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The advantages of mesh routers
Additionally to getting a flawless, reliable Wi-Fi signal, with mesh-router systems come several other bright advantages. Here are some of them.
- Easy network management: thanks to mesh-router systems users are getting an easy access to network. Most of the mesh-router systems are absolutely automated, so you can manage them from a mobile phone app with a few easy taps from any spot on the globe. Mesh-router apps allow the quick scan of connection speed, cutting off Wi-Fi access to certain networks, creation of guest networks, testing the connection quality between different points and even connecting to smart home devices.
- Streamlined connections: For the range extender you may sometimes be required to create a separate network with a different name, which will make you switch your Wi-Fi connections as you move into the different spots of your space, sometimes manually. With a mesh-router system constant reconnection is out of the picture, even if you move around. And as all points in mesh systems broadcast the same signal, you won't be dealing with much of a lag.
- Tight security: some home mesh-router systems come with a good security support.
The disadvantages of mesh routers
Well, nothing is perfect and so are the mesh-router systems. We'll only talk about the most significant drawbacks.
- High cost: An average good quality mesh-router kit will cost around $300 or more, with each added unit costing $100 to $200. An average traditional router costs around $100, and range extenders are from $20 to $100.
- Wasted resources: In a small household, mesh routers may be just an over-solving of the connectivity issues. If you don't have outstanding Internet demands, implementing mesh network may be excessive and unneeded. Some minor Wi-Fi dead zones can be easily eliminated with the help of a range extender, by moving an existing router to a more appropriate location or by upgrading a traditional router with a more contemporary model.
- More equipment: Although most mesh-router system nodes look really well and are small enough, some people may find seeing the nodes all around the house being out of sync with their aesthetics.
Do you need a WiFi mesh system?
WiFi mesh routers is the latest upgrade for home Wi-Fi networks users. Mesh networks were around for years in places where network security is critical, like military bases and large enterprises. A network in such cases is often isolated and not connected to the internet. But it is only recently that mesh networking became available to home network owners.
If your household is large — at least 3,000 square feet — or has more than two floors or interior brick walls, you'll most probably appreciate the mesh-router system that will help you forget about Wi-Fi dead zones.
You can use NetSpot app with its heat maps to clearly see your Wi-Fi network strongest and weakest spots.