Saturday, March 10, 2018


We are fortunate to have a good size house around 2200 square feet with 2 stories. One of the bad things about having a larger house is that wifi always sucks somewhere. I've gone from several iterations 802.11g, n, ac and even ethernet over power lines and bridges. Nothing gives me the feel of anything close to a wired network cable. So my main servers are always close to the router. My main workstation is upstairs. And I've invested in many of the same devices upstairs as downstairs because downstairs was always far away.

Recently, I've decided to look into wifi systems again. I've heard good things about Eero, Google Wifi, and Netgear Orbi. Looking through the website reviews, I see that the general consensus is that Netgear is the best choice even though it technically isn't a mesh network. The Orbi has the highest throughput speeds and the main drawback is the price. It is on the expensive side, but I decided to give it a try. I ordered from Amazon and it got here in two days thanks to prime shipping.

I quickly installed the device and it really was as easy as the reviewers said. There are two pieces of equipment, the router and the satellite. The router can be turned into an access point. After setting up the router, adding the satellite is as simple as setting up an Echo or any other hardware that uses wifi.

And let me say that all the problems I used to have with wifi are now all gone. I used to get okay connectivity with slower than expected speeds. With the mesh, everything just works, and SO much faster. It is well worth the price. For some people, I get that this expensive wifi doesn’t offer much more than just extra speed. But if you need that speed, there’s currently nothing better.

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