Overview: what we're doing
This guide is intended to help you plan a cloud-managed wireless mesh network with Datto Networking. Datto Networking is a network controller that makes it easy to build, manage
and monitor wireless networks from anywhere in the world. You can use it to extend wireless coverage throughout a hotel, apartment, office, neighborhood, village, coffee shop, shopping mall, campground, marina and just about anywhere else—often without any additional Ethernet cabling.
This guide will discuss:
- Basic terminology
- Key elements of building a strong wireless network
- Bandwidth and your ISP
- Choosing the right nodes and enclosures
- Determining the placement and number of nodes needed
- Determining the location for your gateways
- Additional tips
This guide is a brief overview of Datto Networking. For additional details on how to configure your access points, see the Datto Networking: Datto Access Points: Getting Started article.
We'll make this process as easy and nontechnical as possible. Here are a few key words that will help.
Network: A group of computers or devices that can talk to each other (in our case, wirelessly).
Bandwidth: The amount of capacity available to transfer data—such as web sites, social media, voice calls or streaming video—over a network. This is measured in megabits/second, or Mbps.
Gateway: A Datto-compatible router that is connected to the Internet (usually through a DSL, cable, or LAN).
Repeater: A Datto-compatible router that is not connected to the Internet that repeats the signals from local computers and other nodes to the gateway.
Node: A generic name for a Datto-compatible router/access point, which can be either a Gateway or a Repeater.
All Datto Networking devices configure themselves: they become gateways or repeaters depending on if they are hard-wired to the Internet or not.