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Phil
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Mesh Wifi
I have read about Google, Orbi, and Samsung online and on here but still cannot determine which is the best for my situation.

I have a 2,700 square foot home (2 stories). The home was built in 1996 so I am very limited on Ethernet cables thus my main source is WIFI. Due to how my internet comes in the home, the modem is in the room above the garage which is at the far right of the house. Currently I have a ASUS RT-N66U router hooked up directly next to the modem in the room above the garage with a TP-Link AC1750 wifi extender. All was fine until we decided to cut the cord. Now, every day there is some issue with the internet. We have to switch between 2.4 and 5.0 or the main router vs the extended. Its never constant.

We have 4 TV's, 2 thermostats, 3 iPads, and 2 phones hooked up to our WIFI.

I have read that a mesh WIFI system may work better in my case than an extender however at $300 for the Orbi and $250 for the Google I want to make sure what I purchase works.

Has anyone else had this issue and can lead me down the right path?





patnuh
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I have Google and it 100% helps upstairs. My house is same size as yours.


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TigerWise
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Extenders suck.

As far as mesh systems go I’m a yuge believer in Eero.


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Broken Coyote
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I have a large house with a basement apartment where my sister lives. Even with extenders, getting a decent Wifi signal to the basement was a constant headache and while I could have run a wire from the router, it would have been a pain in the ass. Google WIFi solved my problem. I get strong signal across the entire house and no issue at all when as many as 14 devices have been connected to the network.

I considered Orbi and that might be the better route as it has a stronger signal and 3 channels. But Google was in stock at my local Walmart and I have no regrets. Whatever you go with, mesh is the way to go for whole house WiFi unless you want to run wires. Mesh also gives you one network and your devices will roam, while you would have to change network as you move through your house with extenders.


Phil
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Thanks for the responses. How many devices have you hooked up for your house. It says each one covers 1,500 square feet. This would mean I only need 2 but I would assume since the main unit will be on the far right of the home, it may not overlap how Google intends based off their calculations.


tigers win2
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I have the orbi version with base and 3 access points.

Works well. Two story house and strong signal throughout house and backyard. Smart switch for pool light in metal box in back yard works with no problem. Have 2 teenagers so there always 4-7 smart phones on it plus 5 smart TVs streaming.

Cell service doesn’t work in our house so all cell phones use WiFi calling. Of course kids stream everything. We never have any issues with it WiFi
This post was edited on 9/10 at 10:40 pm


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TigerinATL
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quote:

Thanks for the responses. How many devices have you hooked up for your house. It says each one covers 1,500 square feet. This would mean I only need 2 but I would assume since the main unit will be on the far right of the home, it may not overlap how Google intends based off their calculations.


I had a situation like you where my internet router was 2nd floor at one end of the house. The stairs in the middle of the house seem to cause interference so I needed the 3 access points that came with my Orbi RBK23. I have 2 upstairs and 1 downstairs, the satellite upstairs relays the signal from the main router to the other satellite near my main TV downstairs.
This post was edited on 9/10 at 10:51 pm


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Arkapigdiesel
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I only have experience with Google Mesh, but I love the hell out of it. It's so insanely easy to use, setup, and edit settings.

With all of the said, the other mesh systems may work just as well, or better. Just giving you my experience with Google.


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hollowpoint
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Ubiquiti


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Phil
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After further review it appears that Google does not have the ability to select from either 2.4 or 5.0 Ghz and pushes everything to 5.0 Ghz

This would be a problem for me as my thermostats and a few other smart devices are only 2.4 Ghz. Am I reading this right?


shspanthers
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Nashville, TN
Member since Sep 2007
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quote:

After further review it appears that Google does not have the ability to select from either 2.4 or 5.0 Ghz and pushes everything to 5.0 Ghz

This would be a problem for me as my thermostats and a few other smart devices are only 2.4 Ghz. Am I reading this right?


It looks like it can do 2.4 Ghz devices as well. It uses the same SSID for both networks, but their documentation says it detects devices that can only use 2.4 Ghz and connects that way.

How does my device choose a band?
For personal devices that support only the 2.4GHz band (an older phone, for example), it will automatically connect to that band. Most dual band devices that support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz will automatically pick a band based on different factors like signal strength.

Another friendly reminder: Your Wifi point(s) uses the same network name for both the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. We believe this simplifies the Wi-Fi experience.
LINK


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TigerinATL
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quote:

This would be a problem for me as my thermostats and a few other smart devices are only 2.4 Ghz. Am I reading this right?


A lot of smart home devices have this 2.4 ghz limitation. To get my smart plugs to work I had to turn off my Orbi temporarily, rename my old router to the new Orbi router SSID and password, connect the smart plugs to the old router with the new name and then when I turned the Orbi back on they connect automatically. It’s a bit of a pain but you only have to do it once.


dltigers3
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I have several smart devices that use 2.4. Sometimes it can be difficult getting the initial pairing with my Google WiFi points. I've had to try several times with certain devices. Usually they pair with no problem.
The ability to turn of the 5 band is something I really wish they would add...

Edit: if you already have your devices setup with your current WiFi, just rename your Google WiFi with the same name and password and all the devices will automatically connect to the 2.4 band. I have only had issues when setting up new devices after I got the Google WiFi
This post was edited on 9/12 at 4:02 pm


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CajunTiger_225
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I dont even know how they're able to sell wifi extenders. Ive never seen some one say they work.

I would take that 250 and put it towards running ethernet to different points in your house and hook them up to routers or wifi access points. It's the best way. Then Google bridging the routers together(might not be necessary) for minimal performance loss.

What are your internet speeds?


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skrayper
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Ubiquity is pretty good in my own experience.

Aside from that, for an upstairs connection - is a physical cable and switch out of the question?


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