Product Overviews

Mesh Wifi: An Overview

With the increasing number of wireless smart devices in our homes, having a solid wireless network is a requirement to support it. Recently, mesh wifi networking to the forefront of wireless technology. It offers strong signal over a wide area without having to run additional wiring. Here is an overview of a few of the products out on the market today.

Linksys Velop

Linksys has a great reputation for introducing high-quality wireless products onto the market routinely. Their mesh product, the Velop, is no different. For $299, you can purchase a three-pack of mesh points for your home. As advertised, this covers a 4500 sq ft home. Additional nodes cost $129 each.

The sleek, white, rectangular profile looks clean and of high quality. Each mesh point has two Ethernet ports for wired connections as well. Set up of these devices must be done on a mobile app. It cannot be done through a mobile web browser. This device is also capable of acting as your home router as well.

Google WiFi

The Google WiFi system is Google’s first step into the wireless networking market. Like the Velop system, three-pack can be purchased for $300, and additional points can be added on for $129 each. Each mesh point is advertised to be able to provide signal to 1500 square feet. A three-pack will be able to cover 4500 square feet.

Google advertises family friendly controls so that parents can block specific websites and set up network access on a timed schedule. Additionally, the Google WiFi mobile app is feature-rich and can be used for set-up and troubleshooting as well.

Ubiquiti

Ubiquiti offers a mesh wireless networking in two different ways. The first, and simplest, is their Amplifi Instant system. This two-node option retails for $179. The Amplifi Instant mesh system advertises and in instant setup, with little-to-no configuration needed. It’s short, square design may be considered more visually appealing then other products on the market. As of this writing, additional nodes points aren’t available for purchase.

The second option from Ubiquiti, Unifi, is a line of wireless products that offer “wireless uplink” technology. The Unifi line offers a number of different wireless access points for different situations, including indoor or outdoor products, as well as products built for situations where a longer range is needed. The setups for the Unifi products can be complicated for your average home user, and all of the access points must be managed by controller software as well. This is a good solution for a user who has experience in information technology.

The Bottom Line

If you’ve had experience with any of these mesh wifi products, or with a different product then the three that I wrote about today, please reach out to me and let me know about your experience. We want to hear from you!

I am a husband, father, and tech enthusiast living in Saratoga County, New York. I have spent the past 10 years (and counting!) honing my technical skills traveling the United States as a technical specialist for a software company out of Albany, NY. In addition to that, I've spent the past two and a half years implementing affordable smart home solutions in my home.

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