> Test 3 Com­plex­ity

Sim­ple Wi-Fi or some­thing more?

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It’s worth not­ing that ev­ery­one does the mesh network thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ently. Net­gear’s Orbi sys­tem, for ex­am­ple, has a spe­cific node that sim­ply man­ages the task of rout­ing, and it also has a com­pli­ment of satel­lite nodes that com­mu­ni­cate with that. The rest of the mesh net­works here can at­tach any node to your ex­ist­ing mo­dem — but you’ll lose ac­cess to the Eth­er­net con­nec­tions you might al­ready have hooked up to your cur­rent router, which might ne­ces­si­tate a lit­tle re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of your network, par­tic­u­larly if you’re cur­rently run­ning a smart hub or a network prin­ter.

Re­al­is­ti­cally, though, no mesh network cur­rently avail­able to­day is go­ing to be par­tic­u­larly com­plex. It’s a much smoother ride than when you’re try­ing to ex­tend a network with tra­di­tional Wi-Fi re­peaters, that’s for cer­tain, but it pays to know what’s dif­fer­ent.

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