DrFly wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:05 am
Going back to the subject of this thread, Royce could you advise if in your experience a mesh network is the adequate solution for a Bluesound system to work properly across all floors and rooms of a large house (other than having to re-boot the Flex 2i every time one moves from one mesh point to the other...)?
I am asking you and other users for feedback since after 3 months I can still only use my Bluesound system (Vault 2i, 2 Mini 2i and a Flex 2i) in half my house because all Bluesound could do for me so far was to tell me that my Powerline adapters were creating problems rather than helping but not telling me what solution would make their product work properly in my home (and, as we have seen again in this thread, repeating that "it's really complicated").
At the moment I'm not experiencing any network problems. This is how my network is setup;
I have a (Wifi) modem/router from my provider (Ziggo) which I set in bridge mode, so it only works as a modem. I have a Ubiquiti Amplifi HD mesh network with two routers and two mesh points. My main HD router is on the ground floor in the 'fuse box closet' (don't know what it's called in english) in the middle of my house, connected to the Ziggo modem and functions as a router. My second HD router is at the attic in ethernet backbone mode and connected with an ethernet cable with de HD router on the ground floor. On the second floor I have a HD mesh point in 2.4GHz backbone band mode to cover that floor (100% connection between router and mesh point). My second HD mesh point is on the ground floor in the kitchen right below the Bluesound Mini 2i and the backbone band is set at 5GHz (84% signal between router and mesh point).
My Node2 and Soundbar are connected with an ethernet cable to my main HD router on the ground floor.
At first I had the mesh point in the kitchen at about 5m (clear field) from my Mini 2i so that the signal to the garden was better. That gave a -62dBm signal. At that moment I had some network problems. Sometimes making a group did not go well, or the music stutterd. Now the mesh point is right below the Mini 2i with a -49dBm signal and 76% connection to the mesh point, I'm not experiencing any problems anymore.
The Flex 2i is in my bedroom, about 6m from the second floor mesh point with one wall between it. Signal between Flex and mesh point is 74% and -54dBm. No problems. If I put the Flex 2i beside my Mini 2i, I get a better signal than with the Mini. Seems like the Wifi signal reception from the Flex is bit better than from the Mini. If I want to play the Flex 2i outside in the garden, I take the mesh point from the second floor outside. Signal between router and mesh point is 64% with two brick walls between the outside mesh point and the mesh point in the kitchen. The Flex is right above the outside mesh point and gives a -55dBm signal with a 100% connection to the mesh point. No problems when playing the Flex outside and in a group with the Mini 2i in the kitchen.
In the beginning, the Bluesound players always connected at 5GHz which covered less distance and gave worse signal. The only way to make the players always connect at 2.4GHz was to make an additional SSID network which is set at 2.4GHz. That gave more distance and better signal.
If I set both backbone bands from the mesh points at 5GHz, the signal between router and mesh point get worse. But I didn't experience network problems with the players from that setting. It seems like a less signal between router and mesh point is no problem for the Bluesound players. A less signal between the mesh point and player does! To make the coverage better, I set the mesh point on the second floor at 2.4GHz backbone band so it will have better connection with the router when placing it outside in the garden.
It seems like a good signal between a Bluesound player and a mesh point is the solution for a lot of problems. Support also told me that the signal had to be below -60dBm. And it looks like they are telling the truth. Since my signals are below -55dBm everything works well.
To accomplish that, I had to put the mesh points close to the players. So in some conditions you will have to buy an extra mesh point.
In my case, I will buy an extra one for a better signal outside. The only problem for now is that the players won't rescan. So if you take the Flex to another location, you have to restart it. If you restart it, it will always connect to the mesh point with the best signal.
I don't know if the Ubiquiti has multicast. I can't find anything about that and I don't know if that would improve anything.
I really love the Ubiquiti mesh network in my house. I have a good signal everywhere for all phones, speakers etc. And if not, just place an extra mesh point. The app is also great. You can see coverage signals from the mesh points and connected players, phones etc. All settings are done in the app. You also have a guest network from where you can set the number of guests, a timer to stop the guest network and the ability to set a password or not. Phones always connect to the best mesh point automatically. The only thing Bluesound has to do, is introduce 'rescan' to there players!