Which one would serve you the best?
Sometimes, we may find ourselves to be in a situation where either we are up to Wi-Fi upgradation or simply Network upgradation. In both the cases, what we find ourselves to be mingled in is the Brand or Name with which we should go. There are two main ways to find the solution for, consider your house size before going for any particular brand and consider your requirement before choosing the Big Name.
If there is already an existing network in your home, then simply extenders can work but if you have dead spots in your network, then of course mesh network is the only solution.
Router or Mesh Network:
We all know that NetGear simply leads the ground when it comes to the requirement of Mesh Network which includes the provision of Hubs at various spots around your house to provide best signals. On the other hand, if your house is not too big, then Linksys should be your first choice to serve as a Router.
Let’s walkthrough some Pros and Cons of Both the network types.
- Advantages of Mesh Network (NetGear Wi-Fi Extender):
- Placement of Hubs separately in a different area to remove dead spots.
- Perfect for larger homes
- Provide central control
- Each hub station works as separate routers.
- Expensive options
- Multiple devices are required to be installed and setup.
- Advantages of Routers (Linksys Wi-Fi Extender):
- Great if the house is small
- You can setup it along with an existing router
- Inexpensive as just few devices need to be purchased
- They are sometimes not easy to configure with each other as there are separate units that work in individuality
- Might not provide very smooth signal in case of basement area.
Which one is handy regarding Setup and Installation?
Considering the Range extenders (Linksys Wi-Fi Extender), they have now become enhanced in terms of the features it provides, but still they are pretty complicated to install and setup. As all the Linksys Wi-Fi extenders can work with routers of the different company (for e.g.: Linksys router can work in sync with TP-link routers) so you are supposed to configure each router with the other individually. Also, the repeaters network may require you to switch between the different networks available in your home as soon as you enter from one network to another.
So this might be tiresome at times you are roaming around the house.
However, on the other side, if you consider Mesh Network (NetGear Wi-Fi Extender), they are very easy to install and use. All the Mesh Extenders now come with their in-built App and thus simply installing them on your mobile devices lets you sync with the devices easily. The setting up of Password for the home and Guests also is a work of less than 10 minutes which further makes it more User-friendly.
There is a big gap between the pricing of the two types of Wi-Fi extenders we are talking about.
Since a Wi-Fi repeater (Linksys Wi-Fi Extender) will cost you somewhere between $50 to $100, considering the Mesh Network (NetGear Wi-Fi Extender) will cost you somewhere around $250-$300.
Again, there is a reason for such a price difference. Which is the amount of devices you need in catering to the availability of the network. With repeaters (Linksys Wi-Fi Extenders), you just have to buy one repeater device which can sync with the other routers. But with Mesh Networking (NetGear Wi-Fi Extender), you have to buy the whole setup as the routers and extenders have to be of the same company.
Ponder on your requirement and choose wisely:
Not every house needs the latest technology build network, if you are someone who simply wants internet around your house for watching few videos and operating few devices without getting into any complexity, then of course you should go for a Repeater for your house.
Otherwise, somewhere down the line you find yourself a technical geek and the whole family has their lives revolving around the Internet and you need it for Gaming, Online purchasing, making Online transactions, then you must go for a mesh network which is sound and safe. Never will you feel any buffering for the signal.
Few things to always remember:
After considering almost all the points related to setup, Installation, Cost and area, you should remember to choose the name that helps you for a longer term.
Wherein, surely the Mesh Network has a major scope to serve as it guarantees the provision of quality network which can be extended to any length in the future just by adding a hub to the existing network if you plan to expand your house area.
But, you may consider few things like this if you really don’t want to switch to the mesh network. You may buy some more repeaters to add to the existing network to enhance the quality of the Wi-Fi. Also try placing all your repeaters in an open area to make sure that the antennas receive and transmit the signals without any complication. This is to consider that if you keep you Extenders beneath the table or desk, or it may be that the extenders have wall between them, then these restrictions are surely going to hinder the signals being sent and received.
Consider your choice in regards of all these points and your requirements. This might have helped you to a great extent in making Final Decision.