It really depends. Since Wi-Fi relies on so many variables, there’s no simple formula. But here are some things to consider, which will help you make an informed decision:
The bigger your house, the greater your Wi-Fi coverage needs to be. And better coverage means more Mesh Wifi points.
Here’s an estimate of how much Wi-Fi coverage you’ll get with a MESH Wifi system:
|Number of Wifi points
||Square feet of Wi-Fi coverage*
||1,500 sq. ft.
||1,500-3,000 sq. ft.
||3,000-4,500 sq. ft.
*These coverage estimates are for homes with timber frames. Homes made of other materials may see different Wi-Fi coverage.
As a general rule, Wifi points work best when they’re no more than 2 rooms away from each other. For example, if the far end of your house has weak Wi-Fi, don’t put a Wifi point in that exact spot. Instead, put it partway in that direction. Try to place it in an elevated position like on a shelf.
Note: We recommend a maximum of 6 points in a single mesh set up, which can cover up to 9,000 sq. ft. This is usually sufficient for the average home, although some have networks covering up to 13,500 sq. ft.
Mesh Wifi points work best when they can see each other with a clear line of sight. Barriers like heavy furniture and walls made of thick concrete or brick can influence Wi-Fi performance. With additional Wifi points, it’ll be easier to strategically place them in a way that avoids obstructions.
Neighborhood Wi-Fi congestion
Crowded Wi-Fi areas like apartment buildings can result in crowded Wi-Fi channels and reduced Wi-Fi performance. In these environments, the closer you are to a Wifi point, the better your Wi-Fi performance will be.
Take all of these into consideration when thinking about additional Wifi points. Your home might not need three; some will be fine with just one, while others need more for reliable Wi-Fi.
MontanaSky can quote you for an engineered, installed and fully managed MESH Wifi system for home ot business. Contact SALES today!
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