Whole Home Mesh Wifi Systems

What is Mesh Wifi?

Mesh WiFi is a whole home WiFi system built to eliminate dead zones and to provide uninterrupted WiFi throughout your home.

A Mesh Wifi system enables devices in your network to have faster speeds, greater coverage, and a more reliable connection. While traditional routers broadcast WiFi from a single point, mesh WiFi systems have multiple access points.

When one unit links to the modem, that unit becomes the main hub. The other units (called “nodes”) will capture and rebroadcast the router’s signal. The result is an efficient wireless network that provides a strong signal no matter where you are.

Who needs Mesh Wifi?

Mesh WiFi is built for people who live in homes with  weak or incomplete wifi coverage as well as people who want an uncomplicated easy to set up WiFi System.

Because traditional routers have a limited range; they are often unable to fully cover multi story or large homes. If you live in a home that’s 3,000 sq. ft., has two stories or more, interior brick walls, or an unusual layout, then you would benefit from a mesh WiFi router.

Mesh WiFi also represents a great option for people who are interested in a powerful WiFi system but don’t want to deal with the complicated set up and configuration that most regular routers come with.

Since mesh operates on a single network, mesh WiFi is also a great option for people who own range extenders and don’t want to switch between networks as they move upstairs or downstairs.

What are the benefits of Mesh Wifi?

Traditional routers come with a limited range. While adding a range extender can help with this issue, Range Extenders can sacrifice speed for connectivity. Mesh WiFi gives you the best of both worlds – so you can experience both powerful speeds and long-range connectivity.

    • Mesh WiFi range in a home

      One Network for Your Entire Home

      With a Mesh WiFi router, you can skip signing into a new network every time you go upstairs and stay connected to a single sturdy network no matter where you are. Mesh technology is smart and intuitive, letting you stay online even if one of your mesh nodes fails.

    • Two Deco routers providing Mesh WiFi to multiple spots throughout the home

      Stable Long Range Connectivity

      With a mesh router, you can get a powerful and stable connection no matter where you are in your home. Because each mesh node piggybacks off the other nodes signal, you can get powerful WiFi whether you’re at the top of the stairs or the bottom of the basement.

    • Illustration showing the Deco app showing you where to place your router

      Easy Setup and Management

      Most mesh routers on the market today come with easy network setup & management  allowing you to toggle network settings, check speeds, and enact parental controls.

  • Mesh WiFi to multiple devices

    Control Your Smart Home

    Some mesh routers like the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus (coming soon to www.smarterhomestore.com) are so advanced that they function as a WiFi router and a smart hub, connecting your Zigbee, Bluetooth and WiFi devices and enabling you to manage all your smart devices (heat, music, lighting etc)  through the Deco app.

 

 How Does Mesh Wifi work?

Deco diagram showing Deco products with Mesh WiFi capabilities

Mesh WiFi works by using two or more mesh WiFi devices or “nodes” to create a mesh WiFi network.
One node is connected to an internet modem, while the rest can be placed throughout your home to create a powerful wireless network. Unlike traditional routers, these nodes are all part of the same network and share the same SSID and password. This makes setting and scaling up your mesh network as easy as adding another node.

These nodes are important in efficiently delivering WiFi, as each node serves as a “daisy chain” for other nodes in the system. Even nodes that are furthest from the router can still deliver a strong signal. Nodes communicate with one another in order to determine the fastest band for your devices, and to reroute traffic in the event that one node fails.

 What is the difference between Mesh Wifi & a Range Extender?

Picture of a house with Mesh WiFI Picture of a house with Mesh WiFI

While mesh WiFi and Range extenders might appear to have the same functionality, there are some key differences.

Mesh WiFi devices comes with roaming protocols (to keep you on the same network) and mesh technologies such as self-healing and adaptive routing to keep your network stable.

Range extenders require you to sign on to a new network manually in order to maintain a strong connection once you’re far enough away from your router.

Most range extenders are set up under different networks; but with mesh networks there are no other networks to worry about. While each mesh node essentially functions as its own router, range extenders are merely duplicating the routers original signal.

Mesh WiFi is faster and more efficient at delivering a WiFi signal than a range extender.

Mesh Wifi Features:

One name one password

    • One Name. One Password

      Mesh WiFi allows you to sign into your network with just one network name and one password to receive seamless WiFi throughout your home.


    • Diagram showing the Deco router providing high speed WiFi to the gaming system

      Seamless Roaming

      Seamless roaming allows you to stay connected to your network no matter where you go in your home. Switching from one mesh node to another is so smooth that it’s unnoticeable even when you’re streaming.

 
    • Adaptive Routing

      Mesh WiFi routers use adaptive routing to automatically choose the best configuration and band for your data, so that you’re always getting the fastest possible speeds.

 
  • Deco Router showing self healing capabilities

    Self-Healing

    In the event that one of your mesh WiFi nodes goes down, your Mesh WiFi network will automatically reroute data to make sure you stay online.

 

.....And Finally!

We hope that this article helps you to understand what a Mesh Wifi System is and what it can do to change wifi coverage in your home from being weak / problematic / lagging etc.. to being Fantastic!

 

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