New WiFi router or Mesh network

The_Powa_of_Seiji_Ozawa

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Ive also used my iPhone 11. Either fast.com or speedtest.net. Still getting around 90-95. I’ll probably reach out to the install company and see if they have any ideas. Thanks for all the info.
A few general things that may or may not apply here:

You'd have to check to make sure the correct protocol is being used. Some routers and/or devices will default to a lower bandwidth setting like n, which provides less throughput but greater range than ac. You might have to manually override the settings.

Another factor is that some routers might apply the protocol for the lowest bandwidth device connected to it across the board. So if you have an older b device actively connected, your modern n/ac iphone might get a downgraded connection. At least this used to be an issue, not sure about now.
 
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daburgaman

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A few general things that may or may not apply here:

You'd have to check to make sure the correct protocol is being used. Some routers and/or devices will default to a lower bandwidth setting like n, which provides less throughput but greater range than ac. You might have to manually override the settings.

Another factor is that some routers might apply the protocol for the lowest bandwidth device connected to it across the board. So if you have an older b device actively connected, your modern n/ac iphone might get a downgraded connection. At least this used to be an issue, not sure about now.
Wanted to follow up - the install company figured out that the issue was related to the poe (power over Ethernet). They replaced the original one with a new one that was gig supported and that fixed the issue. Getting WiFi speeds of 200-250+ throughout the house.
 

The_Powa_of_Seiji_Ozawa

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Wanted to follow up - the install company figured out that the issue was related to the poe (power over Ethernet). They replaced the original one with a new one that was gig supported and that fixed the issue. Getting WiFi speeds of 200-250+ throughout the house.
Great! I wish I had something close to that. My Charter Spectrum line maxes out 100, which is generally fine but still.
 

rmurph3

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I will be moving to a new home that has Xfinity as its provider. I'm going to sign up for the 1000 MBPS service. I have the option of paying $14 a month for their modem/router combo or bringing my own.

I'm guessing I can do much better than what they provide (I'm in seacoast NH). What equipment do you guys recommend? Hoping to hear from couperin47.
Might be too late for you, but a couple of months ago I dumped the Comcast-provided modem/router and went with the SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 SVG2482-AC-RB, which was pretty much the identical device Comcast had given me. I got it for just over $100 (refurb) via Home Depot (of all places). That model does support the 1G speed tier from Comcast.

It's been flawless as a router. Wifi coverage is only adequate (placement in my house is suboptimal, so not nec. the router's fault), may end up using it as router-only and adding a mesh wifi. But I'm still saving the $14/mo, so, easy call.