The idea is simple- mesh means that various mesh nodes help spread a network connection across a large area by “talking” to each other and forming a connection. Essentially, a wireless mesh network is an alternative to the traditional WiFi solution that uses access points and wired links to create a network. In scenarios where having a wired network connection is not possible either due to environmental restrictions or resources, having a solution that supports wireless mesh technology is important.
Working in this industry, you’ve probably heard the term “Quality of Service (QoS)” but maybe you don’t know what it means, or you don’t know how to explain it to your customers. It basically refers to the overall quality or the performance of a service such as telephony, computer networking, or cloud computing. The quality of these services is measured based on various factors including packet loss, throughput, delay, etc. The more delays seen when using a network, the lesser the quality of the user experience. The goal of most networks whether in an office, a university, or even a retail business is to ensure a positive, efficient experience by all users. QoS Standards help us to achieve that.
If you’re new to WiFi or used to deploying access points for large enterprises, the word “controller-less” might be confusing. Traditionally to manage access points across a business, a separate piece of hardware referred to as a “controller” would be installed along with the access points and router. This controller typically would live in the server room and monitor, analyze, and update the access points across the deployment. In some cases the hardware controller would provide firewall features for added protection as well. At the time, when wireless technology was still relatively new this was a convenient way to manage all access points in a streamlined manner.
Internet used to be a measly dial up connection that only a handful of families had access to at home. Now dial up is no longer in existence, and just about any device you can think of comes WiFi enabled from refrigerators to door locks. We use more WiFi than ever before and expect to have it while grocery shopping, while at work, and even on airplane trips.
Note: Though this blog post was originally written about the GWN7610, everything in this post applies to all GWN series WiFi Access Points
You may have noticed that much of the discussion around our new GWN7610 WiFi Access Point has been about the way it is installed and managed. One of the biggest innovations is the incredibly quick, easy and intuitive setup and management process we have designed. Where most other AP manufacturers require you to purchase or use a separate piece of equipment or software (known as a “controller”) to setup and manage access points, the GWN7610 includes its own provisioning master built-in to the product’s web-user interface. This controller-less, centralized management is the future of WiFi access point technology and Grandstream is one of the very first manufacturers on the market to design APs this way.