The Wi-Fi Alliance has recently launched the EasyMesh Wi-Fi certification program. This means that compatible devices for building mesh Wi-Fi networks will soon appear in stores. They are characterized by a large range, which is provided by several cooperating routers.
Lattice Wi-Fi networks offer a range that is much larger than the one offered by a single router. Such solutions are used in large offices and large homes. The problem is that the entire Wi-Fi mesh network must be built using devices from the same manufacturer. Unfortunately, access points from different suppliers do not cooperate with each other. This situation will be changed by the EasyMesh Wi-Fi certificate. Devices that obtain it will use the same signalling protocol, so there will be no problems with the cooperation of devices from different companies.
How do Wi-Fi mesh networks work?
A single Wi-Fi router has a limited range. If someone has a big house and wants to increase the range of their wireless network, they must use an additional device. These are usually Wi-Fi extenders, which are often called repeaters. However, they form Wi-Fi networks with a new name and sometimes it happens that our laptop has a problem with smooth switching between two networks. In contrast, EasyMesh networks will be composed of access points that will broadcast Wi-Fi networks with the same name. Thanks to this, our Wi-Fi devices will not have problems switching between particular points. Everything looks very nice, but there is one problem.
So far, none of the producers of Wi-Fi devices has declared to prepare equipment compatible with EasyMesh. Wi-Fi Alliance does not like divisions and wants Wi-Fi devices to work together. This also applies to access points included in the mesh network. In contrast, manufacturers such as Netgear or Linksys have already built their ecosystems that provide similar solutions. Joining the EasyMesh certification program would certainly increase competitiveness in the Wi-Fi lattice market. For us it would be a good situation. For hardware manufacturers, not necessarily.
Source: Wi-Fi Alliance