- Nov 26, 2012
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PLEASE TEST - or I'll be forced to buy a mesh system myself and test -
The mesh marketing material implies they handle handover better than wifi range extenders
Deco M4 | AC1200 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System | TP-Link South Africa
The animation half way down the page is what I'm referring to
Yeah so I read this tried to pull some spec sheets for the controllers and IC used in that system and in my view TP-Link is using the same approach as Ubnt (I have used Ubnt for years, in small and medium sized applications) and that comes down to broadcasting the same SSID, on different channels so the client only sees a single SSID to connect to, but it is still up to the client device to decide when and where to connect. WiFi, despite what people think was really never designed with roaming in mind - the way "cellular" tech works and why it works so well, is that it's designed around devices moving between cell zones and is very good at managing that, both at client and base station level - WiFi was really designed to replace cabled networking, as in your printer which stays in the same spot in your house can connect wirelessly, but the actual WiFi spec is very deficient at handling devices that move around and will need to quickly connect/disconnect from one AP to another.
So I'd say the TP-Link stuff will work similarly to the Ubnt systems, which is better than having MyWiFi, MyWifi_EXT and MyWiFi_2 SSIDs all broadcasting but it's not 100% seamless and does depend on how well the client handles roaming.