we are moving to rural area and I am planning wireless connection to the closest tower. Options are: Verizon, ATT and T-Mob in order from strongest signal down to lightest. I had tried Netgear Nighthawk M1 recently which seems to be apparently the best on the market considering circumstances. But without talking about the pros and cons of the hotspot I did not find it "appealing" as a router which will go to the attic and will be serving as a router.
My next option which I was considering, was Mofi4500. Fully equipped machine with everything needed to just plug in SIM card and hope for the best signal from the air. Price tag was a bit breathtaking but I think I could manage.
At the same level I found routers from Cradlepoint - simple machines with preinstalled/preconfigured stuff which would keep my brain safe from frying while figuring the signal levels etc.
Lastly I found this forum, where people were talking about machines like WE826. I like concept of "opensource" and this fulfills this bucket perfectly.
- is we826 "production ready" machine (software and hardware) ? Can I use it for my daily work which require voip related stuff ? Is it stable enough to provide a good pipe for junk data like netflix and other digital trash which flows through internet veins in these days ?
- I understood from the spec that we826-go comes with motherboard + few basic antennas only and modem is listed as an "accessory" and has to be bought separately. With this in mind, what would be the recommended modem to get ? CAT12 is in doable price range and I know that there are more expensive pieces on the market.
- considering the fact that this is a new world for me, would it be advisable to get mofi4500 and then later get something which can be upgraded/tweaked (we826) ? I am an engineer after all ...
- house is roughly 3.500sqft with 2 stories + basement. I will need to cover large area with wifi signal so I will need to run copper through the floors and distribute wireless signal. This is the reason why I was targeting routers instead of hotspots.
- good upgrade-ability
- minimum maintenance - this being openwrt project, I think I should be good here with either option
I know, those questions sound odd but I am dealing with a lot now (house buying process, moving from house to house, trying to rent existing property etc) so having a device which will create another unnecessary hassle in my life would not be a good option at this point. But I do need to solve this question asap since I work from home and reliable connection is what pays my mortgage/s now. Next set of questions will be related to the data plans so stay tuned .
Apologies if my questions are very broad. I just need to start somewhere ... I promise I will do my best to learn as quickly as I can .
Thank you for all your responses/hints in advance !