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kywildcatfanone
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MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
I'm building a new house, and wanting to do some smart home things. One problem in my current home is that my wifi doesn't reach well in some areas. I bought an extender a year ago, and it helps some, but for the new house I'm wanting to upgrade to make sure I have good coverage everywhere.

Is mesh the way to go? I am planning on wiring all TV locations with (I think) cat 6e, and running cable for a POE Camera system, but for complete internet coverage across the entire home, including 3 floors, is mesh the right choice? Brand preference?


pakowitz
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Scott, LA
Member since Jul 2005
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re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
We are building new home as well. I ordered the Google nest mesh with 2 points. Probably overkill for our home size. 1750 sq ft.


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pakowitz
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TAMU-93
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Sachse, TX
Member since Oct 2012
407 posts

re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
If you're building a new home, you should plan for wired access points. Ubiquiti is my preferred brand.


WavinWilly
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
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If you're building a new home, you should plan for wired access points. Ubiquiti is my preferred brand.


This.
Even if you don’t want to hang APs from your ceiling ubiquiti makes an in-wall access point that goes where you’d normally have a jack. Added bonus is it has 4 ports on the bottom as well.


kywildcatfanone
Kentucky Fan
Wildcat Country!
Member since Oct 2012
73949 posts

re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
I'm not familiar with that brand, will look into it. Yeah, not sure what I was thinking, I am going to wire for at least a couple of Wired AP's in a couple of places, one on each side of the house. I'm assuming the signal should reach a floor above and below without much issue.


Got Heeem
Georgia Southern Fan
Georgia
Member since Sep 2012
2951 posts

re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
I have 5 Google wifi nodes. I hard-wired 4 of them. One wireless. They work great and easy to setup. Not sure about the other brands, but you can't go wrong with Gwifi.


gpburdell
Georgia Tech Fan
ATL
Member since Jun 2015
769 posts

re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
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I'm not familiar with that brand, will look into it. Yeah, not sure what I was thinking, I am going to wire for at least a couple of Wired AP's in a couple of places, one on each side of the house. I'm assuming the signal should reach a floor above and below without much issue.


Mulitple wired APs is the better way to go if you have the option.

Also I recommend Ubiquiti as well. I've got 4 of their in wall APs in my house. Ubiquiti is the one that makes the Amplifi mesh wifi product if you've heard of that. I've never used it but I've read Amplifi and the Google mesh are the better ones. The Ubiquiti APs have the option to mesh too if they can't be hardwired.

https://inwall-hd.ui.com/


elsu
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H-town
Member since Aug 2004
939 posts

re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
What's everyone's thoughts on systems that support Wifi 6? Was looking at the nest but don't like that it doesn't support Wifi 6.

what about systems such as Arris SURFboard mAX?

note - I have Xfinity 1GB service, so looking to maximize it. I also have cat5 run thought my house, but will likely be moving in the next 6 months to a year, so don't want to put a lot onto something i can't take with me. (looking at moving into an older neighborhood where houses won't be wired)


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ItNeverRains
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Franklin, TN
Member since Oct 2007
17760 posts

re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
I have google mesh and it is fantastic.


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CarRamrod
USA Fan
Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
52116 posts

re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
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I have 5 Google wifi nodes. I hard-wired 4 of them.
you could have saves a ton of money just using cheaper routers as the APs.


Got Heeem
Georgia Southern Fan
Georgia
Member since Sep 2012
2951 posts

re: MESH networks= the way to go for home networking?
Nahh, because I got half of them used. Works great. No need to do what you said.


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