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Katie and I desperately want to extend the wifi signal in our house. It just doesn't reach as well, say, upstairs in our bedroom as we'd like. It was fine before. But now that we're relying 100% on streaming for our TV habits, we need a better one to avoid buffering and display artifacting and the like. 

There are a lot of systems available, but the ones I keep hearing about and seeing at Costco are the NetGear Orbi AC2200, NetGear Orbi AC3000, and the Google Wifi. They all seem to do the same thing and all tout how easy they are to set up and maintain. The difference lies in the number of devices and, of course, the price. 

Google Wifi has four devices, covers something like 6,000 sq ft, and costs $299.00.

NetGear Orbi AC3000 has three devices, covers about 4,500 sq ft, and costs $399.00 regularly but there's a $100 instant rebate at Costco.

NetGear Orbi AC2200 has two devices, covers about 2,000 sq ft, and costs $179.00.

Considering our home is 1,500 sq ft, you'd think the AC2200 would cover it. I just worry because I would like to have a signal out in our garage because I have a TV and Apple TV I'd like to set up out there. Plus, during the summer, my work from home (WFH) hours could be spent in the garage so I can supervise Nathan playing outside. Having a strong signal there would be great. I just don't know how well the two-point system would work for that.

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The AC3000 seems kinda pointless at that price, even with a $100 rebate. If it's the exact same price as the Google system, shouldn't I just get four devices even though I could never possibly use that level of coverage? Plus, $299 seems excessive.

Am I missing anything vital by going with the AC2200, other than total coverage area? Is there an upside to the additional $120 I'd have to spend on the larger scale systems, again, other than total coverage area? Better warranties? I've known of NetGear for many years, but have never owned any of their products. Are they still a good company? 

Heck, I may even be able to find better packages of devices at other stores. Costco is just the only place I've really looked at to this point.

So much to learn. So, so much.


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I've been very happy with Eero, FYI.


I’ve never heard of Eero. Details?

Kevin Spencer

One of my friends uses Eero and swears by them. They're also frequent advertisers on many of the podcasts I listen to. They're often described as "If Apple made routing gear again".


That’s two for Eero. What do you use?

Marty Mankins

After my Apple Extreme Base Station wasn't cutting it after 7 years, I replaced it with two (2) Google WiFi routers. The one is the main unit where the internet modem cable plugs into and the other is a mesh repeater. I could have added a 3rd or a 4th.

You can buy them one at a time. I spent $99 for my first one and $89 for my second one. I will add a third at some point (most likely at our next residence after our house sells), but the two work wonderfully at our home now.

Marty Mankins

Amazon recently purchased the company, so that could be good for product updates and improvements. I looked at Eero and decided the Google WiFi was more what I wanted (see my comment below)


But you didn’t really expound on why it was more what you wanted. You say it works great but not why you decided on it over Eero or others. Explain, please?

Marty Mankins

Oh. I thought it was part of my reply below.

Back in 2017, I was looking for a replacement for my Apple Extreme Base Station as I was having to restart it twice a week. I was looking at mesh routers and Eero and Google Wifi were the two contenders. Most of the reviews I read about Eero were good, but they had issues with updates and various stability concerns with connections dropping after an update. Google Wifi reviews hailed the product as being a more stable product over other mesh routers.

After almost two years, I've never had an issue with my Google Wifi routers. My speeds have been faster, connections are stable and never drop while inside the house.


I guess you did say some of that. My bad. But still good data to have. Thanks!

Marty Mankins

Oh no... what I meant was I had thought I expounded more in my original comment. I hit post before I finished expounding. Apologies for that.


Costco only had them in a four pack. I’ll have to shop around. That pricing sounds right on the nose.


Well, you did to some degree and I hadn’t factored that in to my reply. Either way, it’s all good!

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