Nokia expands home networking reach with mesh Wi-Fi product

Nokia wants to help carriers upgrade their mobile networks to 5G — but it also wants to give home Wi-Fi a boost, President and CEO Rajeev Suri revealed Sunday.

The networking equipment vendor will soon release a range of mesh Wi-Fi products, including gateways and associated “beacons” intended to improve in-home connectivity.

Suri showed off one of the beacons at a news conference in Barcelona on the eve of Mobile World Congress.

Housed in a sleek white case, it is intended to support high-bandwidth applications such as streaming VR (virtual reality) or remote video monitoring of the elderly.

“It’s far better than those nasty black boxes that typically get hidden in a closet,” he said.

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