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Mesh vs Powerline vs Hardwired.....

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For those of us who trade seriously and depend on our ISP for stable, fast or reasonably clean and fast internet service one eventually gets to the networking issue of extending ones coverage throughout their offices or multi-floor offices / residences.

Many common names in the networking products world have shifted to advertising the "mesh" concept, which relies upon concentric overlapping circles of coverage and finding the overlap point and strength to locate the secondary mesh unit. In theory, not practice, this supposedly extends further coverage (as represented by a concentric circle), but implicitly the strength in the next circle depends upon the strength of the overlap region.

Access points used to the be the term used for these secondary units and they followed the same basic principles. One additional feature category, whether manual or automated, with the software of the product are the ability to clone the original router SSID(s) and credentials. Another consumer directed feature are use of the "wi-fi 6" protocols, with the implicit objective of band bonding or blending the signal delivered strength between the 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands.

At this point, pause and recall why many IB's (Introducing Brokers) and FCM's strongly suggest NOT executing trades over Satellite ISP service for the sole reason that the transmission between points adds noticibly delayed access to and reaction from live realtime data.

It is not too far of a stretch to consider the similar effect of these mesh devices and wi-fi 6 band bonding steps adds fractions of seconds to same live data and these overhead fractional seconds will cause delays between live data feeds and wireless access. These values can be timed, based on one's own individual circumstances and further generalizations serves no purpose.

Another older tech method to extend one's coverage further than their router's strength and initial coverage circle are using products that subscribe to the "powerline" protocols. These are a variation on hardwired connectivity and offer superior connection and speeds in secondary and tertiary coverage circles.

The original old tech method, similar to the "sneaker net" term, are hard wired access points being used to extend coverage circles.

Ten bragging points for anyone identifying the old term of "sneaker net".

Now that my initial discussion thread has managed to put one to sleep, which networking protocol or method are you finding success with to the point of wanting to discuss it or possibly recommend it as an upgrade to ones' existing infrastructure.

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Sorry I didn't have time for a lengthy reply, but I exclusively use Ubiquiti UniFi equipment for the last 7 years or so. I have a shit ton of it, like 20 cameras, 5 or 6 access points, their new doorbell product, and 48 ports or more.

I highly highly recommend.

You'll have no problem with their mesh products. I use several outdoors. I prefer the ones that have PoE input and have a secondary port out, where I can place a single wired device or a small switch if needed.

Start with their Dream Machine then add from there what you need. They have WiFi 6 stuff in beta but honestly WiFi 6E is what you want, so I'd buy the older stuff to save money for today then plunge on everything when WiFi 6E ships.


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