Wireless access point help?

Kyle Santos
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A friend of mine recently recommended I get an access point in addition to the router I have.  What access point should I buy?  I have an Apple AirPort acting as my router/access point for about 30 wireless devices in the house.

My plan is to have my router hard wired to my desktop and smart tv, then an access point setup to serve the rest of the devices that use wireless (Nest, Baby monitoring cameras, cell phones, ipads, etc).

When you recommend an access point should I make the Apple AirPort the main router or have the new recommendation be the router and turn the AirPort into the access point?

Thank you.
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Kent WSr. Network / Systems Admin

Commented:
It sounds like your friend didn't know the Airport is a very worthy access point? It has LAN ports to hard wire, or you can connect wireless, as you already know.
Do you need to move it so your hard wired devices can reach it with a cable?
I may be missing exactly what  you are trying to do, but the Airport can do what you need, all-in-one.

Maybe some clarification?
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Honestly, there's no point in getting an additional piece of hardware in your case unless you're actually having issues.

Now, if it is a matter of needing extra coverage around, then let's get into that discussion...
I happen to think that in terms of APs, Ubiquiti UniFi units serve the bulk of the cases that are necessary. In this scenario, you would be able to just use your AirPort as a router.

Given the cost of a number of routers, if you can get a wireless router that serves all of your purposes, do that instead of having an additional AP.
Kyle SantosQuality Assurance Engineer at Dassault Systemes

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Commented:
Hi masnrock,

Thank you for your reply.

I am having some issues with devices.  I believe the amount of devices using the same router are causing some drops and flooding of my home network.  It has become sort of a nuisance and I heard from my friend that having an access point might alleviate some of these issues.
Kent WSr. Network / Systems Admin
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Ah, ok, that makes sense.
As masnrock stated, the Ubiquiti Unifi products are great, relatively inexpensive, and are more enterprise-ish.
I use them both in a corporate setting an at home. Great range, performance, and reliability, and very active company.
They come out with new stuff all the time, including updates and features to the existing products.
Kyle SantosQuality Assurance Engineer at Dassault Systemes

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Commented:
Hi Kent,

I'm so sorry I missed your initial comment.  My bad.

Thanks for asking follow up questions that helps me to clarify my problem.  I will check out those products you're recommending.  Thank you!

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