Mesh networking has been all the rage in the WiFi router space over the last few years, with nearly every company that makes consumer networking gear offering a whole-home WiFi solution that lets you use multiple routers to boost your signal in spaces that would be tough to reach with a single router.
But there’s a catch: you can’t just grab any two routers and expect them to work together. Have a Google WiFi? You’ll need another Google WiFi if you want to create a mesh network. The same goes for routers from Eero, TP-Link, Asus, Netgear, D-Link, and others.
But the WiFi Alliance has created a new standard that could allow interoperability… if it’s widely adopted.