Hi, I have a question about WiFi coverage that in some ways is a follow up to this conversation. I currently have a consumer router, and would like to replace it with a Surf SOHO, mostly to improve security–I read through the manual and it looks great.
The consumer router covers my house fine, which is 2100 square feet, basically three floors of 700 square feet each, squarish. It’s wood construction with some slate floor in places. The current router is located in the top floor at the front. I know it’s hard to say in advance, but I’m wondering if the SOHO would cover it–the SOHO and seem relatively similar re speed ratings, I can’t find the power ratings of my old router to compare, but the old one has beamforming capacity, and I can’t tell how that affects things.
I’d just go and buy and try the SOHO, but I can only find it through Amazon here in Montreal, and don’t know how easy a return would so I want to try to check on this in the forum. (Unless someone knows a store where I can buy a SOHO in Montreal?)
I suppose as a fallback, if the Surf SOHO didn’t work in covering things, I could put my consumer router into AP mode, plug it into a LAN port on the Surf SOHO and have the SOHO manage assigning IPs to devices that connect to my consumer router. But, I want to divide those up, so the SOHO connects some to my main LAN, and others, guests, to a VLAN that is isolated from the LAN. I can see how to acchieve that functionality using the SOHO’s onboard WiFi. Is there a way to do that using my consumer router as an AP, to have it broadcast SSIDs, with devices connecting to them getting assigned to a LAN vs. a VLAN on the SOHO?