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Old 02-13-2016, 05:48 AM
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We have an apple router system aboard that has one main router that wirelessly connects to 6 other apple routers to make one complete wireless system aboard all under one access name.
The system works really well to provide internet through out the boat and the A/V system remote controls all work of this as well. My problem is I am bring in 10-12 Mbps of speed, when tested via a wired connection to the first router. Now when it is checked through the wireless connection we are only getting 5-6 Mbps.
At the time apple was the easiest off the shelf solution that we could install and manage ourselves. Running wires to each router is not an option either.
Any other systems available that might be more robust and perform better with out the loss of speed?
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Open-mesh. I recommend get the ones with internal antenna. The external antenna is the only weak point I have experienced with them.

Simple answer is: Throughout will usually be half the marketing claimed speed as that is based on signal in one direction. To get the signal back it takes twice the time thereby halfing the number.
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Ps any system where it has to hop more than one repeater or AP is going to lose the appropriate throughput. 1 hop = half, 2 hops = quarter and so on. Put your main router in as central location as possible.
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Thanks for the info, did some reading up on this and they seem to be doing what I am doing now with apple. But this might be an easier system to manage, both who is on it and to keep running.
I hopping thing is enlightening, and explains a lot of the problems I am having.
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I support several mesh type Wi-Fi systems. Open Mesh is a very economical and easy to administer system. In a typical Wi-Fi system, each time you hop from one wireless access point to another you loos half the speed. A typical Wireless G system starts at 50MB but with overhead and distance you're lucky to get 35-40MB. If you hop once you're down to 18-20MB and a second hop drops to under 10 MB.

The Open Mesh system has crazy fast access point to access point speeds so even if you hop a couple times you'll still get faster than Wireless G speeds.

Wi-Fi was never designed to cover large areas. You really need a mesh system if you have the need for more than 3 wireless access points based on the availability of channels and the width of each channel.

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