Ever since Mesh Wifi systems hit the technology industry a few years back, they have made a significant impact on what people expect from their Wifi networks nowadays — nothing less than high Internet speeds and extensive Wifi coverage. And lucky for us, these whole-home Wifi systems have one main goal, and that is to extend your Wifi range and ensure you receive seamless internet connection in all parts of your house.
Mesh Wifi systems have revolutionized the internet game in terms of Wifi coverage and speeds, and not only are they extremely convenient and easy to install, but you also won’t have to worry about unsightly wiring and routers placed haphazardly all over the area. Head over to ‘What are Whole-Home Mesh Wifi Systems?’ for more information on what Mesh Wifi systems are and how they operate.
Mesh Wifi systems are already designed to provide the user with the ultimate convenient Wifi experience, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you gain maximum benefit from your new whole-home Wifi network and enjoy it to the fullest.
We’ve compiled five essential tips to keep in mind when setting up your whole-home Wifi system and ensure your new network structure is as effective and efficient as possible.
1. Identify any weak spots in your home or office
Since Mesh Wifi systems are primarily created for extending your Wifi coverage to dead spots, identifying exactly where your Wifi drops out is crucial. Whole-home Mesh Wifi systems come along with nodes that all communicate and exchange data with one another using mesh technology. These dead zones are where you will place nodes to allow Wifi signals to roam in the area and eliminate any weak signal issues.
When setting up your Mesh network, ensure that the main router node — which provides connectivity to the rest of the satellite nodes — is installed close to your existing Wifi router since you need an internet connection to set it up. The main router node and your existing Wifi router will be connected using a LAN cable.
After you’ve made sure the main router node is connected to any existing Wifi networks, you need to download the accompanying app for the Mesh Wifi system and create an account + administrator password. Be sure to remember your password to avoid resetting your whole system later on if you ever need to configure your network. To begin the set-up process, open the app and follow the simple instructions to connect the main router node to your modem and the remaining satellite nodes. The mobile app will search for the node and notify you when it discovers it, after which it will receive an IP address. Before placing your nodes in the dead spots you identified in tip 1, you have to set up your network name and password for users to connect to the network. One advantage to remember over here is that wherever you go, you don’t need to constantly connect to separate networks for each node, like in Wifi extenders. All nodes and main routers have one single network.
3. Familiarize yourself with your system’s capabilities
Mesh Wifi networking systems offer more than just a seamless, extended Wifi range and reliable internet. Whole-home Wifi systems such as Xunison’s BriteHub™ offers many other features and extras such as smart home device compatibility and management, energy efficiency management, 24-hour home security monitoring, and cyber security. All of these features might sound daunting to work your way around, but most mesh systems are plug-and-play and made for ease of use. Take time out to discover the many benefits that your Whole-home Wifi system offers and customize your priorities.
4. Parental controls and device prioritization
One of the main advantages of a Mesh Wifi system is the parental controls that let you create respective profiles for each user in the household, limit access to certain websites and automatically turn off network access according to your preferences. Many parents complain of the excessive use of social media nowadays and how children are exposed to many online threats and dangers prematurely. Such critical issues can be easily combatted with a Mesh Wifi system that allows you to monitor your child as they browse through the internet healthily.
Furthermore, you can also manually allocate the majority of the Wifi signals and speed for priority devices such as gaming consoles for online gamers. Many Mesh Wifi systems contain QoS or quality of service to allocate bandwidth where it’s needed the most and provide seamless Wifi connection to applications and devices that need the lion’s share.
5. Maintenance options
Finally, once your Mesh Wifi system is up and running, it’s vital to make periodic checks on client lists, visited websites (especially with children), and network usage. Keep an eye out for any new unwanted users’ notifications when they join your network and be sure to routinely check your network attack logs for any cyber security threats. Mesh Wifi systems may require updates to the latest versions, adding new features, boosting performance, and fixing any security bugs, so make sure your firmware is up to date.