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The Art of Easy: Smart Home Edition

by Soraya Herbert | Nov 06, 2019

Easy is good. Correction, not good, it’s great! We’re all guilty of searching for the quickest and most convenient way to solve our problems and get things done. No shame in that game! Because let’s face it, life is hard and we are all juggling one hundred million things that needed to get done by yesterday.

Person with phone searchingThink of how much time you save when you find a quick and easy recipe for dinner or the comfort of finding the answer to your every need and question through Google or YouTube. Don’t you want more of that in your life? What if we were to tell you that there’s an easier, better way to connect to the internet? You’re already investing money by selecting a great internet plan with high broadband speeds, so we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of it. Now, we’re not talking about spending a bunch of money on a fancy wireless router that still leaves you high and dry when you’re trying to load a GIF from the other end of your house… No, sir! We’re talking about introducing you to the power of mesh networks. The solution to your problems… internet problems, that is!

The internet is like a gift that keeps on giving; it comes with endless content and provides us with endless possibilities to make your life simpler and more enjoyable. And in today’s modern life, we need to be connected 24/7 as much as we need air. While it’s okay to look up from your phone from time to time and smell the roses, it’s also okay to let yourself enjoy looking at memes and decompress your day by watching a funny video or your favorite binge-worthy series. With a never-ending need to be connected, it’s no wonder solutions to extending WiFi are becoming more and more popular by the minute. In short, mesh networks are a type of WiFi set up that uses multiple nodes that can spread the signal all over your home, even from far away from your router. A simple, and cost-effective solution to solve your internet problems? Sign us up, please!  But the good news doesn’t end there yet, the fact that it is also a quick and easy set up makes mesh networks even more attractive. Just plug and place your mesh access point around your home to extend the signal and Voila! You now have a great connection all-around your house, even the quiet bathroom at the end of the house you like to hide in to get a few minutes of peace and quiet away from the kids. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us!

 

SMARTER CHOICE, SMARTER HOME

Sure, there are other methods to ensure your beloved Amazon Alexa gets the signal she needs to tell you the news, or make sure your ConnectHome SkyBell gets enough signal so you can check in on your home while out on the town, but mesh networks are by far the more intelligent choice.

Don’t believe us? Let’s break it down into the good, the bad, and the ugly. Repeaters can be considered the ugly choice as they can actually degrade your signal by up to 50% because they connect and communicate between all of your devices and router. And we all know what happens in a game of telephone with too many people, the message, in this case, the signal, gets diluted. Mesh networks on the other hand, automatically detect your signal through built-in intelligent sensors and reroute your signal back and forth through the fastest and most efficient path to help you get the best from your internet. As reliable as a good friend support system, the access points in modern mesh systems back each other up in the unlikely event that one is down.
Repeaters: 0 | Mesh Networks: 3

Other fancy network extenders may be a better solution than repeaters; however, they can be a pain in the you know what. Why? Because instead of extending your WiFi Signal, they create a whole new WiFi network, so you’d have to manually switch to it on each device each time. Nobody’s got time for that! Thus, the clear winner is the mesh networks because they’re just easier and provide you with the seamless, set it and forget it experiences as you move around your home. 

To learn more about how GVTC can help you on your smart home journey by enhancing your home with a mesh network check out our newest service GVTC Premium WiFi.