As the early spectre of summer looms large on a sun starved horizon, people working at home will look longingly at the outdoors, adorned with blue skies, bird songs and vitamin D.
Home working has provided a conundrum for many, both equally appealing and challenging in the same vein, the increase in social time is seen as a massive benefit, but for many the lack of a structured environment has proven challenging. With the culture of home working now being normalised managers should be recommending, particularly to younger employees, longer term fixed solutions for their working environments, missing the added connectivity and level of tech they took for granted in the office, gigabit wired internet connections replaced by patchy Wi-Fi, cramped workspaces with no mouse keyboard or place to plug in your mobile. Sitting on rattan furniture on a shaded deck may be a great solution in July but will leave you shivering come mid-November.
One of the major obstacles to overcome when looking at office placement, will be the strength of Wi-Fi signal, which has been further depredated by the new heavy loads of mum, dad, kids and home tech all competing for access and bandwidth. We've probably all heard a story or two of makeshift desks on ironing boards or kitchen breakfast bars. If you have a perfect spot on the 3rd tier of your home or are looking at an attic conversion or garden office, getting a strong Wi-Fi signal could be an issue. With Mesh Wi-Fi solutions, most of these issues can be alleviated instantly, the extra coverage taken care of by well-placed mesh nodes or extenders, bringing a boosted Wi-Fi signal to where Wi-Fi didn't exist before.
If you are looking for a fast signal to reach your patio that is relatively near the house, a Mesh node or extender can provide this, the same could be said for a dedicated garden office, using a mesh extender in the office would ensure a magnified signal for you to work with.
D-Link’s range of mesh
D-Link offers two choices in the world of Mesh Networking
Covr is our original mesh system, it is available in Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6 versions, the Covr 1102/3 will provide ample speed and coverage for the traditional Wi-Fi user, with speeds up to 1.2gbps (dual band) and by combining 4 units (2 covr-1102 packs combined) you can cover up to 6,700 sq. ft.
For a device dense abode, we would recommend the covr-x1862/3, which is our Wi-Fi 6 model, these offer more speed and coverage, as well as the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 (BSS Coloring, Mu-Mimo, OFDMA etc. - Read more here...) with 4 nodes you can cover up to 8,396 Sq. ft.
EAGLE PRO AI is a full mesh eco system, which will grow to offer several mesh products that will all seamlessly work together. The range will include mesh nodes, mesh routers, mesh extenders, 4G routers and more.
The M15-2/3 are two or three node mesh solutions, that offer AX1500 speeds (Wi-Fi 6) and the added benefit of an AI that continually monitors and optimises your network.
Which mesh is right for me?
The choice between the two systems is a close-run battle, the covr offers slightly higher speed and out of the box coverage. However, there are a couple of examples where the EAGLE PRO AI systems come into their own, as the Covr systems aren’t as flexible (i.e., they don’t have a dedicated mesh extender to easily increase the coverage.)
For a garden office, the EAGLE PRO system would be the better choice, as the additional option of an easy to place mesh extender, would give this office a magnified signal. EAGLE PRO would also be the better choice for anyone with a low ISP speed who could get more from a 4G connection, as EAGLE PRO offers the option of using 4G as your gateway, powering the mesh throughout your home.