I’m looking for home network suggestions.
I have used Apple AirPort Extreme base stations for years all broadcasting the same SSID and one acting as the router with the rest in bridge mode. This worked great until I needed better Wi-Fi speeds (AEBS supports up to 150Mbps 802.11n). Additionally, the AEBS seems capped at about 200Mbps on the WAN side as running a speed test on my 300Mbps service would only produce 200Mbps even over Ethernet.
So I went to UniFi with a USG, a couple nanoHD, and a USW-24-250W. Eventually upgrading the USG to a UDMP. I’d like to forget about this phase of my life. I eventually got fed up with poor Wi-Fi connectivity and sold it all after about 2.5 years.
Right now I have eero Pro 6. I’ve had it for 6 months and it has been frustrating to say the least. I am encountering 2 major issues that I have fully troubleshot and documented with network logs and time stamps and their support has completely ghosted me not wanting to troubleshoot any further. One of them is a broadcast packet storm caused whenever I send or receive an SMS/MMS. This packet storm is on the order of 11k packets per second and continues until I disconnect my phone from Wi-Fi. Until then, my upload speed is saturated/crippled and my download speed is about half of what it should be. It is caused by an ESP (encapsulated security payload) packet being sent out of sequence or dropped.
So anyway, I’m looking for your suggestions for a decent home network solution. Some requirements:
- ceiling mounted APs
- “flat” network architecture (no VLANs, no guest networks, etc)
- router suggestions (I don’t have extra hardware laying around to run pfsense or OPNsense)
- budget is under $700 USD
I have been looking at TP-Link Omada EAP670 with their ER7206 router (I can then run their controller in a docker container). Also looked at their EAP610v2 and EAP650 as a slightly cheaper alternative. I have also considered a couple Aruba Instant On AP22 with a firewalla purple router. Also looked at the new AP25, but not sure I need all the new Wi-Fi stuff (my newest Wi-Fi device is an iPhone 13 Pro Max). Looked at ruckus briefly before falling out of my chair at even the used resale prices.
Any and all suggestions are welcome.