Meshing WiFi

It seems that as WiFi continues to get more and more attention, lots of people are suddenly interested in ways to make WiFi a “mesh” solution – to let data hop across multiple WiFi access points until it reaches the backhaul point. The latest to jump on this bandwagon is a company called Strix, who is hyping up the fact that you can expand their wireless access points without using cables. It took me until about halfway through their announcement to realize that they were just offering yet-another mesh solution for WiFi. At first the make it sound like they’re offering more of a wide-area fixed-wireless solution – but that’s clearly not the case. There are still some questions about how well mesh networks perform in the real world, and whether or not high usage causes problems as the data needs to bounce from access point to access point searching for a way out.

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