Do you experience lagging, internet weak spots, and dead zones around your home? You’ve checked all of your equipment, examined your internet usage, and contacted your ISP (internet service provider) but the issue seems to be elsewhere.
When you’re faced with weak or non-existent Wi-Fi signals, the best solution is to simply strengthen and expand your coverage so that your entire home is blanketed in strong, steady Wi-Fi. That is where a Mesh Wi-Fi system comes in.
What is Mesh Wi-Fi?
Mesh Wi-Fi systems can help eliminate weak spots and dead zones by blanketing your entire home with strong and steady Wi-Fi. Unlike traditional routers that broadcast signals from a single point, Mesh Wi-Fi systems have multiple satellites (aka nodes) that capture the main router’s signal and re-broadcasts it where you need it.
Each satellite also serves as a hop point for others in the system. This helps the satellite farthest from the router to deliver a strong Wi-Fi signal by communicating with other satellites, as opposed to relying on one-to-one communication with the main router.
How is it different from a range extender?
Range extenders have been around for some time and have the same purpose of extending the range of Wi-Fi in your home. The key difference between the two is the way they work. Ranger extenders are often designed to connect to your main router wirelessly, but unlike mesh systems, they re-broadcast the Wi-Fi signals on a separate network.
This means that you’ll need to switch between different networks when moving between Wi-Fi zones. For example, if you’ve added a range extender to fix the weak spot in the office, you’ll need to switch networks as you move from your main zone – the bedroom – to the range extender zone – the office. This can be inconvenient, especially if you move around a lot. If you’re not careful, this could lead to frustrating scenarios such as downloads being interrupted or being dropped from a video call as your device switches networks.
What are the benefits of Mesh Wi-Fi?
Smooth and Reliable Performance
Mesh Wi-Fi systems offer smooth and reliable performance for your internet. Since your mesh satellites piggyback on one another, it acts as a continuous link throughout your home, providing smooth, consistent Wi-Fi coverage no matter where you are. This also means your network is more reliable and less prone to failure, even if an individual satellite gives out. Thanks to dynamic routing, if one of your satellites is down, your data will pass through the nearest available satellite ensuring you stay connected. Your satellites are constantly working together to ensure a strong wireless connection in every nook and cranny of your home.
Better Wi-Fi Coverage
A mesh system lets you blanket your entire home in steady Wi-Fi coverage, regardless of the size of your home and where you are within it. Whether you’re on your rooftop, balcony, sleep out, or even in the basement, mesh wi-fi systems allow wireless signals to reach even the farthest corners, leaving no dead zones behind. This means no more lagging or buffering as you stream videos and movies, enabling a superior multimedia experience within your home.
Easy to Set Up and Install
The thought of setting up a whole-home mesh Wi-Fi system might sound daunting, but the good news is that most of them have been designed to be easy to set up and install. Even users with little or no technical knowledge will breeze through it. Mesh systems typically come with a user-friendly mobile app that guides you through the installation process with easy-to-follow instructions. They’ll even tell you where to place your satellites for maximum coverage throughout the home.
Easy to Manage
Mesh Wi-Fi systems are often automated making them easy to manage, with further controls accessible via a dedicated app. Systems such as Huawei’s Q2 Pro are self-learning and adapt to the changing Wi-Fi environment every day, automatically optimising the Wi-Fi channel in real-time to avoid interference, and can actively remember your online surfing habits. Your router will learn to understand and support you for more efficiency in daily tasks.
Their AI Life APP lets you see what's happening on the network, set speed limits, allow guest connections, set Wi-Fi timing, pause connectivity on kids' devices, and more.
Easy to ExpandMesh Wi-Fi systems are easy to expand. For an even wider coverage of your home, all you need to do is add more satellites which can be purchased separately or in packs. Systems such as Huawei’s Q2 Pro allow you to add up to 15 satellites, which is more than enough to provide high-speed Wi-Fi coverage for large properties.
Does your home need Mesh Wi-Fi?
Mesh Wi-Fi systems are one of the most convenient ways to have steady Wi-Fi coverage all-around your home. The simplest reason why you’d need a mesh network is to cover a large home with a strong and reliable signal, and even more so if you have a large backyard with a sleep-out or workshop that needs Wi-Fi. However, there are other reasons why your home would need a mesh system, even if you have a smaller living space.
If your home has been constructed with materials that are thick and/or hard for Wi-Fi signals to penetrate, it needs mesh Wi-Fi. These materials often include concrete, metal, and brick, and count for both walls and floors. To add to that, if you have large obstacles in some rooms such as heavy bookshelves or other bulky furniture, the Wi-Fi signal will be further degraded as it has more density to travel through.
Another reason you might need a mesh Wi-Fi system is if you have a lot of users and/or devices on the network. A network that has multiple access points will handle a lot of users and devices better than a single router can. If this is the main area of concern for you, consider choosing a tri-band mesh router (as opposed to a dual-band) as these have an additional 5GHz band that offers better performance for more users.
Choosing a mesh Wi-Fi system
So you’ve decided that your home needs a mesh Wi-Fi system and your next question is, what system should I choose? There are plenty of high-quality mesh systems on the market and today, we’re going to take a quick look at one of our staff picks.
Huawei’s WiFi Q2 Pro is a hybrid whole-home Wi-Fi system that promises blazing fast wireless connectivity for today’s smart, connected homes. The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 features a dynamic interplay of advanced hardware and software to boost speed, reliability, and range; delivers full-coverage wireless connectivity that’s simple to set up; and guarantees a stable signal throughout the entire home.
Superior in speed, coverage, and performance, HUAWEI WiFi Q2 can provide a hybrid connection of up to 1867Mbps by bonding the speed of PLC and mesh Wi-Fi, the fastest Wi-Fi backhaul network in the world. In addition, the HUAWEI WiFi Q2 covers the same area with fewer units, and can easily support up to 192 connected devices simultaneously with a complete system.