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What you really need is! . . . (Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network? )
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2019, 11:10:17 PM »
Dear Steve and WeatherCat network admins,

Thanks for the update.  Indeed this has become quite an undertaking!

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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2019, 03:24:27 PM »
Steve:

Thanks for sharing the details in your update. I have been offline for 14 days and am just getting around to reading what I missed. Except for no wireless network when there Internet connection is lost, it sounds to me like you have done really well. Having the ethernet cabled to the EERO units will be a huge improvement over the old Apple WiFi. One of our sons is installing Orbi at his home today. Keep us in the loop as you make new discoveries.
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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2019, 02:44:53 AM »
Here's a very Mac-like brand (except the hardware looks like something out of a si-fi movie).


Synology RT2600ac  (extremely capable router all by itself)
Synology MR2200ac (add-on mesh router) for increased coverage


Available at the superb B&H with free shipping and no tax (www.bhphotovideo.com)


https://9to5mac.com/2017/02/28/synology-rt2600ac-router-airport-extreme-replacement-top-15-features-video/


https://9to5mac.com/2018/10/12/synology-mr2200ac-mesh-router-launch/




Edit: A reader just pointed out I had a typo on the nomenclature of the add-on mesh router.

I have another post running as I move to a brand new iMac.
Like you, I think it is also time to move away from my APE from Apple.
I think the Synology router you mention is the way I will go.

Perhaps it is just me, but I won't use anything associated with google. I don't trust their devices and their biz model is all about collecting data.
They bought Eero so I won't be using that.

I also want a router with a USB  port, and the router mentioned has that.

Just my 2 cents...

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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2019, 03:50:01 PM »


Perhaps it is just me, but I won't use anything associated with google. I don't trust their devices and their biz model is all about collecting data.
They bought Eero so I won't be using that.


Yep, I'm in the same camp.

Are you going with the RT2600ac plus the MR2200ac mesh option or just multiples of the MR2200ac?

Start a thread on your Synology equipment and keep the members apprised of your progress. Personally, I think it's a great replacement for Apple's gear when the time comes. Plus, the Synology Router Manager software is some of the best in the industry, usable by a network neophyte in the basic mode or suitable for advanced tweaking...network management, parental controls, security and a ton of other stuff. But layering up a bunch of filtering reduces throughput speed.

Lastly, if you haven't run across it yet, spend some time on the Synology forum (https://forum.synology.com/enu/). Don't let the "problems" worry you, majority are from folks who know very little about networking and think it would be neat to try out all the advanced features available in the router software without really understanding what they are doing. As you'll note, most are resolved satisfactorily.

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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2019, 04:07:41 PM »
Oh, and I forgot to mention, as a result of the 2018 SCOTUS decision (South Dakota v. Wayfair) on out-of-state sales taxes, B&H is now phasing in sales taxes for out-of-state (NY) purchases. So you may no longer get that bit of help in NH.

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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2019, 08:48:16 PM »
B&H offers a way to purchase from their website (or store) and get your state sales tax instantly refunded. Basically it is a credit card that can only be used to purchase from B&H, using the same bank that Amazon uses for their store card (Synchrony). B&H charges you the sales tax and then they instantly credit it back on that card so at the end of the monthly cycle, you are only paying for your purchases net of sales tax. They remit sales tax to your state, as required by law, so the customers are the real winners here.

If you are a B&H customer and your state requires them to charge sales tax (not all states require this yet), this will benefit you.

Similarly, and off topic, Amazon also has a store card that can only be used on Amazon and refunds to you 5% of what you buy from them using their card. It's called Amazon Prime Store Card (and is not the same thing as Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature, which they also offer). If you buy regularly from Amazon (and who doesn't?), you should be using their Prime Store Card.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/credit-cards

https://www.amazon.com/Synchrony-Bank-Amazon-com-Store-Card/dp/B008A0GNA8/ref=lp_3561432011_1_2?s=financial&ie=UTF8&qid=1566589392&sr=1-2
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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2019, 07:53:21 PM »
 [thermo]

Right now I am trying to Migrate to a new iMac....Once that horror is completed I will go back to the synology purchase.
Not sure, mesh or not.....not sure I need it...but will work that later.

As for tax free NH....ANYONE who tries to charge me sales tax loses my sale.

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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2019, 11:06:41 PM »
AppleInsider on Synology:

Right now, the Synology MR2200AC is our favorite for a mesh router system.”

https://apple.news/AWXKBSQznSzq6MZqPR_4Rbw

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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2019, 03:16:59 PM »

Perhaps it is just me, but I won't use anything associated with google. I don't trust their devices and their biz model is all about collecting data.
They bought Eero so I won't be using that.

Just a clarification: Amazon bought Eero, not Google. One of several related articles: https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/12/18261081/amazon-buys-eero-official-keeps-privacy-policy

There was hope that Apple would buy Eero, as Apple Stores used to carry the Eero product along side Airports.
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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2019, 03:23:08 PM »
Steve:

Thanks for sharing the details in your update. I have been offline for 14 days and am just getting around to reading what I missed. Except for no wireless network when there Internet connection is lost, it sounds to me like you have done really well. Having the ethernet cabled to the EERO units will be a huge improvement over the old Apple WiFi. One of our sons is installing Orbi at his home today. Keep us in the loop as you make new discoveries.

Apparently, that was old information I was relaying. According to a recent answer to that very question on Reddit by one of the owners, Internet interruption does not effect the LAN unless the hub Eero is reboot. Rebooting causes it to phone home, and if it can't, it doesn't create a network. Any other Eero on the LAN can be rebooted; just not the one connected to the modem.

I am currently in the process of setting up and hardwiring two new Sharx non-wifi IP cameras (HTNC2404TM and HTNC2404M) from their latest sale. Gonna need another spool of cat 6 cable!!
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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #25 on: August 27, 2019, 02:15:45 AM »
You can't have too much CAT5 hanging around. Sooner or later, you will need some.

My son gave up on the Orbi install and had AT&T (his fiber optic provider) come and install a wired network extender at no cost. Solved his problem without having to buy anything.

I just entered the 21st century at our place. We are now the proud payers of a bill for fiber optic. Yes, indeed fellow WeatherCatters, my local phone company ran fiber right up the mountain to our front door. Hallelujah! We can now stream and use our iPhones over Wifi.

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Re: Is anyone using a Mesh Network?
« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2019, 09:39:55 PM »
Too bad, I was curious for a first hand report on the Orbi.

We have TimeWarner Cable Spectrumfor our cable/internet/landline provider. Fastest available at my address is 100Mb/s, although speed tests sometimes show faster. They offer 300 Mb/s as a premium, but it is not available for me.

You can't have too much CAT5 hanging around. Sooner or later, you will need some.

My son gave up on the Orbi install and had AT&T (his fiber optic provider) come and install a wired network extender at no cost. Solved his problem without having to buy anything.

I just entered the 21st century at our place. We are now the proud payers of a bill for fiber optic. Yes, indeed fellow WeatherCatters, my local phone company ran fiber right up the mountain to our front door. Hallelujah! We can now stream and use our iPhones over Wifi.

"They have the Internet on computers now." Homer Simpson
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« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2019, 11:12:15 PM »
Dear Blick, Steve, and WeatherCat types  "boldly going where no WeatherCatter has gone before!" . . . . .  [biggrin]

I just entered the 21st century at our place. We are now the proud payers of a bill for fiber optic.
. . . . .

 [wink] . . . . . Yeah, but can you pay the bill for your fiber optic line - online?  If so, does paying it on an ultra-fast network make the price any easier to swallow?!?? . . .  lol(1)

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]