Mesh Wi-Fi or Range Extenders?

Here’s how Mesh Wi-Fi is the answer to your range extender grouses

For years now, Wi-Fi range extenders/boosters have been used to solve the coverage issues of traditional Wi-Fi networks around lavish huge homes and even for small businesses. Structurally speaking, you might have a Wi-Fi router that is emitting a signal not strong enough to reach the various corners of your house/office, and hence you buy an extender.  As the name suggests, an extender communicates with your router and re-broadcasts the signal to reach the areas where the regular signal is not able to reach. But you cannot be sure of it covering all the dead spots in your premises.

Wi-Fi Mesh technology, on the other hand, operates with a number of nodes installed at various places in your house/office wherein each node (access point) is capable of talking to each other and to the router. This ensures that the coverage is seamless. The Wi-Fi Mesh network, such as tantra, is designed such that it conveniently replaces the complicated router-extender infrastructure and provides you with wall-to-wall coverage.

Due to the ever-increasing consumer demands today, tantra tends to create a far more superior product as compared to using a range extender. Here are a few reasons why-

Halves the bandwidth

Range extender works on the principle of extending the Wi-Fi signals emitted from the main router to all the connected devices in premises, but in the process halves the bandwidth. What’s the use of having Wi-Fi in the entire home when you can’t download and upload at the same time? Mesh nodes, on the other hand, not only cover the entire home but also intelligently manage the bandwidth to support each device’s requirement.

Extender creates multiple networks

More often than not, when you install an extender, it creates a new network (For example JohnWiFi_1) which needs to be configured on your devices in addition to the already existing network (JohnWiFi) broadcasted by the main router. Even though the password can be the same for both, not every device can smoothly transition from one network to another, and you might have to switch from one to another manually. This situation can almost never arise in a Mesh Wi-Fi network like tantra which allows multiple tantra nodes to operate on a single network.

Extenders can be inefficient

An extender ends up re-broadcasting the entire signal both to and fro between the router and the devices, leading to bandwidth bottlenecks and disruption in the networks. For instance, if there are multiple devices connected to JohnWiFi_1 instead of being connected to the nearest network (JohnWiFi) then it affects the bandwidth consumption for all devices. However, in Mesh technology, each node is listening and interacting with the devices in its range. Under heavy congestion, this situation is resolved as tantra balances a load of devices equally on all the APs. Also, the device you are using automatically connects to the nearest node seamlessly.

Management of multiple extenders and routers is cumbersome

The addition of range extenders in-home/office involve manually configuring a separate Wi-Fi network for connecting the extender with the router. Moreover, at times, the technology used for the routers and extenders may differ, which may lead to a situation wherein you have to log in to different portals to manage both the devices separately. tantra network is managed via a single cloud interface, and all the nodes are pre-programmed to communicate with each other. The network is centralized and can be easily accessed remotely, which makes it much simpler to manage the AP settings or to create guest networks.

Extenders cannot be seamless

If yours is a luxury house or an office with cubicles that have obstructions/ concrete walls as you move around, chances are very high that an extender cannot boost the signal enough for it to reach every corner. Moreover, it latches on to one network till it’s completely out of range and then latches to the next making the transition not necessarily seamless. Whereas in tantra, all nodes distribute the same network throughout the premises to ensure seamless roaming and comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage from wall-to-wall.

Extenders are not intelligent

Extenders are not intelligent on their own and can do nothing more than boosting a router’s signal. However, tantra Mesh Wi-Fi is cloud-connected and AI-powered. This implies that our nodes are continuously running simulations on the cloud to optimize your network. This also makes tantra very cost-effective and easy to manage. For easy management, a tantra cloud-based interface can even provide you with various analysis reports on usage and speed.

tantra is the type of intelligent network that you require at your homes and office spaces. Our AI-powered Mesh solution optimizes the Wi-Fi network in real-time to ensure seamless wireless connectivity for all its users. tantra balances load effectively to serve various devices as per their capabilities and bandwidth requirement, and constantly scans the air-space around to ensure minimum interference from the surrounding environment.

So, would you settle for a stop-gap arrangement (Wi-Fi Range Extender) OR an intelligently comprehensive solution (tantra Mesh Wi-Fi) – which one would you pay for?

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