比较：网状 WiFi 与 WiFi 扩展器
Wi-Fi dead spots are the bane of many home networks, but what's the best way to solve them? WiFi mesh network systems are now coming to the fore as a great solution for bringing wireless technology into your home. But WiFi Extenders are still popular. This article compares mesh WiFi networks and extenders, so you can decide which one is right for your home.
Part I. What's mesh WiFi and WiFi extender?
Mesh WiFi expands the range of wireless network by placing several devices including the main router (ONU) and some mesh clients., which replaces your whole original network and forms a single WiFi network that shares the same SSD and password. Thus, you don't need to connect to other networks when you move from one place to the other.
WiFi extender is a device used to extend the coverage area of your WiFi network by rebroadcasting the WiFi signal. There is a different network from the extender so you have to switch to it manually. It's much more recommendable to use dual-band WiFi extender instead of single-band ones in that the signals can't be sent and received at the same time and the speed will slow down.
WiFi extender is rather cheaper and suitable for small areas. However, in terms of convenience, reliability, performance, Mesh WiFi would be better. Below are 5 advantages of choosing Mesh WiFi over extender.
Part II. 4 Advantages of choosing WiFi Mesh over WiFi extender
1. Easy deployment
Although the existing router can be remained, the set-up of the WiFi extender may still be complex because you need to configure it manually. Moreover, sometimes you may encounter compatibility issues. As for Mesh WiFi, there is an easy-to-use application, which makes it simpler.
2. Stable Network
Mesh WiFi system is much more stable than the single-hop network since it doesn't depend on only one node. The whole single-hop network will be paralyzed if a node goes down. As for the mesh WiFi network, the data packet will be automatically routed to the alternate path to continue transmission when the closest node is interrupted or breaks down because each node has one or several paths for transmitting data. Therefore, the WiFi network maintains stable.
If there are several extenders in your house or office, all of them connect to the router via wired or wireless access separately, which creates their own networks and different SSID to avoid network interruption. In contrast, the mesh wifi application can optionally add or delete nodes rapidly.
4. high broadband
In wireless communication, for the reason that the data will be lost more with the increase of transmission distance, the shorter the distance is, the more high broadband can be acquired. Fortunately, the multi-hop network of Mesh WiFi enables connections among many nodes, which increases the total broadband.
In addition, the power consumption of transmitting data is low due to the short transmission distance of each short hop. In consequence, with the low power consumption and wireless signal interference among nodes, the channel quality and the utilization efficiency of the network are greatly improved, which achieves a higher network capacity. For example, in the high-density urban network, the Mesh network can reduce the mutual interference of adjacent users using the wireless network, and greatly improve the efficiency of channel utilization.
Part III. The Best mesh WiFi solution: V-SOL Wi-Fi EasyMesh solution
The V-SOL Mesh WiFi devices are fit for Small Office and Home (SOHO) deployment.
1. WiFi Features
- Compliant with IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac
- 2.4GHz Operating frequency: 2.400-2.483GHz (WiFi 4)
- 5.0GHz Operating frequency: 5.150-5.825GHz (WiFi 5 wave 2)
- MIMO 2×2 For 2.4GHz,MIMO 2×2 For 5.0GHz,
- 4×5dBi external antenna, rate up to 1.166Gbps,Multiple SSID
- TX power: 11n--22dBm/11ac--24dBm
- HG323AC-B: 2GE+1POTS+1USB+ac WiFi Mesh ONU
It's the main router that provides internet connectivity to all of the other satellite nodes, which should be installed in close proximity to your cable modem or existing router as it will be connected to it using a LAN cable. When you connect it with devices like computers, tablets and phones, it can form a managed local area network.
- HG3610ACM: 1GE+1FE+ac WiFi Mesh Router
It works as the slave router to be placed around your home. It makes a difference in helping you access the network anywhere within the operating range of your wireless network.
Part IV. Conclusion
All in all, if you want to live in a small house or there are only 1-2 areas with poor signals, you can select a WiFi extender. But if you need to improve the network in a big house or office, it would be better to choose mesh WiFi. You can refer to the V-SOL Wi-Fi easy mesh solution when setting up the mesh WiFi network.