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Home WiFi coverage

I have an 1124 square foot single story home, and cannot get full WiFi coverage for it. I have an AirPort Extreme base station in my living room, and when that didn’t seem to have enough coverage, I added an airport express for an expanded network and put that in the middle of my house, and I still didn’t have full coverage.

Today, I went and purchased the new google WiFi home, and it seems like the WiFi has gotten worse. Prior to going out and buying a second google WiFi for expanded coverage, does anyone have any other recommendations? I’d rather it just be one router in my living for full coverage if possible. I have spectrum 100 mbps.

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In our 2700 two story

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Just one router and all good unless you try 5 GHz. Some folk demand full speed at distance on 5 Ghz. Sorry but they won't be happy. That's why I have both bands enabled and to me this is "full coverage."

Tell more.

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How would I check to see if the route is set up on 5 ghz? And what would I need to change it to. The main issue seems to be running multiple devices at one. Ideally want something that can run my baby monitor, an iPad, two phones, and a streaming tv

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Route or router?

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A route is the route the packets take over the IP network.

A router can have bands such as 2.4 and 5 GHz.

Usually, right out the box you get both and here I name them like wifi24 and wifi50 so when I connect I know which band I'm on. I worry a little here. That is, setting up a router is mildly advanced. Many folk have it done and not to upset you if you ask that then I wonder if you did the setup.

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No offense. I did the hook up. Google WiFi says it automatically goes between 2.7 and 5 for the best network. I’m going to purchase the three hubs, and if it works, great. If not, will return. Whomp whomp.

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Still something is lost here.

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I plop (my way of saying I just do a don't think about install and setup) routers into 2,000 square feet spaces all the time and it's fine unless there is something different. Let me detail things that are troublesome.

1. Router in the basement. Sorry folk, you do this if you want coverage in the basement.
2. Concrete walls. This requires more planning and tests. I like powerline WiFi for this as we can put a WAP where needed.
3. Mesh. While I like it there are clients that come back with speed tests showing they don't get full speed. Why? It's mesh. There are articles about that.

Post was last edited on March 19, 2019 9:17 AM PDT

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