And the Win­ner Is…

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You know us. Speed and re­li­a­bil­ity are the core of our be­ing. But new tech is equally im­por­tant, so this isn’t a clear win for Eth­er­net. Wi-Fi’s draw­backs don’t com­pletely dis­qual­ify it ei­ther— we’ve got­ten along with it just fine so far, and it’s due to get bet­ter. Wi-Fi and esh suf­fer in terms of la­tency, but they’re good enough for most; it’s the lat­ter’s leap for­ward in con­nec­tiv­ity and ex­pand­abil­ity that puts it leagues ahead of its one-node cousin.

So, if we were to pre­sume you come from some al­ter­nate re­al­ity where you didn’t have a net­work at home, we’d have two choices. The awk­ward­ness of Eth­er­net is trumped by mesh’s flex­i­bil­ity; mesh’s ex­pense is beaten by Eth­er­net’s up­grade­abil­ity. We’ll skip over the irony of mesh work­ing best if sup­ported by an Eth­er­net back­haul, be­cause we have to peg it as our net­work­ing pick. It’s the eas­i­est way to fill your home with rock-solid wire­less net­work­ing, it has easy con­fig­u­ra­tion op­tions, and it’s only go­ing to im­prove. Don’t throw out your Wi-Fi router if you’re not strug­gling for sig­nal, but con­sider mesh your next up­grade.

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