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Replacing Airport Extreme with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: October 06, 2017 11:11AM
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I have/have experience with:
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eero system 0
 
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Netgear Orbi 2
 
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Linksys Velop 0
 
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Google WiFi 0
 
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Luma 0
 
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I've got a two Airport Extreme system (one as the main and a second to extend the network) and I'm considering replacing the whole shebang at some point in the next 3 to 6 months.

I know the world can change in that time frame, but I was curious if anyone had any of the noted systems above and what their experiences are.

Note that I'm looking specifically at this group -- Mesh systems (even though the Orbi isn't technically a Mesh) -- and not wanting something that looks like a Shadow Battlecrab from Babylon 5.

A few links:

"How to choose the best Wi-Fi replacement for your Apple AirPort routers" (Jan 2017)

"Linksys Velop Wi-Fi router review: One of the best mesh network systems to date" (Jan 2017)

"Google Wifi review: Mesh networking made easy" (Dec 2016)

"Eero Home WiFi System 2 review: Beacons make this system even easier to install" (June 2017)

"Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi router review: It's not a mesh network, but it's good enough you won't care" (Jan 2017)

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ADDED: Should have noted; I'm in a brick 2-story house (mighty mighty).
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ADDED ARTICLE: "The Best Wi-Fi Mesh-Networking Kits for Most People" (july 2017)







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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: October 06, 2017 11:15AM
FWIW, I was considering adding a third Airport Extreme for a bit (to bolster the network's power in a trouble spot) but it's time to move on and Apple is completely out of the game, I imagine. I was kind of hoping that the release of the HomePod would also usher in an updated/revitalized Airport system, but I guess not. Alas.



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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 06, 2017 11:16AM
.....mesh is more breathable than cotton and will keep the family jewels cooler in the summer......



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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: October 06, 2017 11:21AM
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NewtonMP2100
.....mesh is more breathable than cotton and will keep the family jewels cooler in the summer......

If I could ban you from my threads, Newt, I would. quotes smiley

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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 06, 2017 11:38AM
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Zoidberg
FWIW, I was considering adding a third Airport Extreme for a bit (to bolster the network's power in a trouble spot) but it's time to move on and Apple is completely out of the game, I imagine. I was kind of hoping that the release of the HomePod would also usher in an updated/revitalized Airport system, but I guess not. Alas.

Yeah, pretty dissapointing they dropped all the wireless.





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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: pipiens
Date: October 06, 2017 11:41AM
Two orbis work well for me. I have a long skinny apt about 5000 sq ft. with 1 Gb fios. My note book seams to be internally limited to 400mb/s. My iPhone gets 600.
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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: October 06, 2017 11:42AM
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pipiens
Two orbis work well for me. I have a long skinny apt about 5000 sq ft. with 1 Gb fios. My note book seams to be internally limited to 400mb/s. My iPhone gets 600.

Now I have to hate you.

(I'm paying through the nose for Comcast Xfinity 85Mbps (max) here, and paying even more for "unlimited". I'd almost consider moving to another state just to have some actual options.)



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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 06, 2017 11:47AM
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If I could ban you from my threads, Newt, I would. quotes smiley



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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 06, 2017 12:01PM
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pipiens
Two orbis work well for me. I have a long skinny apt about 5000 sq ft. with 1 Gb fios. My note book seams to be internally limited to 400mb/s. My iPhone gets 600.

thats 40 MB/s and 60 MB/s -- correct?





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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: October 06, 2017 12:05PM
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jdc
thats 40 MB/s and 60 MB/s -- correct?

FWIW, that review I posted goes into some of the details.



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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 06, 2017 12:56PM
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Zoidberg
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jdc
thats 40 MB/s and 60 MB/s -- correct?

FWIW, that review I posted goes into some of the details.

Seems cool... I dont have a 2800 SF home -- cause dropping $350 for wifi isnt really trippin my trigger.

The stock wifi router we get from Uverse (5GHZ ac) covers our house and backyard no problem. Thankfully its near the center of the house, 5 feet in the air in a room with no doors on one side and sliding door on the other.

Sitting my garage I get a solid 50-55/12-15 MB/s with it. AT&T Internet 50 only $30 a month and locked in for 2 years, unlimited usage. =)





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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: steve...
Date: October 06, 2017 01:06PM
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pipiens
I have a long skinny apt about 5000 sq ft. with 1 Gb fios.

I want to hear more about the 5000 sq. ft. apartment.





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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 06, 2017 01:12PM
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steve...
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pipiens
I have a long skinny apt about 5000 sq ft. with 1 Gb fios.

I want to hear more about the 5000 sq. ft. apartment.

Right?

Mesh is superior to the bridging method of extending a WLAN referenced in the OP's post. Out of all the systems listed, I've only heard of the eero system. Everything I've heard is good.



It is what it is.



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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: October 06, 2017 05:31PM
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steve...
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pipiens
I have a long skinny apt about 5000 sq ft. with 1 Gb fios.

I want to hear more about the 5000 sq. ft. apartment.

Yeah, that must be one BIG HONKIN' apartment!! smiley-shocked003smiley-shocked003



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Re: Replacing Airport Extreme with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: bhaveshp
Date: October 06, 2017 06:28PM
Voted for Netgear Orbi. Only con is it is a bit pricier than the rest, but the big win is the 4 Ethernet ports on both the router & each satellite.

I previously posted about the Orbi here:
[forums.macresource.com]
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Re: Replacing Airport Extreme with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 06, 2017 06:47PM
Love our Portal.
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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: pipiens
Date: October 06, 2017 07:20PM
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Rick-o
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steve...
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pipiens
I have a long skinny apt about 5000 sq ft. with 1 Gb fios.

I want to hear more about the 5000 sq. ft. apartment.

Yeah, that must be one BIG HONKIN' apartment!! smiley-shocked003smiley-shocked003

Here is a link to the building. It is an 04 unit. The lanai adds 1000+ to the 4000 under air.
[www.naplesdwell.com]
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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: max
Date: October 07, 2017 02:40PM
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pipiens
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Rick-o
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steve...
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pipiens
I have a long skinny apt about 5000 sq ft. with 1 Gb fios.

I want to hear more about the 5000 sq. ft. apartment.

Yeah, that must be one BIG HONKIN' apartment!! smiley-shocked003smiley-shocked003

Here is a link to the building. It is an 04 unit. The lanai adds 1000+ to the 4000 under air.
[www.naplesdwell.com]

So yours is a small one....
"penthouses boast 6,720 to 7,000 square feet."...
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Re: Replacing Airport with Mesh System * Any experience with any of these?
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 08, 2017 09:32AM
We purchased a Portal thinking we'd need to do st least 2 via mesh to cover our sprawling house. I used to need to use two power line extenders to give wifi everywhere. Our base wifi was a time capsule (which still works fine but is less than half the signal of the portal).

A single portal covers the entire house including our garage with our Tablo tied to our OTA TV antenna.

It's a small company, but I've been very pleased. A 2-pack is an Amazon Choice at $270. Single unit is $148.

Portal wifi router - Keeps your wifi maxed out at the speed you pay for, Patented technology, Reliable and affordable coverage for homes up to 3,000 sq.ft., Gigabit speed, Easy setup and app. (AC2400) [www.amazon.com]



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