Smart Whole-Home Mesh Wifi Routers
With many of us working from home, it is important that we have good wifi coverage to run work applications and different modes of work communication, especially video conferencing. Also with more and more smart devices such as IP cameras, video doorbells, robot vacuums and lights, maintaining good wifi coverage and performance is also important to ensure a smooth operation. Large homes, flats with dense walls, multiple floors, metal and concrete substructures, and other structural impediments can result in wifi dead zones. A top mesh system, powered by one of the best mesh Wi-Fi wireless routers, could well be the answer to your connectivity woes.
A mesh system that pairs a router with range-extending satellite devices can decimate dead zones and spread a fast and reliable signal throughout your home for your Wi-Fi devices. With satellites, or nodes, spread strategically throughout your home, a good mesh setup will automatically "route" your connection as you move through the place, steering you from band to band within a single, unified Wi-Fi network. It'll also decide when to route your connection through a satellite device and when to send your signal straight to the main router. That's better than what you'll get from a simple range extender and it makes for close-to-seamless home internet, with more consistent speeds in each room.
A good smart world-home wifi mesh router system provide good wireless coverage, a great price and a strong selection of features such as
- smart – eg use band steering to automatically select the least-crowded radio band for the best performance and offer easy-to-use parental controls, guest networking, and device prioritization options.
- user-friendly mobile app for easy setup and control
- easy to expand system for bigger wifi coverage
- blend in with your home's décor
- multi-band networking 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands
- advanced features eg some models offer support for Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) technology, which streams data to multiple compatible wireless clients simultaneously rather than sequentially.
- new routers may offer new technology such as WI-FI 6 which is an evolution of 802.11ac technology (which many of today's routers and client devices use to connect to one another and to the Internet) which promises increased throughput speeds (up to 9.6Gbps), less network congestion, greater client capacity, and better range performance courtesy of several new and improved wireless technologies, including Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) which can potentially allow up to 30 users to share a channel at the same time
However, there could be times when you need to travel and when home broadband are flaky or overloaded, there is where a mobile wifi router or Mifi comes in handy. While you can use tethering or hotspot from your smartphone, it has it's limitation such the draining of your smartphone's battery, a need to swap sims and limited sharing capability. This is where mobile router such as the Tp-link M7200 comes in handy. This mobile Wi-Fi router supports 4G FDD-LTE/TDD-LTE and 3G networks. It’s SIM-unlocked, so you simply unclip the back panel, pop in your SIM, and switch it on. Its 2,000mAh internal battery can last up to 8 hours and support up to 10 devices.