Mesh WiFi is a term we are starting to hear a lot. Yet many people don’t know what mesh technology is and why it matters when it comes to WiFi speed. With so many products on the market today, it’s important to understand that not all mesh networks are the same. But to understand this point, you first have to understand what a mesh Wifi network is.
To put it simply, a mesh network is a group of devices that act as a single WiFi network. These devices which are placed all around the house, give you multiple sources of WiFi instead of one (the typical set up for a home is just a single router). Or a single router with WiFi range extenders which actually degrade your WiFi signal strength. That’s because WiFi extenders merely repeat a signal and at the same time add another network.
Unlike a typical home network which is built around a central hub, a mesh WiFi network consists of multiple access points communicating with each other. It’s like having 2-3 separate routers in your home, but they all share a single, seamless WiFi network. Because they all broadcast the same network name, this enables your WiFi devices like smartphones and tablets to roam between mesh access points as they choose. This makes the handoff much more efficient and seamless than a range extender.
Bottom-line, a mesh network has greater range and is much faster than your typical WiFi network. And for this reason alone, anyone looking for a consistent WiFi signal and greater speed no matter where they are in their home, should consider a mesh WiFi system. With this in mind, we explain the difference between tri-band and dual-band mesh, and offer some insight on EERO, the best mesh WiFi network.