The State Of Home Networking
HWM Singapore|August 2018

Patrick Lo, Chairman and CEO, Netgear.

Kenny Yeo

Will mesh networking systems make traditional non-mesh routers obsolete?

Eventually, mesh networking systems are going to take over and we are taking two tracks to get there. One track is what we call “ordinary people mesh”. That means there are not many buttons to turn, you use the app to set it up, and then you don’t worry about it. That’s pretty much what the market is today. These systems are very easy to use, very easy to understand, and everything is in layman’s terms. But there is another track that starts with a router with a lot of buttons to turn and a lot of features and performance. However, we have the mesh extenders and you can use these to form a mesh network. One track is simpler and cheaper, the other is more sophisticated and more expensive, but it is also more powerful. But eventually, it all leads back to mesh networking systems. We believe that in three years, all routers will have some form of mesh capability.

How can mesh networking systems still improve?

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