I did not check the range limits of any of the mesh products tested.Thanks for your great article. I've been implementing a lot of eero's lately does Orbi have same coverage? Seems like from article it's backhaul is faster.
The issues are still muddy for Europe. Some manufacturers will go with the lowest common denominator, despite the fact that some countries might allow for higher power output or for additional channels than the global EU regulations.Something worth mentioning perhaps is the Regulatory improvements seen with the 2016 products - While many are perhaps still a bit upset at the FCC about firmware, they also opened up additional channels and relaxed some power constraints which can have a definite impact on utility of the 5GHz band...
But there's no numerical value to quantify what are 'a lot' or 'few' devices and what is a large /small area. I understand that the area could vary due to walls and wall consturcion, but what could one expect? I also realize that the number may not be as important as how much each device is doing on the network. But maybe with some thought I'm sure there's a way to generalize (i.e. house of 4 people, small business with 8, coverage through 'n' interior walls, coverage through 'x' stucco walls with wire mesh, single story, two story, etc.)....if you have a lot of devices and a large area to cover, consider mesh systems..."
In the same ruling back in 2014, FCC opened up access in the TDRW window within the UNII-2 band - it's taken a few years since the product cycle in silicon being what it is, but in 2016, between the TDWR clearing, the new DFS, and harmonized power, it is a compelling reason to look at retrofit with 2016 product.Do you mean something other than DFS?
It is getting better though - devil will be in the details within the regulatory sphere, but many regions do recognize the benefit of harmonizing the rules, even if WiFI is a secondary user of some of the 5GHz band - and with 3.6GHz (11y) and 900MHz (11ah) coming on line - 11y has actually been out there for some time, but recent deals between FCC and DOD have made use of the 3.6GHz band possible - and this might be the ideal spot actually for LTE Unlicensed usage (LTE-U, Multifire, etc).The issues are still muddy for Europe. Some manufacturers will go with the lowest common denominator, despite the fact that some countries might allow for higher power output or for additional channels than the global EU regulations.
It's not always clear as to which regulation each manufacturer follows, what region they encode in the bootloader, etc... I assume that if someone in Europe were to do the same kind of testing Tim does, we might be seeing more variation between manufacturers than he can observe with US models (since North America pretty much runs all on that same region).
Wi-Fi doesn't lend itself to hard and fast rules. There are too many variables. But I'll try.But there's no numerical value to quantify what are 'a lot' or 'few' devices and what is a large /small area.
Typical good quality stereo audio is around 256-320 Kbps at most. One of the Shoutcast radio I frequently stream is 160 Kbps.Music bitrates depend on the format. Always assume its a quality source so you wont need to put more than 2Mb/s for an mp4 recording.
When was the last time you upgraded your router? A few months ago, or was it years?Hey there Tim, I was wondering you said that future proofing is risky business so if I were to buy a router now, would it be better to go for 1900 or 2600?