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Just now, Agall said:

Only nuance with the Den would be all the plumbing and water above it and how that would affect its signal strength to the 2nd bedroom. Might be even worth putting it in the garage because of that, but it depends. 

 

@NightlyGamer If you plan to use any smart things for your garage, it might be worth considering one in the garage then one in the 2nd floor loft, as a slight amendment to @Skiiwee29's suggestion.

oh I agree, just going off the diagram. Always different in person. When im doing installs that include wifi, I always check what the needs are and do a walk around analysis with the router in different places checking my RSI values and making sure I have adequate coverage. 

 

Did an install last week for a business and ended up needing 4 additional mesh APs on top of the regular router wifi. 

My new place is about 2245sqft. Pretty much everything is hardwired. All the interior walls will be made of wood and drywall. I am trying to decide where to place the access points. I plan on going with the U6 lite unless there is better option.

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You can likely get away with only 2 APs looking at the floor plan. If it were me, one would be in the den on the main floor near the wall of the garage, then one in the Loft on the 2nd floor. That should give you full coverage of everything. 

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WAPs should be as high up and central as possible. The math is similar to a radioactive point source, so you'd want the least amount of obstruction as far from the device as possible.

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3 minutes ago, Skiiwee29 said:

You can likely get away with only 2 APs looking at the floor plan. If it were me, one would be in the den on the main floor near the wall of the garage, then one in the Loft on the 2nd floor. That should give you full coverage of everything. 

Only nuance with the Den would be all the plumbing and water above it and how that would affect its signal strength to the 2nd bedroom. Might be even worth putting it in the garage because of that, but it depends. 

 

@NightlyGamer If you plan to use any smart things for your garage, it might be worth considering one in the garage then one in the 2nd floor loft, as a slight amendment to @Skiiwee29's suggestion.

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Just now, Agall said:

Only nuance with the Den would be all the plumbing and water above it and how that would affect its signal strength to the 2nd bedroom. Might be even worth putting it in the garage because of that, but it depends. 

 

@NightlyGamer If you plan to use any smart things for your garage, it might be worth considering one in the garage then one in the 2nd floor loft, as a slight amendment to @Skiiwee29's suggestion.

oh I agree, just going off the diagram. Always different in person. When im doing installs that include wifi, I always check what the needs are and do a walk around analysis with the router in different places checking my RSI values and making sure I have adequate coverage. 

 

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31 minutes ago, Agall said:

Only nuance with the Den would be all the plumbing and water above it and how that would affect its signal strength to the 2nd bedroom. Might be even worth putting it in the garage because of that, but it depends. 

It should be fine if it's on the den/laundry wall.

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1 minute ago, Needfuldoer said:

It should be fine if it's on the den/laundry wall.

Most of the plumbing is in the ceiling and wall closest to laundry room 

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43 minutes ago, Skiiwee29 said:

oh I agree, just going off the diagram. Always different in person. When im doing installs that include wifi, I always check what the needs are and do a walk around analysis with the router in different places checking my RSI values and making sure I have adequate coverage. 

 

Did an install last week for a business and ended up needing 4 additional mesh APs on top of the regular router wifi. 

I was initially thinking the hallway between the front door and the greatroom. For upstairs would be in the hallway between the master and the second bedroom. 

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37 minutes ago, NightlyGamer said:

I was initially thinking the hallway between the front door and the greatroom. For upstairs would be in the hallway between the master and the second bedroom. 

You really don't want to be stacking them on top of each other like that, would essentially make it worthless of having multiple aps. If it was 3 level, then stacked on floor 1 and 3 would be good, but not on 2 story. Having them on opposite ends will give you the best coverage. They should be able to penetrate the floors between to cover directly above and below without any issues or dead zones.

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43 minutes ago, Skiiwee29 said:

You really don't want to be stacking them on top of each other like that, would essentially make it worthless of having multiple aps. If it was 3 level, then stacked on floor 1 and 3 would be good, but not on 2 story. Having them on opposite ends will give you the best coverage. They should be able to penetrate the floors between to cover directly above and below without any issues or dead zones.

Ok. I plan to go with some ubiquiti APs. Not sure if you have experience with them. I was looking at the U6 lite. Do you think 2 could handle the range?

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6 minutes ago, NightlyGamer said:

Ok. I plan to go with some ubiquiti APs. Not sure if you have experience with them. I was looking at the U6 lite. Do you think 2 could handle the range?

Most likely. I had an ac pro AP for a while and had good coverage with it in my house of about 1200sq ft. 

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