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We rely on WiFi devices in our homes more and more. Everything from entertainment to monitoring the garage door to either open or keep it closed via an app and a WiFi device that talks to your garage door opener.
Well built homes have serious WiFi issues and the larger the home, the worst their WiFi signal happens to be. I know that is a simplified explanation but getting into the details of what causes a bad WiFi connection is like trying to explain what is dark matter. It’s better to talk about the overall cause and effect and not get into the technical details.
One remedy is to place your modem/router on the second floor of your house because WiFi signal spreads further from above. Unfortunately, not all of us have 2nd floors and even if we do, there are other factors that keep us from getting an optimal WiFi signal. Outside of WiFi signal trying to travel through a large well-built home, WiFi signal from your neighbors home network can interfere with your WiFi signal.
Wiring a home with multiple data ports or plugs use to be the only answer to get a great internet connection but unless the builder if your home had cat5 or cat6 cabling installed throughout your home during construction, you are looking at a cost-prohibitive installation of data cabling throughout your home and depending on how well built your home happens to be, the data cable installer may have to leave you with exposed conduit to protect the cabling or exposed cables themselves.
Mesh routers eliminate messy wiring and cable and even the sweaty handyman hanging around too long. A mesh router with its mesh extenders can easily be connected by anyone and if you are afraid of technology, hire a teenage techy (I’m not sure if using the term nerd here is considered PC) with a pizza to connect it for you.
Mesh routers are even more important now that wire free security cameras are proving to have more features like two-way talk capability and body heat sensing which wired security cameras usually lack. They’ve even come a long way when it comes to video quality. There are plenty of wire-free security cameras in the market with 1080p video at 2 megapixels of video density. All this technical talk just means that you will see a gorgeous picture when you view your security video on your smartphone or TV. There are some wire-free security camera manufacturers in the market that will soon offer even more with jaw-dropping 4K video, that’s 8 megapixels! That is a lot of data that needs to flow through your WiFi home network. That one security camera is going to be a very hungry WiFi device.
Controlling home automation devices like video doorbells can be a nightmare without a very strong and fast WiFi signal. Even regular routers that are located close to the door can sometimes fail to connect to a WiFi hungry video doorbell. This is from experience. I literally installed dozens of video doorbells for more than a few customers with the frustration of finding out hours later that all of the problems I was experiencing with video doorbell was pretty much due to a poor WiFi connection to a WiFi hungry device.
Here’s an observation I had as an installer of tech equipment, a good portion of consumers returned more than half of their purchased WiFi devices including laptops because they didn’t work as advertised according to the owner. In most cases, it was probably due to their poor WiFi speed and connectivity in their home WiFi network that really caused the problem.
Mesh router networks allow you to assign more speed and connectivity to particular devices over others. This is crucial when it comes to balancing out your home needs and priorities. Computers and laptops for home offices, Security cameras, smart TV devices, and gaming consoles can receive higher priority than the garage door opener or thermostat which doesn’t require a fast connection. In my case, I live in a weird cellular tower zone where I use to have to stand near a certain window or area in the house to talk to clients on my work mobile phone without getting interference or getting cut off. Now, when I’m at home, my phone automatically connects to the home WiFi mesh network and I have crystal clear phone conversations in any room I choose as well as outside in the backyard.
You’ll find that WiFi devices work several times better when you add a mesh router. Here are a few WiFi devices that need a good WiFi network to work properly
WiFi connected printers, video doorbells, wire-free security cameras, WiFi connected gaming systems, Garage door sensors and controllers Smart TVs, Amazon Alexa TV devices, Google TV devices, Apple TV, WiFi connected Mobile phones for phone calls, tablets, Home Automation Hubs, connection to your 24-hour security camera in your vehicle in the driveway or garage, laptop and other WiFi devices located near but not inside the house like the unattached garage where you may have a wire-free security camera overlooking your vehicle and tools, WiFi devices located in the front or backyard like ground and air thermometers to monitor temperature and ground moisture for your plants and grass or a wire-free security camera looking back at the house from a shed or tree in the back or front yard.
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