1. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    do most Wi-Fi extenders work well or do you recommend them? I’m thinking about getting one because I have a couple dead spots in my house but I didn’t know if they work well or what I should get
    08-13-2020 12:07 PM
  2. Tartarus's Avatar
    do most Wi-Fi extenders work well or do you recommend them? I’m thinking about getting one because I have a couple dead spots in my house but I didn’t know if they work well or what I should get
    I live in a small house and have only one computer that’s connected through a cable to internet. And a HomeKit camera from Eufy that’s close to the internet router.
    So I don’t need an extender anytime soon.
    The best thing you could do is read reviews about various extenders and make your choice based on that.
    08-13-2020 12:45 PM
  3. wenrob's Avatar
    I had an extender and it was crap. I got a mesh system and the difference is night and day.
    08-13-2020 01:33 PM
  4. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    I had an extender and it was crap. I got a mesh system and the difference is night and day.
    Would a mesh system work with my current modem/router from my current ISP or what I need to get a separate modem and then get the mesh
    08-13-2020 03:49 PM
  5. wenrob's Avatar
    Would a mesh system work with my current modem/router from my current ISP or what I need to get a separate modem and then get the mesh
    It should work with your current one. You just plug it in the the router and then link them with the app. At least that’s how mine worked. My husband is my IT guy but I did it myself. I have the Deco three pack by Kasa in a 2,400 square foot upstairs/downstairs home with one room a complete dead zone. They are more than enough and I get great WiFi in that dead zone now.
    08-13-2020 04:28 PM
  6. Ed7789's Avatar
    I would suggest to avoid Wi-Fi Extenders, because they use the same antenna for the backbone traffic, cutting the exender's available connection speed in half. Mesh systems will usually use a dedicated antenna to connect between them, and support handoff between the nodes/devices.
    08-13-2020 08:50 PM
  7. iwoodland's Avatar
    We have a deco mesh system. Works great
    aximtreo and wenrob like this.
    08-13-2020 11:16 PM
  8. fredriks's Avatar
    I would spend my money on a mesh system. I wasn’t happy when I tried extenders and went for the Orbi system. I am so happy with my WiFi now
    08-14-2020 10:45 AM
  9. gnirkatto's Avatar
    A different perspective here.
    Yes, mesh systems are 'better', and technologically more sophisticated.
    However, they are way more expensive than extenders.

    It very much depends on your use case.
    Example: I live in an apartment with the wifi router being located in the living room.
    In my bedroom, I use to do some video streaming, and of course do stuff on my phone from time to time (I know I shouldn't).
    The wifi signal is weak in my bedroom, and makes my Netflix & Prime videos stutter often. Also, my phone does too much data transfer via LTE for my taste. So I purchased an extender (Fritz 310, $30,-) and installed it half way between living- and bedroom.
    Now everything works perfectly.
    No mesh needed.

    If I eg would live in a big house, with 2 or more floors and more than 3 rooms, then mesh would be the (much more expensive) way to go. In my current room situation, the extender is more than sufficient.
    I'm kind of a tech nerd, so I would love to own and operate a mesh system. But it's just not needed! So I satisfied my desire by installing & playing with a mesh network in my son's house, which is big and fulfills the requirements for such an investment.

    Just my 5c.

    And by the way, the extender that I purchased can easily be integrated in a mesh network, should I ever move to a place with a more demanding layout.
    Annie_M likes this.
    08-15-2020 06:16 AM
  10. Annie_M's Avatar
    A different perspective here.
    Yes, mesh systems are 'better', and technologically more sophisticated.
    However, they are way more expensive than extenders.

    It very much depends on your use case.
    Example: I live in an apartment with the wifi router being located in the living room.
    In my bedroom, I use to do some video streaming, and of course do stuff on my phone from time to time (I know I shouldn't).
    The wifi signal is weak in my bedroom, and makes my Netflix & Prime videos stutter often. Also, my phone does too much data transfer via LTE for my taste. So I purchased an extender (Fritz 310, $30,-) and installed it half way between living- and bedroom.
    Now everything works perfectly.
    No mesh needed.

    If I eg would live in a big house, with 2 or more floors and more than 3 rooms, then mesh would be the (much more expensive) way to go. In my current room situation, the extender is more than sufficient.
    I'm kind of a tech nerd, so I would love to own and operate a mesh system. But it's just not needed! So I satisfied my desire by installing & playing with a mesh network in my son's house, which is big and fulfills the requirements for such an investment.

