You know that one spot in your house where your Wi-Fi just quits? We’ve all got it. If we’re lucky, it’s just one spot. Wi-Fi dead spots are a common enough issue, but with a mesh network, they don’t have to be.
Most of our home networks are built around one Wi-Fi router doing its best to try covering an entire, dynamic space with Wi-Fi signal. The trouble is that Wi-Fi can’t easily go through everything. Thick walls, concrete, and metal all put up a serious fight against Wi-Fi signals. That’s why you shouldn’t put your router on top of your fridge or in a utility closet.
The best thing you can do with a single-router network is try to put the router some central in your home, ideally up off the ground, without any obstacles nearby. But no one wants to put their Wi-Fi router on a pedestal just to have better internet. Fortunately, there’s another way.
A mesh network, like that provided from the new eero 6 and eero Pro 6 systems, doesn’t rely on a single router but instead on multiple nodes spaced out throughout your home. With a few eero 6 units, perhaps one on each floor of your home or spread out evenly, you can create a powerful home network that doesn’t suffer from the typical woes of home Wi-Fi.
Since you can put mesh nodes all over your home, you can almost guarantee you’ll be close enough to a node for your internet-connected devices to pick up the signal. Each node communicates with one another, so the data your phone or computer sends to a node gets sent across the mesh network back to whichever node is connected to your modem, thereby linking you to the internet.
The whole mesh system may seem complicated, but it’s actually fairly simple to set up. Each node is broadcasting the same Wi-Fi network as far as your devices are concerned, so you don’t need to create a bunch of separate networks or manually switch between them when you walk around your house.
Since you can position your mesh nodes just about anywhere you need them and your devices will connect to any node that it’s getting a strong signal from, you can easily eliminate dead spots. Even the most stubborn obstacles can’t stand in the way, as you can simply build the mesh network to connect around the obstacle.
With eero’s mesh networks, you can build out a mesh network to fit your needs. If you’re in a small apartment, you might just need one base station and an extender. If you’re in a spacious ranch, you could pair several units together to reach every end of the house. You can also mix and match units. If you want max speeds in the office but can settle for a more modest connection elsewhere in the home, you can pair an eero Pro 6 with several extenders or eero beacons.
If you’re ready to get rid of your Wi-Fi dead zones, check out eero’s mesh networking devices here.