What is Mesh WiFi, and do you need it?

If your wifi signal strength is weak in some areas and strong in others, a mesh WiFi system can help. That’s because mesh networks have greater range and are much faster than your typical WiFi network. And, when you combine mobile devices, streaming, gaming, entertainment and working from home, you are putting lot of strain on your router. This is where mesh networks come in.

Unlike a typical router, a mesh router connects to multiple access points that communicate with each other. The result is faster WiFi speeds, greater coverage, and a more reliable connection. The question is, is a mesh Wi-Fi system right for me? 

For anyone that has a smart home a mesh WiFi system is a must! That’s because smart devices like cameras, video doorbells, garage doors, and lighting, all need a steady internet connection. And, a traditional router cannot offer that type of wireless connectivity.

Also, if the router you use does not give you the same speed in every room, or you have a dead spots in your home, this is a good option for you. Additionally, if you have a home that is 3,000 square or more, or have an unusual layout, or your home is made of materials that degrade your signal, you might want to consider a mesh Wi-Fi system too. 

Especially if you are tired of dead spots and need a strong WiFi signal because you are working remotely.

Mesh WiFi vs Router

Unlike a standard router, which broadcasts its signal from a single point, a mesh WiFi router broadcasts the signal from multiple satellites throughout a home. For example, you can have a central hub in your office and then have satellites in your bedrooms and kitchen. Satellites are not to be confused with range extenders which can actually degrade your signal instead of actually boosting it.

The main difference between mesh WiFi routers and traditional routers is that the former is centralized while the latter is not. Aside from creating a strong, reliable signal, mesh routers have a few other great benefits that are worth mentioning.

The Benefits:

  • Better Coverage: one of the main benefits of a mesh system is extended Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Additional Controls: with a mesh router you get parental controls, and can do things like watch your network traffic.
  • More Reliable Connection: with this type of WiFi system you are less likely to experience connectivity failures or drops.

Mesh WiFi vs Extender: Which Is Better?

At this point you may be wondering if a mesh system is better than using range extenders. Although an extender can increase the WiFi coverage of a traditional router, it does not increase the available bandwidth. In fact, it often cuts the available bandwidth in half. This means your home network will be 50% slower whenever you’re connected through a wi fi extender.

Another notable thing to mention is that in order for an extender to work, it has to repeat the signal and create its own network. This means you have to manually switch between your  router and the repeater when you are out of range. With a mesh WiFi network you’ll never have to worry about switching back and forth between networks. And, instead of slowing things down like extenders do, it speeds things up to ensure you get the speeds you are paying for.

San Diego Home WiFi Network Installation

You’re already paying your internet provider for a fast connection. So, it only makes sense to have hardware that can deliver it, and the right team to install and configure it! We are a team of highly trained system designers and installers, qualified to help build the wireless home network of your dreams. Let us help you get the most out of your home network. We are happy to come out free of charge to assess your current wireless capabilities. For the best home network installation services in San Diego, call (760) 505-7461 to get started or click on the button below to fill out a contact form.