I’m trying to determine if a 4x4 MIMO capable AP provides a reasonable benefit for my use-case.
My use-case is a home AP in a small (~650 sq foot) apt with 2 users. Wireless devices include:
- 2x phones
- 2x tablets
- 2x laptops
- 1x chromecast
- 10-15x Wi-Fi based smart outlets/lightbulbs/etc.
TVs, Apple TV, servers, desktop PC, etc are all hardwired to the network switch. The network firewall is a pfSense Qotom i5 Mini-PC and the WAN connection is 500/500 via FTTH.
As I understand, 4x4 MIMO provides reasonable benefit when there are many devices connected to an AP. I don’t think we have enough devices/users to benefit considerably from this. I’m pretty much set on a AC Lite. Our current AP is an old 802.11n Apple Airport that is setup in AP only mode. It works fine with the exception of FaceTime gets somewhat stuttery at times.
What we are struggling with is wireless interference. Being in a 4 story apt building in a city- there is plenty of interference around. Will 4x4 MIMO provide considerable improvement with the challenges relating to interference? If so then I think I’ll get a FlexHD instead of the AC Lite.