Wi-Fi has become the centre of a lot of people’s lives and it’s needed for almost everything we do. That’s why it is important to have a strong internet connection, but unfortunately, sometimes that’s not always the case. There are several reasons that cause this which can result to people using Mesh Wi-fi.
Reasons for bad connection
- You pay for a very slow internet plan
- A large house
- Slower at busier times of the day
- Spyware and viruses
- Too many things running on the same wavelength can cause a ”traffic jam” and slow down your internet speed
- ‘‘Blockers” that can block or interrupt the Wi-Fi Signal e.g Placing the router/modem behind obstacles such as in a cabinet or closet
- Certain devices can’t handle advanced speeds
- Interference from other Wi-Fi Routers/Modems
Whatever the reason might be for having a slow internet connection, a Mesh Wi-Fi can help increase your signal strength instantaneously.
What are wi-fi extenders?
A wi-fi extender can connect to your router via a wired or wireless connection. It helps extend your internet signal into rooms that don’t have strong connections. It’s a separate device that sits between the wireless router and the areas where you want stronger Wi-Fi coverage. These are often very unreliable because they have different network names and devices will have to disconnect and reconnect as you move around the house.
What is mesh Wi-Fi?
A mesh Wi-Fi usually consists of 2 satellites modules that are placed around the house for full coverage and one router that connects directly to the modem. They’re both part of one wireless network and share the same network name.
The difference between the old and the new
The difference between a Wi-Fi extender and a mesh Wi-Fi is that a Wi-Fi extender rebroadcasts and extends your Wi-Fi signal coverage further into your home. The main disadvantage is that with Wi-Fi extenders, devices won’t automatically switch between broadcasts, so you’ll experience a disconnection when switching manually. Whereas with mesh Wi-Fi it creates a single seamless Wi-Fi network using multiple satellites that covers your entire house. Devices will connect automatically to the closes module without any disruptions.
Most internet providers Wi-Fi connection is very bad and provides slow Wi-Fi speed, that’s why people opt for a mesh Wi-Fi. You can add as many satellites as you want depending on the size of your home. At PCW Solutions we have our top 3 mesh Wi-Fi recommendations.
- Netgear Orbi: (RBK53S) Router with 2 Satellite Extenders | Coverage up to 6,000 sq. ft. 25+ Devices | MESH AC3000 (Up to 3Gbps) – 3 Pack £399.99
- Google Mesh Wi-Fi: (GA00158-UK) Router Whole Home System | Coverage up to 170 spm or more |MESH AC2200 – 3 Pack £225.55
- Netgear NightHawk: (EX8000) Tri-band Wireless Mesh Wi-Fi | Coverage up to 2500 sq. ft. 50 Devices |MESH AC3200 (Up to 3Gbps) – Wi-Fi 5 Booster £154.49
Another alternative would be the TP Link Mesh Wi-Fi, although it’s cheaper we don’t recommend it to customers with genuine Wi-Fi problems due to the fact that it’s not as fast or powerful.
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