I am in IT and consider myself somewhat tech savvy. But Wi-Fi had always been something that was a given and I never paid much thought to it. Without going into sepia colored dial-up connection memories, I mostly had internet from Cable companies in the recent past. They would rent me a modem and I would eventually replace it with my own modem to do away with the rent. They would raise the price, I would threaten them to move to DSL, we would agree on a 12 month contract for a reduced price. Speed would mostly be around 30–50 Mbps down, something like 5–10 Mbps up. I would buy some generic router (read TP Link, Linksys, a one time splurge on an Apple Airport), hard wire it to the laptop, set it up through the default IP address and be done with it. With those speeds it didn’t really matter. I didn’t care if I was on 2.4 Ghz or 5Ghz bands, router/AP who cares, it’s all the same. No smart devices, the occasional YouTube , just about started streaming Netflix 4–5 years ago, we actually had to be in office or would make some VOIP calls from home. …

I had looked at the Unifi range of products (was not particularly interested in their consumer grade Amplifi range) when trying to setup my . This is the go to brand for most low voltage professional installations, even moderate enterprise level installations and lately folks in the prosumer area who got fed up of consumer level products and thought why not self install these at home. They have a wide range of products and probably more affordable than Cisco Meraki type of equipment. …

Recap of my Linksys Velop dual band home network setup.

On my , I learned a couple of things, that I hope might help another lost soul. To recap, for my modest 2 story ~2800 sq foot home, I had settled on a 2 node Linksys Velop dual band (AC1200, model VLP0101/WHW0101) setup, one on each floor. I know, I know, some of you might think this is outdated technology, but humor me, read the previous story for background. …

Scene 1: Covid-19 and 1000 Mbps cheaper than 100 Mbps

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Arris BGW 210–700

With the advent of Covid-19 and the family mostly working from home at this time, a reliable home network was becoming crucial for our household. So on to the first order of business. We had AT&T fiber, but it was the lowest tier 100 Mbps internet package. I noticed that 1 Gbps internet was actually cheaper than what I was paying for 100 Mbps, so I had that sorted out first- self service through the AT&T website.
To provide some background, we moved into our new house in early 2018. Your typical 2 story house, rectangular about 30 ft x 48 ft, close to 1400 sq ft per level, no basement, wood frame and dry-walled. The Arris BGW 210–710 gateway/router/Wifi access point that AT&T provisioned for us was simply not cutting it. We had constant disconnects and the range was bad too. Unfortunately you can’t get away from using the AT&T gateway as it needs to authenticate itself to the ISP’s ONT coming in. …



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