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Do I Need to Invest in a Mesh Router If I Work from Home?

by Amy Taylor 10/13/2021

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If you've been working from home, you were likely all about surviving on the Wi-Fi network and technology you had for basic home needs. But by now, you might be at a point where you're interested in how you can upgrade your experience and be even more productive. We'll look at how mesh routers work to see if it's worth the cost of the investment. 

What Is a Mesh Router?

A mesh router is a system that has multiple access points (sometimes called satellites). Instead of getting a Wi-Fi signal from one location, you set up different locations to harness the router's signal and then rebroadcast it. The exact number of points will depend on your home. For medium-sized homes, it might be one access point linking to the modem and then one placed in a dead area of the home. For larger properties, you might set up several access points so there's no chance of losing connection. 

Lost Connections at Home 

One benefit of working from home is that you have the freedom to come and go as you please. If you don't want to work at your desk, you don't have to. Sometimes switching to a bed, patio chair or kitchen counter is just what you need to recharge your creativity. But if you have a large home, you might notice that certain areas are no-gos. You might get spotty reception or your connection might drop off entirely. This can restrict your workflow when at home and make for less appealing conditions. 

Moving Around 

If you're used to staying in one place all day and find that the location is always consistent, then a mesh router is almost undoubtedly not worth the expense. The same is true if your home is on the smaller side. Not only are you already getting the quality service you need, but you can also keep your equipment to the bare minimum. 

However, if you wrestle with concern about your next Zoom meeting or if you're afraid you're going to lose your work because the Wi-Fi cut out at the worst possible second, then a mesh router can be a lifesaver.

Not only can you expand your coverage, both indoors and out, but the systems are automated and allow for easy management through a network app. So even if you're not at home, you can check the speed of your connection, control Wi-Fi access and create guest networks. For instance, if your spouse's friend stops by and you don't want their device on your network, you can create a guest account so they can still use their devices (without endangering yours). 

Better Security 

Mesh routers differ from range extenders in that they don't require a separate Wi-Fi network to get more coverage. So even as you move from room to room, you won't have to worry about whether you're jeopardizing your coverage. Finally, many of the kits are also known for their security support. The network management and automatic firmware updates/installations all make it possible to keep your home safe from malicious software or opportunistic hackers. 

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Amy Taylor

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Amy Taylor has sold well over $88 million of real estate since 2010. She understands that the home buying process can be over-whelming at times, which is why she uses her experience to put her clients at ease with every transaction and is committed to helping buyers and sellers not only find their dream properties, but achieve their life goals. Owning real estate in California is one of the best ways to create wealth! Her calm demeanor, strong negotiating skills and attention to detail are qualities that serve her well when dealing with any real estate transactions. “Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.”– Andrew Carnegie