In this article, I plan to introduce you to Wi-Fi Mesh systems. I’ll tell you what these devices are, how they work, what their advantages are and how they differ from ordinary Wi-Fi routers. The technology is uniquely very interesting and for it the future. I think that such a modular Wi-Fi Mesh system will soon replace the usual routers, because in their purchase there will simply be no sense.
Perhaps this article will help you with the choice between a Wi-Fi router and a Mesh system. Yes, until these systems are not very popular, and expensive, but this is without a doubt the future. I think, in time, all wireless network devices will do with the possibility of combining them into a cellular Wi-Fi network.
What is Wi-Fi Mesh system network ? How does it works?
The word Mesh has many meanings. One of them is the network cell. Mesh networks are a complicated thing. But in the form of ready-made systems, these are very simple and understandable devices.
Mesh systems consist of modules. Each module (a separate device) is approximately like an ordinary router. As a rule, these systems are sold in different delivery packages. You can buy a set of one, two, or three modules.
All modules in Mesh systems are the same and equal to each other. There is no main device to which additional modules are connected (like a router and repeaters). And the main thing is that these modules (within the same system) can very quickly connect to each other over the wireless network and distribute Wi-Fi to large areas.
We can deliver one module, and its operation, in principle, will not be different from the work of a conventional Wi-Fi router. But if we need to, we buy one more exactly the same module, plug it into the socket, and in just 30 seconds they connect to each other and begin to work in pairs. In the photo below you can see how the Mesh system works from 3 modules (using ASUS Lyra as an example).
The Internet by cable we connect to one module (to anyone in this network) and this module shares the Internet with other modules of the Mesh system that are connected together. Typically, on each such module there are several LAN ports, so that they can be connected to devices via a network cable. For example, TVs, game consoles, PCs, etc. Having installed one module, it is enough to connect only the Internet and power to it. To other modules (if you need them) we connect only the power.
All these modules (cells) create a single, high-speed, seamless Wi-Fi network for the whole house, yard, apartment, office or other room. Due to the modular system, the coverage radius of the Wi-Fi network is very large. There are no “dead zones”. You can add as many modules as you need.
Main Features of Mesh Systems.
Large range of Wi-Fi network due to the modular system. For example, we installed one module of some Wi-Fi Mesh system, and it turned out that in your distant rooms, on other floors, in the yard, in the garage, or somewhere else does not catch Wi-Fi. We just buy one or more modules and turn them on in the zone of stable reception of the signal from the first module. They connect and expand the Wi-Fi network. Their work differs from a pair of Wi-Fi router + signal amplifier (repeater).
Add modules – expand the Wi-Fi network. And most importantly, without losing speed, performance, failures, etc. These devices are designed for this, therefore, everything works very stably. And if one of the modules “crashes” from the network, the system automatically restores the connection by connecting through other modules.
Seamless Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Mesh systems create a true seamless Wi-Fi network. The network is really one in the range of all installed modules. When you move around the house, or around the apartment, the device connects to the module with the best signal. And most importantly, when you switch to another module, the connection to the Internet does not disappear. Even if you communicate through some messenger, then there will be no breaks. Downloading files will not be interrupted.
It is very cool. Everywhere one network, as if it is distributed by one device. Without any breaks, disconnections, switching, etc.
• High speed Wi-Fi network and stable connection. All new Wi-Fi Mesh systems are two, or tri-band. With support for AC standard. They distribute a Wi-Fi network at a frequency of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. ASUS Lyra, TP-Link Deco M9 Plus and possibly other systems use one of two bands at a frequency of 5 GHz for connection between network modules.
The other two networks (in different ranges) are available for connecting devices. The eternal problem with installing Wi-Fi amplifiers is the drop in speed. Even though the Mesh modules of the systems are connected by air, the speed practically does not fall. The main thing is that all the modules are in a stable reception area.
There is support for MU-MIMO and other technologies that are created to improve and speed up the operation of the Wi-Fi network.
• Very simple configuration and connection of additional modules. All can be configured through the application from a mobile device. Every company has a branded application.
• Unusual appearance. Modules Mesh systems do not look like ordinary routers. All the systems that are now on the market are made in an interesting design.
The principle of operation of all Wi-Fi Mesh systems is almost the same. But depending on the manufacturer and model, the characteristics and capabilities of course can differ. There is also a difference in settings and functions. But in such systems there is everything that is necessary for an ordinary user: parental control, management of connected devices, guest network, port forwarding, antivirus and network protection, firmware update, etc.