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One of the hottest new product categories of 2016 was the Wi-Fi mesh network. Pioneered by companies like EERO, 2016 saw giants like Google enter the market. The concept behind a mesh network is like a web of “nodes” that are able to detect and relay a wireless signal to the next node. This spreads coverage throughout the house, eliminating dead zones and creating a stable wireless everywhere. It’s become popular with the increased usage of cell phones, laptops and other mobile devices that commonly connect to home networks.
Windows 10, and Windows Phone, even have settings to share Wi-Fi login information with trusted contacts that may come into your home. This is very convenient if you have a long and confusing WiFi password (like a good computer user should). If you’re interested in better Wi-Fi coverage, improved security, ease of use and the ability to easily stream media to multiple devices, then a Wi-Fi mesh network may be the perfect solution for you.
Here is a quick primer on the basics of what constitute a Wi-Fi mesh network and the differences from standard Wi-Fi.
The standard wireless router and access points that we purchase when discount shopping online operate individually. That is, each individual router creates its own Wi-Fi network and devices connect directly. In an area that is too large for a single router, a second router will bring up its own network. The problem is that when we move out of range from one to the other, there is no transition between the two. The user disconnects and looks for another network. This creates a “dead zone”, where there is no connection even though there is Internet present in the house.
A Wi-Fi mesh network handles the process differently. The mesh network router comes in packs of three and are available on the best online shopping sites. All routers establish a separate network between each other. This is a communication network for the routers, and all of them are speaking the same language. The users connect to one network that spans the entire area, rather than rapidly switching networks when they move from one room to the next. As they approach an area where the signal from another router is stronger, a hand-off from one router to another keeps the user connected. Like passing a baton.
Aside from using multiple nodes to provide better coverage, this also provides a “decentralized” network. When your cable company installs your connection, your entire network becomes centralized around whatever room that connection is installed. With a decentralized network, every node acts as a router, to notify the next node, and so there are several layers to coverage. If one node goes out, and the network isn’t completely down, the next node will pick up the coverage and provide seamless connections.
For the end user, the entire process is nearly undetectable. The result is fast internet access across the entire property, with a smooth transition from one room to the next. As we start using our phones to follow live sports, and other important events, this type of network may become the household standard.
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