Earlier this yr, an business group which oversees Wi-Fi requirements often called The Wi-Fi Alliance, launched a brand new standard known as EasyMesh, which is able to set a typical standard for mesh routers to work with ones manufactured by different mesh routers from different firms. Now, the first such system that can adhere to the standard has been introduced.
Final week, router producer Arris introduced that it could launch the first EasyMesh-certified router, the VAP4641 Wi-fi Extender. The extender makes use of 802.11ac wave 2 expertise, and can pair with different licensed gadgets — as soon as they turn into extra extensively obtainable. Arris doesn’t say when the system shall be obtainable for buy.
Up till this level, customers have been basically locked into shopping for routers from a single model. Mesh routers — gadgets which permit you to combine a couple of router right into a single, bigger community in your house or workplace — would solely work with ones from like-minded firms. Should you had to change one out, you had to keep inside that closed ecosystem. With this new standard, customers can combine and match mesh routers to lengthen the WiFi of their houses or workplaces — supplied they support EasyMesh.
That is likely to be a little bit of an uphill battle: the designation isn’t obligatory. However having at the least one firm releasing merchandise adhering to the standard is an important first step in the direction of wider adoption.