MESH WI-FI NETWORKING GOES MAINSTREAM
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.