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Please Help Me Choose a new Router

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I hope this is the right place...


Profile/Use Case

Power User, Reasonably Versed in Network, Work in IT

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X/ 16GB RAM, 1080TI,.Crosshair VIII Mobo

Main Use Case, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, Moving Large files over network to NAS (SSD Arrays), Gaming.


Current Network

Linksys EA9500 Main Router & WIFI

DLINK  24Port Switch

Self Run Cat 6 Hardwire to Every Room

ISP  Bandwidth 1GB Down/30 Up

Assume All desktops are hardwired

All Laptops are Wireless
All Cameras are Wireless

Home 4,100 Sq/ft 2 Story Drywall

Network Architecture 
ISP Modem > EA9500 Router > DLink Managed Switch > All rooms connect to switch > All Desktop PC's connect to switch


4 Iphone 10 (2.4/5ghz)
2 PS4 Pros
4 Laptops (2.4/5ghz)
4 Desktop PC (Wired)

4 Security Cameras (1080)
5 Firestick HD
5 Smart TV
3 iPads

15 Misc Wifi connected devices


Current Problems:

Slow WIFI Video Cameras, SLOW Wifi/WiFi Dropouts on Phones, Temporary WiFi Loss at Misc Wifi Devices

I'm hoping to get suggestions of a proven Mesh Wifi System, or Router + WIRED Access Point System to replace the EA9500 which hasn't ever received a firmware upgrade and still has USB3 ports that are useless. 


I prefer a System with 4 Possible Access points or ability to add a 4th.  ( Router + Access point upstairs)  - 2 Access Points Downstairs 


Hopefully someone can help!

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Reportedly Amazon has an updated wifi 6 eero mesh system releasing soon... don't know if it's any good though.

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  • PCs:-
  • Main PC build  https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/GZWxgJ
  • ASUS x53e  - i7 2670QM / Sony BD writer x8 / Win 10, Elemetary OS, Ubuntu/ Samsung 830 SSD
  • Lenovo G50 - 8Gb RAM - Samsung 860 Evo 250GB SSD - DVD writer
  • Displays:-
  • Philips 55 OLED 754 model
  • Panasonic 55" 4k TV
  • LG 29" Ultrawide
  • Philips 24" 1080p monitor as backup
  • Storage/NAS/Servers:-
  • ESXI/test build  https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/4wyR9G
  • Main Server https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/3Qftyk
  • Backup server - HP Proliant Gen 8 4 bay NAS running FreeNAS ZFS striped 3x3TiB WD reds
  • HP ProLiant G6 Server SE316M1 Twin Hex Core Intel Xeon E5645 2.40GHz 48GB RAM
  • Gaming/Tablets etc:-
  • Xbox One S 500GB + 2TB HDD
  • PS4
  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Xiaomi/Pocafone F1 128GB 6GB RAM
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Lenovo k3 note
  • Windows tablet
  • Unused Hardware currently :-
  • i7 6700K  b250 mobo - Thermaltake Core V21-  EVGA Supernova G2 650W Gold PSU
  • AMD phenom II 1055t / 8GB RAM / DVD writer
  • Zotac GTX 1060 6GB Amp! edition x2
  • Zotac GTX 1050 mini
  • Nvidia Shield K1 tablet



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I had a similar issue, this is what I did and have not had a problem since.

Keep the router

Disable Wifi on the router

Get an ORBI Wifi Mesh or similar, 3-4 unit mesh

Hook it up to the router and just use that for wifi mesh

Let the linksys control the routing and access.


Also, Google wifi testing apps, I use inSSider, it can tell you what all channels are saturated in your environment, and you can chose a channel that has the least interference.

That should help with the wifi thruput issue.


You can do this investigation before you go out spending money, this may show you where the issues are and you may be able to fix it.

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