Setting up a WiFi Mesh System

Setting up a WiFi Mesh System

Installing a WiFi Mesh System doesn’t have to be difficult. Let me talk you through how to do it. I’m using the TP-Link Deco system to do it and thoroughly recommend them. It’s what I have in my own house. If you have a large area to cover with wifi or many dead spots, indeed, a wifi mesh system may be for you. Mesh systems have faster speeds, greater coverage, and a much more reliable connection due to their multiple access points.

How it works;-

Setting up a WiFi Mesh System
TP-Link Wifi Mesh System – Setting up a WiFi Mesh System

Setting up a WiFi Mesh System – the advantages

With a Mesh WiFi router, you can skip signing into a new network every time you go upstairs or to a different point in the house and stay connected to a single network no matter where you are. Mesh technology is smart and intuitive, letting you stay online even if one of your mesh nodes fails.

Furthermore, by having multiple access points like the one below, a mesh system eliminates dead spots and makes for a much more reliable connection. Of course, near seamless connection from one node to the next makes it the best choice for reliable and fast home networking.

One unit links to the modem, and then that unit then becomes the main hub. The other units called “nodes” will repeat the router’s signal. The result is an efficient wireless network that provides a strong signal no matter where you are. Indeed, below is what one of the mesh nodes looks like.

Wifi Mesh deco
Deco wifi mesh system

You can read all about it here at tp-link mesh systems. And, surprisingly, they are easy to set up.

Setting up a mesh WiFi system at home is relatively simple and can be done in a few steps:

  1. Choose the right system: First, you’ll need to choose a mesh WiFi system that meets your needs. Consider factors such as the size of your home, the number of devices you have, and your internet speed.
  2. Place the nodes: Next, you’ll need to place the nodes throughout your home. The main node should be connected to your modem and placed in a central location. The other nodes should be placed in areas where you want to improve WiFi coverage.
  3. Set up the network: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to set up the network. This usually involves downloading an app and following the on-screen instructions to configure the network.
  4. Connect your devices: Once the network is set up, you can connect your devices to the new mesh WiFi network. You should now have fast and reliable internet throughout your home.

The Deco App

Of course, as with everything these days, there is an app for everything. This is installed on your smartphone or similar, and allows you to control the network, gives you reports and allows you to set various options like ssid’s (Network Names) and parental controls.

Installing a WiFi Mesh System - Deco

Above is the loading screen of the Deco app. This then, after set up, takes you to the main screen below.

Screenshot of Front page

Guest Network – Setting up a WiFi Mesh System

Here it shows the networks you have. I have a Home network and one for guests. These are configurable and you don’t have to have a guest network if you don’t want one. Pressing the circular globe at the top lists all the deco nodes in the network.

Deco Device list

Clicking on one of the devices gives you upload and download speeds, network information, and, of course, a list of connected devices.

single deco device list

The ‘more’ settings button brings up this. With the installs I do for my customers they get a choice, I can manage the network, or they can. And I provide instruction and a guided tour of how they can do it.

Settings options in Deco App

Of Course, if it all looks a little complicated, I can come and do it for you.

Conclusion – Setting up a WiFi Mesh System

Setting up your own mesh WiFi system at home has many advantages. Some of the main advantages include:
Better coverage: Mesh systems use multiple nodes placed throughout your home to provide better coverage and eliminate the need for range extenders. This means that you can enjoy fast and reliable internet in every room of your house.
Easy network management: Mesh routers, of course, come with easy network setup and management, allowing you to toggle network settings, check speeds, and enact parental controls.
Streamlined connections: Mesh systems use multiple nodes to provide better coverage and eliminate the need for range extenders. This means that you can move around your home without experiencing any interruption in your WiFi connection.
Tight security: Indeed, along with easy management, mesh routers often come with improved security features.
No single point of failure: Mesh networks have no main access point and can remain active even if one node fails.
A single network: Mesh systems maintain a single network connection throughout the home, intelligently connecting devices to the best node.
Modular design: Mesh networks can be easily expanded or reduced by adding or removing nodes.

These advantages make setting up your own mesh WiFi system at home a great choice for households that want fast and reliable internet throughout their home.

For a full and detailed explanation of the above conclusion see The Advantages of a Mesh Wifi System at Home
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