In recent years the world of WiFi has come on leaps and bounds in terms of the quality of internet connection available and the speed with which we can stream and browse online. One of the newest ways to improve WiFi is by using a home mesh solution. Though mesh networks and WiFi mesh solutions have been available for many years, it is only recently that they have become a plausible and cost effective option for the home. Previously, WiFi mesh networks were reserved for big businesses and even entire cities where one network needed to cover a large area, but things are changing.
There are of course a number of different home mesh solutions and each has its own unique set of pros and cons. Understanding what each does and whether it meets your specific home WiFi needs is the best way to identify your ideal option.
Different Home Mesh Solutions for Your WiFi Connection
A WiFi mesh network is an alternative to adding WiFi extenders into your home in order to boost your WiFi signal. Extenders don’t always do the job and the strength of the signal can be lost along the way. A WiFi mesh network allows you to experience the same great strength WiFi around your home, regardless of how far you are from the main router. It is achieved by using different routers that work together to create a WiFi ‘blanket’ around your house. But, which home mesh solution is best for you?
There are a lot of different home mesh solutions available, many boasting the same stats and features. Here are three that are often reviewed as being good options for the average homeowner.
Google WiFi: Google WiFi mesh networks are ideal for those in large houses as they boast a very powerful signal. They are sold in packs of three which is a great default number and many properties will not require any more. The network itself is easy to set up and the mesh nodes – the smaller ‘router’ style boxes that create the mesh itself – are stylish and fit in well with existing home entertainment systems, without looking out of place. Google WiFi users have mentioned the lack of hardware control, so if you are someone who excels in this area and has the skills to take this on themselves you may prefer a home mesh solution with more freedom in this area. However, one main benefit of the Google WiFi is that it is one of the cheaper options on the market and therefore is likely to become a go-to option for many.
Netgear Orbi: The NetGear Orbi has excellent coverage and most homeowners will find that it easily services their entire home without a problem. Like the Google WiFi the NetGear Orbi is easy to set up and looks great aesthetically, stepping away from the big and bulky routers we are used to seeing. It is a more expensive option for a home mesh network and those in smaller homes may not see the benefits of a more expensive solution. However, if you are looking for a home mesh solution at the top of the market then this is a great choice.
Eero: Marketed as ‘finally, WiFi that works’ the Eero mesh network does not disappoint in terms of coverage, speed and connection. Like Google WiFi, the Eero looks good, does the job and is easy to set up. One great benefit of the Eero, which will benefit friends and family, is that guest networks can be created to allow visitors to use your home WiFi without accessing the system as a whole; this is ideal for those who are concerned about internet safety and having a completely secure network.
Choosing a Home Mesh Solution
Before choosing a home mesh solution it is always helpful to seek the advice of professionals, such as the team here at WirelessEdge. Home WiFi mesh networks work well and are a great investment if you get it right. We have these are many more solutions in stock and are happy to advise which one is best suited to your needs. To find out more about WirelessEdge and our WiFi solutions, get in touch.