What is Mesh Wi-Fi?
A mesh Wi-Fi network involves the use of two or more Wi-Fi routers or nodes, which are each placed in a different location around the office. The nodes are connected and provide a single, seamless Wi-Fi network, with data transferred wirelessly between each node. This means that if you receive an important email, or need to work with sensitive or confidential data, you can easily move from a breakout space into a private workspace in a different part of the office and pick up the strongest Wi-Fi connection from the closest mesh node. This all happens automatically and seamlessly, without the need to switch SSIDs or make any configuration changes.
Mesh Wi-Fi for small businesses
One disadvantage to business mesh Wi-Fi systems is that they can be prohibitively expensive for smaller business and SMEs. But as mesh Wi-Fi has risen in popularity, more solutions have entered the market. One great option for smaller businesses is the AiMesh AC1900 WiFi System from ASUS. It uses a pair of powerful, dual-band RT-AC68U routers to create a mesh network that is ideally suited for smaller offices, or for where part of the office is on another floor, or where the primary router is obscured by a wall.
Don’t look Backhaul in anger
Since mesh Wi-Fi systems work by transmitting data from one node to another, a consequence of this is that some of the Wi-Fi bandwidth is consumed by inter-node communications, potentially reducing the overall Wi-Fi speed. A neat trick to avoid this problem is to use something called Ethernet Backhaul, which is where the nodes are connected via Ethernet, leaving the Wi-Fi bandwidth exclusively available for employees to use.
There are many challenges that come with adapting your office environment to suit the needs and expectations of today’s employees. But with a mesh Wi-Fi system, providing a seamless connection to the Internet needn’t be one of them.