Mesh doesn't require hardwire but there is a performance hit from being on a node instead of the root. Hardwiring the nodes drastically reduces the hit.Does mesh add latency? It's it kind of the same as adding an AP, but just a lot more AP's? Does each acces point get hardwired?
IIRC the numbers correctly my phone speed tests were 180 up/down when connected to the root, and 110-120 while on a node.