If your home's Wi-Fi network gets a little flaky in some areas, there are several ways you can push the signal just a bit more. A range extender, for example, can be placed far enough from your router to receive and then rebroadcast its slightly weaker signal further. A Powerline adapter – which uses your home's electrical wiring to extend the network – is another option, though its effectiveness may be limited by the kind of wiring in your home or the distance between your power outlets.
Where these options falter, however, Whole Home Wi-Fi (or WHW) might just prevail. Unlike the loss of signal strength you can encounter with an extender or Powerline adapter, a Whole Home Wi-Fi system provides consistent and optimal Wi-Fi performance that's the same everywhere, even at the outer limits of your network.
Going the Distance
A WHW system is designed to be modular, relying on "nodes" or beacons that are strategically placed around your home to expand your current network signal. The system is easy to set up and adaptable to most home designs, too, since you need only add one or more nodes (depending on your home size and networking needs) to get better coverage, and Linksys guided support ensures optimal node placement. Once it's up and running, users can get connected to the nearest node by way of either a wired or wireless connection.
Combating Dead Zones
The biggest advantage to the WHW system is the quality of Wi-Fi signal it can push to each room in your home, and its modular setup is key to its success. Dead zones happen for a variety of reasons, including distance from the router (the further away you are, the weaker the signal), physical obstructions (signals are impacted by concrete, metal, and other objects like heating ducts and microwave ovens), and other network congestion (an abundance of routers near yours, like in an apartment or town home). With a WHW system, nodes can be placed within optimal distance where they're not impacted by walls, floors, or appliances.
Other Lasting Benefits
A WHW system is a next-gen MU-MIMO solution, which means it's both future proof and efficient. Unlike standard Wi-Fi routers, which are capable of communicating with only a single device at a time, newer MU-MIMO routers support multiple devices simultaneously. As a result, Web speeds are optimized and the signal is much more reliable. The system also reduces channel congestion and eliminates the bottlenecking effect typical of range extenders. And it gives you seamless roaming, so you can walk from room to room—and jump from node to node —without losing signal.
Change Can Be Good
The Linksys WHW system sports a simple, intuitive user interface, with easy-to-understand reports that keep you informed about the status of your network and the devices connected to it. Use the dashboard to configure the system's network name and password, or enable a guest network for visitors. You can also run network diagnostics to determine your network's speed.
While it's ideal for a large home whose Wi-Fi routers just can't seem to fill all the nooks and crannies, a WHW system benefits just about any Web user. Quite literally mapped to your home's size and layout, it's the ideal way to create a home Wi-Fi network that is personalized, protected, and efficient.