Mesh Networking – Or why I can’t get internet on the other side of my Dunwoody Estate?

I discuss this in terms of a Passover Haggadah. If you have never been to a Seder, you need to go once. If you can't make it, call Maxwell House and get them to send you one of their Haggadahs. I'm surprised instead of drinking wine during the service, they don't replace it with "delicious Colombian mountain grown black coffee".

Here we go...

  • If Adam had installed a fast internet service, it would have be sufficient.
  • If Adam had installed a router, it would have been sufficient.
  • If Adam had installed a better dual band router, it would have been sufficient.
  • If Adam had installed an even better tri band router, it would have been sufficient.
  • If Adam had extended that router to the best of the technology available at the time via powerline, it would have been sufficient.
  • If Adam had installed a booster or a range extender, it would have been sufficient.
  • If you thought Adam was not good at this and you called Geek Squad, we're not friends any more.

But really, it never is. Adam never planned for your son/daughter coming home from college and being on the complete other end of the house than the internet. When they buffer their Netflix or Amazon Price or Hulu on the home internet and they get frustrated, they use their phones as hotspots, running up your phone data and you end up with huge bills. Another issue, you walk from your kitchen to your dungeon and then to the 6 car garage and you wonder where your internet signal went.

The latest technology is the consumer version of Mesh Networking. Mesh allows you to place a few matching devices around the house. Each device is an access point to your network. They all talk to each other on their own private channels. They all have the same name. For example, you don't have different SSID/networks around your home like "Basement, 1st Floor, 2nd Floor, Husband's Guest Quarters, Observatory, FBI Surveillance VAN, etc", you have one called "Smith". You start with 2 or 3 boxes and if you still have dead spots, you can add more easily. They are set up with an app for your phone which makes it easy. Some of the ones I've installed are Netgear ORBI (I have 3 boxes from Costco, $449 on sale (usually $499) which I run at the Dunwoody PC Worldwide HQ), Eero (The market leader, available from Amazon - around $400) and Google Wifi (Amazon again - around $300). I've installed them all. They are all better than what you've got.

Here's some links and if you click on them, I get some money for my ramblings this morning.

  • Orbi 2 Pack (good for 2,400 sq feet each, I use 3 pack from Costco)
  • Eero 3 Pack (each disc supports 1,000 sq feet)
  • Google Wifi (only installed once, but it's cheapest at $300, they claim 1,500 sq feet each)