Blanketing your whole home with Wi-Fi signals is not always easy, especially when you live in a large house with many floors (and walls). If you only use one router and encounter Wi-Fi dead zones around your home, have added multiple network nodes but are tired of complicated Wi-Fi setup and management, or always lose connection while walking around your house, then you may want to consider getting a mesh Wi-Fi network.
What Is a Mesh Wi-Fi Network?
In a traditional home network, one router connects to the internet and broadcasts Wi-Fi signals, which usually cannot cover every corner of the house. Sometimes one or more network nodes (such as range extenders or powerline devices) may connect to the router to extend the Wi-Fi coverage. However, each device forms a separated network with different Wi-Fi settings.
In a mesh Wi-Fi network, multiple network nodes work together to form a single, unified network that shares the same Wi-Fi settings. These settings include network name, password, access control settings, and more. This unified Wi-Fi system provides your entire home with Wi-Fi coverage.
What Are the Benefits of a Mesh Wi-Fi Network?
Compared with a traditional one-router network, a mesh Wi-Fi network uses multiple network nodes to cover every corner of your house. You can always get a stable connection, whether you’re in the basement, garage, or yard.
Compared with a traditional multi-node network, a mesh Wi-Fi network provides the following benefits:
- Seamless roaming
Mesh devices share the same wireless network name and password, and support IEEE 802.11k/v to ensure seamless roaming experience. Some mesh devices may also support IEEE 802.11r to further accelerate roaming. Your phone or tablet automatically connects to the fastest mesh device as you move through your home. Switching from one mesh device to another is so smooth that it’s unnoticeable, even during streaming.
- Speed and reliability
Working as a unified Wi-Fi system, a mesh network dynamically chooses the network node and band with the strongest signal for your data, guaranteeing a fast connection no matter where you are in your home. If one mesh device has an issue, the system will automatically reroute data via the other devices to make sure you stay online.
- Easy setup and centralized management
Just set up a mesh router and connect other mesh devices to it. These devices will automatically copy its Wi-Fi settings, including network name, password, access control settings and more. What’s more, you can manage all devices in the mesh network simply by managing the central node (main router). No need to repeat Wi-Fi configurations or manage connected clients on each device.
What Types of Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi Does TP-Link Provide?
TP-Link provides two whole-home mesh Wi-Fi solutions. You can choose according to your needs.
- Deco: Whole new mesh ecosystem
If you want to buy a whole new Wi-Fi ecosystem, Deco products are your best bet. Their contemporary design can fit the decor of any type of home. Setup just got a lot easier with the help of the Deco app. You can get your network up and running in minutes. For more information, visit https://www.tp-link.com/en/home-networking/deco/deco-m5/#tp-link-mesh.
- OneMeshTM: Cost-effective mesh network with existing TP-Link devices
If you want to enjoy whole-home mesh Wi-Fi with your existing TP-Link devices, the OneMesh technology will help. OneMesh is coming to all TP-Link SOHO product lines with a simple firmware update. For more information, visit https://www.tp-link.com/onemesh.