WiFi Router for 20+ clients

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  1. [AFX]Northy

    [AFX]Northy Member

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    Hi All,

    I have been using an Archer C3150 for a few years now and its been fine, Recently I have been swapping out light bulbs to WiFi enabled smart globes. In the past few weeks the Wifi on the router has been dropping offline and has become a bit unstable. After some troubleshooting it seems to be when it reaches a certain amount of connected WiFi clients (around the 15 mark)

    I am looking for a new router that is going to be able to service 20-25 Wifi clients?
     
  2. connico

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    Assuming that you have one router hosting 15 connections... If you're happy with the router just add 1-2 access points to increase the amount of users.

    Otherwise I'd replace it with a Ubiquiti Edge Router + A pair of Ubiquiti APs
     
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  3. ir0nhide

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    Mesh wifi would be the way to go; Netgear Orbi, Google Nest or other such things. That way the devices can connect to whatever access point is closest and reduce the load on other APs.
     
  4. alexc

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    I now have around 40 devices on my network; 9 Alexa, 2 Googles, HomePod, Smart TVs, Lightbulbs, Smart Plugs, Consoles....

    My Setup is:

    • Unifi USG (the little one)
    • 2x Unifi AP Lites
    • and a few Edge Switches

    Both Unifi APs are in the ceiling at either end of the house.

    It gives me zero problems. The dashboards are great. Once you go Unifi, you'll never want anything else in your home :)

    Things I'd do differently:
    • Spec the big USG Pro
    • Buy a Unifi PoE Switch for my cabinet
    • Install a couple of Switch Flex devices in key spots
     
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  5. connico

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    The problem with mesh with so many devices is the wifi backbone bandwidth the device will use. Unless the devices are on ethernet I wouldn't personally recommend a mesh network for so many devices. Unless the devices are all low bandwidth devices as opposed to end user devices
     
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  6. ir0nhide

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    Decent mesh WAPs use a separate channel & radio for uplink to reduce congestion. It's not perfect but it's better than it used to be.

    A plus for wifi lightbulbs etc is that they shouldn't be too chatty/use too much airtime.
     
  7. connico

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    Better but not ethernet :). Congestion in the air is a thing now though :p
     
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    Of course, ethernet always wins :) With careful channel width and band selection congestion is less of an issue in 5Ghz spectrum.
     
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    +1 for adding some UniFi APs you won’t be disappointed.
     

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