Mesh WiFi is a whole-home system that requires a specific mesh router that connects with your modem and a series of nodes placed around your home. Unlike traditional router WiFi, the entire Mesh WiFi network is a single network (even with various nodes) and shares the same SSID and password.
How Mesh WiFi Works
Mesh WiFi is a great solution for getting rid of dead spots. Dead spots occur when there is a weak WiFi signal. A weak signal is caused by many things: thick walls, floors, doors, appliances, other devices, materials like metal, brick and concrete, or anything that comes between your devices and your router.
Mesh WiFi works by communicating from modem to mesh router to nodes. You place nodes in any room in your home that you need added coverage. These nodes communicate with the mesh router to extend the reach of your WiFi signal.
Mesh WiFi Advantages
An advantage of Mesh WiFi is that it allows you to work with your home design, not against it. You can place the nodes wherever you want in your home to blanket your home in strong WiFi. With multiple nodes installed around your home you have solid WiFi coverage from end to end.
Another advantage is that Mesh WiFi is flexible and scalable. If you need extra coverage you can add another node, instead of expanding using a device like a range extender.
When to choose Mesh WiFi & Alternatives
While Mesh WiFi is a great home WiFi solution, it is not the best solution for everyone. For example, if you live in a small space like an apartment, or if you need a budget-friendly solution, Mesh WiFi isn’t the best answer. For these situations, there are alternative WiFi boosters.
WiFi range extenders are devices that you place between your router and the hard-to-reach area. Similar to Mesh WiFi, the wireless range extender helps extend that reach of the existing WiFi signal to get more coverage.
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