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Internet for home/office?   Non-Golf Folder (General)

Started Jun-14 by BOGEYSBGONE; 842 views.
BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Jun-14

GEAers:

Help please?

We have FIOS at our house for a long time; 2 years ago they replaced the wall box and the router.   I also used an Airport Extreme and Airport Express for wider coverage.   

However internet coverage in 2 sections of the house (where I have work computers set up) is now noticeably different and it's where I actually need coverage (work/business computers).  Spotty coverage and lags.   All computers are updated, and moving them to different rooms permanently is not an option (they are desktops).   The Apple Airport Extreme and Express - but those are now out of date.  FIOS did a line check - and we're as fast as possible.  They say the router I have is their latest.   We are almost exclusively Apple devices for internet; with 3 PCs as 2ndary.

What is the best wide-coverage solution for home network that GEAers have used?   I have read about EERO vs ORBI vs Google.  We do not use Alexa.

Thanks GEA.

Robb

Boomslang (DaveP8)

From: Boomslang (DaveP8)

Jun-14

Is your router dual band?  Ours has 5 and 2.  5 is faster, but more limited coverage.  With 2, I can be out in the van in the driveway with the router on the back side of the house and be connected.

 

Dave P

BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Jun-14

Boomslang (DaveP8) said...

 

Is your router dual band?  Ours has 5 and 2.  5 is faster, but more limited coverage.  With 2, I can be out in the van in the driveway with the router on the back side of the house and be connected.

 

Dave P

 

Yes - FIOS router has whatever it has; and then ran it also to an AirPort Extreme (router) with dual capability and expanded that to other parts of the house with Airport Express (expanded network).   That set up was working fine for the last 15 years up until about 6 months ago or so.   Now that I am home for the last 3 months - and trying to work in my office spaces - it's odd that it now has drops or "can't connect to the internet" problems.

FIOS checked the signal and the box remotely.  I did a speed test on the FIOS router and it is as fast as its supposed to be; I did a speed test at/close to the Airport(s) and they are also good signals.  The signal is just weak or non existent in 2 parts of the house where I work.   I even moved each desktop closer to the Airports - and it came back to normal....but I can't move the desktops there permanently.

For $200-300 for a better internet/router/network configuration - seems like a cheaper way to solve the problem - than buying new computers with better antennas?  Dunno at this point...

Robb

MikeJA

From: MikeJA

Jun-14

My son had success in extending his signal to far corners of his home using a signal booster/extender.

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BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Jun-14

MikeJA said...

 

My son had success in extending his signal to far corners of his home using a signal booster/extender.

 

Mike yes - that is what I'm looking for.   I was doing that with the Apple AirPort Extreme & Express units but they are no longer made...replaced by Linksys and Netgear but have never used those as extenders.    

I am looking to replace them with something reliable but am now completely out of the loop as to what works best with Apple or any other brands.  

Do you happen to know what he is using?  Eero? Orbi? or something else?   Thanks!

Thank you and him in advance,

Robb

MikeJA

From: MikeJA

Jun-14

I don't remember which brand he used although I was there when he installed it.  I will try to find out.

I know his internet service is ATT, and they provided a combo modem/router.

I would assume you would have to get a device compatible with your router. 

 

MikeJA

From: MikeJA

Jun-14

If you can make sense of it, here is what my son just sent me:

I got an Eero system with 3 bases ....I went with eero bc you could hard wire Ethernet into each base and other systems you can’t do that .  I also didn’t get a mesh system bc I was hardwiring there’s no point paying the extra money for mesh 

 

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BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Jun-14

MikeJA said...

 

If you can make sense of it, here is what my son just sent me:

I got an Eero system with 3 bases ....I went with eero bc you could hard wire Ethernet into each base and other systems you can’t do that .  I also didn’t get a mesh system bc I was hardwiring there’s no point paying the extra money for mesh 

 

 

Sweet!   I understand perfectly - thank you!  Eero and hard wire.       I would take my Fios router - 1) jam an ethernet cable into it - and run the other end to  Eero #1; and then do the same thing from Eero #1 to Eero #2 (probably I don't need a 3rd one).  I'll try it - thank you so much!

Robb

MikeJA

From: MikeJA

Jun-14

Sounds good. I don't know if it matters, but I don't remember if he connected the units in series or ran a separate cat5 cable to each unit.

Boomslang (DaveP8)

From: Boomslang (DaveP8)

Jun-14

Move to a smaller house. ;-)

 

Signal booster?

 

Dave P

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