Over the course of the week and maybe a few days more, I have setup a fairly modest home network.
Let’s start first on why I needed to upgrade our home network from just the simple PLDT provided home router. We have probably 20-30 devices connected at any given time, and I always noticed network drops every few minutes. I thought it was just a simple PLDT bandwidth issue, I further investigated why, the main reason was that the provided modem/router was only sufficient via LAN and it was doing double and triple duty with the lan and wifi enabled.
Part 1 of the move to a better network was I purchased a separate router the TP-link Archer. Installing it was a breeze just plug it in the lan port from the PLDT router and connect it to the WAN port on the new router and voila wifi was available throughout the entire house. I thought my problem was solved, unfortunately I still had the dips in the network. Imagine my calls via the internet I would always “hang”, It annoyed me more. CPU and RAM on the new router was still reaching 100%.
Doing more research on the topic on what is the best implementation of a kick-ass bang for the buck home network. I ventured into PC Games, say Call of Duty: *****. Imagine I knew I had a fast internet connection had lags on with the game. Ok, during this time my gaming machine was connected via 5GHz Wifi. Which was getting weird speedtest results ranging from 10 Mbps to about 30 Mbps, yup slow and did I mention the latency? it was about 500ms.
After a few days of me convincing myself that I needed to wire everything and move everything into a “central” area for ease of management and I think would be the best possible place to put an access point. I pulled the trigger and purchased the edge router from Mikrotik.
I thought it was a no frills boring standalone router, but It had some surprises for me when I was setting it up. Just to name one feature is Internet Bonding. Exciting stuff. 🙂
After Several days of wiring the house and installing the central panel. Here is my setup:
PLDT modem > Mikrotik Router > TP-link Hub
- Omada Voucher controller
- TP-link Archer Access Point
- Room 1 Lan
- Room 2 Lan
- Dining Room Lan
- Outdoor Access Point
With the current setup I get to play and stream flawlessly.
Oh… yeah I almost forgot yup video calls are now also working flawlessly. You know priorities.
If you need help installing your own home network drop me a line so that I can help 🙂