Having trouble with our Wifi for the last few months and looking for suggestions/advice.
When we moved to Tennessee in 2020, the only game in town for gigabit speed was Spectrum. Their tech told me that my modem (Motorola Surfboard) and router (Velop mesh) were not supported. Had to use their equipment but there were no rental fees. I agreed and everything worked great for 9 months… last 3 months have been not so great with buffering and congested network messages. Multiple modem and routers resets would only “fix” the issue for a few days at best. Working with Support did not find any issues on their end, except that we have almost 40 devices connecting to wifi currently.
We had about 10 devices connecting when we moved in and creating a Smart home bumped the number up rapidly. I have plans to add more devices in the future. I also sent my Velop setup to my oldest child when his router died. He and his roommates absolutely love it since they play console games.
My question is:
Do I ask for the Velop system (wifi 5) back or step up to a Mesh Wifi 6 setup?
Our home is 1,600 square feet with a lower level/basement the same size. Current wifi has always been weak downstairs, hence the idea of going back to a mesh system.
I purchased a slightly used unmanaged Cisco 16 port switch to hardwire a number of devices and connect a few hubs (Caseta/Ring/Hue/SONOS/etc) to help balance the load. My spouse told me that whatever I decide, it should hopefully be “future proof” for all our Smart devices. She is very interested in setting up scenes and rules!
Looking forward to the comments…