What is Mesh Wi-Fi?
Learn > WiFi Boosters > What is Mesh Wi-Fi?

Mesh Wi-Fi is a whole home Wi-Fi system. The term “mesh” implies that all of the devices are working together. A mesh system includes a mesh router that connects directly to your modem and series of devices often called nodes that are placed throughout your home. These nodes create a “blanket” of Wi-Fi that provides full coverage in your home.

Even though the router, modem and nodes are placed in separate places in your home, they all are part of a single mesh network. They all share the same SSID and password, unlike a traditional Wi-Fi router network.


Traditional Wi-Fi vs Mesh Wi-Fi

The difference between a traditional Wi-Fi network and a mesh Wi-Fi network is that on a traditional network your device connects to a single router. All communication passes through that single router. The farther you are from the router, the weaker the Wi-Fi signal. With mesh Wi-Fi, communication passes through the whole system, including the router and nodes throughout your home.

A mesh network creates a blanket of coverage in your home. On a traditional network, you can use Wi-Fi boosters like range extenders to get more coverage.


How Mesh Wi-Fi works

With mesh Wi-Fi, you place the nodes in whichever rooms need the added coverage. If you need to extend the reach of the Wi-Fi signal, you add more nodes. The pro is that mesh Wi-Fi is flexible and scalable. The con is that it can be expensive.

The other thing that a mesh network can do is “self-heal” and re-route communication if one point goes down. Since all of the nodes are connected, communication will reroute itself to still get from point A to point B.


Does Mesh Wi-Fi work on a wired network?

Mesh Wi-Fi typically works wirelessly. However, some mesh Wi-Fi systems can still connect nodes together using an Ethernet cable if your home is already wired with Ethernet cables in each room. Whether a mesh system is wireless or wired, you will still be able to get a signal to the difficult places, like the garage, basement, backyard or other far away rooms.


Is it wrong to use a range extender instead of mesh Wi-Fi?

No way! You can still get reliable Wi-Fi using a Wi-Fi booster like a range extender. Mesh Wi-Fi is just a different solution to the same problem: weak Wi-Fi coverage.

Wi-Fi range extenders are also a more budget-friendly solution and are a better option for those that have a temporary living situation such as when renting an apartment.

Hitron’s offerings of Wi-Fi Boosters eliminate dead spots and work with Ethernet, MoCA, or Wi-Fi. So, if you are on a traditional router network, ask your Internet service provider (ISP) about Hitron’s Wi-Fi boosters today. Want more like this? Check out Hitron’s Learn Page for more.

Learn More about WiFi Boosters

Wi-Fi Boosters – A Complete Guide

This Wi-Fi booster guide will give you information about everything you need to know about Wi-Fi boosters. It should help you understand essential information about how to make your Wi-Fi better and which Wi-Fi boosters really work for you before you buy. In this...

Can a Wi-Fi Booster Improve Your Internet?

Wi-Fi boosters are designed to improve your Wi-Fi signal coverage. When your Wi-Fi signal is strong and your whole home is covered, your Internet performs better. So, yes, Wi-Fi boosters improve your Internet. Here’s how Wi-Fi boosters work:   How Wi-Fi boosters...

Do Wi-Fi Boosters Really Work?

Whether or not a Wi-Fi booster really works for you depends on a few things: Is your Wi-Fi signal weak? Then Wi-Fi boosters probably will not work for you. This is because Wi-Fi boosters typically require a strong Wi-Fi signal in the first place. They are designed to...

What is an Internet Booster and Why Do I Need it?

When your wireless Internet connection is not satisfying your needs, then you need to give it a boost. You can do this with Wi-Fi boosters. Sometimes, Wi-Fi boosters are referred to as “Internet boosters.” Whichever term you use, you are talking about the same thing:...

How Do I Know if My Router Supports Mesh Wi-Fi?

Every router should do one thing: deliver a reliable Wi-Fi signal throughout your entire home. But not every router is made to do this in the same way. If you live in a larger home, a traditional router may not fulfill this job. At least not to your expectations....

Related Articles


Do Wi-Fi Boosters Really Work?

Wi-Fi boosters work to extend the Wi-Fi signal coverage in your home. However, some situations make them work better than others. Learn more.