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Wi-Fi Mesh Systems Compared

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Wi-Fi mesh systems are the future of home networking. Mac Observer has a really good run down on what they are and which one is best for your home:

    Mesh routing completes that puzzle because the access points act as one. They are all aware of each other and can work with client devices to decide which access point is best for that client at that time, not just which one is closest or has the strongest signal. If one device starts streaming a ton of Netflix, for example, the mesh can identify this and either tell that client to move or start moving other clients to free up that radio for the video stream.

    This kind of setup is simply not possible to build yourself with off-the-shelf routers.

    My place isn’t big enough to need something like this, but damn, it’s still cool.

  2. stollio


    Loving my AmpliFi HD. Full bars in every corner of the house!
  3. armistice

    Captain Vietnam: Bestower of Tumors

    I recommend UniFi to basically all my clients. Coverage heatmaps are my fav

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  4. Eric Wilson

    Trusted Prestigious

    Very good read. Been looking into this a lot lately, and trying to decide which way to go.
  5. armistice

    Captain Vietnam: Bestower of Tumors

    If you have the ability to do so, the systems where each AP has an ethernet connection are vastly superior. While the meshes still work well without this, the speed and AP crossover performance are very noticeably better.
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  6. CyberInferno

    Line below my username Supporter

    I like my wired connections for my non-mobile devices. Yeah, it's old-school, but I don't have headaches either.

    Pretty cool for the times when you need wireless though.
  7. Eric Wilson

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    Yeah unfortunately where I'm at now that would be pretty difficult to manage, but it's something I'll keep in mind in the future in regards to Ethernet drops in strategic locations.