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Help Choosing a Future Proof WiFi Router

Hello,

I need some help deciding whether or not I should go with a Standalone WiFi 6 router or a mesh network kit. I know very little about networking so any help deciding will be greatly appreciated.

Right now I have a ASUS Dark Knight RT-N66U (below) that seems to work pretty well. I have some dead spots in my home where I have smart devices that are a little bit unreliable due to the spottiness of WiFi coverage.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'd like to upgrade for the long haul to be somewhat future proofed for the next 5-7 years.

Since WiFi 6 is now a thing and is apparently going to be the new industry standard, while taking into my dead spot considerations, will the NETGEAR Nighthawk AX12 Wifi 6 Router (RAX200) reach the corners of my 2,600 sqft home (Netgear advertises very large homes up to 3,500 sqft) my current Asus Dark Knight or should I spring for something like NETGEAR Orbi (RBK852) Mesh kit to be sure I reach every corner of the house ($200 more)?

Here are the two options I'm considering:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PNR2VMD...v_ov_lig_dp_it

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WNY2WKG...v_ov_lig_dp_it

None WiFi 6, Dual Band consideration:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RZ2Y4KY...v_ov_lig_dp_it

Thanks for your help and the education in advance!

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get the best nighthawk & don't look back, unless you have a larger home with cinder walls, then go for the options with extra units. though you could always just add a WAP to the night hawk.

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You could consider something like a Ubiquiti Edgerouter 3/4 or Ubiquiti USG for the router with a Unifi AP as the antenna, that way you can just upgrade the access point to get WiFi 6 capabilities if you ever do happen to need it down the road. The Unifi interface is pretty nice as well and I believe it can do automatic firmware updates.
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Is there anything that’s actually future proof?
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You own the home? Run cable and add access points throughout the home

Run cable an hardwire everything throughout the house, at lest everything that can be hardwired.

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I am a fan of Ubiquiti APs and use their EdgeRouter for cheap and powerful (for my needs) solution.

Have an AP in the master bedroom and AP in the basement. 3 story house over 2400sq feet and no issues what-so-ever. But might be a bit more complex of a setup than say a standalone powerful router. But here is the gear I am using for reference:

https://www.amazon.ca/Ubiquiti-ER-X-...0329965&sr=8-1

and

2 x https://www.amazon.ca/UBIQUITI-UAP-A...2J2DJNCXFACWC0

IDK about future proofing, but I am hoping this lasts me for the next several years at least... just bought the home, new build... want to just enjoy for a bit before I start tearing walls down to upgrade to Cat6a and 10gbe. My wife will probably be happy I decided to hold off on that as well lol.

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Quote: Originally Posted by skupples View Post
get the best nighthawk & don't look back, unless you have a larger home with cinder walls, then go for the options with extra units. though you could always just add a WAP to the night hawk.
Thanks, so that's +1 for the NightHawk. No, I don't have any crazy metal, concrete or block wall construction so if what you're saying is true, it seems like this might be the one. And yes, I was thinking that if I, for whatever reason would have future issues with dead spots, I could get one of the many "satellite" extenders that Netgear offers.

Quote: Originally Posted by Shawnb99 View Post
Is there anything that’s actually future proof?
Yeah, I know. I was more just asking for a suggestion for the newest and best home wireless network solution.

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I am a fan of Ubiquiti APs and use their EdgeRouter for cheap and powerful (for my needs) solution.

Have an AP in the master bedroom and AP in the basement. 3 story house over 2400sq feet and no issues what-so-ever. But might be a bit more complex of a setup than say a standalone powerful router. But here is the gear I am using for reference:

Spoiler!
That would be a good option if I could get away with running cable to each access point. My house has 3 separate additions that make running any type of cable or power difficult. I could move my internet access and modem to a different room but I'd rather just go 100% wireless for now.

Seems super cheap and I know that Ubiquiti is a super reputable brand. I'll keep this on my list of things to try if I decide to move my equipment around.

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You own the home? Run cable and add access points throughout the home

and if you don't own/don't want to fish cables, Powerline adapters work surprisingly well nowadays so long as you're not expecting 10GbE or something.

the biggest woe for them originally was they needed to be on the same circuit, but now it's mostly just a suggestion so long as whatever you buy lists being "AV2" (if you're crossing circuits).

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