The WiFi mesh is a real mess today because each manufacturer of routers and repeaters using its own technology so that if we have a router of a brand, we have to buy their repeaters if we integrate everything under one network. The WiFi Alliance announced EasyMesh almost two years ago to fix it, and now they have added new improvements to the standard.
EasyMesh uses the IEEE 1905.1 protocol and incorporates improvements of the WiFi Alliance such as Home Design or Agile Multiband, where the network is optimized to offer the best connection at home, offers ease of installation, is scalable, and allows routers and repeaters to be mixed from any mark whenever these are compatible with EasyMesh. The configuration process has also been designed to be as simple as possible.
Manufacturers such as Broadcom, Intel, Qualcomm or MediaTek showed their support for the standard, but devices that incorporate it have hardly been launched despite being announced in May 2018, and despite being compatible with WiFi 4, WiFi 5 and WiFi 6 . Today at least two manufacturers have announced routers compatible with the standard while the WiFi Alliance has announced four new features for the standard.
Four new features for EasyMesh WiFi
The first one is the separation of traffic within the network itself , where there will be the main WiFi network and the guest WiFi network will work independently, and the latter will also be able to benefit from the mesh WiFi functionalities.
The second is the improvement of client steering through Agile Multiband , which will improve the process of switching from one WiFi access point to another. Thanks to this, when we change rooms and use a repeater instead of the main router, the change will be made more quickly and reliably.
The third change is to improve the coordinated availability of channels with Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS), so that less saturated channels can be used and network performance problems are avoided.
The fourth and final change is to allow manufacturers to obtain diagnostic data from the network through WiFi Data Elements , so that they can analyze analytical data and improve the experience of using their products. This change is the most controversial of all, as it will allow manufacturers to obtain more information on how their users use the network and how they access the Internet, although it will probably be done anonymously and aggregate.
This year the first routers with EasyMesh have been announced
These changes have already been introduced in the standard and will be available to any manufacturer that decides to incorporate this connection into a router or repeater. Today, Netgear has announced the Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 System (MK62) for $ 229.99, which incorporates EasyMesh. ZTE has also announced the first router for VDSL2 with WiFi 6 and with built-in EasyMesh.
These two routers add to the D-Link COVR-1102 AC1200 , being the only three devices compatible with EasyMesh at the moment. All of them have been announced in the last two months, so we expect more manufacturers to launch new models as of now.