wifi mesh setup

Briansol

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So as you may have seen in the other thread, I moved not too long ago and have been setting up my basement man cave. The internet router/access point (comcast) is in my office in an upstairs bedroom. I hard-wire my old pc, mostly because it doesn't have wifi :D but I also like having all the office crap in the office. I think it's the Xfi stuff (new as of october this past fall)


2 stories down in the basement, the internet works, but occasionally it will buffer during netflix or streaming music.

I'd like to keep 1 networkID for the whole house, so the mesh set up is ideal.

I see xfinity offers these 3-pack of xFi pods for about 120 bucks to mixed reviews and the fact that they will only ever work with comcast hardware. While I don't see the ISP changing any time soon (nothing else here, really) I'd prefer an agnostic solution.

Can I just plug in a repeater somewhere in the house? Do I need an additional router to make the global mesh network?

I'd love to just plug something like this in the wall in the living room and call it a day. is it that simple?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q2WQWT7/ref=psdc_3015439011_t1_B010S6SG3S?th=1
 

TurboMirage

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The pods sound decent. I have a client using Comcast business and 3 pods with no trouble. They have a decent 10k sqft office space.

I personally have had better luck moving the AP around than using any extender.
 

Briansol

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I went into the settings on the firestick and there is a 'recommendations' list showing up. Network showed as good and occasionally would toggle to very good for a few.
One thing it said to do was to use the soft hdmi adapter to put the stick away from the tv.

well, what do you know... plugged that in, positioned it to hang a bit off the back of the tv away from the panel it is stays at very good now and no more buffering on the music.

I haven't tried video yet. Still looking into doing something like this at some point.
 

reikoshea

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Sorry man. I think this is steve's territory.

You got questions about k8s, vmware, openstack, mysql, postgres, terraform, python, whatever, I gotchu, but I think our professional proficiencies kinda overlap pretty damn hard.
 

reikoshea

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not in my experience. but there is a difference between your burst speed and sustained. Usually your initial few hundred kb per connection is faster than a sustained multi-gb download.

I've worked for a few ISPs and it was the same for all of them, but there's no reason they COULDN'T do it, but it's a lot more effort than its worth.
 

jamesA

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Ubiquiti - UniFi® AP

Buy as many as you want, one SSID, one set up. Adopt, add, name and secure. I wish I had taken more than one home in 2017 so I could put one in the garage. I have dual wifi's set up on one AP, all of my Alexas and wifi lights on one and Multiple phones and tablets, firesticks and the like on the other wifi and it never drags. If you decide to change providers you won't ever have to reset up a new wireless network.

Edit: Direct link to the AP ac Lite
UniFi Lite Access Point
 
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