Traditional Router/Extender Vs Mesh Networking, Which One should I choose?

Setting up a single router for your home is pretty simple. You just connect your modem to the router, plug-in power and go through a simple step by step, whether on your computer or smartphone, but what if one router does not have enough coverage? You could add access point wireless repeater or range booster, but they're usually slower and difficult to configure and thats where Mesh WiFi comes in.

Traditional Router

A traditional wireless network like the one you find in your home is arranged in a hub and spoke model - modem connects to your router and then every other device connects directly to your router. Most routers can only handle one data stream at a time, which creates latency. Newer routers with 4x4 antenna with SU-MIMO technology can compete with multiple data streams at once and can communicate with multiple devices simultaneously, but what one should do, if you're in the large house or a small office building and the WiFi signal from your router isn't strong enough?

Range Extender/ Repeater Solve the Problems?

Wireless repeaters and ranged booster sound great on paper, but cause more problems than they solve. There are two main problems with these devices, first - signal repeater devices usually create an additional network SSID based on the original network this means that if you are roaming outside of your router or repeater range, then your device is probably will not be smart enough to automatically switch to the new stronger network, unless you manually disconnect and reconnect same router or repeater.

If that wasn't bad enough, secondly - most repeaters operate on a single channel and works on the same wireless network to receive the signal from main router.. Which results in– cutting off your overall bandwidth in half.

Solution - Mesh WiFi Network System

Mesh WiFi is probably something that everyone has already used before unknowingly. If you've ever connected to WiFi in a school or college campus, convention centers or Malls, then you probably already encountered a mesh network without even realizing.

Tenda introduce Nova whole home Mesh WiFi series. The main difference between the Nova MW6 and a standard wireless network is that the entire Nova system acts as a single wireless network. A set of three units covers home up to 6,000 sq.ft with strong WiFi signals. It has Smart Auto-path Selection Technology to ensure a robust wireless network and maximize a faster home internet. This means that you'll get the full speed and functionality of your router no matter where you are and whichever Mesh unit you're connected.

Nova MW6 is very easy to configure, simply plug and play. To set up a whole WiFi network all you need to do is to connect the Nova MW6 to your modem, run a step by step wizard on your smartphone and you're good to go. You don't have to manually assign IP addresses or rename network SSID and to add a Nova MW6 2nd and 3rd unit all you need to do is plug and power.

Powered by the cutting-edge Wave 2.0 MU-MIMO technology, nova can communicate with multiple devices at the same time, and significantly outperforms traditional routers in communication efficiency.

It also comes with Beamforming technology to focus, transmit power onto wireless devices for better signal strength.

A traditional network is unable to reconnect when the signal is lost. That won't be an issue with nova, as it automatically maintains its network status. So if one of the unit is disconnected, it will reconnect to an available unit to keep you online.

With the seamless roaming feature, you can go from room to room without losing your connection, creating a lag free video call/online gaming experience when you're on the move.

Nova also support all the feature that we have come to expect on a high-end router such as.

QoS prioritization
VPN Integration
Port Forwarding
Static IP Assignment
Guest Network
Amazon Alexa Integration

Tenda Nova MW6 is one of the best Mesh WiFi Router that seamlessly provides strong Wi-Fi signal to your entire house, which is easy to set-up and a good investment for future needs.

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