So I've swapped out the 20 quid 'TP-LINK TL-WA801ND 300 Mbps Wireless N Access Point’ and replace it with the 'TP-LINK T TL-WA1201 AC Access Point, 867 Mbps/5 GHz + 300 Mbps/2.4 GHz' - more money, more antennas - it's gotta be better right? Plus I'm hoping it's that 5ghz WiFi capability that solves my  speed problems.

TP-LINK T Dual Band Wireless AC Access Point, 867 Mbps/5 GHz + 300 Mbps/2.4 GHz.

To minimize WiFi interference I've placed the access point on the far side of the room to the router and run a gigabit ethernet cable around the edge of the room.

The access point actually looks quite nice in position -

WiFi Access Point in Position (heavily defended)

So I've got a 5ghz 867 Mbps WiFi client connected via gigabit ethernet to a router serving 10 or so internet connected devices - either wired in via a gigabit switch - or connected to my own 5Ghz WiFi network.

In terms of installation - it's a pretty straight swap. Hook up the new access point - change it to AP client mode and connect to the communal 5Ghz WiFi network. Then switch this out with the old access point and I should be good to go.

Let's look at some speed test results -

iPhone connected via WiFi to my 5Ghz Router
MacBook - again - connected via my own WiFi network
Command line speed test results from a wired device (Ubuntu server)

So in short - from my perspective problem solved. Internal network speeds for media streaming across the network were obviously without issue - but what's the point in a 100Mbps fibre connection if you can't take full advantage? I've now got a nice speedy connection, with an ad-blocking PiHole where I control the traffic. So in short - I win! And lesson learnt - don't skimp on hardware!

This stuff is all pretty simple - but if anyone wants any tips on similar projects - get in touch.

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