WiFi dead zones around the home are a source of frustration for many, and after reading about mesh technologies, and researching solutions (including Eero, Linksys Velop, and Netgear Orbi), I decided to take a stab at fixing that frustration in my own home with a three-unit Orbi set-up. In retrospect, I probably wouldn’t have chosen the Orbi had I realized that it has what I’d argue to be a security vulnerability.
For the past three years or so, my home WiFi network has been powered by a pair of Apple AirPort Express units, one master and one satellite connected in bridge mode. It seemed like the best solution at the time, but in a larger, multi-level home, it’s just not provided the right coverage. Frustrated, this past summer I decided I’d start shopping around for mesh WiFi solutions. The “solutions” on the market today seem to leave a lot to be desired. You can pick between:
- Feature-rich solutions that aren’t actually even mesh.
- Mesh solutions that over-simplify and dumb-down things to an unsatisfactory level.
What’s a technology geek to do? Compromise.