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Alternative router to SH4

Hi All,

I currently have the 1Gig service and the Super Hub 4, although has improved Wi-Fi than the previous SH3, it's still a bit patchy.

Are there any alternative routers out there which some of you use which you would recommend?

Looking for something with more than 4 Gigabit ports and excellent Wi-Fi coverage.

Budget of around £400-£500 for the router.

Thanks in advance

Stephen

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You can get a decent Wifi6 (AX) ASUS router for that money, or a decent Tri-Band Wifi6 (AX) mesh system by Netgear, or again ASUS.

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Thanks Gary

Any recommendations on models?

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Something like this TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi with Built-in Smart Home Hub, Up to 4500 sq ft Coverage, ...

You will also need a switch if you need more ports.  So Hub in Modem mode -> First Mesh Node -> Switch -> Rest of network as needed.

Also additional switches can be added to the upstream Nodes if required.

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Are you looking for a single standalone router or a mesh system?

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The Asus AX88U might do the job. I don't have any hands-on experience with this model though. I have used Asus routers for many years and they've performed great for me: N66U to AC68U to AC86U

SH2 modem mode | AC86U router | AC68U node
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@gary_dexter Looking for whatever gives me best speeds and coverage basically
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With that budget you get a topend system.

Question is can you get the router to centre of the house or is it stuck to side of the property. This will determine if you need a router or a mesh.

 




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OK so..

Property size, construction type, number of rooms, number of devices, types of devices, AC or AX connectivity.. etc

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A single ‘home router’ will not give you excellent WiFi over your whole home. You really need a Ethernet wired Wireless Access Point to cover the upstairs. If you go for a mesh system you will also need a network switch and it’s always best to use Ethernet cabling for one of the upstairs mesh points.

Don’t forget a mesh system needs power for all its nodes and some, but not all, are not very good looking. I have two Unifi WAPs, one upstairs and one downstairs and you cannot even see them, as the are on top of cupboards. I get excellent WiFi of over 500Mbs on my iPad Pro everywhere. 


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