How to Choose a Mesh WiFi System

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A mesh WiFi system is great for you if you are looking to get rid of WiFi signal dead spots in your home. But there are things to consider when choosing a system and if you should even have mesh WiFi at all.

Before choosing to go with mesh WiFi as a WiFi boosting solution, ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What are your wireless Internet needs?
  2. What is your budget?
  3. Is your home large or small?
  4. Realistically, how much coverage do you need in your space?

The answers to these questions can determine if mesh WiFi is right for you. If you primarily use a WiFi connection, have a high budget, and live in a large or multi-level home that needs full coverage, then mesh WiFi is great. If you don’t check most or any of these boxes, there are more affordable and accessible alternatives that you can use to get better WiFi coverage.

 

Choosing the Best Mesh System for You

There are a few things you will want to consider when choosing a mesh WiFi system:

What is your budget?

You will want to pick a system with the highest possible WiFi specifications that fit within your budget. Ideally, you will want a system that supports WiFi 6 and is backward compatible to WiFi 5.

Are you a fully wireless household?

If you have wires (Ethernet or Coax) in your home that you plan to use, consider getting a system that supports Ethernet or Ethernet over Coax backhaul.

If you are fully wireless and don’t need an always-reliable wired connection for things like online gaming, then don’t worry about it. A fully wireless mesh system is a great choice. For fully wireless mesh, make sure to pick a system with WiFi 6 for high-speed communication.

How important are security features?

Your answer here should probably be “very important.” So, consider which safety and privacy features a mesh system has to offer before diving in. For higher security, you may need to pay for a higher tier system. But in the long run, it is worth it to keep yourself and guests on your network protected.

How important are app control and configuration features?

Today, pretty much all mesh systems are controlled through an app on your smart device. This is super convenient for control and easily configuring the system from wherever you are. Something to consider when investing in a mesh system are the app features and controls. Decide on how much control and visibility is enough for you. This can help you decide between systems if you are down to a few choices.

Mesh systems have many advantages and disadvantages. But at the end of the day, the system that checks the boxes for your budget and WiFi needs is the right one for you.

Not quite in the market for mesh WiFi? No problem. You can still boost your WiFi with
Hitron’s WiFi booster solutions such as MoCA Adapters. They are a flexible solution to getting the high-performing, reliable home WiFi network you want.

 

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