MESH WI-FI NET­WORK­ING GOES MAIN­STREAM

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With prod­ucts like the Linksys Velop and ASUS Hive get­ting CES an­nounce­ments, Mesh Wi-Fi net­works could be­come the norm for homes and of­fice net­works. Mesh Net­work­ing uses a sys­tem of nodes that wire­lessly and in­tel­li­gently com­mu­ni­cate with each other in or­der to trans­mit the sig­nal with min­i­mal loss from one node to an­other. The par­ent node is the only de­vice need­ing to be phys­i­cally con­nected to the net­work source, es­sen­tially cre­at­ing a ‘cloud’ of con­nec­tiv­ity that ex­pands with the amount of slave nodes in­tro­duced. The Linksys Velop sys­tem al­lows each of its nodes to act as a router, range ex­ten­der, ac­cess point and bridge, de­pend­ing on your con­fig­u­ra­tion needs, and claims to dy­nam­i­cally ad­just it­self for op­ti­mal speed. ASUS’s of­fer­ing is rather sim­i­lar al­though with two tiers of prod­uct, the HiveSpot and slightly toned-down HiveDot, both tiers be­ing able to cre­ate a mesh net­work of 3–5 nodes us­ing its AiRadar beam­form­ing tech.

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