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Mesh wifi recommendation

Hi, am looking for a good mesh wifi router - especially since Black Friday is near! Living in a 6 bedroom house with three floors. At the moment, wifi is terrible in the house even with an extender. Dead spots everywhere and quality drops off immediately when not on the second floor (where router is). However, for my PC I have a power line connection which is solid. Sadly this is not the case for wifi devices. Any help is appreciated, thanks! 

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Do you have the capacity to run some cables and install a wireless access point or 2?

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To be honest probably not. How far would the WAP have to be from the router though?

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Ideally in a central location to cover all floors

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Gary's suggestion is the best option. But sometimes users say that ethernet wiring is just not possible. In that case, a Mesh is a good solution. "Proper" Mesh systems are expensive as they usually have their own inbuilt network to provide "backhaul" to limit the speed drops you get over each "Hop". But unless you are very demanding of speeds and or live in a huge castle - most users find the "standard" Mesh systems are fine for their needs. Here are some thoughts I have posted before.
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Depending on your requirements for... better routing features, your house layout, size, construction materials, your tech abilities, and of course, budget, ~£60-80 will get a decent introductory wireless router but 'may' not alone solve the wifi in your house, but spending up to ~£500 will get the Rolls Royce solution of a high-end Wifi6 Router & WAP's or a top end Tri-band Mesh system.

You'll probably want something suitable - somewhere within that range - I reckon ~£100-150 is around the “sweet spot” for most "standard" users, and where you would probably need to start for a standard 2/3-story house if it has brick walls. Less for a one-bedroom modern build flat - more for the castle.

Good options for Wireless Access points are Ubiquiti, (& routers also) and also those from these companies for their WiFi routers or Mesh systems such as TP-Link Deco's M4/M5, Linksys Velop's, Tenda Nova's, Netgear Orbi's (and others) – I would stick with these companies whose business this is - rather than Johnnie-come-latley's like Google, BT, Amazon etc. Also be sure the router or Mesh specifically say that they have 1GB ethernet ports - some of the cheaper ones only have 100Mbps ports.

Recently, just as an example, two of my friends who live in brick built 3/4 bed semis, both just got TP-Link Deco M5 3-packs (£150) and both told me it is - “absolutely brilliant with full wifi speeds in all rooms, the attic and the garden, and the App is a doddle to use”. The first unit becomes the new router - you need to check whether the one you look at has all the "features you need. Plus, ethernet ports are usually limited to 1 or 2, so you may need to add in an unmanaged GB switch (<£20) in there as well. My mates also get "full speeds" from the ethernet ports on the Deco's in the remote locations. Finally if you get a 2/3-pack of any Mesh system, and that doesn’t cover dead spots everywhere, you can just add in extra unit(s) as required

Take a look at what fits your needs, tech ability, house layout and budget. Use sites like Techradar & Techadvisor for reviews of "Best Routers" or "Best Mesh". Post again if you want personal recommendations from others on your short list

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you say 1st mesh device becomes your new router...

 so how does that work with a VM hub- does it have to be put into modem mode.

 

 asking because my son ( who also has VM) is considering one, and if his hub has to be tweaked, I will probably end up having to do it for him 🙂

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Correct, the VM Hub goes into Modem Mode and the Mesh Router takes over the routing.

If you do go for it, get back to us for set up instructions.

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@cybmole wrote:

you say 1st mesh device becomes your new router...

 so how does that work with a VM hub- does it have to be put into modem mode.

 

 asking because my son ( who also has VM) is considering one, and if his hub has to be tweaked, I will probably end up having to do it for him 🙂


Correct.

Some mesh systems will allow for the hub to be left in Router Mode and the mesh merely acts as a Bridge/Access Point and the hub still handles all the routing, NAT, DHCP etc.


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.. except that I just read various reviews on amazon about setting up the deco 5 with a HUB 3, and they say the hub stays in router mode....

 

 maybe there are 2 options ?

 surely some folks here have this exact set up: VM hub 3 , plus 3 x TP deco 5, and can comment

 or I can go look for a TP user manual download

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@cybmole wrote:

.. except that I just read various reviews on amazon about setting up the deco 5 with a HUB 3, and they say the hub stays in router mode....

 

 maybe there are 2 options ?

 surely some folks here have this exact set up: VM hub 3 , plus 3 x TP deco 5, and can comment

 or I can go look for a TP user manual download


Answered above;

Some mesh systems will allow for the hub to be left in Router Mode and the mesh merely acts as a Bridge/Access Point and the hub still handles all the routing, NAT, DHCP etc.


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