What is a Powerline Wi-Fi Extender and How is it Different from Wi-Fi Mesh?

Sep 26, 2019G.hn, Learning Annex

Even the best routers have limitations that prevent your Wi-Fi from reaching some areas of your home. Walls, floors, ceilings and appliances can weaken your Wi-Fi signal. There are several solutions to filling in the gaps in your Wi-Fi coverage. Wi-Fi mesh and powerline Wi-Fi extenders are popular options as they are both readily available and easy to set up.

What is Wi-Fi Mesh

Wi-Fi mesh is a system that consists of placing router-like devices, or nodes, in the areas of your home that have a weak connection. Wi-Fi mesh systems create a new network separate from your router’s network. Wi-Fi mesh units communicate with each other throughout the house, which provide a larger range of coverage. Most Wi-Fi mesh systems can be managed through a smartphone app. While Wi-Fi mesh offers high quality wireless, it comes at a high price. Wi-Fi mesh systems can even cost more than your router.

Powerline Networking with Wi-Fi Extender

Sometimes the simple solution is also the best solution. Powerline networking with a Wi-Fi extender is the easiest way to minimize network upgrade expenses while maximizing your home’s WiFi coverage. Powerline Wi-Fi extenders use G.hn technology to turn your existing electrical wiring in your home into a data pipeline.

How Powerline Wi-Fi Extenders Work

Creating a powerline network starts with a powerline adapter. With an adapter plugged into the wall by your router, you are free to use a powerline Wi-Fi extender in other areas of your house. The powerline extender pairs with the adapter through the existing powerlines in your home to create a wired connection from the adapter/router to the extender. Once paired, the extender can then boost the Wi-Fi signal to reach devices far from the router. Some powerline extenders also feature an Ethernet port for a wired connection to a specific device.

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