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Best Wifi option to use with Telstra NBN?

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I have just switched from Telstara ADSL to Telstra NBN, but I still nave my old TG799vac (Gateway max?) connected as the router/wifi. Phone now plugs into Gateway. NBN speed is great.

Problem: My wifi only reaches half of the house, and I cannot relocate router. My old Asus RP-AC68U repeater is flakey and heading to the recycler.

I am considering 2 options, and interested in your  opinions.

Option 1: Enter a new 24 month contract with Telstra and get a new Gen 2 Smartmodem, possibly also with a Telstra Network Extender. (cost $24+$216 if extender required, but also a 24 month commitment)

Option 2: Turn off the wifi on Gateway Max and buy a new mesh wifi system, like Netgear Orbi. (cost $496)

 

Question 1: Does the Smartmodem Gen 2 have better wifi performance than my current Gateway Max? Not interested in extra features like the fallback to mobile, just want to get a decent wifi signal through my whole house, preferably under a single network name.

 

Question 2: What are your thoughts/recommendations?

 

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Re: Best Wifi option to use with Telstra NBN?

Gen 2 Smart Modem has better Wi-Fi and are normally given out for free to customers moving to the NBN. I use a Telstra Gen 2 smart Wi-Fi booster and with it my whole house and yard are covered.

The Net gear orbi is a good device, but keep in mind your fixed line speed would at max be around 100mbps. With 1 bar of 5ghz wifid my computer was still getting 98mbps on wifi. Don't read to much into the advertised Wi-Fi speeds on any devices as the real world experience is usually half what is the advertised theoretical in lab conditions maximum.
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Re: Best Wifi option to use with Telstra NBN?

@fox86 I would probably think about getting a Mesh device/s.

 

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Re: Best Wifi option to use with Telstra NBN?

Gen 2 Smart Modem has better Wi-Fi and are normally given out for free to customers moving to the NBN. I use a Telstra Gen 2 smart Wi-Fi booster and with it my whole house and yard are covered.

The Net gear orbi is a good device, but keep in mind your fixed line speed would at max be around 100mbps. With 1 bar of 5ghz wifid my computer was still getting 98mbps on wifi. Don't read to much into the advertised Wi-Fi speeds on any devices as the real world experience is usually half what is the advertised theoretical in lab conditions maximum.
For Official Support Chat Now, try the Online Troubleshooter, check for Outages or Raise a Complaint.

Full Disclosure as part of Telstras Social Media Code.
  • I work for Telstra in the following products.
  • Telstra Platinum, Telstra Business Services, Telstra Smart Home, Velocity, Locator and NBN faults.
  • I'm not here in an official capacity, I just like fixing things and respond in my own time when I can.
  • Include "@343GuiltySpark" in your reply to get my attention if you're after me specifically.
  • My opinions are my own and not that of Telstra's, just so we're all on the same page.

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