Reply To: Looking at new routers
First — when you do make a decision, it would be nice if you would post here what you did and why. Far too many times questions get asked, ideas offered, then nothing . . .
In looking at the EERO, There really isn’t much information that I found. It appears to be oriented toward a WiFi LAN, even tho you could splice in ethernet devices by adding switches. I found no references to a user manual, or anything like that. I would recommend before buying anything (especially this expensive) that you find a copy of the user manual and digest it to see if it will meet your needs.
My preference is to keep the modem, the router, and any extenders as separate units. I have an Amped TAP-EX2 extender that seems to work well. Easy to set up, and powerful.
Different people will have different ideas on routers. I like the Netgear line, although presently I am using a TP-Link Archer C7. Maybe for the average users, any would do a decent job. I had also used a Vizio, and they had tried to make the setup very user-friendly to the point it was annoying.
Whatever you think you would like, download a copy of the user manual and read it. Then, appreciate there will be things they don’t tell you 🙁 . My Archer C7 has a limit on the number of entries in the DHCP table. Many people would never put any entries in it. The Archer also only shows the connected devices that the DHCP has issued an IP to. An intruder could connect into your WiFi using a static IP and you would never see it.
In any event, on your WiFi network, move as many devices as you can to the 5Gb band. Much more room there, and less interference from telephones, microwaves, and so on.
Again, please let us know which way you go. Others may trying to make the same decisions.