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By Education Technology Insights | Monday, August 05, 2019

The next generation of wireless mesh networks has excellent potential to expand on-campus the range of connected devices and classroom technology.

FREMONT, CA: With each access point having a direct link to the wired network, Wi-Fi campus networks are implemented. This strategy tends to produce inflexible networks resulting from the cost and rigidity of deploying electrical and system cabling to each AP. An increasing trend in wireless networking is a Wi-Fi mesh design to solve these problems. Here, a peer-to-peer scheme of APs works together to establish a Wi-Fi network. Take a look at the variables that can affect the Wi-Fi network deployment choice.

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Mesh Networks Reduce Cost from Less Ethernet Cabling

Each Access Point (AP) must be linked to the wired part of the network in a traditional Wi-Fi network. On the other side, a mesh network needs significantly fewer wired links. This reduces costs, reduces complexity, and increases deployment speed. In an outdoor setting, mesh networks have another advantage, and that is the ability to avoid the expensive optical fiber connections that may be necessary to achieve the required distance between APs and network electronics.

Data Sent Between APs Use Bandwidth on Dedicated Spectrum

True, there is a restriction to the bandwidth available in a specified region for Wi-Fi customers. Good Wi-Fi mesh APs will use various radios to provide dedicated high-bandwidth wireless connections to each other while avoiding adverse effects on customer devices.

Wi-Fi Mesh Network is a Great Fit for the Internet of Things (IoT)

There are often two considerations in Internet of Things deployments: a multitude of devices and a broad region of coverage. In terms of the number of machines and the region in which they are deployed, such projects also tend to develop rapidly. Fortunately, IoT systems also have low (or at least predictable) demands for bandwidth in many circumstances. These characteristics are an excellent fit for IoT mesh networks.

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