My current router, an older dual band Netgear is starting to give me problems. 5G drops out, falling back on 2G, intermittent loss of internet connection on either band on both wired and wifi connections. My "connected" thermostat loses wifi at the most in-opportune times (like when I'm on vacation in the winter). I've been having to reboot our router more frequently to get connections back. Other issues too, so it's time for a new router.
I started looking at different routers, and realized there are a lot of different choices, speeds, throughputs, etc. I wanted to get one that was not too expensive, but also modern enough to not be "obsoleted" in a short period of time. Prices ranged from under $100 to lots of $$$$'s. Kinda decided on a tri band unit in the AC2200 or AC3000 arena, either by Linksys or Netgear.
At first I looked at single station units ... then I discovered Mesh Wifi technology, that I could get into for not-that-much-more dollars than a good AC3000 single station unit. I don't have a very large house, maybe 1800 sqft 2-story colonial, and only about 5 or 6 wifi connected devices. We don't stream video, and there's just 2 of us in the house, so we're not fighting for bandwidth.
I realize that mesh technology can really cater to mega mansions and cover every square inch with good wifi. But I just want a little future proofing and good reliable connections and maybe more connections may be needed next year.
The Netgear ORBI (RBK50) series seems to be interesting, as well as the Linksys VELOP (but more expensive).
Anyone have any experience with MESH wifi devices?