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To Mesh or not to Mesh

By   WirelessPhreak      Thursday, December 05, 2019      Labels: ,  

I recently had a friend tell me, "I went to your website looking for a wireless router recommendation and couldn't find one," and I felt sad I had let them down. So I thought it may be to later for my friend but I do have a couple of thoughts about wireless in your home.

Wireless has evolved quite a bit since 802.11b days, and much of the technology that has been developed for an enterprise has moved to your home in the way of mesh wifi. Mesh wifi uses multiple access points to provide a more consistent and reliable network throughout your house. Traditional wireless routers needed to be powerful because there was only one wireless router that would need to penetrate multiple walls windows and the like. Where mesh only needs to provide wireless to a smaller area it can use different radios or wired connections to backhaul the traffic back to your router or modem.

If you live in a small to a medium home built with sheetrock walls you can get away with one router. But where mesh wifi truly excels is in older homes with plaster walls, larger homes, and multiple story homes. In those situations, the mesh router design is going to prove invaluable. I also have friends that live in condos or larger apartments where there is so much wifi pollution they can not find a clear wireless channel in the 2.4Ghz spectrum. Setting up mesh wifi and utilizing more of the 5Ghz spectrum will definitely provide a superior consistent and reliable wifi experience.

Luckily the price of Mesh router is dropping to the point where it is competitive with mid to high end standalone wireless routers. In any scenario, I can't think of a reason why you wouldn't want to go mesh wifi. In addition to the excellent coverage, many of the more popular wireless mesh providers are also very aggressive about software updates and automatic over the air updates almost eliminating the need for an individual to randomly check for updates, truly set it and forget it.

Not to promote any one brand, but I have the eero and really love it, I get coverage from my driveway to my pool and it has been a true set it and forget it setup. I have friends that have the Linksys VELOP and they also love mesh wireless since they put it. 

I hope this helped if you were in the middle of a wireless decision.

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