How to setup a Mesh system?

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Setting up a mesh wifi system is an easy way to make sure that you never have any dead zones in your house.

1. Determine how many mesh points you need for your space.

2. Purchase WiFi System

The first step is to purchase the correct setup for your home. The components should be able to cover all of the areas that are needed, but no more than necessary. Make sure that there are at least two satellites, or access points . If it isn’t clear how many devices will need coverage , purchase one device per every 1,000 square feet of space . Also depending on the layout of the space it might be better if there are less devices so they can offer their maximum speed without too much interference between them.

3. Set Up Main Access Point

After receiving your mesh network set up the access point by plugging in the power. The light will show a solid blue when it is plugged in and ready to set up. The next step is to connect one of your devices via wireless or wired connection . In this case if you have a laptop that has both options you can just use one, but if not there are ethernet to USB adapters available.

3. Connect each mesh point with a network cable to the main access point, which is marked “To AP.” Plug one end of a network cable into the ethernet port on your mesh node and connect the other end to an open LAN port on your main access point unit labeled “To Mesh.” Please be aware that once you set up this connection there will not be any way to reconnect wirelessly . If you decide later that you would rather have these devices connected wirelessly refer to the section below on setting up the mesh point as an access point.

4. Once you’ve finished connecting all of your mesh points to your main access point, the next step is to configure each device’s wireless settings (SSID and password) by opening up your web browser and typing in one of your mesh points’ IP addresses into the address bar. Each mesh point has its own default IP address that tells it where to send information on the network, so finding these defaults is key for configuring each node’s wireless settings. Please note that you will need to use Internet Explorer for this step because Google Chrome does not currently allow remote administration .

5. Connect each mesh node with a cable by plugging one end into the ethernet port labeled “To Mesh Point” and the other end into your router or switch.

6. Once you have plugged in all of your devices, each device needs to be configured manually with their own unique SSIDs and passwords so they do not interfere with one another’s wireless networks. To complete this step, go back into your web browser and enter the IP address that is labeled on each mesh point (the default for most units), then click “Save Settings”. This saved configuration is specific to that particular mesh node only; if you want to change any settings like network name or password, you will need to re-enter the configurations through the same steps as above.

7. The final part of setting up a wireless mesh system involves logging into your router or switch, accessing the wireless system menu, and configuring mesh network parameters. This must be done through your router or switch’s user interface to properly register all nodes. Mesh points are compatible with most routers that support WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) technology, which is built into routers from brands like D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, TP Link or Belkin. Using the PIN printed on the back of each mesh point , simply look for “WPS Push Button” in your router/switch configuration software and enter the PIN when prompted. If you do not have WPS technology at your disposal, manually change each node’s SSID to be unique by entering a unique name after scanning your QR code.

Finally connect any computers or smart devices that you wish to have access to your Internet connection by entering the SSID and password that you used for each of the mesh points during setup. You can then use your Internet connection as you normally would, with the exception of extended range; this will be discussed later on.

If all this is too overwhelming, get in touch with one of our internet technicians.

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