Using Mesh technology to distribute Wi-Fi access is a great solution for customers with hard-to-wire facilities or where temporary access is needed. These systems enable rapid deployment and they are typically self-forming and self-healing once configured. If a device fails, traffic is re-routed around the disabled device.
Solutions are cost effective and available on both “light licensed” (for public safety) and unlicensed spectrum. A single mesh device can provide both mesh-to-mesh communications as well as mesh-to-client communications. As a result, mesh deployments are often hardware and cost efficient.
Mesh deployments are ideal for customers that need to distribute internet access in locations such as municipalities, hotels, apartment buildings, school and campus environments, malls, marinas or any other location where easy-to-deploy wireless coverage is needed. Applications might include video surveillance, key entry login and control as well as Local Area Network wireless data and Voice over IP (VOIP), Most manufacturers of Mesh products allow for the formation of VLAN’s to provide appropriate Quality of Service (QOS) in time-critical applications such as VOIP.
Additional bandwidth is available by adding a dedicated radio or radios for inter-mesh communications to enable more bandwidth hungry applications such as video or voice.
Just like other WLAN solutions, standards based security can be implemented on mesh networks to keep private information private or to limit access to only authorized users.