[2024] Comparison: Mesh WiFi vs WiFi Extender


WiFi dead spots are the bane of many home networks. What’s the best way to solve this problem? The Mesh WiFi system is now coming to the fore as a great solution for bringing wireless technology into the home. But the WiFi extender is also popular.

This article compares the mesh WiFi with the WiFi extender to help you decide which one is right for your home.

Part I. What are Mesh WiFi and WiFi Extenders?

Mesh WiFi: expands the range of a wireless network by placing several devices including the main router (ONU) and some slave routers, which replace your whole original network with a mesh network that shares the same SSID and password.

Thus, you don’t need to connect to other networks when you move from one place to the other.

WiFi extender is a device used to extend the coverage area of your WiFi network by rebroadcasting the WiFi signal. It is a different network from the extender, so you have to switch to it manually.

It’s much more recommendable to use dual-band WiFi extenders instead of single-band ones, in that the signals can’t be sent to and received by the single-band extender at the same time and the speed will slow down.

WiFi extender is rather cheaper and suitable for small areas. However, in terms of convenience, reliability, and performance, Mesh WiFi would be better. Below are 4 advantages of choosing Mesh WiFi over the extender.

Mesh WiFi vs WiFi Extender

Part II. 4 Advantages of Choosing WiFi Mesh over WiFi Extender

1. Easy Deployment

Although the existing router is retained, the set-up of the WiFi extender may still be complex because you need to configure it manually. Moreover, sometimes you may encounter compatibility issues. As for Mesh WiFi, there is an easy-to-use application for configuration, which makes the process simpler.

2. Stable Network

A Mesh WiFi system is much more stable than a single-hop network since it doesn’t depend on only one node. It’s also called a multi-hop network. The whole single-hop network will be paralyzed if a node goes down.

As for the mesh WiFi network, the data packet will be automatically routed to the alternate path to continue transmission when the closest node is interrupted or breaks down because each node has one or several paths for transmitting data. Therefore, the WiFi network maintains stability.

3. Flexibility

If there are several extenders in your house or office, all of them connect to the router via wired or wireless access separately, which creates their networks and different SSIDs to avoid network interruption. In contrast, the mesh WiFi application can optionally add or delete nodes rapidly.

4. High Broadband 

In wireless communication, for the reason that the data will be lost more with the increase of transmission distance, the shorter the distance is, the more high broadband can be acquired. Fortunately, the multi-hop network of Mesh WiFi enables connections among many nodes, which increases the total broadband.

In addition, the power consumption of transmitting data is low due to the short transmission distance of each short hop. In consequence, with the low power consumption and low wireless signal interference among nodes, the channel quality and the utilization efficiency of the network are greatly improved, which achieves a higher network capacity.

For example, in the high-density urban network, the Mesh network can reduce the mutual interference of adjacent users using the wireless network and greatly improve the efficiency of channel utilization.

Part III. The Best Mesh Wifi Solution: VSOL WiFi Easymesh Solution

The VSOL Mesh WiFi devices are fit for Small Office and Home (SOHO) deployment.

1. WiFi Features

 Compliant with IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

 2.4GHz Operating frequency: 2.400-2.483GHz (WiFi 4)

– 5.0GHz Operating frequency: 5.150-5.825GHz (WiFi 5 wave 2)

 MIMO 2×2 For 2.4GHz,MIMO 2×2 For 5.0GHz,

– 4×5dBi external antenna, rate up to 1.166Gbps, Multiple SSID

– TX power: 11n–22dBm/11ac–24dBm

2. Products

 HG323AC-B: 2GE+1POTS+1USB+ac WiFi Mesh ONU

It’s the main router that provides internet connectivity to all the other satellite nodes, which should be installed near your cable modem or existing router as they need to be connected using a LAN cable. When you connect the main router with devices like computers, tablets, and phones, a managed local area network will be formed.

 HG3610ACM: 1GE+1FE+ac WiFi Mesh Router

This device works as the slave router to be placed around your home. It makes a difference in helping you access the network anywhere within the operating range of your wireless network.

HG3610ACM strong signals extend throughout your house

Part IV. Conclusion

All in all, if you live in a small house or there are only 1-2 areas with poor signals, you can select the WiFi extender.

But if you pursuit great performance or need to improve the network in a big house or office, it would be better to choose mesh WiFi.

You can refer to the above VSOL WiFi EasyMesh Solution when setting up the mesh WiFi network.

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