So, recently I have seen a decline in my WiFi stability and it’s time to get a new router. Evidently my router is not strong enough to plow through the new Black Friday and Christmas Zigbee traffic. Also, my powerline adapters have taken a 50-70% hit (from 80-100Mbps down to 20-40Mbps), presumably due to RFI from Zwave switches (confirmed by popping the air gaps and doing a speed test).
- 3500 sf home, 2 stories
- Network closet is central, on the 2nd floor with approximately 30-40ft straight line to end of desired coverage area (max 3-5 walls and one floor impeding)
- 3 laptops – used primarily for VPN and work scenarios. One used for MMO gaming
- 3 iPhones and 10 tablets – all using various levels of connectivity 24/7 (most idling, of course)
- 2 DLNA A/V receivers
- 2 Smart TVs (used simultaneously for HD streaming)
- 2 Rokus, 2 Fire TVs and a Chromecast – 1-2 of these are potentially used simultaneously, in addition to the TVs
- VOIP – used sparingly (simultaneous to other high-bandwidth clients, of course)
- Smartthings Hub
- 3 Wemo devices
- Most devices are Wireless G/N, with a few AC
- Not really looking for a “mesh” configuration. Will add APs at a later date if needed.
I’m looking for a decent AC, dual band with good signal strength and reliability. I am currently using an N600 that is still sufficient on most days, but it is definitely not suited to some of the demand we put on it. I don’t think there is usefulness in going beyond an AC1900, and I would like to stay below $150.
Any/all suggestions and personal experiences welcomed, especially within the context of performance in conjunction with HA.