Mesh WiFi Systems


by Farthing Electrical | James Whitehurst | Mar 28, 2023

Collection of Mesh Wifi Systems

We’ve written this blog to give our clients a better understanding of Mesh Wi-Fi systems and how they can benefit their home and work life. In today’s world, having a strong, reliable internet connection is essential. With the increasing use of smart devices, laptops, and smart TVs, it’s important to have a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout the house. This is where mesh Wi-Fi systems come in. We’ll compare mesh Wi-Fi systems to power line adaptors and bridges, plus take a look at their benefits. We will also look at the different types of mesh Wi-Fi systems available, including internal, external, and point-to-point mesh Wi-Fi.

What is a Mesh Wi-Fi System?

Mesh Wi-Fi systems are designed to provide seamless internet coverage throughout your home, eliminating the need for multiple routers or extenders. Some of the key benefits of mesh Wi-Fi systems include:

  1. Improved Coverage: Mesh Wi-Fi systems use multiple wireless access points to create a network that covers every corner of your home. A Wireless Access Point (WAP) is a networking device that allows wireless capable devices to connect to a wired network.
  2. Easy Setup: Mesh Wi-Fi systems are typically easy to set up, with most systems featuring user-friendly apps that show you connectivity and speeds.
  3. Scalability: Mesh Wi-Fi systems are highly scalable, allowing you to add more nodes as your home and family grows.
    4. Security: Mesh Wi-Fi systems typically come with advanced security features, such as WPA3 encryption and automatic firmware updates, ensuring your network remains safe and secure.

One important aspect to think about with mesh Wi-Fi systems is that they require data cables to be hardwired to each node. This means that each node is connected to the main router via a data cable, which provides a more stable and reliable connection compared to a wireless connection. With this hardwired connection, the nodes can communicate with each other and work together to provide seamless coverage throughout your home. While the initial installation process may require some additional cabling work, the result is a more reliable and efficient Wi-Fi network. If it is being retrofitted to an existing home, then the best way to reduce mess inside the house would be to clip the cable externally in order to locate the access points in the best place.

Disadvantage of Power Line Adaptors and Bridges:

Power line adaptors and bridges are another option for improving Wi-Fi coverage in your home. However, they have their own issues, when one compares them to mesh Wi-Fi systems.

  • Limited Coverage: Power line adaptors and bridges are limited by the distance between power outlets, which can result in weak signals in certain areas of your home.
  • Interference: Power line adaptors and bridges can be affected by other electrical devices in your home, such as refrigerators and microwaves, which can interfere with the signal.
  • Reliability: Power line adaptors and bridges are not always as reliable as mesh Wi-Fi systems, with some users reporting frequent dropouts and slow speeds.

Different Types of Mesh Wi-Fi Systems:

There are different types of mesh Wi-Fi systems available, each designed for specific uses. There are Internal and External Mesh Wi-Fi devices that are designed to be used within your home or garden, providing coverage throughout your entire property.

Point-to-Point mesh Wi-Fi systems are designed to connect two or more buildings together, providing seamless coverage across multiple locations. Commonly used for garden outbuildings where installing data cables can be a costly disruption to newly laid gardens/patios.

Photos Of Mesh Wifi System Access Points

When it comes to setting up a mesh Wi-Fi system, it’s important to place the access points in the right location for complete coverage. With the controller that comes with the mesh Wi-Fi systems, we can draw heat maps of the property to locate devices in the right place for complete coverage.

Diagram Of Mesh Wifi Systems Cloud Based Controller

Farthing Electrical use a third-party cloud-based controller. This saves money on initial setup costs and buying the software/hardware. In addition to this, we carry out regular maintenance to ensure your network is safe and secure with firmware updates. This service is free for the first three years and minimal charges after that, making it an affordable option for managing your Wi-Fi network.

Farthing Electrical In Solihull

If you are based in Solihull and surrounding areas of the West Midlands and looking for a reliable electrical company to install your mesh Wi-Fi system, get in touch with Farthing Electrical for a quote. We have the experience to help you choose the right system for your needs and ensure it is installed correctly, providing you with strong, reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entirety of your property, inside and out.

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