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?

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - by Kenny Yeo

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.

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