Is there really an advantage to a "system" such as eero Pro or NetGear Orbi Ultra verses simply having a good quality wireless router and good wifi signal range extenders?
I recently added the Blink2 cameras at home and are very happy with them. We have an outbuilding which is about 200 feet from the house and I have thought about trying to extend our Wifi signal to be able to place Blink cameras in locations away from the house. The signal strength is good enough to support the Blink Cameras even at the furthest corners of our house. But to get the cameras further away, the signal needs to be extended.
I already have two Net-gear Range extenders in use in the house due to it being 3 floors and about 3,600 sq ft.
We have a second floor window which is on an angle and lines up directly with the outbuilding's location. Its one of the window's in Mrs. Bears sewing room and its on the back side of the house. If there is such a product to target the extension of the Wifi signal, I could set it in this window and aim it towards the outbuilding and it would have an unobstructed direct line of sight to the building. Is there a way to "aim" the signal at the building to get it out there, verses just making "bigger ripples with my wifi waves" to reach it?
Also, the outbuilding is connected to the house electrical service. There are outlets and lights, etc in the building. Is there any way to use the electrical lines and plug a range extender into the outbuilding to broadcast a signal from there to support the cameras? Also, the cameras need to be able to reach their "sync unit" and that is likely another entirely different issue and might not be able to be addressed. Right now, the furthest camera is right on the edge of the sync signal, which is a small box which plugs into the wall outlet and indicates its picking up the wifi signal and communicating with the cameras. I have a feeling that simply getting the wifi signal to the outbuilding won't be enough as its going to be require the "Sync Box" also have a strong signal and I have no idea if that can be "extended" with some other device.
One of the things I noticed about the dedicated systems were many of the units, including the main one and it's satellites all have jacks to accept direct plug in for Cat5 cables or whatever the standard is. This isn't the case with all or even many of the range extenders. The other issue I noticed is most range extenders plug directly into the 110 outlets where the system components can sit on a desk or table and have a power cord. We don't have many items which I would want to direct plug but like many others, we seem to be adding Wifi devices as new products and purposes present themselves.
So, for those with the technical knowledge, is there really an advantage to using a dedicated system to extend the wifi signal in terms of more range, greater signal strength, etc.?
Or is the compatibility of the components the primary advantage? Having pieces which are designed to work together, verses the random addition of a range extender to a router?
As far as system speed, isn't the modem from the provider the bottleneck which affects the actual speed of the system in the house? We have Comcast and I am pretty sure I bought my own modem as I didn't want to rent theirs any longer, but I am not 100% about this without going down into the utility cabinet where all of the services come into our lower level of the house...
The system I have isn't anything special, its just Net Gear extenders and I bought a decent Wireless Router at the time a couple of years ago. We don't have any speed issues I notice but we are also not gamers nor do we do many live video chats, etc. We do use Voice over IP and that works fine....
Are there any of these "Whole House Systems" which really make a big difference or that stand out from the pack? Bottom line, is there any reason to spend $225 to $400 for a new "Whole House System"? Will I gain anything noticeable that the system doesn't presently have?
The Meshforce whole house 3 piece system (main and 2 satellites) seems to be very well regarded. It's reasonably priced at $199 and it has 4.8 out of 5 stars on 216 reviews on Amazon. It claims to be designed for homes up to 4,000 sq feet. Curious in the opinions on these systems.
We are NOT Apple people and other than one 160mg IPod Classic I have owned for 10 plus years, I doubt we will have any other Apple products, so their Airport Express or whatever its called isn't of interest to me.
Please keep in mind my technical knowledge is limited on these types of things because to be honest, I am really not that interested in them. I want what I buy to work and meet my needs, but you won't ever catch me reverse engineering their software or testing their security components in my spare time, or any time for that matter.......I just am not that interested in such details.
I would like to hear what the technically savvy GTT members think of Whole House verses components randomly assembled.
Thanks in advance for your replies.