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Wow, I'm envious then ...11:19 AM - PDT
We would just have remained on the WiFi of the U-Verse Gateway. For the computers could all have been Wired, except mom's Laptop that resides downstairs. However; she rarely uses the thing; instead, using her iPad or her iPhone - both of which had NO wireless connectivity issues with the U-Verse Gateway.
Likewise, my iPhone and dad's iPhone, and both of our Kindles never had connectivity issues with the U-Verse Gateway, either. So, again, had we had proper Cat-5 or Cat-5e in the walls, the MESH System would have been moot. We could just have installed a couple of Gigabit Switches at the Wired locations in the house and Wired ALL TV Equipment, (STBs and the H3 DVR), without issue. The results would have just about been the same as what we now have. In fact, IF we had had Ethernet in the walls, we'd most likely STILL be on U-Verse U-300 TV Service; as all the U-Verse STBs CAN connect via Ethernet.
As your home's construction is indeed a very "RF friendly" environment (at least to WiFi frequencies). That is if only the one WAP built into the gateway would be sufficient to cover your entire house if it were wired for ethernet.
I could never get away with that here, for instance while typing this post right near one of the XT8 nodes in my bedroom at the west end of the house. Looking at my network analyzer app naturally shows a good signal strength in the -25 to -40 dbm range on the 5 GHz band for the nearby node.
But the other two nodes, one in a centrally located dining room (main router/node) and the other in the upstairs hallway are both within 50 ft. of my bedroom. And even with the bedroom door open are way down in the -70 dbm to -85 dbm range.
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