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WiFi System for big area

Discussion in 'Wireless Buying Advice' started by poizonrock, Nov 8, 2017.

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  1. poizonrock

    poizonrock New Around Here

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    I have decided to help my friend fix his coverage issues in a really big home. Sorry I can't provide you with square footage. It's big and gets rented out to parties and family reunions - so mainly we need something to service ~40 people in a big area. Granted, not everyone connects to Wi-Fi. Right now he has 1 AirPort Extreme and a tiny Almond extender.

    At first I wanted to get Orbi AC3000, but since satellites can only connect to the base, I'm not sure it's going to work because the modem is in a far corner of the house. Only the base and 1 satellite can be operational. Hence, I was thinking about Velop or Google solutions because I could build coverage from one point of the house to the other. Plus, I think he'll need at least 4 devices.

    What would you recommend? Thanks in advance for any help.

    P.S. This might be the main question - if the internet speed is only 16 Mbit/s does the download ranking matter? Meaning, with that speed, would Orbi, Velop and Google Wi-Fi show the same performance? Even if, say, we build a system with 6 Google Wi-Fi's.
     
  2. MichaelCG

    MichaelCG Very Senior Member

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    Your best bet is getting an AP closest to where the clients will be. You will need to better define/describe the build, materials, sizes, and expected client density to get any useful suggestions from most of us.
     
  3. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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    16Mbps ISP speeds (up and down?) does not look too good for up to 40 clients connected. Your friend can spend a lot and not see any difference from what he's running now on this network.

    A single RT-AC3100 running RMerlin firmware is what I would suggest to try first. My customer had his running with up to 60 clients connected over the course of the last year without any issues. In a large home and in a suboptimal location too.

    https://www.snbforums.com/threads/s...-go-with-the-rt-ac1900p-v3.34748/#post-281391
     
  4. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Latest Orbi firmware allows satellites to connect to satellites.
     
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    pege63 Very Senior Member

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    Is that without loosing speed is the backhaul speed same as to the router?
     
  6. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    The dedicated 5 GHz backhaul radio is used.
     
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