Mesh Networking is the solution to the WiFi issues

With the ever expanding networking the single-router model doesn't work out anymore, there is no way it can cover our modern requirements. We want to move around, while working with devices and streaming content, but as soon as we move away from the router, signal level degrades more and more until it results in a WiFi dead zone. We are positive that mesh networking can help you organize an evenly spread signal.

What is mesh networking and how it works

A wireless mesh network consists of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology. Wireless mesh networks combine mesh clients, mesh routers and gateways. They distribute Wi-Fi signal evenly and solidly around your house or office.

In mesh networking, mesh routers are all connected and sending the WiFi signal from one to another as well as to the surrounding area. Basically it is like a patchwork blanket covering the whole space.

If your phone is connected to mesh router A and is trying to communicate with the cable modem connected to router C, the mesh router B in-between will provide the better communication.

These intermediary points are mesh networking “hops”. Each hop will introduce some delay, so there is a point in minimizing their number, i.e finding the most direct route among them. When you have enough mesh routers, if one is offline for some reason, the signal can find the way around thanks to alternative nodes.

How does the mesh network?

Various mesh routers manufacturers (Eero, Luma, Netgear Orbi, Google WiFi) may have some differences, but there is one thing they surely have in common: they all promise to eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones by covering your space with an evenly distributed Wi-Fi signal. They are all good-looking, easy to set up, very convenient after all.

Mesh Networking vs. WiFi extenders

If you have a large space that can't be covered with a single powerful router, or there is no possibility to install a router centrally, or you can't run Ethernet cables throughout the space, or maybe the walls are made of thick material that causes interference, the good solution would be implementing mesh networking.

A mesh network has a really good feature of self-reproduction: even if one or more nodes are not working or removed, a mesh network will redistribute data via another channel. Also whenever a new node is added, the mesh network can discover and configure new device.

Most of the times a good mesh networking kit will fix the issues with WiFi dead zones and will provide you with an even signal all over the space. And again, it is a no brainer to set such system up. However it doesn't make your network signal faster. Of course it will feel faster, because of the multiple access points and devices finding the signal faster and staying connected. A network with multiple access points can well handle a lot of devices better than one WiFi router. However a lot of spaces like single family homes and small businesses don't have that many devices connected at once.

A WiFi extender is a good addition to your existing router before implementing a mesh network. Such decision will cost you less than getting rid of everything you had and investing in a mesh networking kit. The least expensive mesh kit is around $400.00, and sometimes it may be an unnecessary spending.

Here you can find more info on mesh networking, its purpose and how it can be useful for you.

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