SimpliNET2 FAQ

Why do I need a mesh system?

The WiFi signal from a single WiFi router will cover only a limited area. The further your WiFi device is from the router, the weaker the incoming and outgoing signals are, as shown in the illustration below:

WiFi mesh technology is specifically designed to solve this problem. The purpose of the SimpliNET2 Range Extenders is to seamlessly transfer the WiFi signal from the SimpliNET2 Router or another SimpliNET2 Range Extender, amplify it, and carry it much further. This provides your WiFi devices with a strong, fast, reliable signal no matter where they are located, as shown in the illustration below:

How does the SimpliNET2 mesh system work?

The SimpliNET2 Mesh System comprises of a single mesh router and one or more range extenders. The SimpliNET2 Router becomes the new gateway to the Internet. Each SimpliNET2 Range Extender finds the optimum path to the router directly or through other extenders. The router and all range extenders work seamlessly in concert to dynamically determine the best path based on the relative position of the router and extenders and the surrounding environment conditions like walls or other obstacles. The following illustration shows a SimpliNET2 range extender autonomously reconfiguring itself to use optimal path to connect to the Internet.

How will SimpliNET2 connect to my home network?

The SimpliNET2 Router can connect to a broadband modem or to an integrated modem-router of the type usually provided by your Internet Service Provider ("ISP"). The following illustration shows two common setup options:

Do my WiFi devices need to be reconfigured after installing SimpliNET2?

The default WiFi network name for SimpliNET2 Mesh WiFi system is "SimpliNET2". Your WiFi devices can be re-configured to connect to the "SimpliNET2" WiFi network. However, there is another option available as described in the steps below:

Your WiFi devices would have been configured to connect to your existing WiFi network, e.g. one provided by your existing Integrated Modem and WiFi Router.

Once SimpliNET2 is setup, you can disable the WiFi network existing integrated modem/router.

Then you can change the WiFi network name of SimpliNET2 to the name to your old WiFi network and change the WiFi password of SimpliNET2 to the password of your old WiFi network. Your WiFi devices will then seamlessly connect to the SimpliNET2 system using the old WiFi network name and no-configuration changes are necessary on each individual Wi-Fi device.

Can a SimpliNET2 Range Extender be used as my main WiFi router?

The SimpliNET2 Range Extenders are designed to be used ONLY in conjunction with a SimpliNET2 Router. SimpliNET2 Range Extenders cannot be used by themselves.

What types of backhaul does SimpliNET2 support?

Backhaul is the connection the SimpliNET2 Router and Range Extenders use to communicate with each other. SimpliNET2 supports both Ethernet and WiFi backhauls. Ethernet backhaul is ideal for homes that have built-in Ethernet wiring.

What wired network speeds does the SimpliNET2 router support?

The SimpliNET2 router supports a throughput of 1 Gigabits per second (Gbps) between the LAN and WAN Ethernet ports. Hence it can support ISP connections up to 1 Gbps speed over a wired network.

Do I need to purchase the Continuous 24/7 Monitoring and Protection Service to use SimpliNET2?

SimpliNET2 comprises of a Mesh WiFi System and a Smart Firewall. The Mesh WiFi System does not require a service to function. The Smart Firewall requires the Continuous 24/7 Monitoring and Protection Service. This service enables the Smart Firewall to receive real-time threat intelligence updates to prtotect all your connected devices from the latest threats. The purchase price of SimpliNET2 includes 12-months of free Continuous 24/7 Monitoring and Protection Service for your Smart Firewall. After that you have the option to renew your service for just US$9 per month which would ensure that your home network is always protected.

How well does the SimpliNET2 Mesh WiFi system perform?

Download speeds on the Internet is limited by the bandwidth provided your ISP. Hence to determine the maximum throughput of the mesh system under various conditions, throughput was measured between multiple local devices connected to the SimpliNET2 mesh system. The popular industry standard tool (iperf3) was used to perform the measurements. In the following illustration shows the placement of the various devices used in the performance measurements.

PC1 ran the iperf3 server and PC2 ran the iperf3 client. To eliminate any potential issues with WiFi adapter speeds on PC1 and PC2, both PCs were connected via Ethernet to the respective SimpliNET2 devices.

The following table lists the data transfer performance between PC1 and PC2 through the SimpliNET2 Mesh WiFi system comprising of a Router and a single Extender. Distance is the point-to-point length in feet between the router and the extender i.e. backhaul distance. Placement is the location of the router and extender devices which determines the presence of walls, floors or other obstructions. Throughput is the average data transfer speed reported by iperf3. Backhaul is the connection type (Ethernet or WiFi) between the SimpliNET2 Router and the SimpliNET2 Extender. The SimpliNET2 mesh system was tested in a standard medium size American single-family home with wooden framing and walls.

Distance Throughput Backhaul Placement
25 ft. 950 Mbps Ethernet Not Applicable
25 ft. 600 Mbps WiFi Router and Extender in line of sight of each other.
50 ft. 580 Mbps WiFi Router and Extender in line of sight of each other.
65 ft. 550 Mbps WiFi Router and Extender in line of sight of each other.
25 ft. 465 Mbps WiFi Router and Extender on same floor located in adjacent rooms.
50 ft. 450 Mbps WiFi Router and Extender on same floor located in non-adjacent rooms.
15 ft. 590 Mbps WiFi Router and Extender on different floors located vertically above each other.
65 ft. 390 Mbps WiFi Router and Extender on different floors located in the farthest corners of a 4000 sq. ft. home.