Any wifi 6 adopters?

adr1974

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My ceros have been spotty, so I'm contemplating upgrading to wifi 6. Considering Linksys Velop and Netgear Orbing. Wondering if there are any early adopters out there who might share their experiences. Our house has two floors and a basement, so total sq footage is around 7500 sq ft. Ideally could put one unit in the basement (where the ethernet comes in via the ONT) and another in the master bedroom on the second floor, which is diametrically opposed to the unit which would be in the basement. TIA.
 

Varking

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Posting here to bump the thread and get notifications. I am hoping to have my iMac ( 2019 ) finally unlocked and fixed within a week or two and I am in the process of looking to upgrade the house WiFi and I am in a similar situation. I have Gen 1 Google Wifi pucks spread throughout our two floors but my room still tends to not get a strong signal once everything else is using internet.
 

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Smallnetbuilder did a test of five new wifi6 products and their conclusion was they are not yet ready for prime time.

Even after almost a year after the first products started shipping, Wi-Fi 6 remains very much a work in progress. Key features (OFDMA, AX MU-MIMO, Target Wake Time (TWT)) are still not enabled by most products and, if these tests are any indication, you're unlikely to see performance gains in from 5 GHz.

If you have AX devices and feel you must upgrade right now, spend as little as possible. Until OFDMA is enabled and we see whether that helps bring more bandwidth to busy WLANs and reduce latency, there's no sense in making a large investment that may not pay off.
 
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Varking

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Smallnetbuilder did a test of five new wifi6 products and their conclusion was they are not yet ready for prime time.
I appreciate you sharing that. Maybe I’ll stick with the Google Mesh Gen 1 pucks or go with some Apple Airport Extremes until WiFi 6 price comes down.
 
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wasima

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I have an Orbi AX Wifi 6 mesh system with 2 satellites - pretty happy with the strength and stability of wifi coverage.

Something I didn't know: I upgraded to Gig Internet shortly after, 940 down, 40 up from Spectrum and assumed I would get those speeds on my iPhone 11 Pro.... not exactly... turns out my hardwired ethernet gets 940 down and 40 up no problem, but the iphone 11 gets about 66% on average of the download speed -- this is apparently perfectly normal and a 'good' outcome.

The other thing I found was the latest iPad Mini also gets the same wifi speeds as the iPhone 11 -- so I think that unless you have 2.5G coming into your home you're not going to see any advantages beyond strength and coverage.

Mesh and getting a Docsis 3.1 modem were definitely worth it.
 

adr1974

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I actually updated to the orbi mesh system as well. Range is great, and my speed results are similar to yours. Coming from Eero, I like the orbi admin panel a lot more, and has better integration with DDNS, etc. Not earth-shattering, but better.
 

qap

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I have an Orbi AX Wifi 6 mesh system with 2 satellites - pretty happy with the strength and stability of wifi coverage.

Something I didn't know: I upgraded to Gig Internet shortly after, 940 down, 40 up from Spectrum and assumed I would get those speeds on my iPhone 11 Pro.... not exactly... turns out my hardwired ethernet gets 940 down and 40 up no problem, but the iphone 11 gets about 66% on average of the download speed -- this is apparently perfectly normal and a 'good' outcome.

The other thing I found was the latest iPad Mini also gets the same wifi speeds as the iPhone 11 -- so I think that unless you have 2.5G coming into your home you're not going to see any advantages beyond strength and coverage.

Mesh and getting a Docsis 3.1 modem were definitely worth it.
The iPhone XS can reach a maximum speed (theorical) of 866mbps, about 650/700mbps in real situation.
 

xraydoc

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The iPhone XS can reach a maximum speed (theorical) of 866mbps, about 650/700mbps in real situation.
Best I’ve seen on my iPhone 11 Pro is 455 Mbps over WiFi. Still pretty good for WiFi on a handset, all things considered.
 
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