A GUIDE TO WHOLE HOME MESH WI-FI
Recently mesh Wi-Fi has entered the consumer market providing consumers access to a secure high speed and long range Wi-Fi network.
Understand what mesh Wi-Fi is, who its for and some great options to get you started.
WHAT IS MESH WI-FI?
Mesh Wi-Fi is a whole home Wi-Fi system built to eliminate dead zones and to provide uninterrupted Wi-Fi throughout your home. Mesh systems enables devices in your network to have faster speeds, greater coverage, and a more reliable connection. While traditional routers broadcast Wi-Fi from a single point, mesh Wi-Fi systems have multiple access points.
When one unit links to the modem that unit becomes the main hub. The other units (called "nodes") will capture and rebroadcast the routers signal. The result is an efficient wireless network that provides a strong signal no matter where you are.
WHO NEEDS MESH WI-FI?
Mesh Wi-Fi is built for people who live in homes with weak or incomplete Wi-FI coverage as well as people who want an uncomplicated easy to set up Wi-Fi system.
Because traditional routers have a limited range; they are often unable to fully cover multi story or large homes. If you live in a home that's 3,000 sq.ft, has two stories or more, interior brick walls or an unusual layout then you would benefit from a mesh Wi-Fi router.
Mesh Wi-Fi also represents a great option for people who are interested in a powerful Wi-Fi system but don't want to deal with the complicated setup and configuration that most routers come with.
Since mesh operates on a single network, Mesh Wi-Fi is also a great option for people who own range extenders and don't want to switch between networks as they move upstairs or downstairs.
KEY BENEFITS OF MESH WI-FI
Traditional routers come with a limited range. While adding a range extender can help with this issue, rang extenders sacrifice speed for connectivity. Mesh Wi-Fi gives you the best of both worlds- so you can experience both powerful speeds and long range connectivity.
One Network for your Entire Home
With a Mesh Wi-Fi router you can skip signing into a new network every time you go upstairs and stay connected to a single sturdy network no matter where you are. Mesh technology is smart and intuitive, letting you stay online even if one of your mesh nodes fails.
Stable Long Range Connectivity
With a Mesh Wi-Fi router, you can get a powerful and stable connection no matter where you are in your home. Because each mesh node piggybacks off the other nodes signal, you can get powerful Wi-Fi whether you're at the top of the stairs of the bottom of the basement.
Easy Setup & Management
Most mesh routers on the market today come with easy network setup and management, allowing you to toggle network settings, check speeds and enact parental controls.
Control your Smart Home
Some mesh routers are so advanced that they function as a Wi-Fi router and a smart hub, connecting your Zigbee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices and enabling you to manage all your smart devices through the Deco App.
HOW DOES MESH WI-FI WORK?
Mesh Wi-Fi works by using two or more mesh Wi-Fi devices or 'nodes' to create a mesh Wi-Fi network. One node is connected to an internet modem, while the rest can be placed throughout your home to create a powerful wireless network. Unlike traditional routers here nodes are all part of the same network and share the same SSID and password. This makes setting and scaling up your mesh network as easy as adding another node.
These nodes are important in efficiently delivering Wi-Fi as each node serves as a "daisy chain" for other nodes in the system. even noeds that are furthest from the router can still deliver a strong signal. Nodes communicate with one another in order to determine the fastest band for your devices and to reroute traffic in the event that one node fails.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MESH WI-FI & A RANGE EXTENDER?
While mesh Wi-Fi and range extenders might appear to have the same functionality, there are some key differences.
Mesh Wi-Fi devices comes with roaming protocols (to keep you on the same network) and mesh technologies such as self- healing and adaptive routing to keep your network stable.
Range extenders are set up under different networks; but with mesh networks there are no other networks to worry about. While each mesh node essentially functions as its own router, range extenders are merely duplicating the routers original signal.
Mesh Wi-Fi is faster and more efficient at delivering a Wi-Fi signal than a range extender.