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highest end WiFi routers and boosters?

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  1. rob lay

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    I have 2 year old eero systems. I'm in a 3 floor townhome and that has challenges sending signals through the floor. Lately it has been working even worse and the main router box is really hot to the touch.

    What are the absolute best and strongest WiFi boxes out right now?
     
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    Let me know how it works out for you

    Glad i can help

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    I had a big problem with this. I bought a few extender set ups that didn't fix the problem .

    Ended up hiring and buying from my internet service provider (Verizon) to install their extender products . Works great now.
     
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    Meraki. Not cheap but is the best.
     
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    With each hop it cuts the speed in half.

    If you can run wires to WiFi pucks you’d be way better off, even run the wires outside then into a hidden puck on each floor.

    set each floor to a different channel.
     
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    My speed tests didn't indicate that. The satellite on 2nd floor is connected direct to the router, 1st and 3rd floor are remote. However, 1st floor TV still going out sometimes although the WiFi signal is remaining strong (through computer), so guess I need an Apple TV as the LG a little iffy there.
     
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    This is good advice.

    Our house is wired ethernet, with a wifi router up in the attic. We have a single device which needed a wifi connection all the way down in the basement (a treadmill) and the connection obviously sucked down there. I found an old wifi router (D-Link, I think) and plugged it into the ethernet port in the basement near the treadmill. I disabled its DHCP and assigned it a static IP like 192.168.1.2 and activated a new wifi network with a name different from our main wifi network. From there, I simply connected the treadmill to the new wifi network, and it was assigned a DHCP from the primary router up in the attic. Extremely strong signal now, and works a treat.

    As a general however, I avoid wifi wherever possible and prefer statically assigned IP address with MAC reservations. It's more complicated to setup, but seems to greatly enhance day-to-day stability of the network.

    p.s. the dummy wifi router in the basement has the ethernet cable plugged into one of the 4 'device' ports, not the WAN port.
     
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    Same here, speed test confirms very similar speeds, no drop hop to hop.
     
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    I recently went with the TP-Link Deco system. I have x20 and X60 APs. The x60 is the new version and has been amazing. I have 9500 square feet to cover, 6k up and 3k downstairs. The primary is centrally located with secondary units about 40’ away with line of sight because the people who built this house didn’t wire it. The downstairs AP is about 40’ away, obviously no line of sight. I have very little signal loss. It roams and switches perfectly. I can’t say enough good things about it. You need to decide how many units you need at time of purchase. They only came in 2 or 3 packs when I got them 4-6 months ago. I bought a 2 pack and then a few months later I decided I needed a third for proper coverage. I had to buy a 2 pack. I now have a spare X20 in case something dies.
     
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    I recommend using Ruckus ZoneFlex access points. They can act as standalone or, more importantly, as a mesh network. They will relay the signal throughout the entire house, into the basement, and outdoors and over to the neighbors and down the road if you wish. All you need to do is power them up and connect at least one of them to the NAT router. You can pick them up on eBay for cheap. Speeds will be >500Mbps. R700/R500/T301 series are incredibly fast and you can use them with or without a ZoneDirector. There is now "Unleashed" software that allows for establishing a mesh, self-healling network. They're the Ferraris of WiFi devices. The T301s are fully weatherproof and focus 120 and 60 degree beams. These devices are industrial grade. Beam-forming, polarization selecting, multiple simultaneous clients at high bandwidths. At least do a google seach.
     

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