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Ceiling mounted access points

joelk89
Tuning in

We are renovating our house and our electrician is running some Ethernet cables from where the Virgin Router will be (Hub 5) to a couple of locations that have, historically, struggled with WiFi. 

Our electrician has suggested getting some ceiling mounted access points. 

For an absolute idiot like me, can someone point me in the direction of such an access point that works well with my hub? 

Ideally, it would use the same SSID etc. so can roam around the house without connecting to different SSIDs. 

Thank you

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Client62
Legend

Having a common SSID / Password is no problem that is done during the configuration.

Have a look at : https://www.broadbandbuyer.com/store/wifi-access-points/
there many devices at all sorts of price points.

I would allow for a PoE network switch ( Power over Ethernet ) so you will not need to run mains cables as well as Ethernet cables to each ceiling mounted Wi-Fi AP.

Perhaps your electricians have done this before and can point to some kit that the have previously installed.

Tudor
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Take a look at:

 https://uk.store.ui.com/uk/en?category=all-wifi

I use some of these, but the very high end WiFi 7 ones, all are very good.


Tudor
There are 10 types of people: those who understand binary and those who don't and F people out of 10 who do not understand hexadecimal c1a2a285948293859940d9a49385a2

Sephiroth
Alessandro Volta

The ceiling mounted AP suggestion has merit if the only route upstairs is via the roof void.  However, if the cable has to pass behind a wall in the target room, you might as well bring an Ethernet point out to the wall, near a power point.  Then a freestanding AP can be used.  In either case, positioning won’t matter in a given room except perhaps a little thought as regards an adjacent room in which case a freestanding AP would be best.

Seph - ( DEFROCKED - My advice is at your risk)

Tudor
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I find an upstairs back room ceiling mount WAP gives excellent coverage in my garden. 


Tudor
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MasterOfArts1
On our wavelength

The issue is every environment is different.... then there is EMC / EMF especially with copper. 

My advice is buy a couple of unmanaged switches, splitters and RG6 coax and get the sparky to deploy it to suit your environment. With regards to the wifi side of things treat it like any other antenna system 👍

My Broadband Ping - MOA Home

Thank you, Tudor - so should I get 2 x U7 Pros or would I get away with 2 x U6 Lites? 

The floor space is not particularly big, nor is the demand from devices (a couple of iOS devices, a couple of laptops). Appreciate your help 

Tudor
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U7 Pros are more future proof as they offer WiFi 7 and have 2.5Gb ports (they also work fine at 1G). Don’t forget with both, as they are PoE, you will need injectors or a small PoE switch. The switch could be 1G or 2.5G, depends how much money you want to spend and/or future proofing. In any case make sure you use Cat6 cable, good up to 10G for the lengths you are likely to use in a home. See this:

https://www.truecable.com/blogs/cable-academy/cat6-vs-cat6a


Tudor
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Sorry to sound like a clown. So I don’t just plug the U7 Pro into my router with a CAT6 cable? 
Can you share a link for an appropriate injector or switch please? 

Sephiroth
Alessandro Volta

https://www.amazon.co.uk/PoE-Injector/s?k=PoE+Injector

Seph - ( DEFROCKED - My advice is at your risk)