Mesh Networking: Benefits over Traditional Router Connections

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Of late, cloud computing has surfaced as a prominent topic of discussion and has paved a way to the world of the Internet of things (IoT). A new terminology, called ‘mesh networking’, is also making its way into the talks, time and again. Mesh networking is basically network topology, which depends on each of the systems connected to the ‘mesh’ to function as, both, a user as well as a transceiver. Internet has been one of the most important changes in modern society. It emergence as a system of indescribable size, which permits anyone to communicate easily and instantly and provides a platform to voice their opinions. Through, the Internet has gained a reputation of being the backbone of each and every modern city, still there are a number of individuals across the world, who either have a poor connection or no connection to the Internet at all. This connectivity issue majorly affects the underprivileged and those who live in remote places.

In a standard network, the router is the main Internet hub in a home, with which every device connects to for access to the Internet. However, in mesh networking, all the devices will connect to every device they can find and be a part of a web of interconnected systems. Devices in a mesh are able to communicate to all the other devices in the mesh even without a direct connection between a sender and a receiver. This system is more beneficial as the devices in the mesh not only have the Internet access but also the strength of their signal to other neighboring devices in the mesh will be significantly higher than being connected to the router directly. Since the strength of the signal between two neighboring nodes will more likely be higher than the Wi-Fi broadcast of the router, most of the devices can transfer data at a greater pace.

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