Why Use Whole Home Mesh Wifi Extenders?

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Why Use Whole Home Mesh Wifi Extenders?

Most network providers (e.g. Eir, Sky or Virgin) supply a combined router and modem, however their branded routers do not have particularly strong signals to give complete coverage to most households. Also, as more and more households have a growing number of networks connected devices such as Smart TV's phones, tablets, PC's and smart home devices like smart bulbs, the requirement for a stronger and better signal becomes more important.

The benefit of installing a whole home WiFi extender is that you can put in multiple units (nodes) that can give you a single network address, faster speeds, greater coverage, and a more reliable connection across the house then your traditional provider supplied router. Note, these systems also can handle multiple devices and automatically optimise the signal or bandwidth used (2.4 or 5.0 MHz). In the case of them TP-Link Deco M4 it can handle up to 100 devices at the one time - more than enough for the traditional home. These systems are often called mesh WiFi as the signal from one device overlaps or meshes into another giving continuous coverage.  

What is Whole Home MeshWiFi ?

Whole Home WiFi (sometimes referred to as mesh WiFi ) usually consists of a main router that connects directly to your modem, and the satellite unit(s) or satellite modules or nodes, (2 units in the case of the TP-Link Deco E4 dual pack) placed around your house for whole home coverage from a single WiFi signal. This means you only sign into one network address as you move around the house and the system automatically locates and picks up the strongest signal from the multiple units or nodes you have placed around the house. They are all part of a single wireless network and share the same SSID and password, unlike traditional WiFi routers.

How is Whole Home Mesh WiFi different from traditional WiFi extenders?

Whole home WiFi is different from traditional WiFi extenders in that the latter have their own unique address and require you to select and sign into them manually as you move from one location to another around the house picking up the strongest signal. Traditional extenders are distinguished from your main router by the post text "-EXT" at the end of your original router identifying unique name and the letters EXT (e.g. VM2781F56_EXT where your original WiFi would have been VM2781F5 )

Setting up a Deco Home Mesh WiFi

It is very easy to set up a TP-Link Deco home WiFi - you simply connect one unit to your existing router via the Ethernet cable supplied, open the app on your phone and follow the instructions. Setting up the second unit is as simple as plugging it in and following the instructions to link this to the original unit and then naming it on your app. It is recommended you disconnect your original router signal so as to optimise the whole home signal rather than have it competing with your router signal. However, before doing this make sure you connect all your current WiFi enabled systems to the new Whole home mesh system (e.g. if you have WiFi enabled alarm connected to your router re-wire this to your primary whole home mesh unit. 

How do you disconnect your original router WiFi Signal?

This is slightly different for all network providers and the different network hubs they provide but can be found on their respective websites or via there helplines. Here are the Links to Virgin Media wireless routers, Eir routers and Sky Routers. 

Added Benefits of the TP-Link Deco E4

A real added benefit of the TP Link Deco E4 system is that it comes with built-in parental controls that allow you easily control access to apps and websites as well as set time limits  on internet usage. You can simply use the predefined settings such as Child, Pre-Teen, Teen and Adult as well as having the ability to block specific named websites or apps if required. Also, all TP-Link Deco systems are compatible and therefore different products and units from the TP-Link Deco range can be added at any stage to give you extra coverage. Note: parental controls are set at the device level. So first connect the separate devices to the Deco network and then set their individual access controls.

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https://smarterhomestore.com/products/tp-link-deco-e4-2-pack-ac1200-dual-band-whole-home-mesh-wifi

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