set up to only access one of them in the living room where they use their devices. I switch mine to the AP when I am in the bedroom and leave it on the normal router the rest of the time.
If you want, you can set them both to the same SSID/password and your devices should/might switch to the stronger AP whenever one signal gets weak.


s14suspense
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
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If you want, you can set them both to the same SSID/password and your devices should/might switch to the stronger AP whenever one signal gets weak.



Picked up 2 Unifi In Wall APs but I'm not super impressed with the coverage for the whole house so I'm getting two more this week to hopefully blanket the whole house and pool area with one network. I'm guessing they just inherently don't have amazing range because they're on a wall?

Now just need to decide whether it's worth it or not to figure out how to get my ATT modem into bridge mode or just tell all my devices to forget that network.


Korkstand
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
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Picked up 2 Unifi In Wall APs but I'm not super impressed with the coverage for the whole house so I'm getting two more this week to hopefully blanket the whole house and pool area with one network. I'm guessing they just inherently don't have amazing range because they're on a wall?
Right, the only time I would consider the in-wall model is if there was already a wall jack but poor wifi in the room, or if the ceiling isn't accessible to mount a better AP.

That form-factor limits the design possibilities for tuning the signal, and I would imagine the signal would be somewhat directional.


s14suspense
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
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Right, the only time I would consider the in-wall model is if there was already a wall jack but poor wifi in the room, or if the ceiling isn't accessible to mount a better AP.



Already had wire drops in 3 rooms of the house and wanted a minimal look of all that equipment.

We'll see how it all is once I put the 3rd in Wall on SW side of house and stick a 4th in the room it where the router and switch are on SE side of house.


Korkstand
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
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Already had wire drops in 3 rooms of the house and wanted a minimal look of all that equipment.
Yeah that's the perfect intended use case for those units. Just need to manage expectations.
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We'll see how it all is once I put the 3rd in Wall on SW side of house and stick a 4th in the room it where the router and switch are on SE side of house.
According to the radiation charts, the signal will be strongest in the front and sides of the AP, with a significant dead zone on the back side. If they're going on exterior walls pointing toward the interior of the house, you should be good.


s14suspense
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
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Yeah that's the perfect intended use case for those units. Just need to manage expectations.



Is there anything I could stick in the middle of one of the cable runs in the attic to kind of daisy chain a AP up there and still have it work at the drop?


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s14suspense
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
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According to the radiation charts, the signal will be strongest in the front and sides of the AP, with a significant dead zone on the back side. If they're going on exterior walls pointing toward the interior of the house, you should be good.



Turns out the 4th in wall AP that I didn't really need to be an in wall wouldn't power on so I'm swapping that out for a AP lite that will hopefully catch most of the middle of the house.


Korkstand
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
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I'm swapping that out for a AP lite that will hopefully catch most of the middle of the house.
I have had a UAP for a while, and it basically covered the whole house except the signal was spotty in one particular corner (in the small part of L-shaped house). Also I just had a generator w/wifi installed, and the signal was just too weak on that edge through the bricks.

So I picked up an AP AC Lite, moved the old UAP to one end and the AC to the other. The place I want to mount it has cramped attic access, so the unit is currently just sitting up in the attic on top of insulation (facing down) while I'm testing the coverage. The coverage is so good I might just leave it like that in the attic. I don't really feel like army-crawling over insulation.


s14suspense
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re: Looking to get a mesh Wi-Fi system soon
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So I picked up an AP AC Lite, moved the old UAP to one end and the AC to the other. The place I want to mount it has cramped attic access, so the unit is currently just sitting up in the attic on top of insulation (facing down) while I'm testing the coverage. The coverage is so good I might just leave it like that in the attic. I don't really feel like army-crawling over insulation.



You just gave me a good idea on how to remove some of the clutter I've created and get some of this stuff in the attic and still have all the functionality of the wall outlets. Might even be able to put a drop in behind TV cabinet with the 1 free space on the 8 port switch.


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