Redefining Wi-Fi at home
SURE, MESH NETWORKING AS A TECHNOLOGY ISN’T NEW, BUT WITH THE RISE OF MAINSTREAM MESH NETWORKING SOLUTIONS, CAN WE FINALLY ERADICATE WI-FI DEAD SPOTS AND ACHIEVE UBIQUITOUS CONNECTIVITY?
Mesh networking aims to change the home Wi-Fi landscape, but to be absolutely honest, it has already been around for the past couple of years even in the consumer space. Smaller brands have started selling wireless mesh networks, but these are often offered only by startups and smaller players and were not officially available for sale locally. It was only recently that big established names like Linksys and Netgear started introducing their own mesh networking systems and the general public started taking notice of alternate networking solutions. From a networking business industry perspective, the concept of mesh networks has been around for even longer.
Mesh networking simply refers to a wireless distributed system. In other words, all mesh nodes can cooperate and contribute to the distribution of data in a network. This is particularly useful in solving the problems of dead spots in homes. It gives homes the ability to have multiple access points (nodes), and these access points can cooperate to expand Wi-Fi coverage. What is unique and attractive about mesh networks is that only a single SSID is broadcast and it provides seamless roaming across an area.