What is WiFi Mesh? Advantages and disadvantages

Wi-Fi Mesh

We have more and more devices connected to the WiFi network of our house, our PC or laptop, the smartphone, the tablet, the smart watch, our television, the smart bulbs, the surveillance cameras, the speakers and a long list of devices that we have connected to our home network with a router that in most cases does not measure up. And it is usual that all these devices are connected directly to these routers that the operators "give away" and that we already said from the beginning of the article that they are not good routers at all.

That is why many users end up choosing network repeaters to extend the signal throughout the house and this is good and bad, since normally the typical PLCs are not the solution to these disconnection or low signal problems in our devices, the solution is directly focused on WiFi Mesh networks or mesh networks.

Linksys WHW0303B Velop tri-band Wi-Fi mesh system

But before getting fully into the matter, we are going to see the key points of this type of mesh or WiFi Mesh networks that are currently so fashionable among users. It is important to say that with these devices they are still a complement to a router along with some satellites that are located in strategic places of the home, office or place where you want to expand coverage and offer a real repeat of the WiFi network. Therefore, having a connected home means having a good WiFi coverage and this type of device can be great for it.

Wi-Fi Mesh

What exactly is a Mesh network?

Obviously we are facing a type of connections much more efficient, powerful and safe than when we install a PLC to the plug of our house. In this case what we can say about Mesh networks is that it is about a series of «routers» also called satellites that extend the signal much further thanks to the original network itself, bouncing this signal in some way is able to match the network of our main router anywhere in our house.

It involves connecting other routers to ours, a central station with several satellite-like repeaters that allow us to have coverage without loss anywhere in our house. All this is connected to each other, that is, if we have two satellites connected to our main router what these teams do is "talk" to each other to offer the best signal to our connected devices and in this way little or no signal is lost from the central router.

Everything is connected to each other and in this way we have no problem when we move around at home with our laptop or mobile phone, etc., since Mesh equipment creates a mesh that reaches all places, reinforcing coverage where they really need it. Each of the satellites is responsible for distributing the network correctly so that when we move Let's not have WiFi coverage problems.

Nokia WiFi Beacon 3 - Mesh Router System

How to place the satellites and how many to place

This is something that will depend very much on our home, office or place where we want to use this type of device. The truth is that usually with a couple of satellites is more than enough To cover the coverage needs, but of course, this always depends on the dimensions of our house, the plants it has or the places where we have the main router and the rest of the repeaters.

That is why it is always good be advised by someone who already uses this type of device or as we say today: watch videos on YouTube. On the other hand, the Mesh devices themselves offer a simple and fast installation, it is not necessary to be an expert in it, some satellites offer LED lights in them to see the signal strength and we have to place them in such a way that they receive the maximum, turning, changing place or even orientation these devices.

The steps of connection for these routers is simple:

  • We connect the main router to the router of our internet provider
  • We plug in the rest of the satellites in strategic places so that the maximum is covered
  • We access the manufacturer's application from the mobile phone or from the computer to configure it

Not all the videos that we find on the YouTube social network are good at explaining how these types of devices work, we have to know how to differentiate well and use those that we see that really know what they are talking about. Here below we leave you a video of our colleagues from iPhone News on one of these Mesh routers:

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Advantages of this type of WiFi Mesh coverage

As is evident, everything has its advantages and disadvantages, but now we are going to see the advantages. In this sense, the best of all is that once we have all the satellites well distributed we can distribute our WiFi network at home both the 2,4 and 5GHz bands. It is compatible with WiFi ac so in this sense we will not have a problem.

The other key to Mesh networks is that you can now place all the nodes you want, you will always have a single network to which you will connect wherever you are at home. Despite the fact that the vast majority of products that you will find on the market have very advanced specifications such as compatibility with WiFi-ac and simultaneous dual band (2,4 and 5GHz), in practice you will only see one network to which they will all connect your computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. and that is good, actually very good.

Manufacturers offer us connection facilities for these devices and in a short time without having to be experts we can have almost total WiFi coverage in our home and what is better, no signal loss in places where we didn't have coverage before.

Netgear Orbi RBK23 - Mesh WiFi System

Main disadvantages of Mesh networks

We cannot say that everything is advantageous with this type of device, far from it and the first thing that we are going to look at negatively is in the price of these Mesh devices. Currently we come across several products at different prices and although their price is gradually falling, they are not too cheap products. The price barrier will depend on many factors and one of them is the number of satellites we want to use and the other the quality of the product and brand.

Also WiFi coverage problems are not always solved 100% with this type of device. It is true that in most cases it will work for us to meet our needs, but in occasions when there are very thick walls to go through, many plants high, too many electromagnetic wave interference or long distances to cover, these Mesh equipment may not are completely efficient.

It is true that we have many models and brands available today and there are more and more, manufacturers perfect different solutions for these types of products but it will not always depend on our budget and what we want to invest in it.

Wi-Fi Mesh

The choice of Mesh routers will depend on many factors

About Us we leave you various Mesh devices in the article linked so that you can see some options and choose the one that you like the most or that may be useful for your case, obviously it will depend on many factors always taking into account the budget and the area we need to cover.

What is clear is that in most cases these teams work and work very well to get the coverage to all corners of our home, work, etc. all without losing signal or power of the mass.


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