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How to Use a Wireless Mesh Network

January 9, 2020 If your wireless signal is weaker in certain parts of your house, you may benefit from a wireless mesh network. In this video, The Handyguys explain how a wireless mesh network functions and how installing one may result in a stronger Wi-Fi signal for devices throughout your home. https://youtu.be/SRakwbirZLM Allstate https://www.allstate.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Paul-looking-at-mesh-network-device-1.jpg
Paul kneeling next to table with wireless mesh device on it.

If your wireless signal is weaker in certain parts of your house, you may benefit from a wireless mesh network. In this video, The Handyguys explain how a wireless mesh network functions and how installing one may result in a stronger Wi-Fi signal for devices throughout your home.

  • [GUITAR MUSIC]
  • [HANDYGUYS LOGO APPEARS]
  • [MUSIC FADES]
  • [PAUL] Hi, welcome to The Handyguys, and today we’re going to talk about home wireless networking. We’re down here in the basement of this home, which is pretty typical – you have a cable or a fiber connection coming into the house, and a lot of times it starts in a basement corner or in a closet, and the problem is, I want wireless coverage throughout the house.
  • [BRIAN] Nowadays, we have a lot of Internet connected devices – things like thermostats, refrigerators and streaming devices on our TVs, and they are all over the house, but the wi-fi signal is down in the corner of the basement. Not ideal.
  • [PAUL] Exactly. If you have a weak signal, say upstairs, your webpages may load slower or even worse, you’re trying to stream a movie and it just stops. So, we don’t want that, we want a good strong signal throughout the house, and there are some products that are out there now, called mesh networks, or mesh wireless products. There are several out there, and they all make it easy to extend the wireless signal from the port location from the corner of this basement to throughout the house.
  • [BRIAN] Exactly. So, what you’ll do is you’ll place these devices strategically around your house. Some systems may have two, some may have three or four, depending on the size of your house.
  • [PAUL] The first thing you need to do is plug the first unit up to the device provided by your carrier, your provider of internet services, and you’ll use an ethernet cable. And then, each of these products has their own app that you can load on your smartphone to help you set up and manage the device.
  • [BRIAN] So, let’s go upstairs, Paul, and see how this works outside of the dark corner of your basement.
  • [PAUL] Alright, great, let’s go.
  • [PAUL] So, Brian, we’re now upstairs in the family room of this house, and ready to connect the second wireless device.
  • [BRIAN] Right. We’re about as far from that corner of the basement that we can be in this house.
  • [PAUL] So, let’s explain how this is going to work, because really all I need to do at this point is plug this in, but how does it work?
  • [BRIAN] They are all a little bit different, some can be wired, some can be wireless, but this will essentially communicate back to that first router where the service comes into your house and then broadcast its own w-fi network to this part of the house.
  • [PAUL] Right. So, it has a back-channel wireless signal that it uses just to talk to the other devices, but then it republishes, if you will, your wi-fi network. So, now we’ll be able to get a great signal up here and all I have to do, Brian, is give it power, plug it into the wall. And we can confirm with the application that comes with this product that we have a good signal.
  • [BRIAN] Right. All of the manufacturers are going to have a slightly different setup process, some might be Bluetooth from your smartphone app, some might be a web browser, but they all get configured to work together.
  • [PAUL] Alright, so I’m going to go ahead and plug it in and we’ll see how we do.
  • [BRIAN] OK, Paul, now that your network is established, we can monitor that with a smartphone, right?
  • [PAUL] Yeah, so the app will show us what devices are connected to the network, the strength of your network, and just give you a lot of information about your home network. It’s fairly simple to use, and what’s great is you can see all the different devices that are now connected. And what I like now, Brian, is we have a good strong signal here, with this product. I also can extend it even further, if I’d like. They have another satellite, what they call a satellite device, and this one I can just plug directly into the wall, I don’t need any cables or anything, so if I have, like, a second-floor hallway, I just plug it right into the wall outlet, and I’m good to go. It will extend the signal even further. So, there you have it. This is a great way to alleviate problems with home wireless — you know, bad browsers not loading correctly, or streaming movies not running correctly. You can extend your wireless fairly easily, you don’t need to run cables if you don’t want to, you just do it wirelessly – a wireless mesh network.
  • [BRIAN] Alright, thanks for watching.
  • [PAUL] Thanks.
  • [GUITAR MUSIC]
  • [ALLSTATE LOGO]

 

 

 

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