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What is a Mesh Network?

May 1, 2023

Outdoor / Indoor Wireless

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Businesses often have two options when it comes to mesh connectivity for devices and employees: a traditional high-risk network or a self-optimizing, redundant mesh network. A business’ specific needs will often make the choice for them—but it is important to consider all options. In this blog, we will cover these traditional high-risk networks, as well as Rajant’s mesh networks, and considerations corporations should keep in mind when deciding on a solution.

What Is a Mesh Network?

A mesh network is one way to grant connectivity to devices, just like Wi-Fi or LTE. Mesh networks are unique because instead of each device connecting to a single access point, mesh networks feature nodes, or bridges/devices, that also serve as points of connectivity. However, not all mesh networks are created equal.

How Is Traditional High-Risk Mesh Different from Rajant Mesh?

Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh® wireless networks were developed after we recognized the problems that traditional high-risk networks pose – they weren’t effective – and we embarked on a mission to solve this.Last-mile communications were top-of-mind. We realized there were issues with transporting data, internet access, or packages from a centralized location to an individual one in the markets where the need for this technology is the greatest. This centralization made way for several roadblocks in different environments. In the harshest of conditions where mesh networks are a preferred option, vibration, temperature extremes, and physical obstructions deemed traditional mesh networks ineffective. The hardware was as critical to the design as the software to provide redundancy and reliability. Failure to connect is mission critical to businesses requiring steadfast autonomous connectivity.


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Identifying early the need for private network infrastructure that could effectively support fully mobile wireless communications in industrial settings, Rajant Corporation developed its patented Kinetic Mesh® technology—and in turn became the pioneer provider of the most adaptable, scalable, and readily deployed fully mobile network on the market today.

Rajant was established in October 2001, after founders Robert Schena and Paul Hellhake recognized the significant shortcomings in traditional wireless mesh technology, particularly when it came to mobile voice and data networks used by first responders. The Rajant team envisioned a new, more robust mesh technology that would allow these networks to be fully mobile and mobility-enabled, and operate reliably in even the most demanding environments. Enter the Rajant Kinetic Mesh® network.