Satellite vs extender

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Satellite vs extender
Satellite vs extender
2023-10-26 22:46:35 - last edited 2023-10-30 07:24:43
Model: Archer AX55  
Hardware Version: V1
Firmware Version: 1.2.3 Build 20230603 rel.46473(5553)

Hello, 

 

I have an Archer AX55 V1 in my living room and a RE700X extender 20 feet away in the kitchen. Devices are running on easymesh. Reason for the extender is beacuse my office is in my backyard another 20 feet away from the kitchen so basicaly the extender is plugged in halfway between the router and the office. I have a 1gbps plan with my ISP but in my office connected to the RE700X, I am barely getting 270mbps. This I think is contributed to range and while that may be sufficient speed for what I do, I feel like I am leaving money on the table. Just recently I learned that I can use another AX55 or similar router as a satelite via easymesh. I am assuming since the AX55 is bigger, more poweful and has external antenas that it would have better range and perfomance than the extender. But I have yet to find anything online proving this and I don't want to go out and buy another AX55 just to test this. Has someone tried this and can tell me if it's worth it? 

 

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2023-10-27 17:40:16 - last edited 2023-10-30 07:24:43

  @Tantrum829 

 

I see your point but the nature of wireless connection is half-duplex which means:

If you get from your ISP 1000 mbps on the next wireless hop (RE700 or AX55) you'll get no more than half of that (500 mbps at best) - it will be lower due to the distance or a local interference.

On the next hop (your computer) network bandwidth will be halved again, so 1/4 from the initial 1000 mbps ≈ 250 mbps. That's why I think you're OK now from network bandwidth perspective.

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Re:Satellite vs extender
2023-10-27 09:50:35

  @Tantrum829 

 

You've placed the RE700X correctly and the internet bandwidth you get from the extender is perfectly fine - I doubt that you'll get better.

The only reason to buy another AX55 would be if you want to cover additional area in your house connecting the new AX55 as a satellite.

Thus you'll have main AX55 with two satellites - RE700X  and a second AX55 so it's up to you to decide whether to buy one or not.

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Re:Satellite vs extender
2023-10-27 15:58:44

  @terziyski Thanks for the reply. My home with 2 devices covers the whole place so a 3rd easymesh devices is not really necesseary. I was just trying to see if my plan to upgrade from the RE700X to an AX55 would upgrade the speed to at last half of what I am getting inside the house. 

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2023-10-27 17:40:16 - last edited 2023-10-30 07:24:43

  @Tantrum829 

 

I see your point but the nature of wireless connection is half-duplex which means:

If you get from your ISP 1000 mbps on the next wireless hop (RE700 or AX55) you'll get no more than half of that (500 mbps at best) - it will be lower due to the distance or a local interference.

On the next hop (your computer) network bandwidth will be halved again, so 1/4 from the initial 1000 mbps ≈ 250 mbps. That's why I think you're OK now from network bandwidth perspective.

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Re:Satellite vs extender
2023-10-27 17:51:23

  @terziyski Understood. I appreciate the detailed explanation. You save me time and money. 

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Re:Satellite vs extender
2023-10-28 18:43:56

  @terziyski Follow up question if I may? If I where to use the AX55 as the router and RE700X as an access point. I know I would have to change the mode from extender to AP on the RE700X, plug in ethernet and it should work right? Would I leave the AX55 in router mode have to change to AP as well? Can I leave them both with the same SSID? I have been looking for an answer to this since yesterday but nothing speciifc to these models. Would like to know before I go purchase a 100 feet of ethernet cable. Thank you. 

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Re:Satellite vs extender
2023-10-29 00:04:10 - last edited 2023-10-29 11:11:00

  @Tantrum829 

 

Of course you may - what are these forums for anyway - buying 100 feet of ethernet cable is an easy thing, but does it make sense ?

You're good to go with RE700X in RE mode (wireless connected) or RE700X in AP mode (wired connected) - same SSIDs like in AX55 or different - it's your choice.

What you should know is that when a router or a RE is in AP mode, there's no way to build a mesh network with this device.

Apart from that: AX55 in router mode and RE700X (ethernet cable connected) in AP mode (same SSIDs or different), would give you the best bandwidth with a stable connectivity.

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