I recently upgraded my Internet to 60Mbit, but unfortunately my modem is unable to deliver these speeds. (It works fine when I connect a device with Ethernet). Hence, I’d like to purchase a WiFi router or Access Point.
This AP should be able to support up to 15 devices and should also support technologies like MU-MIMO.
Also, currently I’ve connected three devices (desktop PC, NAS and PiHole) via an Ethernet cable. As to my knowledge, if DHCP is turned off on the AP, it should work as a switch and I’d be able to reach a notebook connected via WiFi with my desktop PC without any issues, shouldn’t I? Furthermore, I’m toying around with the idea of setting up a firewall. If I don’t invest in one with four ports, purchasing now an AP with 4 LAN ports might save some troubles in the long run.
Do you guys have any recommendations? I’ve taken a look at UniFi’s APs, but many of them do not have 4 LAN ports but only 2. So, any ideas would be welcome
I neither have a priority list, nor hardware on hand. What is an AIO device? I’m only familiar with this term when referred to water cooling devices^^.
I also forgot to mention: I’d like to be able to connect to the AP in my garden. Currently it is possible (although I often lose the connection). I do know that there are other factors involved, but I believe my router’s WiFi isn’t the best, so any quality AP should be an improvement. But for example, UniFi offers a long range version of their APs, so whenever something like this is available, I’d purchase the long range version
@Adubs How so? I thought this was entirely on the AP’s end…
@gordonthree We, wife and I, have a lot of devices in our household. I think roughly 15 are connected to the AP concurrently.
We’re living in a city (=> congested) in an apartment on the 1st floor. Hence, when I’m in the garden, there is a floor and an apartment between the AP and me. The apartment itself is rather small, around 50m²/540sqft.
Thanks. I’m not entirely sure, both have benefits/drawbacks. If it’s a router, it would have to have 4 LAN ports, if it’s an AP, I could get away with fewer, since everything would still be on the same subnet. A router might be the better choice, if I’m going to use a firewall later on though…
that tp link can do routing or ap mode. there is a mu mimo version for $50. given that you only have 60mbps anyway, I dont see the need to spend a bunch of money on a more complex setup. of course thats up to you though, dont let me talk you out of overkill because I love overkill.