Technology can be overwhelming at times. With so many advances in science and technology, it can feel like a never-ending race just to keep up! Fortunately, we have experts to keep us in the loop. Today we will be looking at the best way to boost your WiFi signal and how to do it. To understand these points, we must first consider the following questions: “What is a Wireless Mesh Network?”, “How does this type of network stack up against a traditional WiFi modem and range extender/repeater?” and “How do I choose a Wireless Mesh Network for home?”
So, what exactly is a Wireless Mesh Network(WMN)?
Simply put, a Wireless Mesh Network is a network that functions by use of radio transmitters (commonly referred to as nodes, which we will use here), allowing each node to act in much the same way as a router does. One key point with WMN’s is that only one of these nodes is required to be physically wired into a modem. All of these small radio transmitters send out signals to each other, and thus share the same internet connectivity throughout the network. What does this mean for you? By connecting to this network, you will experience the full signal strength of the network, from any location within your building. Amazing!
The advantages of the WMN is that you will have ONE wireless network name in your home or office. If you are using a traditional network with a range extender/repeater, you would have two network names. The first network name would be whatever you chose to name your network i.e. “Home.” The second name would then be “Home Ext.” because the range extender is duplicating your home network to boost the signal. Why is this a problem? This requires you to manually change between networks depending on where you are inside of your building. If you don’t frequently change to whichever network has a better signal, you will suffer frustratingly slow internet until you move back into range of your connected network. Fortunately, with a Wireless Mesh Network, there is only one network to connect to and your signal will always be strong. This is because your device will automatically connect to the best access point, without you even knowing it was happening.
A second advantage of a Wireless Mesh Network is effective load balancing. Most people aren’t aware of this, but a WiFi range extender effectively cuts your information transfer capabilities in half. The reason for this is that it cannot send and receive information at the same time. It must alternate back and forth, depending on network demand and a variety of other factors. And even then, there is no way to balance load, as you are only connected to one point at a time. This isn’t the case in a Wireless Mesh Network! With a WMN, your device is able to roam and seek out the best connection within the network to avoid interference. This feature is automatic and can save you some serious loading times and headaches.
The third advantage that I would like to make a note of is the upgrade capacity of a Wireless Mesh Network. With a single Mesh Access Point, you can connect 30 separate devices. Now, that’s a lot! But let’s say you are a business, and a growing one at that. Now you need to be able to connect more devices. No problem, simply add more Mesh Access Points to your office and you will gain the ability to add 30 more devices per access point! Picture all the devices on your network constantly roaming and seeking the best connection. This will greatly minimize network traffic and thus mitigate those awful slow periods that many people experience while using company internet.
The final advantage of a Wireless Mesh Network is scalability. When these types of networks were still in the planning phases, scalability was a big concern. Simply put, these networks could not be scaled (made to handle larger networks and larger loads) using traditional methods. This is no longer a concern, with the advent of WiFi EasyMesh Access Points. If you will recall, earlier in this article we discussed the “roaming” capabilities of a device to seek out the best connection. This is all made possible with these Access Points(AP’s). Essentially, the WiFi EasyMesh Access Points guide your device to whichever AP will provide it the best service. These Access Points also are self-monitoring, allowing them to ensure good network performance.
Having been informed of all of these incredible advantages to using a Wireless Mesh Network, only one question remains, “How do I choose a Wireless Mesh Network system?”
The answer is this: For the standard setup, you really don’t require anything more elaborate than the basic pair of 3 Mesk APs. Anything more than that would give you a network designed to host a rather high number of devices simultaneously, which will most likely not apply to you. As far as brands go, I will make no endorsements. Read some reviews! Do your independent research. I would simply advise sticking with one of the systems that has a simple pair of 3 Mesk APs. Unless you are hosting your whole family, extended family and extended-extended family in your home indefinitely, this will be more than enough to meet and exceed all of your needs.
In summary, traditional networks are becoming outdated, just as all things in the world of technology one day will. Wireless Mesh Networks have surpassed other networks and are revolutionizing the world as we know it. Join the revolution.