Originally Posted by jeremyhelling
Why in the hell would you need to put one of these in each room? Unless each room is 1,000sq ft with lots of appliances and fixtures & 150 clients there's no reason to have one in each room.
if you just want 2.4 band, then you definitely dont need that many. If you want consistent 5g coverage however, any line of site obstruction by walls drops connection speed dramatically.
I tried for years with 2-3 access points and the service sucked. On my 6250 sf house with foam insulated walls, my coverage is dramatically better with around 10 access points.
Also you can turn down the radio strength when you have a lot of points so that the client device can unlatch from room to room easier and attach to a closer 5g signal.
I have tried everything in the past, and unobstructed low intensity radios beat everything.
The situation will change when wifi alliance puts in multi-radio client devices into the story so that you can get true mesh networking (you never really disconnect since you are already connected to the next access point closest to you).
If you want proper home automation without all the 3-4 star reviews that client devices tend to get, you want bulletproof wifi. In the grand scheme of things, the cost of ubiquiti unifi access points is quite cheap when bought in the bulk boxes. It's quite easy to run cat6 cable. on top of that, the units also have passthrough POE so you really have nice versatility.
I would say bar none, one of the best products i have ever bought for my house was ubiquiti unifi.
My current access points:
1. behind each TV/media center in the bedrooms (4) so that I have a direct wire access too. they are slightly hidden here too so that don't mess with the room decor. one for the bedroom covers that bedroom, closet, bathroom, and the immediate area outside the house.
2. one for the dining room area (which is separated by walls)
3. one for the kitchen + living room + breakfast area - direct line of site by placing this one on a wall behind a painting. again hidden which is my theme here.
4. one in my study close to the front of my house so i can have signal reach out into the front yard.
5. one for the garage which is sealed from the main house by foam insulation - this helps he get onto wifi from my driveway and control my garage door openers (MyQ) via wifi/homekit.
6. one for the game room area upstairs which is a wide open area.
7. one for my home theater which is completely foam insulated in addition to the usual sound proofing like mass loaded vinyl and whatnot. again this access point is a necessity for clean 5g wifi in this room.
Again it may seem like overkill, but remember that you want your client device to disconnect if you are walking down the hall and reconnect in the destination room. you dont want to latch onto a really far away signal with a crap throughput. This is really the magic of a pro wifi system... it is dramatically better than anything else I have tried with consumer grade routers placed centrally in my house or with something like airport express modules.