Mesh Wi-Fi is beginning to take off with many of the networking companies releasing new mesh networks (802.11s). This method of networking relies on multiple wireless devices being used together in a grid, or mesh, coverage pattern to provide reliable and high performance wireless networks. This can be of benefit where the home, or office, suffers from poor wireless zones due to distance or environment. By linking the matched devices in a mesh network wireless signals can reach to those dim and dark wireless corners of the home.
Most of the main network device manufacturers have released their own versions including this new one from BT called BT Whole Home Wi-Fi retailing at around £300. For many homes this level of coverage will be unnecessary but for those living in larger homes, or older homes with thick, solid walls, mesh technology could be a good direction to take to address Wi-Fi coverage around the house (or office).
The ‘first’ device connects to the main router and then an app (Android or iOS) is used to help set up the two ‘sister’ devices to map out your mesh network. All handled in a user friendly manner.
Current tests show that these networks are easier to configure than a home plug adapter network, more reliable and offer better across device performance. Apart from providing a reliable Wi-Fi network many of the devices also provide a wired connection (handy for connecting static PCs, TVs, set top boxes and such like.