Which MU-MIMO router should I add to my network?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by halfmonkey, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. halfmonkey macrumors regular

    May 17, 2011
    I'm interested in adding another router to my network to replace my current main router and move my current main router to another room to extend my network. Which do you think is best between Linksys EA9500, Dlink DIR 895L/R, Netgear R8000, or another that you might suggest.

    Please allow to give you breakdown of my current setup. I currently have Cox Cable Ultimate internet package which allows for up to 300 Mbps download and up to 30 Mbps upload. I have an Arris Surfboard modem model SB6190 and it's connected to a Dlink DIR-880L router. This is my main router. From here, I take one open ethernet port in the back and run it to a Linksys switch model SE3016. I use about 10 of the ports in the back to run to various hard wired clients throughout the house in other rooms. I do use on the ports on the back of the switch and run it to an Airport Extreme on the other side of the house and set it up in bridge mode. This allows me to create full house coverage. I have the 2.4Ghz channel on one name the 5 GHz on another name and connect most of my devices to the 5 GHz channel.

    So what I'm interested in doing is moving the Dlink DIR 880L into bridge mode duty in another part of the house to maybe help extend the network when we're outside and then using one these newer MU-MIMO routers as my new main router. I would pretty much maintain the same set up except now another port on the back of the switch would now go to the Dlink DIR-880L which would be placed in another area of the house.

    On a side note, when I run a speed test from speediest.net, it currently shows my ping to be 14 ms, download speed to be 318.79 Mbps and upload speed to be 30.16 Mbps. This is on an iMac connected to the switch through one of the ports.

    I love to hear your thoughts on my system and any feedback on possibly improving it is welcome. ...or if I'm totally doing something wrong, please let me know. Thanks for reading.
  2. IG88 macrumors 6502


    Nov 4, 2016
    Does it have to be a router that you're adding? Can it be a wireless access point instead?

    I really like Ubiquity products. I have two of these and they perform flawlessly without needing rebooted:


    I'm not a fan of all-in-one router / wifi combos. My router does only routing / firewall, it has no wifi radios. The wireless is done by the two UAP-AC-Pro access points.

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