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April 20, 2017 by Ben Chan

Mesh Wi-Fi: Silver Bullet or Can of Worms?

In my previous blog, we explored the nature of Wi-Fi coverage problems. Today, I’ll discuss the pros and cons of distributed Wireless Access Point (WAP) approaches.

By installing multiple WAPs in the home, there is great potential to improve in-home coverage as well as increased speeds. For subscribers, these so-called ‘Wi-Fi Mesh Network Systems’ appear to be a ‘silver bullet’ solution.

However, for communications service providers (CSPs), technical challenges seem inevitable. For example, how many WAPs are needed in the home? Where should they be placed? How can they all be configured with the same SSID? When should a client connect to a particular WAP?

Even if these systems are purchased from a commercial retailer, subscribers are still going to call the CSP help desk when they don’t work. If the CSP has no visibility into the WAP devices, not even an expensive truck roll will resolve every issue. The result is that CSPs will take the blame for a poor broadband service experience and the ‘silver bullet’ solution can quickly turn into a real ‘can of worms’.

Deploying Calix GigaCenters is a great option. GigaCenters provide a strategic point of presence for service providers while delivering superior experience with gigabit broadband and Carrier Class Wi-Fi to subscribers. If better coverage is needed down the road, additional WAPs can be added easily to provide whole home Wi-Fi coverage that is managed by Calix Cloud software. This is significantly better and more affordable for your subscribers than purchasing unmanaged options from retailers and dealing with technical challenges that come with them. 

Click here to learn about the Calix GigaFamily solutions.