christopholes wrote:Thank you all very much. I had reckoned on a Behringer XR18 air or even an RCF M-18 because of better internal Wi-fi router but actually like the split channels to DAW functionality of the behringer so best option I reckon is wireless iPad for wandering around the room getting setup right (with external router if necessary) and wired laptop connection for tweaks when playing. Thank you.
Ah yes, the M-18, I'd forgotten about that mixer - as has most of the world!
I'm a big fan of RCF's speakers, but this mixer looked to miss the mark when it first came out being pretty expensive for what it had to offer. I was surprised to see just how much its price has dropped, so yes, it is in your budget. Just be aware that altough it's an 18 channel mixer, it has only 8 mic inputs. That could be enough for you but, from your description, it probably isn't.
One of the big benefits the XR mixers has is its ubilquity, which means it's well supported, both by Behringer and by third parties. Mixing Station is a cracking app, and is continually being developed, with many happy users.
I think you'll find that all mixers have poor onboard routers. Not least, you've got the problem that the router is not in the best position, on the floor, surrounded by cables. You'll pretty much always be better with an external router, especially when you put it in a better location.