EasyMesh is a certification program for wireless product providers from Wi-Fi Alliance.
EasyMesh certification can be granted to technology that supports the Multi-AP specification. Version 1.0 of this specification was published in June 2018.
AP stands for "access point" The Multi-AP specification standardizes basic functionality for interaction between several access points.
Multi-AP supports, among other things:
The specification defines a Multi-AP network as consisting of one controller and one or more agents managed by this controller.
The same device can contain both functions or act only as a controller or only as an agent.
In practice, this means that the specification requires that all communication go through one controller. This is often called a tree topology. With today's chip sets, it is only possible to implement this as a star topology, which means that all agents must communicate directly with the controller, as illustrated below.
The upcoming chip set that supports EasyMesh will enable you to include "daisy-chaining" in such a tree-topology; that is, agents can contact the controller by way of other agents.
However, it will still not be a fully-fledged mesh network--not as long as there is a tree topology.
In a full-fledged mesh network, all nodes can communicate with each other directly and dynamically.
In an AirTies mesh network, which is what you get with the AirTies home pack, all access points can communicate with each other.
AirTies is a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance and announced during spring 2018 that they would support the new standard. AirTies wireless access points will be EasyMesh certified. AirTies also participates in a working group for the next version of Multi-AP.
New access points from AirTies will support Multi-AP version 1 as well as full-fledged mesh and all other functionality that AirTies delivers.
Existing access points from AirTies will eventually be possible to upgrade so that they will support meshing with Multi-AP.
For example, an AirTies device would be able to act as controls for repeaters from other manufacturers that also support Multi-AP — of course, without providing support for advanced AirTies functionality for third-party products.
AirTies Smart Wi-Fi supports, among other things:
If you, as an ISP or reseller of AirTies, have special requests or concerns regarding the implementation of the Multi-AP standard, we would love to hear from you.
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