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From mobile-controlled thermostats to video door bells, smart home products have evolved significantly over the past few years. The growing issue that many homeowners don’t realize is with the addition of all these devices, a home’s Wi-Fi may get bottle necked. Homeowners may start noticing more holes in their coverage. To fix the problem, CNET’s Taylor Martin says homeowners should look into a mesh Wi-Fi system.

Before affordable, personal mesh networks came into play, if your router couldn't reach a far corner of your home, you'd likely turn to powerline network adapters or convert an old router into a wireless bridge. While these are affordable solutions, they're finicky and fairly complex to set up for a networking novice. And they don't always play well with smart home gadgets anyway.

A mesh network, on the other hand, is a combination of two or more wireless access points that communicate with one another to blanket your entire home with stronger, more reliable coverage. Almost all of the mesh kits available are incredibly easy to set up and use, and they can be tailored to suit your needs.

If you want your smart home to truly be cutting edge and work as intended, a mesh Wi-Fi system should be at the top of your list things to add first.

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