Mesh networks v Wi-Fi extenders

Are mesh networks better than Wi-Fi extenders for home office use?

Asked by June on 20th Dec 2022
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"I cant see anyone actually knows the difference between Access Points, Boosters and Mesh. (in fact all of them can actually work in Mesh mode if they are not the cheapest models). Let me explain it briefly. Mesh network is probably the best solution by now and I do recommend it. What is more the best feature of it is that it does not create another Network name and your device does not connect and disconnect from one to another when you change your location in a house or an office. You have one stable connection to WiFi. The other benefits are mentioned below."
Answered on 16th Jan 2023 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"Mesh networks I believe are one of the best around and yes they are better than wifi extenders"
Answered on 21st Dec 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"Access Points that have been hardwired (using a Cat6 or Cat5e cable) are the best devices to use throughout your home for extending the WiFi connectivity.

Boosters are cheaper, but are intermittent. You also loose upto 50% of the bandwidth after each bounce or connection of a booster. You end up buying more and more devices to get a good WiFi connection.

If your able to, run cat6 / cat5e cables to Access points. Each point will provide the same speed as the router if done correctly. I would also recommend hardworking devices like games consoles, computers and other devices to remove them from the WiFi connection. This way the devices will have a solid connection and won't lag.

Happy to assist if you need help"
Answered on 20th Dec 2022 - Member since Sep 2022 - report
"Hi June. If you have a lot of solid walls to deal with I would always recommend cabling what you can rather than loads of wireless equipment. Consider putting wireless units in loft where they will penetrate downwards. If you can get signal to the wireless units by cable you will get maximum bandwidth."
Answered on 20th Dec 2022 - Member since Sep 2022 - report
"mesh can work very well. it depends on your signal strenth. call your internet provider for a signal test.

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Answered on 20th Dec 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"I suggest you to go for Wi-Fi 6 access point. Access points are better than Mesh and Wi-Fi extender."
Answered on 16th Feb 2023 - Member since Feb 2023 - report
"Hi June,

WiFi mesh solutions are ok, however they can still be costly depending on the construction and layout of your home, they are not fool proof and ideally you still need to do a survey, and where possible you should connect the mesh divicea via an Ethernet cable also so know as Ethernet backhaual."
Answered on 20th Dec 2022 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
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