If you live in a multi-story home, especially those that are concrete, you may be dealing with weak and incomplete WiFi coverage. You may already have your own wifi router that is powerful but you don't want to further complicate your wifi system with multiple wifi networks throughout your home. I recently experienced a similar situation and had to rethink my approach to setting up the wifi network in my home.
While living in Japan I needed to have two separate wifi routers for business service and another with a US IP for streaming home entertainment. To ensure complete coverage, I purchased two routers, a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Wifi Router and a Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 Wifi Router. Now that I am back in the US and since moving into a new place, I discover my traditional routers have a limited range; they are often unable to fully cover my multi story home. In addition it was further apparent that a Mesh WiFi setup would be beneficial because of the interior brick walls, and the unusual room layout.
Mesh WiFi network represents a great option for people who are interested in a powerful WiFi system but don’t want to deal with the complicated setup and configuration that most regular routers come with. Since mesh operates on a single network, mesh WiFi is also a great option for people who own range extenders and don't want to switch between networks as they move upstairs or downstairs.
Mesh WiFi works by using two or more mesh WiFi devices or “nodes” to create a mesh WiFi network. One node is connected to an internet modem, while the rest can be placed throughout your home to create a powerful wireless network. Unlike traditional routers, these nodes are all part of the same network and share the same SSID and password. This makes setting and scaling up your mesh network as easy as adding another node. These nodes are important in efficiently delivering WiFi, as each node serves as a “daisy chain” for other nodes in the system. Even nodes that are furthest from the router can still deliver a strong signal. Nodes communicate with one another in order to determine the fastest band for your devices, and to reroute traffic in the event that one node fails.
In this particular case, instead of using a Mesh Wifi System, I expanded on my network by using my existing routers to create my own Mesh Wifi System. In my setup, I am using the below routers and extenders.
1 Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Wifi Router
- Fast wifi performance: Get up to 1800 square feet wireless coverage with AC1900 speed (Dual band up to 600 + 1300 Mbps)
- Recommended for up to 30 devices: Reliably stream videos, play games, surf the internet, and connect smart home devices
- Wired Ethernet ports: plug in computers, game consoles, streaming players, and other nearby wired devices with 4 x 1 gigabit Ethernet ports
- Loaded with advanced technology: Designed with a 1GHz dual core processor, 3 amplified antennas, Beamforming+, Dynamic QoS, Smart Connect, Amazon Alexa Voice Controls, and more
- USB connections: Share a storage drive and printer with any connected device, and create a personal cloud storage to access from anywhere, using the 1x3.0 and 1x2.0 USB ports
- Smart parental controls: Pause device internet access, view site history usage, and filter websites for free. Set online time limits, schedule device internet access, and more for $4.99/month (1st month free trial)
- Netgear Armor Powered by BitDefender: The world’s leading cybersecurity protects all your home devices from virus, malware, and data theft with a 30-day free trial
- Safe & secure: Supports WPA2 wireless security protocols. Includes Guest WiFi access, DoS, Firewall, VPN, and more