Folks may think I don’t have these problems - well I don’t anymore, but I’ve paid my dues. My house has three levels with the basement, and quite a few interior walls. I’ve been through several of the arachnoid “gamer” routers with little satisfaction. Tried adding range extenders, tried mesh, tried extra APs with same and different SSIDs. Nothing really worked that well.
Then I ditched the consumer stuff and went with Ubiquiti. I started with a USG router. It has all of the features to do everything I wanted, and doesn’t have any WiFi. So now the WiFi is separate from the router. All of my wired stuff goes through a gigabit switch to the USG.
Then I added a UAP-AC-LR access point. I installed it in the first floor ceiling using a POE injector so it was easy to wire up. The Unifi software maps it all out nicely and gives me a lot of insight into what’s going on.
I can add additional APs as I please to extent the network. I have an off-brand AP in an outbuilding that works fine, but I intend to replace with a Ubiquiti unit that is currently out of stock. They also have weatherproof APs for outdoor use, and you can connect long range links to go to buildings that ordinarily would be unthinkable with consumer gear.
If you live in a small appartment, maybe the cable company router with WiFi is fine, but in today’s environment everything is connecting to the WiFi. For about the same money as the fancy “gamer” routers, you can convert to a robust infrastructure that is fast and expandable - for much less money than say an i-phone.
I don’t miss the hassles, digital noise on the TV, or dropped sessions in remote parts of the house.