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Fixing up home office: WiFi 6 or no? If yes....which router? Orbi, Nest or Netgear?

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I got an eero kit of three in April and it’s been great. I think the key question is, is your internet service so fast that it needs 6? I only subscribe to 60-100 Mbps so I couldn’t make use of the extra capacity anyway. Lastly, at least at that point, WiFi6 routers were few, far between, and exorbitantly expensive.

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Same- we upgraded to the eero mesh WiFi kit, and haven’t had any issues. Noticeable improvement

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Do your priorities include gaming/streaming? Low ping? Do your household members use zoom/teams often throughout the day? Are you planning on upgrading your phone or gaming systems this year?

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In that case it’s worth looking at them at least. If it doesn’t reach all the corners of your space, then you might look into a mesh network because they involve multiple stations around the house to eliminate dead spots. I haven’t looked at CNET for years but you can also get good reviews elsewhere such as Wirecutter.

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I know nothing about technology and just go with CNET reviews

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Agreed with CNET recommendation

I would recommend it only if you have a lot of devices connecting to the router and have very high internet speed. Like 100+ mbps. WiFi 5 devices will be more than enough if you get a dual band router. I would go with Netgear. The nighthawk routers are good.

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Eero is my choice, especially if you value stability and no downtime. I tried different Orbis and the Nest. They all kept dropping nodes randomly. Eero has been bulletproof for the last three months. No downtime. Worth every penny. WiFi 6 doesn’t matter unless you have 500+ mbps up/down internet at home.

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