on 29-01-2022 10:02 AM
Is there any real disadvantage in staying with the TALKTALK Sagemcom wifi hub which has 3 LAN connections and a WPS button, plus more flexible management interface, compared with the new EERO6 hub just received with fibre 150 installation, which has no WPS, only one LAN connection and much less flexible interface. Both are measuring 150Mbps connection speed. The new EERO seems designed not to be compatible with older equipment which are sync'e using WPS. If I am not interested in the advantages of WiFi 6 over WiFi 5, I think there is no advantage of the EERO. But I just wanted to check that staying with the Sagemcom hub and sending the EERO back in the posting bag, won't have any functional impairment now I have switched to full fibre.
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on 29-01-2022 11:01 AM
This is not a simple question to answer. The Eero is designed to be part of a Mesh system, requiring you to purchase extra nodes to get the best benefit from it. The Sagemcom might require WiFi extenders of extra APs (wireless access points) to get similar coverage within your property. The Sagemcom is as you say, far more configurable than the Eero.
WiFi 6 is the latest standard on offer from TalkTalk, but to get the best from it you need to have devices that are capable of WiFi 6 also. However, it is not the latest standard, that is WiFi 6E, which is a game-changer, as it introduces a third WiFi band - the 6GHz one. I doubt if any WiFi 6 access point or adapter can be upgraded to WiFi 6E via a firmware update. I would guess that it needs new hardware.
WiFi 6 can be faster than WiFi 5, but you need to very carefully consider the AC & AX classes that both the router/AP & devices support. AC classes go up to the AC5300, but the Sagemcom supports AC2200 which gives maximum theoretical speeds of up to 1.733Gbps on the 5GHz band & 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. The AX classes of WiFi 6 start at AX1800 which offers only 1.2Gbps on the 5GHz band, but offers 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
However, with both the AC & AX classes, both the router/AP & the adapter must both be able to support the above classes to stand any chance of reaching these speeds.
However, speed tests will be limited by the sync speed achieved by the ONT modem.
Bottom line is, it is down to the adapters you have, the environmental factors affecting your WiFi signals in your property & your choice. There cannot be a definitive answer I am afraid.
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