In addition, I wish to use the WI FI access point only as an Access point and not a router, as my router is located at a remote location.
Any comments? Any recomendations?
I successfully use an Amped wireless extender. However, it did not work with the little vertical antennas on the unit. Out of frustration, I bought a small paabolic dish and connected it to one port of the extender and pointed it at the router. I was able to get enough throughput to use the Flex anywhere in the house or the outside premises. The extender also has 4 switching ports that can be used to connect wired devices.
I just didn't find them reliable and certainly didn't improve the overall bandwidth. In none ham environments, built a Mesh of Power Line devices with amazing success. Your mileage may very depending on many things, but they 'just worked' and I ones I test at my QTH, I was not able to hear them on any ham bands. It was almost as good as pulling Cat 5. I have been using the ones from TP-Link.
My #1 recommendation is Open Mesh. They invented the concept of mesh WiFi before even Ubiquity put it on the product roadmap and have been selling their products since 2005. This is a well matured product compared to the other mesh vendors. The current version of the firmware is at v6! See https://help.cloudtrax.com/hc/en-us/articles/206490603-AP-Firmware-4xx-5xx-6xx
The management interface is cloud based and you can manage your network from anywhere. The management platform is multi-user capable so that you can have different users with different levels of access. For example, I have an account for my vacation property manager who can only issue WiFi temporary vouchers to our guests; he cannot do anything else with the devices.
Open Mesh makes commercial grade equipment without the complicated management or high prices. All of their access points are PoE for ease of installation.
I have 4 networks in 3 countries, total of 9 access points, all working flawlessly for years and requiring zero ongoing maintenance. Having used Aruba, Ubiquity, and Meraki in the past I see no reason to use anything but Open Mesh.
Note also that virtually all of the newly minted consumer access points use wifi to connect the units to each other. That is, there is no option to hard wire them to the edge router or switch that powers the network. For many people this is likely to be OK, but the optimum solution is to hardware them when possible. Thus the significance of PoE.
Open Mesh is ONLY an access point and requires you have a router in front of it if you want to take advantage of VLANs and other more complex network setup. OM supports up to 5 SSIDs per network. Roaming across devices is 100% seamless and the access points support 802.11r for fast handoff between APs.
One final note- Open Mesh allows you to turn off the annoying status lights. This is very useful when the AP is in a bedroom or another area you want to keep free from light pollution.
- appropriate speed and reliability to use for SmartSDR and SmartLink (over wifi, not wired)
- cloud based history page (to see traffic from computers/IPs)
- enable/disable individual computers from the network temporarily or by schedule with an easy interface (possibly even from smart phone app)
- VPN capable
- add additional mesh points later to expand network (not wired to base).