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New router or mesh set-up?

  1. #21

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    You've done a scan for signal strength using a phone app?

    Wifi 2.4 channel isn't going to help with attenuation, and trying to use 5GHz rather than 2.4 certainly isn't going to help (it's worse at wall penetration).
    Agree on this. ^^^

    Check your signal strength first and make sure you are connecting on the 2.4 band in the bedroom.

  2. #22

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    Quote Originally Posted by pin
    OK, so Asus have AiMesh, which you can either do "DIY" by buying compatible routers or using their Lyra mesh router set-up.
    I fail to see how AiMesh is going to be cheaper for you if you are going to have to get say at least 2 86U routers

    and

    AIMesh isn’t supported by Merlin if you were using Merlin before

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    When we first moved into our apartment we had a Linksys WRT1200 ACS router in the living/dining room but, even with the high gain antennae fitted to it, we couldn't get any 2.4 signal in the main bedroom (end of the hallway and furthest room from the router), and were barely able to connect in the second bedroom or kitchen (both with walls adjoining the room where the router is)!

    After a bit of reseach I opted for an Amplifi HD system, which comprises a main router and two additional mesh access points. Router in the same place as before, and mesh access points in the helpers room (opposite kitchen and adjoining living/dining room), and a second mesh point in the main bedroom. Now we have full signal strength in all the rooms. In fact, we don't actually need to use the mesh points as the signal from the router alone is strong enough to penetrate into all rooms in the flat except the main bedroom en-suite (for which we need to switch on the master bedroom mesh point!).

    It looks quite stylish to boot, although it was quite expensive (~HK$3,000) and only managed to find a single shop stocking them in SSP.

    https://www.amplifi.com/


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