Among several entry-level / mainstream Wi Fi 6 routers, many small partners should find a familiar and unfamiliar word – mesh. Hey? Isn’t this a feature only found in high-end routers before? Why are there more than 200 reasons now? As a technology to expand coverage, which is better and more cost-effective than bridging, or directly buying more expensive “through the wall king” routers?
In fact, the popularity of mesh is not surprising. Look at the current entry-level routers. What is the difference between the processor, antenna and other configurations of the previous medium and high-end routers? It is still common for some high-end technologies to enter the entry-level market. So, as an expansion method for high-end products, what is unique about mesh? This has to start with its name.
”Wireless grid network “or” multi hop “network is the origin of mesh, which also explains its characteristics. Mesh is not connected one-to-one like bridging network, but can be deployed at multiple points. Each node can flexibly connect other nodes, forming the form of grid; Mesh routes are not fixed either. If one of the routes is broken, removed or just the signal is bad, the originally connected route will automatically find other “partners” with better signals to connect, that is, the connection can “hop around”.
Theoretically, as long as the compatible mesh device is removed from the package and connected to the power supply, it will be connected automatically. At the same time, mesh network has no main route, or everyone is the main route. Any route can access the external Internet as an exit. It can also be said that it is a more convenient and perfect router bridge.
Compared with the high-end single router that emphasizes coverage and wall penetration capability, the current entry-level dual mesh route is cheaper in total price, more flexible in signal coverage, and more suitable for long corridors, thermoclines and other house types or covering narrow toilets and other parts. However, to install multiple routes, more power interfaces are required, and obstacles should be considered between routes. Mesh signal also occupies the commonly used frequency band of Wi Fi, so it is still troublesome to use. In addition, in this mode, the efficiency of wireless signals will be reduced, and the ability of games and E-sports will be affected.
After all, is mesh worth choosing? Xiaobian’s view is that if there are multiple blind areas covered by wireless signals in your house and it is difficult to adjust, the multipoint expansion capability of mesh routing is absolutely easy to use and the price is not expensive. If the residential area is square and has high requirements for game E-sports capability, it is more appropriate to choose a medium and high-end route, which is convenient, practical and has excellent performance. One or two blind areas can be ignored or bridged with old routers and low-end APS.