New standard allows mesh routers from different manufacturers to work together




The Wi-Fi Alliance introduces the EasyMesh program. With this standard, it becomes possible to have mesh routers from different manufacturers collaborate and integrate into a network. Until now, only mesh routers from the same manufacturer can communicate with each other.

For two mesh routers from different manufacturers to work together, they only have to support the EasyMesh standard . EasyMesh only ensures that the routers can communicate with each other; the standard does not prescribe anything about the specifications and properties of mesh routers, such as which Wi-Fi band is used, the speed or how priority is given to traffic in the network.

For the time being, there are no devices that already support the standard and no EasyMesh routers have been announced yet. It is not yet clear when the certification process for the routers starts with the EasyMesh standard. According to Kevin Robinson of the Wi-Fi Alliance, this process will begin soon, but he could not tell The Verge when the first mesh routers appear with the standard. Existing mesh routers can be updated by the manufacturer to meet the EasyMesh standard.

Several companies have responded positively to the new standard and say they will support it. Among them are Liberty Global, the parent company of Ziggo. This list of the Wi-Fi Alliance mainly includes chip manufacturers, such as Intel and MediaTek, and providers. Router manufacturers such as Linksys and Asus are missing. The Wi-Fi Alliance can not make the application of EasyMesh mandatory, so it is a matter of waiting to see to what extent router manufacturers and providers will adopt the standard broadly.


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