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Tri-Band Router verus Mesh

Hi,

I'm due to receive M500 next week.  We already have a large number of devices which knocked out the previous Vodafone Hub and is challenging the current one.  Therefore, I'm weighing up going for either of the above.  In an ideal world I'd go WIFI 6 Tri-Band but I'm not sure I'm prepared to put that much money in to it.  I think I want Tri-Band to fully make use of the additional bandwidth and mesh potentially allows me to fix some ports (my sons pc) but I'm not sure I fully need it.  I'm in a standard sized 3 bed detached but the Router will be sat at the front of the house on the ground floor so I would like a little more coverage.  Have been looking at Deco's and ASUS Routers - would prefer to stick to a known brand.

Appreciate any suggestions.  TIA.

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What's your budget ?

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£250 ideally - £300 at a push.

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IMO unless you have lot of Wi-Fi 6 clients already at home its waste. Be many years before everything in house is Wi-Fi 6.

For M500 decent triple Wi-Fi 5 over a dual band Wi-Fi 6. The Netgear RBK50 triple band was the top of the ladder and expensive when released but now great value for money at £229. Do your own google reviews 🙂

https://www.amazon.co.uk/NETGEAR-Ultimate-System-Satellite-Extender/dp/B01KVRRSNI/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1J...

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I put a Netgear RBK 50 MESH system in last week attached to Hub3 in modem only mode. So far stable with almost full speeds over WiFi everywhere in the house. Easy to install but not the best looking piece of kit in the world however I can live with it as it has solved so many issues for me.

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thanks for the feedback.  I was a little concerned with some of the reviews on the RBK50.  Are they really as big as they look??  I suppose nothing is really discrete these days!

Are you using Sky Q by any chance and does it perform ok?  Obviously a few issues to work with if going down the Deco route.

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Don’t have Sky Q so not familiar with any known issues. My smart TVs absolutely fly though now, Netflix etc is instant  I don’t even see the loading screens now.

yes, they are quite big (about 10 inches high by 6 inches wide at the base) and a hideous off white colour (would be much better in black) but I can live with it for the untold benefits I’m seeing so far. I have my router and the main Orbi unit in an upstairs bedroom so that’s not an issue and the satellite in the living room is concealed behind my TV

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All recent Apple gear is wifi6 compliant

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I've not see any apple options funnily enough - which are you referring to? 

I must admit I'm leaning towards the Deco M9s due to their discretional size.  

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I meant the receiving devices - not the transmitting ones 🙂

iPhones, Macbooks, iMacs etc. can get the increased speeds if you have a wifi6 "transmitter" my old Apple Airport Extreme doesnt 😞

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