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Best Router for under£150

Hi all

Im looking at getting a 3rd party router because let’s face it the Hub 3 is poor. My budget is around £150. I live in a 3 bed semi detached house. There are 4 of us here. I work from home and the kids are schooling from home too. Couple of us are gamers as well. 

Any help and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance 

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I assume you mean wireless router. £150 is a good amount to pay.

The Asus range is well regarded on here - but also look at Mesh Systems - like TP-Link Deco M4/M5 as these are also well liked

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Re: Best Router for under£150

Might sound like a stupid question but what is a mesh system and is it easy to set up?

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Re: Best Router for under£150

Look at amazon for tp link mesh m5 . video shows how to set up.
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@Jamie82 wrote:

Might sound like a stupid question but what is a mesh system and is it easy to set up?


It’s multiple wireless access points that mesh together to extend range. 

a tri band mesh uses the a dedicated radio to backhaul traffic between access points. 

a dual band mesh shares the same radio as the rest your clients to backhaul the traffic. 

 

have a look at the tp link deco range.

they are apparently very easy to manage. 

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What provides better WiFi, a wireless router or a mesh system?

 

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A mesh is likely to provide more range - so better connectivity over a wider area.  The best speed/performance will be from the mesh unit connected directly to the hub as the others have to send traffic to that one first before it goes wherever it’s going.. 

If you compare a router with that primary mesh point, I don’t imagine you’d see much performance difference tbh.. 

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@Jamie82 wrote:

What provides better WiFi, a wireless router or a mesh system?

 


I suppose that depends on the size of your home.

A mesh system has two or more 'nodes' that sit in areas of the home to repeat the signal from the others:

A router is one 'node' that needs to have enough 'reach' on its own to cover your whole home.

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I think I’m going to go with the deco M5 system, any experience with it?

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@Jamie82 wrote:

I think I’m going to go with the deco M5 system, any experience with it?


I've read on this forum that the M4 is popular so the M5, being the higher end model, should be good.

https://www.androidcentral.com/tp-link-deco-m5-vs-deco-m4 

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