As someone who has walked more than a few miles in a network administrator’s shoes, I’m all too familiar with the challenges of configuring and troubleshooting mesh environments. In my last position, as an administrator responsible for 300+ mesh nodes, I know the stress and frustration of dealing with dropped connections along with the other problems associated with mesh environments.
Our approach here at AirTight has always focused on making IT managers’ lives easier, and our Wi-Fi mesh implementation follows in the same footsteps.
Mesh profiles in management console
As you may have already noticed, a new feature is now available in the AirTight Networks cloud console under configuring the SSID for your templates.
Since its release to the Wi-Fi product line, this enhancement has received lots of positive feedback regarding its innovative visual capabilities of managing mesh links, as well as the new options that offer both indoor and outdoor flexibility.
Industry professionals have tended to view mesh networking from a “realist” point-of-view as a niche solution to be avoided if possible, and have never considered the technology the most popular of Wi-Fi capabilities. This pragmatism is rooted in the typical negative performance implications of mesh networks. Just a few years ago mesh capability was limited to a few highly targeted products that served niche markets for large-scale outdoor deployments or service provider environments. These solutions typically relied on multi-radio mesh units, which provide frequency separation between uplink and downlink traffic paths as well as between upstream and downstream hops, in an attempt reduce the negative performance impact for high bandwidth backhaul links.
However, there exists a growing market for mesh networking that utilizes single-radio mesh units to provide an extension of network access across limited mesh hops for hard to wire locations.