Social media management firm Hootsuite has recorded 76 million internet users in the Philippines this year, as more people go for a hybrid setup for school or work. That is why a speedy and steady internet connection remains a must for every household. However, there may be times when your internet connection weakens or slows down at the expense of your activities. It’s mostly due to the distance of your devices from the router or the thick walls interfering with the passage of signal from the router, which may result in dead spots.
WiFi Mesh vs. WiFi repeater: Which works better in eliminating dead spots at home?
To improve your WiFi connection at home, a quick Google search may lead you to use WiFi enhancers — but with another dilemma: between a WiFi Mesh and a WiFi Repeater, which one will work better for your needs?
But first… what are WiFi dead spots?
Before deciding on a purchase, it’s important to identify the exact WiFi issue you’re experiencing at home. It’s one thing to experience some slowdown given the too many devices connecting and using up the bandwidth all at once. It’s another to lose internet signal altogether just by moving to an area at home farthest from the router.
The latter makes an example of a WiFi dead spot or a place where your home internet connection is at its weakest. The common cause is the router placement, especially with thick walls and floors reducing the ability of your WiFi signal to pass through.
WiFi Mesh System vs. WiFi Repeater
Both WiFi Mesh and WiFi Repeater can help increase the WiFi area coverage at home and get rid of dead spots. The way one does the magic, however, differs from the other.
A WiFi Repeater extends your router’s signal by creating a separate WiFi network that then wirelessly grabs the incoming data from the original network. While it does the job at a rather budget-friendly rate (a basic repeater unit can go as low as under ₱1,000), there are a couple of downsides to it.
First, since a repeater merely grabs the data and rebroadcasts the wireless signal, you don’t get as much bandwidth. Hence, expect the internet connection on your devices to get slower.
Then, there’s also the hassle of having to set up each individual repeater and its respective wireless network. You’ll also have to manually connect each device to every secondary network closest to you as you move through different areas at home. Worse, if you have a relatively larger house with many walls and floors, you’ll need to set up and connect to as many repeater units as possible.
Meanwhile, a WiFi Mesh works like a second router, creating another access point within the original WiFi network. Thus, a set of multiple mesh devices or a WiFi Mesh System works like one single network connection – enabling the same speed and quality of connection in areas installed with the devices. And since a mesh node already widens the coverage of the already-existing WiFi network, you don’t need to manually connect your device to it. In general, the more WiFi Mesh devices installed inside your home, the more stable your connection would be, even in areas that used to be dead spots.
What is the best WiFi Mesh model to get?
A high-quality WiFi Mesh goes a long way in improving your productivity at home. When it comes to picking a model, choosing between the WiFi 5 Mesh or WiFi 6 Mesh is a matter of what you and your family really need.
WiFi 6 ensures faster overall speeds and greater bandwidth, allowing you to connect to multiple devices smoothly anywhere at home. This works well with newer high-end WiFi 6-compatible devices such as smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, and basically any smart device that came out in 2019 and beyond. Thus, it makes a great option for smart, automated homes that need to stay connected all day. If you’re on a budget, WiFi 5 similarly provides seamless connectivity and coverage. As a cheaper alternative to the WiFi 6, it works better with older devices or those released before 2019.
Still, there might be no need to split hairs on which gadget you should invest in. Focus on the goal: eliminate dead spots at home starting with a WiFi Mesh system. The more advanced WiFi 6 or the more affordable WiFi 5, both models will do the job for you just fine – so that you can do your job and spend better bonding moments with your family as fast and seamlessly as possible.
For those living with internet dead spots at home, PLDT Home offers the best WiFi Mesh devices to cater to your connectivity needs. Easily avail of the WiFi 5 Mesh (Tenda Nova MW6) at no extra cost if you upgrade to a Fiber Plus plan.
PLDT Home also offers other Mesh brands and units on top of the plan – including WiFi 6 Mesh (set of 3) for ₱699/mo and WiFi 5 Mesh (set of 2) for ₱198/mo both on a 36-month installment. For more information including other payment terms, visit www.pldthome.com/wifimeshsystem.