Keeping an eye on this but it’s now gone past my understanding. Tbf, it did after about ten posts.
I have a Vodafone router in front master bedroom. All works fine but we’ve had an extension on the back of the house in which we’ll inevitably spend most of our time. Victorian house and wifi works fine vertically down to tv/games console. But non-existent in back of house.
What would be the best system? I NEED TO CONNECT MY SMART OVENS! 😂
No, but seriously, just for Sonos and general shizzle.
Vodafone are another bunch of……
But for this I’m assuming you have a fttc service not a fttp one, in other words the cable thing coming out the wall is copper not a fibre optic cable.
First and cheapest is to move router into a more central position and see if you get coverage then if not then you can look at a mesh system.
If you care about speed then you would look at a tri-band system this means you have a wifi band dedicated to the connection between the nodes and better performance but more cost, the second option is a dual band where you’ll see a lower but still more than adequate for your oven to tell you dinners ready 😉
Tri-band I like the Linksys veloop WHW0302 or TP-Link deco m9 plus
Dual-band Linksys veloop WHW0102 or TP-Link deco m5
Lots of folk on here seem to like the tenda but I’ve not used them so can’t say.
Vodafone are one of those crap providers that try and force you to use their hardware which is often carp so you either turn off the wifi on their unit and set your mesh system up as access points only.
The downside of this is you’ll lose some advanced features like parental controls, firewalls etc, this may not be a issue to you.
The other option is to contact Vodafone support & insist they give you your broadband username/password buy a cheap bt vdsl modem (search “VDSL Fibre Modem” on eBay) junk the Vodafone pos box, set the mesh system up as a router and put in the username/password into the pppoe field in the mesh configuration app.
Edit: When I said junk I meant store safely as if you have line faults at some point Vodafone will make you reinstall the pos box to troubleshoot