What is a Wi-Fi Mesh System and How Does it Work

It can be annoying when your Wi-Fi isn’t available in every single area of your home. You want to sit where you put your new chair but realize that you can’t connect to your Wi-Fi there. Sure, you could try an extender, but they can be too difficult to set up for some.

A WiFi mesh system is easier to set up since all you have to do is plug it in and follow the instructions the app gives you. This is an excellent option if you don’t get along with technology very much but need your WiFi everywhere.

What is a WiFi Mesh System?

With a WiFi mesh system, you need two or more devices that are like routers. They’re like various Wi-Fi extenders but without the hassle that comes with setting them up. With a Wi-Fi mesh system, you won’t need different network names, making things a lot easier.


WiFi Mesh is a series of WiFi-like mini devices that allow the signal to piggyback from one device to another. This will allow you to eliminate those Wi-Fi dead spots. Every device will send routing information to the other device you’ve set up around your home

How is a Wi-Fi Mesh System Different from Wi-Fi Extenders?

Wi-Fi extenders boost your current Wi-Fi network, but with a Wi-Fi mesh system, a completely different Wi-Fi Network is created. You can control your Wi-Fi mesh through an easy to use app and therefore, can forget about that laborious admin page on your router.

Wi-Fi extenders can’t communicate with each other while Wi-Fi mesh devices can. Unlike the Wi-Fi extenders that can only “talk” to the main router, Wi-Fi mesh devices can communicate with each other in any way that results in you getting the best possible coverage.


Another difference between Wi-Fi extenders and a Wi-Fi mesh System is that the Wi-Fi mesh transmits a different Wi-Fi Network. Each hub that you place works more like a router instead of repeating the signal.

Should You Switch to Wi-Fi Mesh?


A Wi-Fi mesh network is easier to set up but should you switch? Before you answer that question, there are some things you should consider. Wi-Fi mesh system hardware is more expensive. For example, with Wi-Fi expanders, you can get a set for around $300. With Wi-Fi mesh, three units would set you back $500 and you would also have to pay $200 for any additional devices. Does your house comes with a lot of dead corners that you really need a Wi-Fi mesh system? Can you just move your existing router, or yourself to another location with a better Wi-Fi coverage?

There is also the issue of technical support. Wi-Fi mesh system is relatively new and only few companies are offering it. Technical support may be limited when you need it. Since there is no way of knowing if Wi-Fi mesh will be a hit, the company could discontinue the hardware and left you with unsupported devices.

If the worst does happen, you’ll be left without tech support, no warranty for damaged hardware, and if any security flaws are discovered there won’t be an update that would patch things up.


A Wi-Fi mesh system isn’t the best option for all users, but if you really need all corner of your house to have access to Wi-Fi and you can afford it, then it’s a decent option. If you’re not very tech-savvy, Wi-Fi mesh will definitely help you with those annoying WiFi dead spots you have around your home. Do you think you’ll give it a try? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.


  1. What are the security implications of mesh systems? Are they more or less secure, or is there a difference? You do not discuss or even mention that aspect.

  2. I had a problem connecting to my wifi in the basement. I bought a long range usb antenna (<$30) and it solved the problem.

  3. Yeah +1 dragonmouth, when it comes to security this is a MUST. I would dread having bought this 500$$+ piece of equipment then soon enough the 15 year old limp-wristed-zit-faced kid down the road has now dropped a packet sniffer or is air cracking my wireless signal.
    Also, WPA… wi-fi is crackable. So, this technology may be new and wide open now to attacks. This really should be brought to attention in articles on this topic. New tech. is great but what risks am I taking using it?? Maybe we should start a company that sells super secure wi-fi mesh systems : >
    Just my thoughts.


  4. The diagram for the mesh setup makes no sense. Where is the connection to the internet? Furthermore, it doesn’t agree with the description. Where are the $500 boxes? If it is just your own devices acting as repeaters, why would you need to buy anything else, except perhaps the software?

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