What is Mesh Wi-Fi?

Mesh Wifi diagram

Mesh Wi-Fi, or a wireless mesh network is a communications network made up of radio nodes organised in a mesh topology.

Devices interconnect with each other using these radio nodes to send and receive data. They use the mesh network like how a vehicle would travel on a highway to get from destination A to destination B.

Simply put, mesh wi-fi is multiple routers connecting with each other to send and receive data via the same network, using the closest router to send and receive data to the device.

Why upgrade your networking system?

Neatgear Orbi
  • Get Wi-Fi you can rely on, everywhere. Take your devices from room to room with seamless coverage.

  • Most mesh wi-fi systems are quick and easy to set up, using apps and existing network providers so you can be up and running in minutes.

  • Your home, covered. Cover a large amount of space. Orbi, a Netgear product, covers up to 5,000 sq.ft with just two units, delivering high-performance AC3000 tri-band Wi-Fi.

  • Don’t compromise coverage for speed. Orbi’s innovative tri-band wi-fi delivers fast internet speeds even as more devices connect.

How does Orbi compare to router extenders?

How does orbi compare

At Noel Leeming we range Orbi, the world’s first tri-band home wi-fi system.

An Orbi satellite is different than an extender (sometimes called repeaters) in several ways:

One network name.

An Orbi WiFi System provides a single WiFi network for your entire home. With an Orbi WiFi System, you have one network name and password, and you don't need to change networks as you move around your home.

In contrast, extenders work by repeating the WiFi signal of your router to other parts of your house. As a result, with an extender, you have two different WiFi networks to connect to: one for your router and another for your range extender.

Tri-band WiFi.

The tri-band WiFi that powers an Orbi WiFi System includes a dedicated 1.7Gbps 5GHz band solely for extending Internet speeds to Orbi satellites. This enables the other two WiFi bands to be dedicated to all connected devices across an entire home. Tri-band WiFi ensures that your Orbi WiFi System provides both reliable WiFi coverage and maximum Internet speed throughout your home.

In contrast, range extenders do not offer tri-band WiFi. Extenders increase the range of your router by receiving and retransmitting your data using the same radio and channel, essentially transmitting your data twice. Retransmission can reduce by half the data available to you in the far corners of a large home. While extenders are a simple and cost-effective way to boost router signals, the lower data rate and second network are less effective for large homes with high-data users.

Whole-home coverage.

One Orbi WiFi System (RBK50) can cover up to 5,000 square feet, which meets the needs of the large majority of US homes. In addition, NETGEAR offers add-on satellites to blanket even larger areas with tri-band WiFi that uses one network name and password.

No need for line-of-sight.

Unlike some WiFi systems, you don't need to place Orbi satellites within sight of each other or your Orbi router because of its tri-band WiFi technology and state-of-the-art antenna design. As a result, Orbi WiFi Systemss are easy to install, and you have more flexibility when placing your satellites.

Is Orbi like other Mesh Systems and Range Extenders?

Is Orbi like other Mesh Systems?

No, other mesh systems and range extenders slow your speed as you add more devices or mesh units that compete for the same bandwidth. Through the use of our High Power Amplifiers, Orbi provides greater coverage and faster speeds than the generation 1 mesh systems and range extenders and creates a single high speed network for your entire home.

How easy is it to set up?

Unlike some Home WiFi Systems, Orbi works with your Internet service provider right out of the box without needing to change your current equipment. Orbi uses a single WiFi name (SSID) and with just a couple of clicks, your secure WiFi network will be ready in no time.

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