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Running new VM connection alongside existing DSL

Hi,

I've decided to retain my DSL connection once my new VM connection is installed.  With my wife and I now permanently based from home and the kids doubling our needs it's useful to have a backup and I thought of dedicated the DSL connection (from Vodafone) for gaming due to the supposed more response latency connectivity.  My query is, am I going to create all sorts of issues having two lots of WIFI feeds so close to each other?  I'm looking to use a MESH WIFI for the VM connection which I don't believe you can select channels for (the whole purpose, right?) so I'm assuming if I retain my current DSL router settings the MESH should just work itself out?  

Appreciate any input on this.  Any potential show stoppers or suggested actions to help.  TIA

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Re: Running new VM connection alongside existing DSL

You having two WiFi sources is no different than you competing with your neighbours’ WiFi.

Here’s my contention with my neighbours:

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Re: Running new VM connection alongside existing DSL

depends how much RF interference you already have in the area..

in theory, the two networks should automatically sort themselves out so that they use different channels - but this is dependent on the quality/features of the router/mesh units you use and also on how many other networks are competing for airtime in your vicinity.. 

you could use something like inSSIDer to have a look at the number of networks around you, this will only give you a picture of the number of networks competing for airtime, but not the utilisation of each band - so it's just a bit of a "flinch test". 

You could, ofcourse, invest in a mesh that provides dual-wan features (failover, loadbalancing) and possibly policy based routing (i.e. "all traffic from my gaming PC & ps5, send out the adsl link") but this is obviously a little more advanced and something you should check your desired router/mesh system supports.. in this scenario, you'd just have one wireless network (the mesh network) and the mesh making decisions about which gateway to use.. 

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Re: Running new VM connection alongside existing DSL

Thanks for the responses.  I'm tempted to cable from the DSL router and turn off the WIFI to help.  I'm only looking at hard wiring a few devices - XBOX, PC, etc so that may help with congestion.

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