Mesh networking allows businesses to build a dynamic network infrastructure. A mesh network topology designs a network in a way that allows a node to communicate with multiple other devices. This means that data travelling across the network has multiple methods of reaching its destination. Enterprises can apply mesh networking to both a wired and wireless network.
A wireless mesh network grants your enterprise a dynamic wireless that can route wireless data transmissions intelligently. The benefits of wireless mesh networking provide enterprises with a more efficient wireless deployment that requires less resources from a wired network. What are the benefits that a wireless mesh network configuration bring? Below, we take a look at what wireless mesh networking is and why your enterprise should consider it for your business network.
What is wireless mesh networking?
A mesh network is comprised of several different nodes that connect with each other. Rather than having a straight linear path, a mesh network provides multiple different paths for data travelling across a network to take. For wireless network, this means installing routers and access points to create a wireless deployment built for dynamic data routing. The installations are all configured the same way, using the same wireless standard and supporting the same network transmissions.
Wireless mesh networking, at its basic level, isn’t too different from a regular wireless infrastructure. Traditionally, wireless hardware connects to a wired network at various points of the deployment, then transmits a wireless signal around it. The end result is a wireless coverage zone that extends around the wireless nodes. However, a wireless mesh deployment designs its hardware to be placed in locations that makes it possible for them to send wireless signals between each other. An access point in a mesh wireless infrastructure doesn’t need to connect to a wired network if it can receive the network signal wirelessly.
What are the benefits of a wireless mesh network?
A wireless mesh infrastructure uses the same resources as a typical wireless network. The difference lies mainly in its configuration, but that difference provides several noticeable benefits. The benefits of wireless mesh networking include:
Dynamic wireless routing
Mesh networks, by design, create multiple routes between its nodes. This means that if one network node fails, data moving across a network will have another path it can use. This also applies to wireless networks, as a wireless signal can take multiple routes to reach its destination.
Wider wireless coverage
Traditional wireless networks try to avoid cross-coverage of access points to avoid unnecessary installations. However, wireless mesh networks benefit from having multiple nodes for a device to use. A wireless mesh deployment allows for a device to have multiple points of access should one fail. A device can also download wireless data packets from multiple access points, allowing for faster downloads.
Less strain on the wired network
Traditional wireless network access relies on plugging access points and routers into a wired network. Because enterprise networks are often huge and complex, this means that a notable amount of your wired network resources will be used by your wireless network. However, a wireless mesh deployment can extend your networking beyond the wired network simply by connecting wireless nodes to each other.
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