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Does anyone have any experience with these? Are they better than just a few routers DIY style?


I currently have Dual-Band Wireless Router in the lower level and Single Band (10+ years old) on the 3rd floor; both are wired, with single-bad going through the dual-band, which is hooked to the cable modem. This covers my ~5000 sq ft house pretty well, but there are a few corners that are dead spots.


My biggest current negatives are:

  • The wifi network name changes fro one router to the other (not very seamless)
  • Having a third router toward the front of the house on the 2nd floor would certainly eliminate the majority of the dead spots
  • The newest technology has tri-band


Would this whole-home wifi help with these drawbacks? Anything else it is useful for?  I'm fairly savvy when it comes to wireless networking and setting up my own routers, but I'm not opposed to more simplicity.


What thoughts does everyone have to share?  Any comments on the few in the ads this year? Are these any slower not being hard-wired in, but really just being extenders?

Netgear Orbi AC2200 Whole Home WiFi System - Walmart $199 (probably not big enough for me)

Google Google Wi-Fi AC1200 Dual-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System - Best Buy $249.99

Eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 1 eero Beacon) 2nd Generation White - Best Buy $249.99

Netgear Orbi AC3000 TriBand Wifi System (Online Only) - Costco $369.99




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Google wifi is still dual band.  I recently just put in the Netgear Orbi AC3000 in my house, as I was experiencing drops, etc.  I work from home a lot and this happening during my calls sucked.  We haven been very pleased with the orbi.  We get strong signal across all 3 levels of our house, no noticeable speed change across sattelites, no change in ssid, and even strong signal in our back yard and quite a ways down our street.  It's $349 at Costco vs $369, even cheaper.  Woohoo!

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