I live in a two-storey house totalling about ~350 sqm of living space. Here's a semi-accurate diagram of the house:
In Indonesia, most houses are built with bricks covered with cement or with reinforced concrete. So pretty much ever black line in the above diagram is a solid hard surface. Many houses that are much bigger than this one has even thicker walls. Getting wifi all around the house is naturally quite challenging.
The first serious wifi deloyment was using an airport extreme and and an airport express as indicated in the above diagram. The Airport Extreme were used to cover the whole lower floor and the express was on wireless extension mode. I used this config for a few years but this was not ideal as we weren't getting good coverage around the house and the internet speed upstairs were poor. I tried to troubleshoot this with a wired TP-link router upstairs (which ran for another year or so) before I decided to go with some serious gears.
I ended up picking up the following:
- 1 Unifi AP AC Lite
- 1 Unifi AP AC Pro
- 1 roll of Cat6 cable (I already have plenty of rj-45s, boots, crimper, etc on hand)
- 1 patch panel
I configured the ER-X so that the Eth0 port is connected to the modem (owned by ISP) and Eth1-Eth4 as a switch for a separate network created by the ER-X.
Eth0 --> Cisco Docsis 3.0 modem
Eth1 --> Unifi AP AC Lite (lower floor)
Eth2 --> TP-link router on the upper floor only as a gigabit switch --> Unifi AP AC Pro (upper floor)
Eth3 --> Apple Time Capsule as a simple file server
Eth4 --> empty
So, I ended up with the following configuration:
I let the AC Lite handle the whole lower floor, and since I'll be the one using 802.11ac to its full potential, I decided to put the AC Pro in my bedroom. I activated both 2G (HT20) and 5G (VHT80 ow yeah) radio, with 5G band steering.
Performance was great, ever single sqm of the house is covered with relatively strong signal.
I have 50 down/8 up and I've been getting these full speed (within 1 mbps) whereever I am indoors.
In my room, the wifi is nearly gigabit. I tested this by transferring very large files over wifi to a wired computer.
I also run the controller on an always-on wired computer so that I can always check up on it remotely using my cellphone or any other computer for that matter.
Here are some pictures from this simple install:
AC Pro on the ceiling (with the blue ring off)
AC Lite on the piano (not ideal, gonna ceiling mount it soon)
Patch panel with the ER-X hiding in the back
Cisco modem and an Apple Time Capsule
I've actually done another installation using all-Ubiquiti gear in a much, much larger house >1000sqm. The client has been very satisfied since day 1 and haven't had any serious problems. Maybe I'll have a separate post on this soon.
If any of you are in Jakarta, or Indonesia, let's link up.
Or if you want me to set up a solid and reliable home network within greater Jakarta area, just let me know.