This string is PRETTY CONFUSING for neophytes who are trying to design and build robust and future proof HOME networks! Each new reply seems to contradict the previous reply.
Forum Friends, we are not asking for a design recommendation for a MESH network for a hospital, school, hotel, or data center. We are asking for advice on how to design a better and FUTURE PROOF MESH wifi network in a house with wired ethernet backhaul. We just want something that might be better and more FLEXIBLE than what we can buy from Best Buy!
Could someone please draw and describe a SIMPLE Mikro Tik MESH network and include a Mikro Tik Bill of Materials for an average single family home (say 2500 square feet on 2 floors.) One CAPs-MAN and 3 CAPs/ WAPS and perhpas a managed switch.
For my part I expect that this could be done with one CAPsMAN and 2 or 3 CAPs / WAPS. Ideally this would be installed using ethernet for backhaul from CAPs to CAPsMAN instead of using 2.4 Ghz for backhaul.
Maybe it would look like this:
where <===> all cable is sheilded Cat 6A ethernet backhaul
<==> CAP1 x mitting 2.4 & 5 Ghz
ISP modem router <===> CAPsMAN <===> CAP2 x mitting 2.4 & 5 Ghz
<===> CAP3 x mitting 2.4 & 5 Ghz
I expect that this could be done with the following Mikro Tik hardware:
1 only Mikro Tik hAP ac router
3 only Mikro Tik wAP ac acess points
If more ethernet connections were required; the homeonwer could add a Mikro Tik gigabit switch onto the hAP ac router. It seems to me that all 3 of the wAP ac ethernet cables could be piggybacked behind the switch that was plugged into port 2 on the hAP ac.
There is a business opportunity here. Mikro Tik or one of our forum members with more knowledge than us newbies could create this MESH in your labs and save the config files for the hAP ac and wAP ac and then share them on-line for a fee. Each of us newbies could by the hardware and then load your saved basic MESH config settings and then further customize our own Mikro Tik MESH networks from your basic starting point.
As it is now; in the resedential market Mikro Tik / Router Board is not well known. Unfortunately for most home users, Mikro Tik is an enthusiast GEEK based product. There is a possibility that given a chance more dissatisfied consumers would move away from locked down Linksys, Netgear, Ubiquiti, Securifi, et al and consider buying Mikro Tik. With the debut of resedential MESH networks [http://www.pcmag.com/roundup/350795/the ... rk-systems
] Mikro Tik has a chance to 'break out" in 2017.
Can we leverage the new interest in MESH Networks to make this happen in 2017?