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Definition: Wi-Fi mesh network


A wireless router that supports multiple Wi-Fi base stations for extended coverage throughout the home. Unlike range extenders, Wi-Fi mesh networks do not create a separate network. They provide a single network that users' mobile devices connect to automatically as they move around the house.

Lots of Interference
Brick and concrete walls impede Wi-Fi signals. Metal objects can absorb some signals, and materials such as tinted glass and mirrors can reflect signals away from their target destinations. Wireless devices using the same frequency bands as Wi-Fi are also an obstacle, and electrical appliances can interfere with the signals. See wireless mesh network, range extender and MoCA.




The Google WiFi Solution
This is a Google wireless router for homes up to 1,500 square feet. For larger dwellings, one or two additional similar-looking modules are recommended for strong Wi-Fi coverage. Units communicate with each other, and the mobile app is used to block websites and track how much each family member uses.