What Is a Mesh WiFi Network?
Mesh WiFi is a single wireless network spread over multiple devices. It goes by different industry names — you might see "whole home WiFi," TrueMesh, or EasyMesh.
But whatever you call it, mesh WiFi creates a single WiFi network using multiple nodes that can cover your entire property without the inherent compromises of WiFi extenders.
Whole Home WiFi vs. Wifi Extenders
WiFi extenders often create two different networks, forcing you (or your phone, or your tablet, or your home assistant...) to choose whether to connect to your router or the extender.
Additionally, extenders with only one built-in radio can seriously decrease your bandwidth as they pass traffic from point to point. (A deep dive into the details could eat your entire afternoon.) Mesh topology creates one giant network with neither of these downsides.
What's the Downside of a Mesh WiFi System?
The biggest disadvantage of a mesh network is cost. A traditional WiFi router and WiFi extender costs about a hundred bucks; expect a 3-node mesh WiFi setup (or a mesh router and two beacons) to start around $230.