The traditional way of setting up WiFi in our homes is by using a centralized router to which all smart devices get connected. While such a setup has historically worked just fine, there are several disadvantages to the one-router approach that make it unscalable. One of the most obvious problems that standalone WiFi routers suffer from is their ability to service distant parts of a house.
As smart-home devices replace traditional ones, there is a growing need in most households to implement WiFi systems that serve every device equally, irrespective of their location or functionality. This can be achieved using WiFi Mesh Networks.
Mesh Networks are a complete rethinking of how wireless internet connectivity is implemented in a home or an office space. Instead of a singular router, Mesh Networks consist of several interconnected nodes (routers or smart devices) that share internet traffic among themselves.
A mesh setup addresses the most obvious shortcoming of routers, i.e., WiFi blind spots. Your devices can seamlessly connect to whichever node is nearest or even communicate with each other by having multiple access points. This is known as auto-optimizing. Consequently, every smartphone or smart-home device that you own enjoys superior connectivity at all times.
Another advantage of mesh wifi-optimizing is that slowdowns get much less frequent. This happens because not all devices are connecting to the same access point. Hence no single node is overburdened with handling too many connections.
When buying a smart-home device, ensure it supports Zigbee.
Mesh Networking will add a lot of value to your life if your home has many smart home devices or people with individual smartphones. Standalone routers are not suited for these kinds of workloads, and frequent signal drops or outages can significantly affect your family’s productivity. With mesh routers coming down in price and standards like Zigbee facilitating low-power connectivity, now is the best time to go mesh!