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January 2017 WiFi Router Recommendations?



I doubt you’re stuck with whatever WiFi router Google Fiber gives you. For a house that large multiple APs are the way to go. I have a 2400 sqft ranch house with 3 APs for excellent 5 GHz signal strength.

I use Mikrotik routers. They are enterprise class, and popular with WISPs. A bit of a learning curve to configure but amazingly powerful software and not at all expensive. It manages the multiple APs from one router.

(Dan Fox) #10

I bought this in the spring and am amazed with it’s performance:
I believe I got it from Amazon for about $150


Thanks @Dan_Fox, I will add that one to the this to research.

(Brian) #12

OnHub for its IFTTT integration. Mesh for its performance. Save up!


Hay @MEarly,

You are thinking too much…Just get the Google Wifi router.
It is a router/Gateway/Wifi booster.

(Daniel Ionescu) #14

Take a look at and choose your router. As you have many device look for max simultaneous connections parameter. Also, you might need one or two access points if the router does not cover the whole house. If you look at current mesh network offerings, keep in mind that they are router+access points bundled togather. A god router should cover your whole house, but probably not on 5 gHz, but on 2.4 gHz. Your N600 (I asume Netgear) has 5 gHz. Try first and split your clients into the two different bands. But it will not keep up with that much traffic.

Mesh Wi-Fi, is it what it's chalked up to be?
(Kevin) #15

Do the new mesh routers have an advantage over just using two hardwired access points on same SSID?

My kids have been complaining about our wifi past couple months (lots of wifi and bluetooth devices, AC router, Uverse). Trying to figure out if I need to upgrade internet speed, move router, get a new router, add a 2nd router, etc… Kinda hard to debug, it seems to work okay for my web browsing but I’m not playing games on ipad.

Is there a way to turn off ST hub zigbee radio since I am not using it? One less 2.4GHz transmitter wouldn’t hurt probably.

(Chris ) #16

I like my Asus rt-ac88u but it wasn’t cheap.

(Kendal Van Dyke) #17

I count 14 total spread out across switches, lightbulbs, and sensors. House was built in 2013 and I’m using D-Link AV2 2000 adapters (4 total). I haven’t done a speed test between adapters since adding in all the Z-wave devices but it’s fast enough to stream uncompressed HD content between adapters so it’s “fast enough”.

(Brian Steere) #18

To throw something different into the mix, I own and love the Ubiquiti APs. Specifically the UAC-AC-PRO ( It’s geared more towards SOHO setups, but I have 2 of them setup in my house (1 for the house, one for the garage/side yard).


+1 to the Ubiquiti UniFi Ac-APs. Made the switch about 6 months ago and couldn’t be any happier. 3200 sq ft 2 story. With one UAP-AC-Pro in center upstairs I have almost 100% coverage. But since I wanted 100% AC coverage I picked up a couple AC-Lites for the edges and just wireless uplink them to the Pro.

(Michael) #20

Agree with @Dianoga on Ubiquiti. My primary router is an Asus RT-AC87R but I have 2 Unfi’s UAC-AC-Lite for coverage in the outer parts of my U shaped house. I have hard wire connections from the router to the Unfi APs and I have a great mesh of wireless for my entire house and yard.

(Daniel Ionescu) #21

A network mesh is designed for wider coverage. It’s really not different then a standard router with acces points. Keep in mind that internet/gaming over internet is dependent on the router performance. Also, wireless access points (as in mesh networking) will render your wifi bandwith running at half bandwith as it needs bi-directional communication. Also there is some performance issues with apple devices and routers, as Apple used proprietary drivers in their devices (they acknowledged it about a month ago and they anounced they exit networking bussiness). Games are also graphic intensive so they need routers with high total throughput wan-lan.
A second router will do you no good as you probably have only one internet proder with only one public IP.

(Aaron S) #22

I rage bought a Google Wi-Fi last week… it is scheduled for delivery today. I liked the idea of it being super easy (at a relatively affordable price) to expand the network later if needed.

(Kevin) #23

Thanks, I mis-spoke a bit, I’m using the uverse gateway as router and have my netgear AC configured as AP, so I would move/add/upgrade AP.

(Eric) #24

I use the Ubiquiti too since December, and love what the mesh has done for the house, over my previous Airport and with Express extenders.

My Smartthings zwave and zigbee has long been really stable since there are 155 devices, but had dead zones and performance issues in my Wifi, and that has solved it. We have 31 devices an average connecting to our Wifi, FYI.

3800 sq ft home, 3 levels (finished basement), L shaped design with wifi router in back corner of main floor around the corner from rest of house. A challenge, and it works fantastic…including coverage to my front porch, finally!


Very nice.

Ubiquiti was actually one of the first products I looked at (recommended to me by an IT colleague). It’s good to see that so many others have had success with it.

(Michael Hess) #26

Let’s be honest, Mikrotik is a different UNIVERSE! I use them as well for various things. One as an AP and it’s great for all my N and lower HA stuff (dedicated.)

@MEarly I’d definitely recommend the Archer C7 for your use case. Having two AP’s and a “real” router would be a better solution but then you go over budget.

Ubiquiti is nice too, but again, probably cost more than you want to spend right now.

More important than a mesh or multiple AP setup is how you use the radios. Make sure anything AC is on 5Ghz AC band. Then anything N and lower on 2.4Ghz. Multiple AP’s makes this WAY easier. I have two AC routers with the same SSID’s and roaming works great between them. Different bands so no contention. Then the 2.4G Mikrotik for HA, and a second 2.4G SSID on the AC routers for non HA old stuff.

Check your Zigbee band, and place your 2.4G devices in a non overlapping channel as well, if you can.

(Realy Living Dream) #27

You people saying 20 or 30 is a lot of devices are really amusing me.

(Glenn) #28

I’m using a Netgear X4S router which is AC2600. I live in a 3000sqft home and I also use a Netgear EX7000 as a WIRED AP. With this combination you’ll have a full signal anywhere in my house, patio, or lawn. I have about 30 wireless devices mostly on the 5GHZ network and a ton of Z-Wave/Zigbee/Hue automation devices.The Netgear X4S has the internal power to handle a lot of devices and will support fast speeds with AC2600. I pay for 300mbps and I get about 320 with this setup. I highly recommend netgear routers over linksys from personal experience. If you want to save some money the TP-Link Archer’s are a good choice as well.