Mesh networks are one of the newest forms of wireless Internet. A mesh network is designed to provide your entire home with Wi-Fi coverage. A WiFi mesh network is a system made up of multiple mesh nodes (called dots, mesh extensions, or satellites) that work together like a large home WiFi system. WiFi mesh networks use multiple nodes that communicate with each other to share a wireless connection in a larger area. One node acts as your primary mesh Wi-Fi router. It connects to your Internet modem or wireless gateway (a combination of a wireless router and modem). A modem is a device that accesses the Internet. When routers or switches are connected to the modem, they can tap and transmit the Internet to give Wi-Fi access to your connected devices. In addition to the head node, you have additional nodes that need to be set up around your home to improve the Wi-Fi signal and eliminate dead spots.
Mesh Wi-Fi or whole-house Wi-Fi systems consist of a main router connected directly to your modem and a series of satellite modules or nodes arranged throughout your home for full Wi-Fi coverage. They are all part of a single wireless network and use the same SSID and password, unlike traditional wireless routers.  Mesh technology is smart and intuitive, allowing you to stay online even if one of your mesh nodes fails. You can skip connecting to a new network every time you go upstairs and stay connected to a single, robust network, no matter where you are. Using a wireless mesh network also has drawbacks: mesh systems like our Deco M5 (pack of 3) or Deco X60 WiFi 6 are so advanced that they act as a WiFi router and smart hub, connecting your Zigbee and WiFi devices, and allowing you to manage all your connected smart devices via the Deco app. A mesh router, on the other hand, doesn`t require constant reconnections, even as you move from room to room. You also don`t have to deal with as much lag because access points all send the same signal instead of having to route requests across multiple networks. If covering your entire home with a WiFi signal is a problem, you may need a mesh network system or a mesh WiFi system. In recent years, mesh systems have been the most effective and efficient response to improving your home Wi-Fi coverage. 1. Easy network management: A key feature that distinguishes mesh routers from traditional routers is the ease of access to the network they provide. Many mesh routers are fully automated, allowing for easy management via a mobile app, even when you`re away from home.
Setting up a mesh router with a smartphone app is much easier than connecting a computer directly to a router and setting it up through a browser dashboard. The main disadvantage of mesh networks is that they can be expensive. A high-quality mesh kit can cost $200 or more. The kits contain 2-3 nodes, but for those who need additional equipment, additional nodes must be purchased separately. Depending on the brand of the kit, additional nodes can range from $100 to $200. All WiFi mesh systems use both frequency bands, and many are tri-band (one 2.4 GHz band and two 5 GHz bands). The second 5 GHz band is often designed to communicate between the mesh router and nodes, which can increase Wi-Fi speed throughout the house. Usually, the system automatically selects the clearest frequency to connect to the Internet and your wireless devices.
On some systems, you can choose between tapes. If you have smart home devices that need a specific band, make sure you can change the frequency with the mesh kit you choose. However, if your home is already wired with Ethernet cables in each room, some mesh systems can still connect the nodes together via an Ethernet cable to create a complete Wi-Fi system for the home. Even with the wired option, you can extend your signal to hard-to-reach areas like the garage or basement. Mesh networks can include fixed or mobile devices. The solutions are as diverse as communication needs, for example in challenging environments such as emergencies, tunnels, oil rigs, battlefield surveillance, high-speed mobile video applications on board public transport, real-time telemetry of race cars or self-organized internet access for communities.  An important potential application for wireless mesh networks is VoIP. By using a QoS schema, the wireless mesh can support routing of local phone calls through the mesh. Most applications in wireless mesh networks are similar to those in ad hoc wireless networks.
Traditional Wi-Fi is recommended for users on a small budget and smaller spaces. However, if a larger area needs to be covered and cost doesn`t matter, a mesh network is worth considering. Many traditional routers cannot completely cover large homes with multiple floors and walls blocking wireless signals. At the same time, if you are interested in smart home features, mesh routers offer easy remote management through their mobile apps, which is a big plus. In a modular system, a node is connected to your modem that acts as a router. Each additional node finds the best channel and path to connect wirelessly to the previous one, creating seamless and reliable Wi-Fi throughout your home. The best part? It is not limited to Netgear products, but works with any wireless router, including the modem and gateway router combination provided by many ISPs. For example, in a monitoring system, multiple sensor nodes can be configured in a network configuration covering a large area.
They are also a great option for people who are interested in a powerful Wi-Fi system, but don`t want to deal with the complicated installation and configuration of most regular routers. Brick and concrete walls obstruct Wi-Fi signals. Metal objects can absorb certain signals, and materials such as tinted glass and mirrors can reflect signals away from their destinations. Wireless devices that use the same frequency bands as Wi-Fi are also a barrier, and electrical devices can interfere with signals. See Wireless Mesh Network, Range Extender, and MoCA. Once the main node is connected, use your smartphone, laptop, or tablet to open Wi-Fi settings. Find the name of the mesh network you created and connect. There are several Deco systems that have coverage of up to 6,500 square feet. For a 1,500 m² Deco M5 cash register. For a 5,800 square foot home, check out our Deco X20. For even faster Wi-Fi speeds, there`s our Deco X60 WiFi 6 mesh system.
Mesh WiFi is designed for all types of homes, especially medium and large homes that suffer from poor or incomplete WiFi coverage. Usually, if you encounter dead zones or slow Wi-Fi, you can opt for a range extender, but find that it doesn`t give you the fastest speeds or connectivity throughout your home. While mesh Wi-Fi routers are designed to fully cover large homes up to 6,000 square feet with two or more floors, brick interior walls, or an unusual layout. If there are more family members at home, a typical Wi-Fi router will struggle to maintain strong internet access to all devices such as phones, computers, or TVs. With multiple mesh nodes, anyone can easily connect more smart home devices at the same time without slowing down your Wi-Fi bandwidth.