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2020-07-08 by: Eric Wolf
From: Eric Wolf 
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My home wifi is acting up again. My office wifi router/AP (TP-Link Archer
C1900) is causing systems to switch to my old router/AP which I have
connected via a physical cable to the TP-Link. Throughput on the old router
is getting throttled to around 1Mpbs. I get 600Mbps+ connected to the
TP-Link.

I also have a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter that I need to set up in the office and
use physical cables for the boxes. But I have a dozen or so other devices
around the house that use wifi.

My initial thought was the Google/Nest Wifi Mesh but I'm not too keen on
having Google listening all the time. But the price and performance are
pretty good ($350 for router and 2 APs). The Ubiquiti AmpliFi kits look
like another solution without the privacy concerns ($340 for the router and
2 APs). But some of the reviews are that hot.

I could also load DD-WRT into the C1900 and possibly the older wifi router
and use those as AP with the EdgeRouter. But I'm also lazy and would like
to just throw some money at the problem.

Any ideas?

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Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ If you already have the EdgeRouter, doesn't that kinda make the Ubiquiti APs a no-brainer? And if you'd like one, I'll send you a Ubiquiti A/C that I'm replacing with rented Eero routers, because to use the Ubiquiti I'd either have to get their Java based admin thing running again, or buy an EdgeRouter. C1900) is causing systems to switch to my old router/AP which I have conne= cted via a physical cable to the TP-Link. Throughput on the old router is g= etting throttled to around 1Mpbs. I get 600Mbps+ connected to the TP-Link. use physical cables for the boxes. But I have a dozen or so other devices = around the house that use wifi. having Google listening all the time. But the price and performance are pre= tty good ($350 for router and 2 APs). The Ubiquiti AmpliFi kits look like a= nother solution without the privacy concerns ($340 for the router and 2 APs= ). But some of the reviews are that hot. r and use those as AP with the EdgeRouter. But I'm also lazy and would like= to just throw some money at the problem. -=3D-

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ Gonna 2nd Ubiquiti no matter what solution you go with be it their Unifi or Amplifi stuff.

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ I found the EdgeRouter to be too capable (and thus more complex) than I need. That's why it's not even connected to anything right now. To add information: In the living room, I have a Netgear R6200 with a physical line into the office to the TP-Link AC1900. Both are supported by DD-WRT but I think they are both running their native firmware. I also have a physical ethernet cable between my TCL Roku TV and the R6200 (switched, physical to the AC1900). My internet service is 1Gbps synchronous. I know the R6200 doesn't NAT fast enough to provide more than about 320Mbps over ethernet, wifi is worse (that's how it got relegated to AP status). And another annoyance: I now have 4 separate Wifi SSIDs: 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz each on each router. It's also been almost 5 years since I bought any network gear! So I figure it's time to upgrade. -Eric P.S. Dan: Let me know if you want the EdgeRouter. I'll be curious how you like the eero. Amazon is selling them very cheap. -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Michael Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Use wired ubiquiti AP's.. "mesh" and "repeaters" break sooo soo many things. My head just hurts things about all the arp and mac address issues I've seen. Plus latency.. plus..

=============================================================== From: Michael Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ For most home use, you can now config a Ubiquiti AP with an app on a mobile, scanning the QR code on the AP.

=============================================================== From: Hophoto ------------------------------------------------------ Edge for router. And 3 UniFi. Access points. And coverage and speed. Everywh= ere. There software on Linux mint and a Mac. =20 Med Sent from my iPhone r Amplifi stuff. C1900) is causing systems to switch to my old router/AP which I have connec= ted via a physical cable to the TP-Link. Throughput on the old router is get= ting throttled to around 1Mpbs. I get 600Mbps+ connected to the TP-Link.=20 use physical cables for the boxes. But I have a dozen or so other devices a= round the house that use wifi. aving Google listening all the time. But the price and performance are prett= y good ($350 for router and 2 APs). The Ubiquiti AmpliFi kits look like anot= her solution without the privacy concerns ($340 for the router and 2 APs). B= ut some of the reviews are that hot. r and use those as AP with the EdgeRouter. But I'm also lazy and would like t= o just throw some money at the problem. -=3D-