    Just my 5c.

    And by the way, the extender that I purchased can easily be integrated in a mesh network, should I ever move to a place with a more demanding layout.
    Thanks for a great detailed explanation. I don’t understand any of this (I leave all this up to my husband)! So now I understand a bit more about all of this!
    08-15-2020 10:14 AM
  11. iKevinJ's Avatar
    I added a wi-if extender to my house to try to improve the wi-fi signal to my Peloton which is on the opposite side of the house from the router. I ended up putting it in a room halfway between and it helped noticeably to improve the wi-fi signal to the room with the Peloton, garage, and outside. Cost about $100 for the one I bought.
    08-15-2020 03:51 PM
  12. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    i’m gonna try to explain this. My router is currently at least 30 feet away from the room with my Apple TV, Alexa (Alexa not giving me problems) In the room that I Watch TV, I use my iPad along with my iPhone. My router is wired into my Mac. The room with my Wi-Fi router currently has to travel between walls and around corners. My ISP offers three pack of mesh wi-Fi pods. Do you guys recommend I get these. (Cox communications in Oklahoma)

    Do you guys understand what I’m trying to say
    Last edited by Chris Cook5; 08-15-2020 at 04:48 PM.
    08-15-2020 04:33 PM
  13. SwitchBeach's Avatar
    You would probably get better information on the Cox forum rather than here. https://forums.cox.com/
    08-16-2020 05:24 AM
  14. gnirkatto's Avatar
    i’m gonna try to explain this. My router is currently at least 30 feet away from the room with my Apple TV, Alexa (Alexa not giving me problems) In the room that I Watch TV, I use my iPad along with my iPhone. My router is wired into my Mac. The room with my Wi-Fi router currently has to travel between walls and around corners. My ISP offers three pack of mesh wi-Fi pods. Do you guys recommend I get these. (Cox communications in Oklahoma)

    Do you guys understand what I’m trying to say
    I think I understand.
    Will try to answer, without knowing the location and the exact parameters.

    The mesh system that you got offered will most likely work (I am 99.5% sure).
    I GUESS it won't be 'cheap' (or better: more expensive than a good extender, I am 99.5% sure).
    A mesh system with 3 pods for a place with a 30ft distance between router and receiver is PROBABLY much more than needed (unless you have radiation protective led covered walls in between).

    But if you don't mind the costs, go and get it.

    If you want the most cost effective solution, try a good extender, half way between the router and your problematic devices.
    I am 90% sure this will be sufficient.

    If you want to analyze the situation in more detail, before deciding:

    Stand half way (15ft) apart from your router, on the way to the final 30ft location, with your phone, iPad and (if any possible) with your Apple TV. Make sure SOME of the obstacles that you mentioned (walls) are in between this position and the router (no visual contact to the router, this would make any finding pointless).
    If the signal is strong and your connection seems trouble-free, then a solution with an extender (installed at this 15ft distanced location where you stood testing your devices) will almost for sure be sufficient.
    95% certainty.
    Chris Cook5 and Annie_M like this.
    08-17-2020 06:20 AM
  15. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    I think I understand.
    Will try to answer, without knowing the location and the exact parameters.

    The mesh system that you got offered will most likely work (I am 99.5% sure).
    I GUESS it won't be 'cheap' (or better: more expensive than a good extender, I am 99.5% sure).
    A mesh system with 3 pods for a place with a 30ft distance between router and receiver is PROBABLY much more than needed (unless you have radiation protective led covered walls in between).

    But if you don't mind the costs, go and get it.

    If you want the most cost effective solution, try a good extender, half way between the router and your problematic devices.
    I am 90% sure this will be sufficient.

    If you want to analyze the situation in more detail, before deciding:

    Stand half way (15ft) apart from your router, on the way to the final 30ft location, with your phone, iPad and (if any possible) with your Apple TV. Make sure SOME of the obstacles that you mentioned (walls) are in between this position and the router (no visual contact to the router, this would make any finding pointless).
    If the signal is strong and your connection seems trouble-free, then a solution with an extender (installed at this 15ft distanced location where you stood testing your devices) will almost for sure be sufficient.
    95% certainty.
    Thank you for the explanation, this really helps
    Annie_M likes this.
    08-17-2020 09:44 AM

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