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My ancient router is struggling to keep up with my work from home/ stream everything / play every video game lifestyle.
Anyone have recommendations for a new router or router/mesh combo?
Thanks in advance!
I've been happy with Netgear's AC3000 Orbi Mesh system for the past couple years. I've got 3 points to cover my entire 1-level brick house and yard, since 2 wasn't quiiiiite enough thanks to the layout/multiple brick walls. I'm covered for a full day of zoom calls in my home office and then streaming TV inside or listening to music while I garden or sit by the fire pit.
I would like to recommend this routers. TP-Link Deco W7200. Best overall. Eero 6 Plus. A great three-piece setup for large homes. Netgear Orbi AX6000. Best performance. Nest Wifi. A solid Wi-Fi 5 system (but don't spend more than $200) Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) Best for multigig home internet plans. My Sanford Chart Login
There are many routers and mesh systems available in the market, and the best one for you depends on your specific needs, budget, and the size of your home or office. Here are some router and mesh recommendations that are popular among consumers:
Google Nest WiFi: This is a popular mesh system that comes with a router and one or more access points, depending on your needs. It is easy to set up, has good coverage, and integrates with Google Assistant for voice control.
Netgear Orbi: This is another popular mesh system that offers fast speeds, good coverage, and easy setup. It comes with a router and one or more satellites, depending on your needs.
TP-Link Archer AX6000: This is a high-performance Wi-Fi 6 router that offers fast speeds and excellent coverage. It also comes with a range of advanced features, including parental controls, QoS, and antivirus protection.
Asus RT-AX88U: This is another high-performance Wi-Fi 6 router that offers fast speeds and excellent coverage. It also comes with a range of advanced features, including adaptive QoS, AiProtection Pro, and VPN support.
Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD: This is a high-performance mesh system that offers good coverage and easy setup. It comes with a router and one or more mesh points, depending on your needs.
These are just a few recommendations, and there are many other good options available. It is important to consider your specific needs and budget before making a decision. My Sanford Chart
One more for the road....
You mentioned Unifi Amplimesh. They have another product you will want to check out. The UniFi UDR goes for $199 USD. The UDR allows you to enter the UniFi ecosystem at a retail price point. Supporting up to 500Mbit/s internet speeds this is a gateway product with enterpise grade network management. It provides 4 gigabit switch ports, 2 of which are PoE and gigabit wan port. At the top is a powerful Wifi 6 4x4 MIMO access point. It fully supports mesh networking with any of the UniFI wireless products (sold seperately). You wont find a better insight into residential networking. With a five minute mobile phone setup routine and the ability to configure the rest from anywhere on the planet, tech support just became a whole lot easier -- UniFi Dream Router , More Info
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