Wi-Fi Mesh: what is it, what advantages does it offer and when is it recommended

A mesh network, also known as Wi-Fi Mesh, is undoubtedly one of the best solutions that exist today for improve the coverage of our wireless networkand also to improve our user experience in general, since it does not limit itself to expanding the scope, but also introduces other features and functions that in the end they create great value.

These types of solutions have been available in the general consumer market for some time, and today creating a Wi-Fi Mesh network is something very simple, and also quite affordable. However, there is still some misinformation about this type of network, and there are still people who believe that it is the same as resorting to a Wi-Fi router and repeater configuration, that there is no difference.

Nothing is further from reality. A Wi-Fi Mesh network starts from that idea, that is, we have a router and a series of repeaters or PLC devices with a repeater that connect to it, and that act as satellite devices that are what allow us to extend the range of the Wi-Fi network to different areas of our home, or our office. However, when we create a mesh network, those satellite devices connect to the router and also to each other, and they work smart to provide optimal network management.

Thanks to this intelligent way of working, all the solutions that are part of a Wi-Fi Mesh network can drive traffic optimally depending on where we are, and also on the type of device we are using and other very important factors, such as the state of the network, its saturation and the power of the signal at each specific moment.

Thanks to this intelligent management of the network, which is carried out automatically in real time, we will always enjoy the best possible connection, and if there is a failure or a fall in any of the satellite devices, the network will try to redirect the connection to another nearby one, so that we will not be without internet connection.

To understand it better, let’s see a concrete example. Imagine a house with two floors and an attic where we have a console and a television. If we want to create a Wi-Fi network capable of reaching all these plants, the ideal would be use a mesh network distributed as follows: a router on the central floor and two Wi-Fi repeaters, or PLCs with a Wi-Fi repeater, on the other floors. In this way we would enjoy all the advantages offered by a latest generation Wi-Fi Mesh network:

  • we would have multiple networks unified into onewith a single network name and password.
  • The devices will communicate with each other in real time and automatically to make the necessary adjustments that will allow us always enjoy the best possible connection.
  • The technology WiFi Mesh Steering automatically directs the devices that we have connected via Wi-Fi automatically to the ideal wireless access points in each situation, that is, to those that have the best Wi-Fi signal.
  • They will also use the wireless frequency offered the fastest connectionthanks to Cross Band Repeating technology.
  • automatic protection against drops and loss of connection on satellite devices. If a repeater to which we are connected goes down, our mesh network will try to connect us to the closest one so that we do not run out of Internet.
  • The antennas will emit a targeted signal to connected devices to improve range and speed, thanks to the Beamforming technology.

With the FRITZ! by AVM creating a mesh network is very easy. A few years ago we explained the entire process in this article, so if you have any questions I invite you to take a look. These devices also have value features that make a clear difference, such as simplified interface to easily control and manage our mesh network, the timer to control the switching on and off of the network and the Parental control.

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