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If you want to enhance your Wi-Fi network,you should consider replacing your routers with mesh Wi-Fi routers.
what is a mesh Wi-Fi router?
Mesh routers and standard routers are devices used to set up Wi-Fi networks in homes and companies. These networking devices connect to modems in order to share internet access from internet service providers (ISPs) with many wireless devices such as smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
If you want a constant Wi-Fi connection in every room of your house or workplace, you should look into mesh Wi-Fi.
Why WiFi mesh systems?
WiFi mesh systems have been replacing the “traditional” routers with a new way of delivering internet connectivity throughout your home. Why? WiFi mesh systems are a great and rather easy-to-implement solution to the problem of WiFi dead spots: the places in your home where you can’t get proper WiFi coverage.
For many people, it’s not feasible to move your WiFi router to get a better signal or faster WiFi speed. Most people place their WiFi routers near access points or where your service line (be it DSL, cable or fibre) comes in and these places are usually at one remote corner of the house.
So what are WiFi mesh systems and how do they work better than the traditional single WiFi router?
Home Networking 101: Your Modem and Router
Your home network system generally consists of a single modem and a WiFi router.
The modem is the device that connects your home to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the internet. If you’re in Singapore and on fibre broadband, you’d know this as your Optical Network Terminal or ONT. But, it’s basically your modem.
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A WiFi router connects directly to the modem and is responsible for connecting all your home devices to the modem. That’s why it’s sometimes referred to as a “residential gateway”. It links your home’s private local network (with all your home devices) to the much larger internet.
All the devices in your house need to connect to your WiFi router in some way. This may be via physical network cables, most commonly Ethernet cables, or wirelessly over WiFi signals.
A WiFi router itself can’t connect directly to the internet. You’ll need a modem so your data can be transmitted as signals over the network beyond your house. This includes telephone signals or optical signals. Each ISP will provide you with their own modem.
Things sometimes get confusing because some ISPs combine a modem and router into a single device. While this helps reduce clutter, this prevents you from choosing your preferred WiFi router or upgrading it. There are lots of different WiFi router models in the market by different brands to choose from.
What are WiFi routers?
A WiFi router, even a high-end one, has limited reach. For some homes getting a more powerful WiFi router model can fix your WiFi coverage issues. For other homes, especially ones with lots of walls and rooms, getting a strong WiFi signal throughout the entire residence can be a huge challenge.
What are WiFi Repeaters?
Before WiFi meshes came on the scene, WiFi coverage problems were commonly fixed by WiFi repeaters. A WiFi repeater, as its name suggests, basically picks up a signal from your WiFi router. It then repeats the WiFi signal it receives. It’s a device that’s very similar to a WiFi router – in fact you can actually turn a WiFi router into a WiFi repeater.
What are Wifi Extenders?
WiFi extenders or range extenders function in largely the same way as repeaters, grabbing the existing WiFi signal from your wireless router and extending its range by re-broadcasting. They also have the added benefit of connecting to your main WiFi router directly through cables instead of just relying solely on WiFi signals.
What is a WiFi Mesh System?
Why call it a WiFi mesh? A mesh, like a web or a net, has many woven or attached strands. Likewise, several interconnected parts make up a Mesh WiFi system. Instead of a single router, a WiFi mesh consists of a group of networking components commonly known as nodes. One node connects to the modem while the others are placed throughout your home.
This mesh WiFi system helps nodes that are furthest away from your modem deliver a strong WiFi signal: instead of relying on one point or one main WiFi router, they can support each other to provide the best available signal strength.
Benefits of WiFi Mesh systems
There are definite advantages of using a WiFi mesh but there are some drawbacks as well. Here’s what you should consider:
1. Ease to set up and use
2. Flexible and Scalable coverage with mesh WiFi
3. Less Wires and Clutter
4. Doubles as a Smart Home Hub
5. Cost and Coverage
If your home isn’t that large or you aren’t dealing with that many WiFi connectivity issues, a WiFi mesh system may not be worth the investment. For some homes, a good WiFi router or a WiFi routerwith an extender is good and simple enough.
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