Imagine this: you have recently set up your home with a wifi router with 150 megabytes per second (Mbps) internet connection. Everything is working so far, you are enjoying the speed of a newly installed internet with your family of five. Working from home for you and online classes for your children has never been this easy!
But for some reason, the connection is not consistent in every part of the house. When you are in the bedroom at night, the connection gets interrupted. At the same time, you browse online, and you cannot check your Facebook and Instagram. When you try to watch Youtube or stream Netflix on your phone, it buffers when you go up the second floor. It also takes a while for your tablet to load when you search for a recipe in the kitchen. Surfing the internet and Zoom meetings is a breeze when you are in the home office, living room, or dining room, but the internet speed is not the same in other areas. You called your internet service provider to check, but there seems to be no problem. So what is wrong? This is probably because your wifi is not set up efficiently.
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The “dead spots” or areas with weakened signals at home are caused by physical obstructions that the wifi signals cannot go through. These can be your wall, doors, or the floor of your home. They become a hindrance between you and your wifi router, mostly when made from brick, concrete, or metal. Another reason why there are dead spots in your home is distance. Your house might be too big or has an unusual layout for a traditional wifi router. That is probably why you have a strong connection in your home office, living room, and dining room, but have an intermittent connection at the kitchen and the second floor. Some appliances or devices like a baby monitor, microwave, or cordless phones can also interfere with the wifi signals, hence the dead spots around them.
So, how do we solve this problem? How do we maximize our internet subscription? Set up your wifi according to the layout of your home and use a wifi mesh. With this technology’s help, you can maximize the full potential of a 150 Mbps internet connection. A wifi mesh is a set of devices similar to a wifi router that you can place in areas of your home that needs better signal or in the so-called “dead spots.” It is like having multiple wifi routers at home, but they share a single network. It is designed to improve the internet connection to every corner of the house by extending the wifi’s reach and sharing that network across multiple mesh devices.
Think of it this way, your wifi router is like a speaker; the closer you are to it, the louder the sound. The sound faints or weakens in the farthest part of the room from the wifi. The same thing happens when you find a wall between you and the speaker. The best solution you can do is install speakers in each room to clearly hear the music and have the same listening experience as everyone else in the house. By having a wifi mesh, you enjoy the same wifi speed and connectivity no matter which room you are in.
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Aside from expanding your wifi’s reach, another benefit of having a wifi mesh is its ability to manage and streamline your network. Range extenders are often used with traditional wifi routers to repeat the signal so the wifi can be accessed from long distances. However, it would require creating a separate network with a different name, hence the need to manually switch to another network when you move from one room to another. A range extender grabs the existing wifi signal from your wireless router and re-broadcasts it. This would potentially cause a lag in your connection due to its multiple networks. On the other hand, a wifi mesh is hassle-free since it does not require a constant reconnection when you move around the house.
Though it might sound intimidating for the non-techy person, setting up a wifi mesh is easy. Most mesh systems have a mobile app for a guided installation. Still, if you don’t have the time and want a hassle-free installation, Streamtech has the answer. Streamtech, one of the newest fiber internet service providers in the country, offers a wifi mesh called Extendifi. It is a device that can be installed along with their fiber internet and cable tv services.
Extendifi is a wifi mesh designed to improve the internet connection to every corner of the house by extending the wifi signal’s reach. One of its features is an assisted set-up, with the Deco App helps you quickly find the ideal spot to place each wifi mesh unit. It is equipped with security features by safeguarding your home network with a firewall and wireless encryption. The internet can be a scary place for children. With the help of Extendifi, it has a robust parental control that allows you to manage content and identify which device can access the internet. This limits accessibility to protect your children from unsafe platforms and explicit content. What makes Extendifi stand out from all the wifi mesh available in the market is its built-in anti-virus. This feature protects all connected devices in your home from viruses and malware.
A strong internet connection and a safe space for your family have become a necessity and a huge role in our day-to-day life. Technology as we now know it has made a significant impact on our lives by helping us efficiently improve our homes and our lifestyle. Make your Camella SmartHome even smarter with a wifi mesh. Integrate all your smart home devices and unlock healthier possibilities with a fully automated home here at Camella. For more information, visit www.camella.com.ph, or go to Camella’s official Facebook page to learn more.