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Want to put a mesh WiFi system on top of AT&T internet, since we use them for cable and WiFi currently (hubs wants red zone and league pass.) Recommendations? Was thinking google mesh but I don’t...

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I use google Wifi and it works great. No complaints from my end. No doubt that there other solid products out there as well but I don’t think you can go wrong with google

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Mesh is really only useful if you have coverage issues. My brother in law sells networks and network security and said it’s mostly a marketing ploy / re-branded access points. There’s some cool functionality around intelligent distribution, but use cases are limited for standard consumer use

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Does you bro in law have an alternative he usually recommends? I know anything we put on top of shitty AT&T isn’t going to be a perfect solution but I’ve got to get my whole home covered with WiFi

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Similar to others, mesh is more so when you have coverage issues due to too much “noise” you just need a standard strong router and maybe depending on the size of the area an extender.

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Buy a commercial wireless access point and hard wire it into your att router. Just make sure you turn off your att router WiFi. You can get a commercial access point for around $100 on Amazon that blow away most consumer device performance Extenders are just a patch and they reduce your overall speed. I have a 3500 sqft house with no coverage issues using a single access point located upstairs in a central location.

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+1 for UniFi. I love their products. While renovating our house I hard wired as much as possible and have two APs, Cloud Key, POE switch, and the security gateway. The new Dream Machine (available in their Early Access store) looks like a good product for someone that wants an all in one. Still uses the same software controller

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Ubiquiti is the hands-down best prosumer networking gear. Amplifi is their line geared towards hands-off home use.

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If your router is located on the ground level, you will have coverage issues - WiFi signals are a bit like a fountain ⛲️, so having the router on the 2nd level in a more open location usually helps. If you can’t do that, then the other options should be explored.

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...know much about the underlying technology, other than what I’ve read in product reviews over the last day or so. I’d appreciate any insight you have!

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To provide more info - we definitely have coverage issues. We have a downstairs office where the router is located and our downstairs TV (about 50 feet and some walls away) always goes out. We get terrible coverage in our master and it’s non-existent upstairs. So we are definitely looking to extend the range. We have a range extender but since it’s a different network we have to disconnect and reconnect it one is stronger. Also we have connectivity issues with range extender and many of our devices. I’m so tired so shitty internet - I want WiFi enabled devices to make our lives easier but IoT in our home is not an option with our current system. I was hoping mesh WiFi would be a good solution, but maybe we need a different internet provider? So frustrating!

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If you can, re-use smoke/CO2 alarm mounting points, etc to run wiring and put in wall/ceiling access points. Stash equipment away in attic/basement and have a clean, professional grade network.

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Netgear Orbis are about the fastest on the market right now, faster than Google Mesh (newer specification)

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Awesome thank you!

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We bought the Google Home and it has helped significantly - previously we were using a router with an extender.

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AmpliFi is rock solid. I also have a full UniFi network in another location and it’s even better - but you have to want to learn some networking details to get it up and running

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I have Orbi and have awesome coverage from basement to second floor to backyard. It’s on deal at Costco right now :)

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Need to find a way to move your router upstairs or route Ethernet upstairs to an access point

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