Nowadays, a modem router device is supplied by your broadband supplier, this piece of hardware not only interconnects your household with the Internet, but it also radiates a Wi-Fi signal. Not always but in some instances, your router can affect the performance levels of your smart home.
On occasions, this piece of hardware may not be able to broadcast Wi-Fi signals to certain corners of your home and possibly outside. Furthermore, the plethora of building materials used to construct your home can significantly impede the Wi-Fi signal range and create Wi-Fi dead zones in parts of your home.
Without a good wireless network, signals traveling between a smart home control system and its army of connected devices, such as light switches, thermostats, and electronic door locks, can hit bottlenecks, drop out, or never reach their destinations, rending the entire control system weak and unreliable. You may be left scratching your head and wondering why the lights in the kitchen did not fade after asking your favorite smart speaker to do so. Likely, you can blame the communications glitch on the Wi-Fi network in your home.
If, however, signal levels are strong throughout your home and indeed just outside your property than great! However, if you are having issues then you need to consider purchasing a Wi-Fi mesh networking system, which will act as the basis for building your new smart home. These systems comprise a router and a single or multiple signal extension device that help provide Wi-Fi coverage to your entire home.
Mesh Wi-Fi Defined
Mesh Wi-Fi consists of a router that connects directly to your modem and a collection of satellite nodes (sometimes called beacons) placed around your house to boost Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. All of these devices make up a single wireless network and are accessible through the same network name and password.
Mesh routers blanket your home in Wi-Fi and extend signals far beyond what a single router can do. It’s akin to having three to five separate routers in your house, except that they share a single network ID and password and are wholly integrated.
How Does Mesh Wi-Fi-Work?
In a traditional Wi-Fi network, a single wireless router provides a zone of coverage throughout your home to connect wireless devices to the Internet. With mesh Wi-Fi, each node boosts the coverage, extending the range, and providing multiple routes to the Internet. Thus, if one connecting is being bogged down by your teenager playing games, the mesh will skip that node and take another route to the Internet.
Not only can a mesh network improve the range of your wireless signal, but it can also improve network speed as well. 5.0 GHz wireless is much faster than 2.4 GHz but is more limited in range. A mesh allows yous to utilize 5.0 GHz speeds throughout the network by installing nodes close enough together to provide excellent coverage!