07-07-2017 01:53 PM
I'm really seeking some good solid advice here folks regarding upgrading my existing Apple AirPorts to a mesh or router with access point system. I'm not a big pro here, I do know some as you'll see below. But, I am definately drawn to the convenience of the mesh system all working together in one app with easy setup etc. After much effort, my Airport setup still dissapoints with frequent slow loading video, poor range overall etc. It's time to upgrade. Here's my situation:
1. I have 1 Airport Extreme and 2 Airport Expresses.
Airport Extreme connects via thernet to both Expresses, cable I've run one way or another when using them as repeaters wirelessly failed miserably. It's a pretty big house I'm covering here.
2. Whats so important is that I have MANY many devices connected well beyond phones and tablets. I need a router system that can handle that. Also, I need a system that can handle playing music via AirPlay through iTunes flawlessly. Currently, my wired speakers handle it great and my 4 wireless speakers work 90% of the time, which is acceptable, barely. I've read that Orbi has had some issues with reliability when it comes to airplay, so that's a concern.
Scenario 1: Orbi or Velop
1. Replace the 3 Airports with a 2 unit Orbi or a 2/3 unit Velop system. I could still keep my Airport expresses connected in bridge mode and use them for airplay speakers, connected via ethernet branched off the main router. The wifi would need to feed the rest of the wireless speakers in the house however.
2. I currently have 3 WIRED locations, and with Orbi I cannot connect them via ethernet for the backhaul, it MUST be done via wireless tri band. So, this begs the question, is Orbi SOOOO good and reliable that even running wirelessley it's better/as good as a router with wired access points? Will the backhaul required when using airplay suffer since the rest of the system is forced to use the wireless backhaul and not ethernet? Or is it all just so amazingly perfect and range extending that it will all beat the 3 Airports I have spread through my 3,000 sqft home?
3. Velop DOES support ethernet backhaul connecting, but is not rated as highly for range and Airplay reliability. Thoughts?
Scenario 2: TriBand Routher plus access points
1. I could easily just swap out my existing 3 units for 1 Nighthawk AC3200 router and 2 AC1900 access points or like Linksys routhers (suggestions please?). Is there a system that is already bundled or MADE from Linksys to work flawlessly together in this configuration? Netgear recommended a powerful Nighthawk but the only "access point" type device I could find was the AC1900, which is dual band while the router I would get would be 3 band.
2. this begs the question, what is the TriBand used for in a wired system? Is it used to manage traffic better or is it relatively pointless as it's there to run the backhaul for wireless devices, and since I'm wiring all 3 of them together, this Tri Band dream I'm holding onto is irrelevant? Should I just get a strong dual band with dual band extenders and call it a day?
3. Again, I'd really like this to be somewhat future proof, I don't want to bother with the wifi again for a long long time. I want it to be able to grow and handle it. I'll throw a decent amount of money at it to get that too. Please, any other model configuration or brand suggestions are VERY welcome.
Lastly, I know the Eero system also supports the ethernet backhaul and Velop does too, right? Is there a benefit to a wired mesh system OVER a wired routher/access point system?
Many thanks for any advice, thanks for your time, I know it's not a short post:-)
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