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GIZ Tips: How to avoid signal loss or dead spots at home with a Mesh WiFi network

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Due to the government-enforced quarantine, most of us are currently staying at home.   This "new normal" reinforces the need to stay connected even more.
GIZ Tips: How to avoid the signal loss or dead spots at home with Mesh WiFi network?
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Why?

The quarantine has forced businesses to adapt to the situation where meetings, conferences, product launches, and more are done digitally online. Even the education sector holds school activities and classes through the internet.

This makes fast, reliable, and stable internet more important than ever may you be at the workplace or at home.

If you have a sizeable home with multiple family members that need to connect to the internet simultaneously, having one WiFi router may not be able to serve the whole house.

Aside from the size of the house, other factors like multiple rooms, distance, and the thickness of the walls all affect the signal quality of WiFi connections. These areas without or with poor connections are called dead spots. 

These different variables may give each family member less than optimal internet experience especially if all are sharing the same WiFi connection. This is especially true for family members who are located far from the router.

Given all the above-stated activities, each family member may not get an optimal browsing experience since everyone is sharing the same network.

Likely, users who are not near the router may experience dead spots in several areas of the house.

To solve this new dilemma, the family may need to upgrade to a mesh WiFi network.

What is a Mesh WiFi network?

To put it simply, a mesh WiFi network is designed to provide a whole-home WiFi experience no matter what the size of the house is. It involves establishing a network using multiple mesh units that are strategically placed around the house.
A futuristic-looking Mesh WiFi unit
A futuristic-looking Mesh WiFi unit

The mesh units connect & communicate with each other which results in the expansion of the overall WiFi network to cover the whole house.
Ports at the back
Ports at the back

Unlike WiFi extenders, the mesh units are all part of one big network which means that they all share the same SSID and password. This means that you only need to connect to only one SSID. There is no need to connect to a different router every time you move from one part of the house to the other.

This even works for larger homes with multiple floors and rooms. This system is ideal for IoT devices for smart homes that need to be connected with each other all the time.

Benefits of having a Mesh WiFi network:

1. Whole-home WiFi experience, better range - For larger homes, a single router is normally not enough and WiFi extenders aren't as reliable to use. Mesh WiFi networks are designed to provide a whole-home WiFi experience.

This happens by connecting a mesh unit to the main router, which allows the WiFi signal to be extended to parts of the house where the router cannot reach. Users can effectively reduce the number of dead spots in their homes by adding a mesh unit that covers the previously uncovered areas.

2. Single password, seamless connection - Compared to having multiple routers that have their own WiFi names and passwords where the user has to connect and reconnect depending on which router is nearest to him or her, users with a mesh system will only need to use a single password.

Reconnecting as you move around your house is not needed as all mesh units are connected to the same network.

3. Band steering - Your device will connect to the unit with the best and strongest WiFi signal depending on where you are at home. In short, your WiFi experience anywhere inside your house will be similar to the primary router.

4. Self-healing - If there is an issue on the mesh unit, the system will automatically redirect your device to another mesh unit to keep you online.

Good news to current and future Globe At Home Postpaid subscribers:

If you are a current Globe At Home Postpaid subscriber, you can enjoy all of the benefits of a mesh WiFi network stated above.

Globe has collaborated with TP-Link for an add-on device—the Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System. Deco M5 is one of the most capable and stylish-looking mesh WiFi devices out there.

For example, if you are an existing Globe At Home Postpaid Plan 1699 subscriber, all you need to do is add PHP 300 per month for 24 months to get 2 units of the Deco M5. Just add PHP 150 per unit in case you need more nodes. There's no cash out as well since it will be charged to your existing Globe At Home postpaid broadband bill.

If not attached to a Globe At Home plan, the 3-pack Deco M5 is priced at PHP 13,500 in leading PC stores nationwide.

How to use the Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System?

Connected to the modem via Ethernet
Connected to the modem via Ethernet

1. Plug the main deco unit to a power source.
2. Connect it to your Globe At Home modem via Ethernet cable.
Download TP-Link Deco app
Download TP-Link Deco app

3. Download TP-Link Deco app on your mobile phone via Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
4. Create an account and follow the step-by-step connection setup process.
Where to place the mesh units
Where to place the mesh units

5. After step 4, the app will be there to guide the user on where to place the mesh units.

The Deco app allows users to create and manage profiles where certain apps and websites can be blocked and internet usage time limits can be set. This is best for parents who want to ensure the safety of their children online.

TP-Link Deco M5 Specs

CPU: Quad-core
RAM: 512MB
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2
Others: 2x Gigabit ports per unit, 1x USB-C port
Dimensions: 120 x 38 mm

Quick thoughts

To eliminate signal loss or dead spots and enjoy seamless connectivity at home, get a mesh WiFi network.

If it is bundled via Globe At Home Postpaid, it will simply enable you and your family to enjoy the full potential of your internet connectivity anywhere at home.

It can be used for work, play, streaming, and more across multiple devices safely with ease.

For more info about the Globe At Home Postpaid Plan with the TP-Link Deco M5 bundle, visit this link.
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