I have years of adminning cloud/telco infrastructure but have never really looked into much for my house other than your basic router/switch/nas setup. Moved into a bigger house and wanted to expand the wifi footprint.
Was a little shocked at the overall lack of tech in the wireless space. The house I bought does not have ethernet setup so my first thought was expanding my wireless network through a mesh solution. So looking at netgear, google, linksys, asus, etc... They sell their little mesh packs of 3-4 that allow signaling through a big house.
However there are two points that confuse me and make me think it is the year 2000:
Why don't routers (bridges) have the ability to connect to other routers via wifi? My problem is only half solved if my main mesh router has to get its connection over ethernet from the corner of the house. Even if there are throughput degradations this should be an option that the user has. I am blown away that a 20 year old laptop can connect to my wireless router, but a new mesh router cannot.
Why can't mesh point repeat signal? (This one I have not researched as much) But from what I have witnessed and read is the most mesh satellites connect directly to the mesh router. Why? Why can't based on location/throughput can't another satellite forward the signal and comms from the router? This is the idea of simple switching/bridging. Why are the expectations so low around wireless?
(So I have looked into coax-to-ethernet and powerline and might choose one of them. But these questions stick out to me because I feel like I haven't looked into home routers in 6-7 years and almost nothing has changed. I mean I could have set up wired routers in bridge mode 10 years ago to act as an AP.)