Why did I choose a wireless mesh system?
The wireless spectrum is congested
You have a wireless router and so do your neighbours. As a result, the wireless performance gets degraded due to signal collisions, etc. Instead of having a big wireless bubble from your centralised wireless router emitting at high/ maximum power, why not having several small wireless bubbles with strong signals?
A centralised wireless router setup works but there are still dead spots
We frequently face the age-old issue of wireless dead/ blind spots due to interference/ obstructions from electronics, walls, etc. and often have to make trade-offs on to prioritise areas to have acceptable wireless signal. Why not have several mesh nodes to pave wireless signals to those locations?
The environmental wireless signature changes
The environment is ever-changing. Furnitures and electronics get added or shifted. Neighbours install newer routers with stronger signals to blanket over yours. Instead of doing a wireless survey and repositioning of the wireless router every now and then when you face wireless signal issues. Why not let the mesh routers learn the changes and adapt accordingly?
Hence, the wireless mesh system
Previously in 2015, I built my own wireless mesh system, or mobile adhoc network (MANET), using a couple of low-cost OpenWRT capable travel routers. They work great in terms of learning the topology of the mesh network but they didn’t have great throughput due to the lack of dedicated radios for mesh backhaul.
Fast forward to 2017 and 2018, I am glad that there are more wireless mesh systems targeted at home prosumers and consumers.
Are you facing similar wireless issues as me? If you are, let’s see if the Synology MR2200ac solves these issues.