So as my kids get older my 4 year old WiFi setup is starting to show some cracks. I have essentially a 3 story house with the office (and therefore ISP feed) in a corner of the finished basement. Everything is finished and there's no good way to wire Ethernet. The last time I evaluated doing this it was just ugly.. maybe someday. I didn't do my usual planning, and knee-jerk grabbed a couple off the shelf products (Eero / Velop) to test b/c my wife called pissed about the network while I was shopping. The past week has been me testing all sorts of shit and being both impressed and disappointed. So far I have no clear winner. I've also thrown Amplifi into the mix. Honestly it seems that Orbi might be the best bet for my house, but all the stories about software issues and the recent disconnect problems has scared me off. Curious if anyone has direct experience with these. Details: -~3600 sq feet, 3 story house w/ basement included -Emphasis needs to be on hitting 3 home theater areas, the kids' PC, and upstairs bedrooms adequately -Have been testing with Tamosoft.. anything else good that's free or cheap? -I have zero interest in any of the router functions. I'll have this in bridge mode with a Sophos firewall making the big decisions. One of the things that have really boggled me so far is high UDP loss as the performance ramps up. I'm actually uncertain if this is a flaw in my testing, or some real phenomenon that I'm not understanding. Second thing really bugging me is the vast differences in performance between my iPad (current 12.9 Pro) and my Macbook. Those are really the main 2 devices I can test with. For example, I'll configure and test one product to see huge gains across the board on the iPad, while watching performance take a dive on the Macbook using the same tests in the same locations. Only thing I can think of is antenna differences. Thoughts appreciated. Adding some quality of life thoughts of my own: -I really wish Amplifi performed better b/c of the following: -They nailed the asthetic -The routers are loaded with Ethernet ports and can be used as AP's -The software reveals all sorts of details about connected clients even in bridge mode (where others do not) -The devices on-screen touch sensitive LCD is super helpful at times -The "Teleport" device makes for a quick and easy VPN while traveling, for purposes of no-fuss access and trickery when using Playstation VUE and the like. Sadly it requires the router functions to be on, so would be a double-NAT. Yeah I have a VPN with the Sophos, but this is sooo easy and family friendly. -The price is good All that being said, the performance is not great and the power cords are ludicrously short. -Velop wants me to use the app to tell it to scan for ideal channels. It's a mesh system, so shouldn't it be doing this on its own?