orbi mesh Wi-Fi using ethernet backhaul – works!

I’m really impressed with the orbi wireless router. So far it has done everything that I asked of it. The software seems pretty rock solid.

I had the Satellite-2 located quite a few metres away from Satellite-1. The backhaul status was listed as poor, but worked quite ok. The max download was around 15Mb/s through my 100Mb/s internet link. Whilst this is not fabulous, I could use the same SSID throughout the whole property – bonus!

So now I plugged the Satellite-2 into ethernet that was connected back through 2 hubs to the orbi router module, reset and waited a few minutes. Voila – the Satellite-2 saw that there was a wired backhaul available and reconfigured to use it. Now I’m getting a solid 89Mb/s over wireless down in my office! Yay. Finally super fast Wi-Fi everywhere at my place.

Thanks orbi, you are a legend.

It is a bit hard to see, but here are my 2 satellites both showing good backhaul – one over wired and the other over 5G.

orbi mesh Wi-Fi using ethernet backhaul – works!

Tetris Effect on Surface Laptop i5 8Gb laggy and drops keypresses

Please help me work out why my version of Tetris Effect is unplayable on my otherwise very nice and fast Surface Laptop Core i5/8GB.

There is a very long delay from pressing a key to the piece rotating and even lost key strokes altogether.

The surface laptop has a simple Intel Graphics 620 HD Controller. It seems that I need at least a NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti . Sad 😦

A lower spec older machine with a dedicated graphics card runs just fine and this laptop is plenty fast enough for any other task I throw at it.

So what should I look at to see why have such a poor experience with Epic Game’s Tetris Effect?

Tetris Effect on Surface Laptop i5 8Gb laggy and drops keypresses

Netgear orbi – for the wifi mesh win

This wee map might not look like much, but it shows my new netgear orbi setup build a mesh wifi network that covers my whole property.

I have traditionally had 2 separate WiFi APs, requiring another WiFi device down at the back of the property in my office. This caused a lot of issues with a phone preferring to hang onto a poor WiFi signal rather than switch over to a stronger one closer by. So if I was to walk past the office on the way to house the office AP would be connected to, and held onto even when in the house. The signal from the remote AP was strong enough to hang onto, but not strong enough to provide a working internet connection. Happened several times each week.

Enter WiFi mesh. Let the WiFi devices talk amoungst themselves and present a single SSID to users. Netgear orbi delivers and works well.

I have the main router in the house, the first satellite in the playroom and the second satellite down in the office. It is a around 10-12m between the 2 satellites and a couple of brick walls, so the backhaul link it judged to be “poor”. The throughput is good enough though – 30-40Mbps, far better than a barely working dribbling WiFi connection.

Netgear orbi – for the wifi mesh win