Earlier this yr, an trade group which oversees Wi-Fi requirements generally known as The Wi-Fi Alliance, launched a brand new commonplace known as EasyMesh, which can set a standard commonplace for mesh routers to work with ones manufactured by different mesh routers from different corporations. Now, the primary such gadget that may adhere to the usual has been introduced.

Final week, router producer Arris introduced that it might launch the primary EasyMesh-certified router, the VAP4641 Wi-fi Extender. The extender makes use of 802.11ac wave 2 know-how, and can pair with different licensed gadgets — as soon as they turn out to be extra broadly out there. Arris doesn’t say when the gadget shall be out there for buy.

Up till this level, customers have been basically locked into shopping for routers from a single model. Mesh routers — gadgets which let you combine a couple of router right into a single, bigger community on your dwelling or workplace — would solely work with ones from like-minded corporations. In the event you needed to swap one out, you needed to keep inside that closed ecosystem. With this new commonplace, customers can combine and match mesh routers to increase the WiFi of their houses or workplaces — supplied they assist EasyMesh.

That could be a little bit of an uphill battle: the designation isn’t obligatory. However having not less than one firm releasing merchandise adhering to the usual is an important first step in the direction of wider adoption.

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