Wi-Fi Mesh Networks | what they are and how they can improve the Internet signal in our home | TECHNOLOGY

Having a good internet signal at home is vital in our day to day life. Unfortunately, the routers Conventional devices do not usually have enough power to achieve a signal of WiFi uniform throughout the home. Some options like amplifiers or repeaters can provide solutions to these problems. However, there is another alternative that could standardize and even improve the WiFi signal in your home.

The red WiFi Mesh It works as a system that requires a router as "Main Node" and several access points called "Base Stations". This set of devices creates a single network with a single name and password. In this way, users will be able to register their electronic equipment on the WiFi network and will be able to move around their home without experiencing drops in the internet signal. In addition, the system is useful for covering multiple devices and reducing the spaces that do not have coverage in the house.

Renzo Ancaya, Quality Control manager at Xiaomi Peru, comments to Trade what “Normally in other WiFi systems the device sometimes disconnects from the signal. In Mesh networks, this does not happen because it is a single network. The internet signal is not lost because the system would automatically divert traffic to our device through other access points. It is very different from conventional systems.”

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How is the Mesh network different from WiFi repeaters?

The main difference is in signal management. In conventional systems, there is a router and several repeaters that, although they share a single network, there is no communication or traffic management in the devices. This means that a user connects to the closest repeater, not necessarily the one with the best network conditions.

Secondly, using repeaters could cause devices to lose signal as they don't know which repeater to connect to or if they still need to connect to the main router. In this indecision there are small cuts and even jumps between repeaters that are the ones that end with the patience of the users.

“In WiFi Mesh networks there is communication between the “Main Node” and the “Base Stations”, therefore, there is traffic management: the user will connect to the base station that has the best signal and power. That intelligent management of traffic and network situation is the other big difference with repeaters”Ancaya explains.

How is the installation of the WiFi Mesh network?

As for the installation, this is very similar to that of standard WiFi systems. However, one of the Mesh network devices needs to be connected via ethernet cable to the main router of the internet provider operator.

This device will work as Main Node. The others will be the “base stations”, and will only need to be powered up and configured wirelessly. The next step will be to place them in the places where it is necessary to expand the WiFi coverage.

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Can the WiFi mesh network be installed in any space?

It is recommended to install this network in environments where it is necessary to expand the coverage, the stability of the connection, such as the mobility of the devices.

Ancaya comments that “This system is not limited to a specific space. It can mainly serve in large multi-story homes or offices, but also in small apartments or houses.”

also in apartments or small houses.in homes or large multi-story offices, but also in apartments or small houses”.

What are the benefits of the WiFi Mesh network?

One of the most noticeable benefits is consistent network speed anywhere in the home, regardless of which base station the user is connected to.

On the other hand, the clearest example is the reconnections in the steps or "handovers", which is when the user passes from the coverage of one repeater to another in traditional networks, while moving within the home. In the case of the Mesh network, there is no variation when changing the access point.

“This creates a better user experience. The existence of this system improves the consumption of content from phones, computers and even smart TVs”, finished Ancaya.

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