Reposting this as I never saw it come across the feed.
Now that my wife and I are ceasing our full time RV lifestyle and moving back into a real house…I need to build a more comprehensive LAN for the new house. I’m a retired sysadmin and long time computer guy so ease of use isn’t of primary concern to me. Internet access will be via Comcast and I’m sure that their router includes wifi but I’ll provably just disable that or put a strong password in it and not use it.
So…back until 2012 when we moved out of our house that had Verizon FIOS we just used the Verizon router with wifi disabled and hung a gigabit ethernet switch off of it with everything connected to the switch including an Airport in bridge mode…letting the Verizon router handle DHCP for those things on a dynamic IP and using it as the main firewall between inside and outside. Is this still the best option…or is putting my own router inside the Comcast router a better solution? That would require double NATing of course and there used to be some web sites that didn’t work right with double NAT configurations…but to the best of my knowledge that’s not a problem anymore…we’ve been double NATing in the RV for the past 8 years (our router inside the RV connected via wifi to the campground router which then goes out to whoever provides connectivity to them.
Second…Mesh WiFi really didn’t exist back in 2012 when we started…at least not to the extent it’s available today. We didn’t need it in the 350 square foot RV but in the new house will surely need it, particularly for 5 GHz in a concrete block 1800 foot house. Looking at wirecutter and various other tech comparison sites…Eero, Netgear Orbi, Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD, and Linksys Velop Tri-band appear to be the top recommendations…followed by Google Nest but I’m not really in Google having that much information exfiltrated from my house so they’re probably out.
Which of these systems is generally the best these days…or are there others I should be looking at? Alternatively…given the size of the new house (1800 ft)…am I better off trying something like wirecutter’s recommended TP Link Archer A20 first and only going into the mesh arena if necessary? The main living area of the house is pretty open plan and the farthest away bedroom will be the office which will get an ethernet cable run to it…so perhaps trying the non-mesh alternative first is the correct answer.
In case it matters…I envision that most of our devices will be wifi connected rather than by ethernet…kinda hard to run ethernet cables in a concrete block house on a slab although attic might be an option for running some cable. The TV, Apple TV and router/switch will be co-located with the TV where the cable comes in but laptops, iPhones, iPads, and the file server (currently a mini but likely to be replaced by an iMac once we have the space) will all be wifi connected…the sole exception might be the mini/iMac if I can get a cable run to it without too much trouble. Total of 3 Macs, 2 each iPhones and iPads, Apple TV, and the TV itself of course for streaming…along with a printer over near the iMac.
Thanks for any current real world advice…I used to be pretty expert on this stuff but then spent 8 years in the RV where we ran a WiFi Ranger router with it’s associated wifi and only the TV, Apple TV, and TV itself were wired…RVs are small enough that signal strength has never been an issue…and my current tech knowledge is a bit lacking.