Im new to ST and recently moved into a house thats ~2900sq ft with a 3 car attached garage. My network setup:
ST v2 hub in basement under stairs plugged into a Linksys E2500 running Tomato firmware (acting as a wifi repeater on the 5ghz band, and AP on the 2.4 band. I may switch this around), 1TB NAS wired to E2500 along with 2 Servers. This is on the far right of the house.
On the main floor, my Echo sitting on my kitchen desk area(semi central to an open area, close to a wall) Chromecast in the family room, and where most of the wireless activity for; my phone, macbook air, wifes phone and iPad. Kids have wireless devices but I dont care about their connection…go outside and play!
On the second floor, centrally located in the loft/family room is where my TP-Link AC1750 sits. Plugged into that is my WD TV live box, Apple TV, XBOX. Wirelessly, the PEDs connect on the 2.4 band to the TP-Link.
There are some weak spots on the 5ghz band but overall coverage is decent, and if I stand in front of my E2500 router in the basement, connected wifi to its AP (2.4 band), I get decent speeds (on my S6Edge +). follow the network connection setup?
Ive considered relocating everything (wired) together, and buying actual wifi range extenders, but that would require a LOT of work to span 3 floors (for wired connections). I have a strong networking background (military job for the past 16 years), but this is the first time Ive had to cover so much living space.
The caveat; I want the routers and wired devices to NOT be an eyesore but I want the best coverage for my network in every area of the house.
This ties into ST by way of hub coverage. Currently I only have 3 Iris contact sensors, all on the main floor and have been strategically planning its expansion. The farthest device from the hub is located on the opposite side of the house in the laundry room (behind kitchen, egress from garage) It connects fine, but what will happen if I start adding things on the second floor? I understand that wired devices act as repeaters. This topic is mainly looking for recommendations on device location for WIFI coverage/pretty-ing up device installs.