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A slightly strange one as nothing has broken or gone wrong, but I need advice on a network setup at our new house, currently a building site so the right time to lay wires.
It is a large 6 bedroom house over 3 floors with many masonry walls. My girlfriend works from home and we are increasingly using streaming for TV and films so a fast, robust system is paramount. We are in London and apparently have 'up to' 200mbps packages available to us.
Having done some brief research it seems having various Wireless Access Points wired to the main router, each acting as a wifi spot is the way to go but would welcome any advice. My builder has mentioned wireless extenders but my feeling is that whilst the walls are down we should wire as much as possible. I am thinking one for each floor and one for the garden. I will also need a network switch as will have lots of things that also want hard wiring like smart TVs, Sonos, etc.
I can provide a floor plan of the house including what rooms will be used for what and where we'd like the boxes, router etc to go. What I would like is a proposed plan showing the exact set up we would need, plus any advice on the products themselves (robust and attractive for those that will be on show, but not too expensive) so that I can pass to my builder.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Networking
Expert:  carlday1 replied 10 months ago.

Hi,

Thank you for Just Answer my name is ***** ***** I will help with your question.Please could you provide a floor plan that will help me plan what you need.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Here you go. I have tried to mark up with some annotations - hopefully they show. The house is about 3500 square feet. I look forward to hearing. Many thanks, Tristan
Expert:  Steve M replied 10 months ago.

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/networking/wifi-range-extenders/netgear-wn3000rp-200uks-wifi-range-extender-n300-10076823-pdt.html

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/networking/wifi-range-extenders/netgear-ex2700-100uks-wifi-range-extender-n300-10119698-pdt.html

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/networking/wifi-range-extenders/netgear-ex2700-100uks-wifi-range-extender-n300-10119698-pdt.html

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/networking/wifi-range-extenders/tp-link-re200-wifi-range-extender-ac750-dual-band-10024654-pdt.html

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Do you have a design for me?
Expert:  hongkongpom replied 10 months ago.

Hello there I looked at your plans. Yes indeed it is always better to run cabling. You also don't have to contend with the signal speed being halved by using extenders or repeaters.


What I would do would be to run Cat6 cables to ALL the rooms from a single point where you would put the network switch.

You may be able to us a WAP to service two rooms that have a common wall but you will have problems when there are many walls separating the rooms.

​Netgear make good products as is what I use.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok thanks hongkongpom. As I am not familiar with this, please can you let me know the exact setup I would need? Do I connect the 'main' router to say a 16 port switch and then everything else from there?
Expert:  hongkongpom replied 10 months ago.

Yes that is correct The router will provide IP addresses to all devices fed from the switch

​All access points can have the same SSID (network name) but the channels must be different. You should set the APs to use chs 1,6,11 for the 2.4GHz channels and 5GHz if you can. Use the default 20MHz channel widths to get the maximum use of channel space.

Your devices will need to be able to receive the 5GHz channels should you choose to deploy them.

Expert:  hongkongpom replied 10 months ago.

​If the APs have auto channel then use that so the APs will hop to the clearest channels.

If you have more than 3 APs then the fourth can use the same channel as the AP which is the furthest away to minimise interference ie the loft AP can use the same channel as the AP which is on the ground floor which has the most walls floors between them if you get my drift

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ok thank you. Excuse the dreadful diagram - but does the attached therefore look about right? Noted re the channels. And if needed could I wire an access point to say a smart TV or does it need to be direct from the switch or main router?In terms of the WAPs themselves, would something like this do the trick or do you have any that you think are better or more robust? https://www.amazon.co.uk/NETGEAR-WN604-100UKS-Wireless-Access-Point/dp/B003T0A03A
Expert:  hongkongpom replied 10 months ago.

Hello there, that looks spot on. The router will give each device their own IP address via the switch. In order for an access point to be used in this fashion for the TV it would need to be a wireless bridge (which this AP can do but hard wiring is best).

Those APs are good & are what I use.

​I would just use the APs for mobile devices and hard wire any static device (like your TV) to the incoming Cat6 cables

Stay away from home plug solutions which use the house electric wiring as they can cause and be susceptible to interference. Hard wiring is always the best :-)

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