TP-Link Archer D5 replacement

I have a TPlink Archer D5 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router as my wifi point. I've varied the direction of the 3 antennas.

It's right in the middle of the upstairs floor, the most middle part of my little townhouse. It's gyprock, no brick inside. I'm less than 15m away from the corners of the house.

But in different parts of the house, we kinda work with 5g, kinda half disconnecting with 1-2 bars. Then I'd need to go to 2.4ghz

Would a single google nest wifi work better in this environment?



    Pick up a cheap router with repeater function on gumtree. I did for $20.


    Unless you do lots of file transfers between your devices, there aren't many reasons to stick with 5ghz. If 2.4ghz work fine without the disconnection, I'd suggest that rather than changing your router.


      There is less wifi interference on 5Ghz.


        That's true but due to 5ghz directional characteristics, it could be more unstable or slow than 2.4ghz. In a townhouse or an apartment, 2.4ghz is more ideal IMO (unless there are handful of 2.4ghz APs..)


          Most of the time 2.4Ghz isn't ideal in townhouses and apartments as it's overcrowded..


            @Twix: Hence why I said unless there are handful of 2.4ghz. Even with crowded 2.4ghz, if channels are managed well (which is outside of your control I understand) it's better to use 2.4ghz than 5ghz which has shorter range that gets blocked a lot easily. Since OPs townhouse have often two stories and 5ghz isn't ideal.

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    Are you on ADSL or nbn?

    A single Google Nest Wifi might cover your townhouse. If it doesn't put 1 on each floor.

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    2.4 GHz better across long distances because it goes through walls more easily. 5 GHz just better for closer range due to higher speeds and less interference.

    Either way if range is an issue, just get an extra AP, run an Ethernet cable to the other end of the house and you won't have any more issues. Something like a Ubiquiti UniFi AC Lite for $130 will solve your problems.

    Mesh systems are a reasonable option if you're lazy, but they come with their own sets of issues, are generally pretty expensive for what they are and don't really compare to an AP connected via wired Ethernet.