Want to Provide Seamless Wi-Fi Experience? Check Out Mesh Wi-Fi Routers

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Ever wondered how some top establishments allow you to access wi-fi anywhere on the campus? Now you can provide the same facility in your organisation too–at least within an area of 3000 to 6000 square feet. All thanks to a category of wi-fi routers called–Mesh Network WiFi routers.

What’s different?

Network Everywhere! The traditional stand-alone Wi-Fi routers gives you a hard time once you lose the connectivity as you go farther away from the router. On the contrary, mesh network creates a continuous wireless link within each access points establishing a link throughout your organization and reducing the possibility of dead zones.

Typically, you get a set of routers, in which the primary one is the base station while one to two more are satellites. Satellites extend the range of the base station across a larger area, by streaming data from the base station and streaming it to devices near them.

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The cool thing about this setup is that the base station and satellites communicate with each other using RF signals and not wi-fi. Why’s that important? Because, using RF, the base station and the satellites can be setup in situations where a typical wi-fi setup would not work. For example, in heritage hotel buildings, the stone walls could block wi-fi, but not RF.

Expanded Coverage: Typical routers cover 1200-1500 square feet approximately, while the coverage area of a typical Mesh Network is 4,500 to 6,000 square feet.

More Devices: You can connect a much larger number of devices to same network, typically ranging from 20 to 90 devices depending on the router model and coverage area.

Reduced Wiring & Cabling: Wireless mesh automatically excludes the extra cost of wires, installation of fibre cables, long wires in the buildings, societies and most importantly in the offices.

Expandable and adaptable: Being ‘wireless’ in nature, Wireless mesh nodes can be moved or removed depending on the location where you are installing.

COMPARISON CHART

Here’s a comparison of some of the popularly available devices in India, along with parameters that matters

Sl No.
Make and Model
Coverage Area in Square Feet
Speed
Number of Clients/Device
Number Untis (Base+Satellites)
Price (Approximate)
Supported
1 Linksys WHW0303 6000+ 802.11ac
(AC1300 x 3)
64 1+2 24000
2 Google Wifi system 4500 802.11ac (AC1200) 64 1+2 48,000/-
3 NetgearOrbi Pro AC3000 Tri-band WiFi System (SRK60 5000 802.11ac (AC3000) 40 1+2 34,380/-
4 Netgear Orbi RBK50 4500 802.11ac (AC3000) 40 1+1 24,999/-
5 Tenda Nova MW6 6000 802.11ac (AC1200) 90 1+2 26,590/-
6 Samsung Connect Home AC1300 Smart Wi-Fi System 1500 802.11ac 20 1 14,009/-
7 TP-Link Deco M5 4500 802.11ac (AC1300) 64 1+2 16,349/-

 

Specs Explained

  1. Speed: That’s denoted by the number coming after AC, which shows the maximum theoretical bandwidth of the setup. 1200 means 1200 Mbps, 1300 means 1300 Mbps, 3000 means 3000 Mbps. A major alert would be that you should NOT just go by what the vendors put on their data sheets.
  2. Number of clients: This figure represents how many devices can connect to wi-fi using that particular model. For example, ’40’ here would mean that as per the manufacturer their setup can handle 40 devices without any issue.
  3. Number of Units: This parameter informs you about the setup configuration, or put simply, number of satellites you will get with the base station. For example, ‘1+2’ means 1 base station along with 2 satellites.

Bottomline

The important factor to notice is that your work is reduced since you are saved from the hassles of managing different routers, security setups, logins, etc. An investment in a mesh router setup will not only provide you the above-mentioned advantages, but the resulting reduction of hassles faced by your users will make you look like the super IT guy.

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