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WiFi Mesh Setup Hacks for a Better WiFi Experience

Mar 10, 2023 by Louigi Balao

3 min read

We covered why these little aesthetic nodes are worth buying in our previous article, “What Makes WiFi Mesh Worth It?” because they broadcast a new point of network coverage to different parts of your house instead of a single location. So, for example, you will not have dead zones in your home that would just randomly cut whenever you are on a video call. This time we will cover mesh hacks that may help you maximize your mesh-ed experience in your humble abode.

One of these tips is to enhance your WiFi Mesh experience!

If you haven’t gotten your own respective mesh unit but are currently experiencing dead zones in your house, it may be time to get up and grab one for yourself. If you don’t know where to check, PLDT has its offerings of WiFi Mesh units, such as the TP-Link Deco M4, M5, or even the spiffy-looking Tenda Nova MW6.

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Without further ado, let the tips ‘n tricks begin!

Distance is key. It is noted that the maximum WiFi signal can reach about 150 to 160 feet indoors, but this depends on location as it would affect the frequency, transmission, and other things. This is where the mesh rolls in, providing a signal covering 2,000 to 5,500 square feet, which means you can sit as you scroll through content in the loo.

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Despite the massive range, keeping your nodes at least 10 to 15 meters apart is best to get the most out of the connection. About two rooms are worth it if you want to maintain speed and network latency. If you can follow this golden rule, you should experience no problems at all.

Your network is only as strong as your weakest link, so make sure to keep an eye on all your nodes.

Don't be afraid to ruin your aesthetic. The point of getting these meshes is to subtly include or sometimes improve the modern aesthetic people are going for in their smart homes. You do only need one main hub to connect with the other ones, after all. However, for this tip, if you truly seek to optimize your network experience, feel free to bust out longer ethernet cables to place in hubs where it is needed.

If you need insight into the best cables, we can suggest a Cat6 cable with stricter performance specifications and higher data transfer speeds over long distances.

One app to rule ‘em all. There is no shame in a little help, especially if that help comes in the form of a downloadable app. The application is called WiFi Analyzer, yeah, I know, clever, right? This mobile app is able to turn your device into an analyzer that can recommend the best channel and places you can place your router or meshes. Other features include real-time data and distance calculations, history of signal strength, and channel optimizer, to name a few more.

Be warned that there are in-app purchases that restrict you from the rest of its features, but if you are bent on getting the best connections, there is no tag too high for that drive!

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