The standard Wifi router in most homes just isn’t designed to deliver WiFi throughout the entire building. In our experience, most routers provided by the cable company are suitable for 1000-1500 sq ft. on a single floor. The problem is that the average American home is approximately 2300 sq. ft.
To complicate matters even more, we depend on WiFi for a lot of our daily activities. Nearly everything thing we do in our homes rely on WiFi. Whether it’s streaming movies, playing music, homework, surfing the net, doorbells, cameras, and let’s not forget the home office.
If you already have a network in your home, there are devices called wireless access points that duplicate the signal, and repeat it from that point to extend the WiFi’s capabilities beyond its standard capabilities — effectively sending WiFi to the parts of your home where you have dead spots.
The other option is a mesh network. Think of a mesh network as a chain, one device links to the next, to the next, and so on. So there you have it, that’s your WiFI options for 2019. Which one is right for you?
Mesh Network vs Wireless Access Points
They sound like the same thing, in some respects they are. They send WiFi throughout your house. But based on your home, and needs there are advantages to using one over another.
A wireless access point is more or less an upgrade to your existing network, although your installer may also recommend replacing your current router based on the performance specifications and age. The wireless access point simply gets hard-wired to the router, your installer makes a few changes to the IP settings, and voila! Wall to wall WiFi. Wireless access points are an excellent solution for just about every situation, no matter the square footage. You can even place wireless access points outside, maybe near the pool?
We recommend professional installation by a certified network specialist. You’ll need Cat6 wire ran to the location of the wireless access point, and for that to be done right, you’ll want to call a professional. Depending on the size of the home, the installation can generally be completed in a day. What’s more, with some of the added features in the unlikely event that you have an issue with your new network, it can be managed remotely without the need to roll a service technician to your home.
On the other hand, a mesh network is one that includes multiple hubs placed around the home, each communicating with each other to provide WiFi. Each hub covers a smaller area than a wireless access point, because of that, you’ll generally have multiple hubs throughout your home. As long as the hubs are placed close enough to the next, they can provide WiFi signal in each room they’re located.
Although most mesh router systems are small, you may need several to take advantage of their capabilities. This means placing multiple devices around your house. This could be a problem for people who prefer to keep networking devices limited to out-of-the way locations.
In the end, there’s no reason to deal with slow internet or dead zones. If you’re tired of resetting your existing router, it may be time to upgrade to a new WiFi experience. There are plenty of wireless networking products to help you get the most out of your home network, now and into the future.