R.R. Bridge Fisher

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It's time to upgrade my wifi.

Movies keep buffering. I have a lot going on here with 3 smartphones, laptops,gaming computer(sons) laptops for work...

I had thoughts about a mesh network.  I just started looking into this and it uses a router to hook into the first linked router of the mesh out of the set of 3.

So I'm wondering if I need a new router and a mesh network or if my router being 5 or so years old would be ok if I just buy the mesh network. 

Has anyone updated lately? 

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance....

 

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37 mins ago, R.R. Bridge Fisher said:

It's time to upgrade my wifi.

Movies keep buffering. I have a lot going on here with 3 smartphones, laptops,gaming computer(sons) laptops for work...

I had thoughts about a mesh network.  I just started looking into this and it uses a router to hook into the first linked router of the mesh out of the set of 3.

So I'm wondering if I need a new router and a mesh network or if my router being 5 or so years old would be ok if I just buy the mesh network. 

Has anyone updated lately? 

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance....

 

We moved to this house (long ranch) in 2019 and switched to comcast. Old neighbor give us his router before we moved as he left comcast to go to xfiniity, so it is older than five years. 
 

We purchased three Google mesh hubs and run all our devices just fine. We are on YouTube TV. Nothing is hardwired. 
 

We have seven TVs, various tablets and laptops and I rarely see buffering issues. 
 

Also, we have the lowest internet speed. 

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1 min ago, R.R. Bridge Fisher said:

I'll have to look it up

That is the first step. 

I upgraded my fios plan from 200mb to 1gb and my price went down on fios. I added a google mesh and get good speeds throughout the house. 

 

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9 mins ago, Kml said:

That is the first step. 

I upgraded my fios plan from 200mb to 1gb and my price went down on fios. I added a google mesh and get good speeds throughout the house. 

 

Ok thanks 

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35 mins ago, R.R. Bridge Fisher said:

I'll have to look it up

Find out, as that is the first step - what is max speed into the house?

 

Then you have to find out how much of that speed is making its way to your devices, wired and wifi. The key is determining whether your "slow speed" is due to slow into the house or slow down via your wifi router and distance to devices. 

 

Check your hard wired speed first. Do you have any computers connected to a wall jack? Or can you plug one in through a cable box port? 

 

Use a speed test program and test speed on both wifi and via a wired connection if you can. I like the web-based service from Cloudfare. But there are others. 

 

https://speed.cloudflare.com/

 

Appreciate that no wifi connected device is EVER going to get download speeds close to the max speed you are paying for. I pay for AT&T Giga, but best wired connection is about 900-925mb. Best wifi connection is half that, at best, but usually over 400mb from most points in the house. Yet, from where I am sitting right now, Cloudfare and Ookla both says ~230mb. Interestingly, AT&T's own test says 143mb. 

 

I should mention, when we build this house I spec'd for five wifi APs spread on the first and second floors, including the patio and one in my garage/shop. I added a sixth in the main living area using an in-wall unit but just leaving it on a book shelf. They all operate as discrete units, wired back to the server, not a mesh network. 

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I have the same setup as Kml. 

 

1gb FiOS with Google Nest 5g router and two points. My house is about 2500sq ft. The router and two points cover the house and yard without issue. Never have buffering issues. Unfortunately, I have to use the FiOS router as a dummy to Google. Certain FiOS TV features will not work without their router. 

 

That said, the FiOS router is dedicated 2.4ghz for certain wifi enabled devices that only run at that frequency. Google only has 5ghz channel. 

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30 mins ago, R.R. Bridge Fisher said:

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That's too low for most streaming these days, especially with other devices on the network. 

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5 hours ago, Scallywag said:

That's too low for most streaming these days, especially with other devices on the network. 

 

That's plenty for 2 4K streams and 8 1080p streams.

 

What the heck are you guys running that you have to have 1GB?

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13 hours ago, Eagles Dare said:

 

That's plenty for 2 4K streams and 8 1080p streams.

 

What the heck are you guys running that you have to have 1GB?

EVERYTHING!!!! 

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1 hour ago, Eagles Dare said:

10 4K HDR porn streams, at the same time?  :laugh:

Usually 8 but depends on how many newcomers to the orgy. 

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On 12/5/2022 at 10:44 AM, Scallywag said:

Usually 8 but depends on how many newcomers to the orgy. 

The porn streams dont get you, its the zoom video calls that eat up the bandwidth.

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