Whole House WiFi: Setting Up a Mesh Network
Summary: This 3-minute article explains how you can set up Whole House (Mesh) WiFi Networking can eliminate WiFi signal dead zones in your home or office and achieve the best possible performance. Contact the IT experts at GEEKAID Computer and Network Support at https://www.geek-aid.com/ to discuss professional network setup.
WiFi has come a long way. The rapid increase in remote-access work spawned by the pandemic was a springboard for innovation in Internet connectivity. However, even with networks springing up and growing worldwide, situations, locations and structures still interfere with signal strength and stability. Even with excellent WiFi hardware, some areas can limit or completely block signals due to structural issues such as cement and brick walls, unusual layouts, heavy electrical wiring or thick metal doors. Few things are more frustrating than being slowed down by WiFi dead zones in your home or office, with your signal varying from room to room.
What Is A Mesh Router?
Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesh_networking defines a mesh network (or meshnet) as “a local area network topology in which the infrastructure nodes (i.e. bridges, switches, and other infrastructure devices) connect directly, dynamically and non-hierarchically to as many other nodes as possible and cooperate with one another to efficiently route data to and from clients.” A mesh router is one of the nodes that transmit WiFi signals directly, thus evening out signal strength throughout your home or office.
Mesh routers are designed to cover large areas of up to 6,000 square feet, including those with brick or cement walls, multiple stories and unusual floorplans. Mesh routers use one or more radio nodes positioned strategically throughout your office or home to carry the WiFi signal and integrate numerous device endpoints into a strong WiFi connection. Mesh network setup is a valuable and complex system enhancement. IT experts from a reputable WiFi installation company should be consulted to design the best possible layout to achieve a stable and robust network connection. In addition, Whole House networks offer some cool advanced features:
- Stable Long-Range Signals – Work anywhere throughout your space without losing signal strength or dropping the signal.
- Only One Network Required – One network covers everything.
- Better Control of Smart Devices – Mesh routers also act as Smart Device “Hubs” and afford users much better control over all types of connected devices.
- Seamless Streaming – Whole House WiFi can operate at peak performane with more than 100 devices streaming at the same time. As a result, no one gets “bumped off” the network slowed down by heavy traffic.
With the unprecedented increase in remote access work, most users have more wireless devices spread around their offices or homes. Unfortunately, WiFi signals from a stand-alone router can only reach so far before the signal begins to degrade. Mesh routers function as “signal dispatchers,” that relay your wireless traffic more efficiently than traditional routers, affording stronger signals at greater distances. In addition, they stabilize your WiFi signal and allow your network to operate at the highest possible speeds from everywhere in your space.
Whole House WiFi costs more than signal-range extenders. Also, depending on the size of the space to be covered, you might need to purchase multiple satellite devices, which adds further cost. However, “time is money,” and signal drops and slow connections are time-consuming and distracting from the focus of your online activities.
Professional Network Setup and WiFi Installation in NYC
SMBs and anyone with a robust network would be wise to enlist the assistance of IT consulting services to help make informed and cost-conscious decisions about your routers and your specific system requirements best for your home or company. A WiFi installation company can supply home networking services and ensure your system has strong network security from the start. In addition, IT experts can help you define all of your computer-system priorities to serve all your business and personal IT needs. Also, they can ensure your Mesh WiFi network is operating at maximum speed and stability throughout your location. Finally, when required, onsite IT support can help keep your entire network up and running as securely and efficiently as possible.
GEEK-AID® Computer and Network Support specializes in customized computer network installation, integration, upgrades, maintenance and repair for small to midsized businesses. GEEK-AID®'s team of IT experts is comprised of top specialists in different areas of IT services, serving clients onsite and remotely for Macs, PCs and all your connected devices in all five boroughs of New York City. More importantly, when your business network goes down, they will perform onsite computer repairs if required. And the GEEK-AID® team doesn't clock out at five o'clock on Friday. They are available to you 24/7, remotely or in person, to ensure your computers, network and data stay up-to-date, healthy and secure. As your business grows, expands its network and adds more devices such as smart controls, smart devices, wireless access and remote access, your network's cybercrime vulnerability and need for cyber security will grow, too. IT support is not just for emergencies. In addition to integrating your system operations and maintaining hardware, software and security, training for your or your employees must also be ongoing. New users and devices will require additional training to use those devices efficiently. Hardware and software installation and maintenance, repair, cyber security and network protection are interrelated concerns. They must be addressed consistently and proactively to best support the seamless operation of your company, minimizing costly and time-consuming IT-related mistakes.
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