What is a Mesh Network?

Jul 15, 2020 | Support

A mesh network is comprised of interlocked routers called nodes, or points. These nodes work with one another to supply internet coverage over a broad area, something a traditional home network can’t provide.

In a regular home network setup, there is a single router that provides network/internet coverage as far as it can reach on its own, through walls, out the door, up the stairs, etc. A mesh network consists of multiple routers/devices that each provide coverage but is still a single network, since each is also communicating with the other nearby nodes.

The result is a network of multiple devices that has the potential for far better coverage than a single router can provide. A mesh network can deliver internet access anywhere the multiple nodes can reach, like through a three-story house or possibly even to another building.

How a Wi-Fi Mesh Network Works

You can think of a home mesh network as a chain of links. Each link (node of the mesh network) is connected to the others so that the whole chain (the network) can reach a far distance — much further than any one link (node) could reach — yet they’re still attached to each other regardless of how many there are.

So, to turn your standard Wi-Fi into a mesh network, you need a setup that includes more than one node. It works by connecting the primary node to your router, and then connecting another node to the primary one.

Mesh network systems are built specifically for this purpose of creating a chain of routers. The devices work in tandem by default, so you don’t need any special knowledge about how to configure the routers to make them work this way. A mesh network meant for home users provides Wi-Fi throughout a home or small office using multiple routers is referred to as a home mesh network.

There are several home mesh network systems available. Blue Lightning offers a mesh access point to all users that coordinates with the Calix Gigacenter Router. This allows our users to enjoy more robust Wi-Fi coverage. If you are interested in upgrading, call our office today.