Best Mesh WiFi Systems

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 13, 2018
Do you live in a home with large WiFi dead zones? If so, then the answer to fixing your WiFi dead zone problems is a Mesh WiFi network system. Read our reviews of five of the best Mesh WiFi Systems to find the best one to fix your WiFi problems. ...Read more ...Read less
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
Designated Areas
Kit Contents
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Network Standards
Speed
Access and Data Protection
Power Source
Warranty
 
PROS

The device regularly communicates with the Linksys server and checks for the latest firmware versions for a quick and easy installation without any user interaction. This solution allows you to eliminate the "holes" in the protection and retain stability from the previous versions.

CONS

Some users have a rather complicated initial setup.

OUR VERDICT

Thanks to the implementation of a unique Intelligent Mesh™ Technology, the signal power and data transfer rate is automatically redirected between all Velop devices so that you get a stable Wi-fi connection over an incredibly large area of up to 6000 sq.ft.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 6,000 sq.ft.)

Kit Contents

3 nodes

3 power adapters

1 Ethernet cord

Ports

6 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (2 ports in each node)

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz Radio 1: Up to 866 Mbps

5GHz Radio 2: Up to 866 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 400 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Each of the nodes has 4 Ethernet ports, so you can connect up to 7 devices via a LAN cable. (8th acts as a WAN port). 2 USB ports support the ability to connect a printer (the functionality may be expanded in future firmware versions).

CONS

LED indicators are very bright and can be a little annoying.

OUR VERDICT

If your home has a large number of devices and you need to provide the highest Internet speed for each of them - purchase this Orbi-kit. The maximum speed here can be as much as 3000 Mbps, which is considered one of the highest rates available today!

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 5,000 sq.ft.)

Kit Contents

2 nodes

2 power adapters

1 Ethernet cord

Ports

8 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (4 ports in each node)

2 x USB ports (1 port in each node)

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz Radio 1: Up to 1733 Mbps

5GHz Radio 2: Up to 866 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 400 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Google WiFi App has received many reviews on the Google Play Market and the App Store as the most stable and intuitive app. With it, you can not only create a home network very quickly, but also manage all settings with a few clicks.

CONS

There is no possibility to change the LAN IP range or internal LAN DNS (it may be fixed in future versions of the firmware).

OUR VERDICT

Google is also following the latest trends in Internet technology and has presented its Mesh WiFi kit: it consists of 3 compact and powerful nodes that can save you from the problem of "dead zones" once and for all over an area of up to 4,500 sq.ft.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 4,500 sq.ft.)

Kit Contents

3 nodes

3 power adapters

1 Ethernet cord

Ports

6 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (2 ports in each node)

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz: Up to 866 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 400 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The HomeCare™ technology is a set of solutions that provides users with a safe and comfortable Internet experience: it includes a self-updating anti-virus from TrendMicro™, advanced parental control and data prioritization (QoS).

CONS

Units get extremely hot during use.

OUR VERDICT

TP-Link is famous for the production of productive and at the same time simple network devices, and this budget extender is no exception: it supports a stable connection of up to 100 devices at the same time. and a 4-core processor will keep buffering to a minimum.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 4,500 sq.ft.)

Kit Contents

3 nodes

3 power adapters

1 Ethernet cord

Ports

6 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (2 ports in each node)

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz: Up to 866 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 400 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

All Ethernet ports feature advanced auto-sensing technology: devices connected via a LAN cable automatically exchange data packets to establish the optimum operating mode and maximum transmit / receive speed.

CONS

Relatively low surface area.

OUR VERDICT

If you are faced with the task of ensuring reliable signal reception in a room with a total area of less than 3,500 sq.ft. - purchase this Mesh WiFi kit: Tri-Band connectivity and beamforming technology will provide all the gadgets with the best connection to perform any tasks.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Medium to Large houses, Small to Medium offices (up to 3,500 sq.ft.)

Kit Contents

3 nodes

3 power adapters

1 Ethernet cord

Ports

6 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (2 ports in each node)

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz Radio 1: Up to ~600 Mbps

5GHz Radio 2: Up to ~600 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to ~240 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

Linksys Velop (WHW0303)

Whole Home Coverage

One of the biggest problems with WiFi routers is that they tend to lack the power to completely cover a home with the wireless signal. Although many homes are technically within the coverage areas of most wireless routers, obstacles such as walls and doors tend to degrade the signal to the point where the signal is too weak for a stable connection. Although having a more powerful router can sometimes solve this issue, such obstacles often prevent even the most powerful router from covering the entire home.

The Linksys Velop AC2200 Tri-Band Whole Home WiFi Intelligent Mesh System aims to solve this problem by providing not only a powerful wireless signal from the base, but also including numerous mesh components that help spread the wireless signal around the home or office, especially around obstacles and throughout multiple levels. This mesh WiFi system includes three wireless access points that can spread out the coverage over an area of up to 6,000 square feet, which is more than enough to cover an entire home of 5 or more bedrooms, with coverage even possibly being extended to patios or balconies. This presents a large area that is sure to eliminate any pre-existing wifi dead zones.

Review of Linksys Velop (WHW0303) AC2200 Tri-Band WiFi Mesh System (Pack of 3)

Flawless WiFi Mesh

This mesh WiFi system includes the three wireless access points, which are all white and look great with almost any home decor. The footprint of each unit is small enough to be placed in almost any tight spot, with the ports and buttons all located on the bottom of each unit. Each wireless access point includes two Ethernet ports, allowing you to connect any computer through Ethernet, which is perfect for desktop computers that do not come with wireless network adapters installed. Each unit also includes a port for the AC adapter along with a power switch and reset button.

The mesh system can be easily configured, requiring only a few minutes of setup time before your entire network is up and running. The Linksys App allows you to setup and configure the wireless network easily from your mobile device. The system is made to work with almost any type of Internet connection, including both DSL and cable modems, and supports most of the wireless networking standards, including IEEE 802.11b/a/g/n/ac. This ensures maximum compatibility with all wireless network devices, and there shouldn't be any problems with connecting your wireless devices. For those who have long suffered from having wireless dead zones in your home or office, this Linksys mesh wifi system can easily solve this problem for you.

Linksys Velop (WHW0303) AC2200 Tri-Band WiFi Mesh System (Pack of 3) in the use

Additional Info

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NETGEAR Orbi (RBK50)

Eliminate WiFi Dead Zones

One of the biggest troubles with wireless networking are the inevitable dead zones that occur throughout a covered area. Although wireless routers often advertise a certain range of covered area, they rarely if ever actually cover that amount of space in reality. Of course, WiFi dead zones are bound to crop up in the covered area, especially due to obstacles such as walls, doors, and metal structures that may interfere with the wireless signal. Even wireless home telephones can sometimes cause a disruption with a wireless network.

The NETGEAR Orbi Home Mesh WiFi System is the answer to the problem with WiFi dead zones. This mesh WiFi system helps prevent dead zones by providing multiple wireless access points that are interconnected in a mesh network to provide total coverage over the area. Rated to support an area of up to 5,000 square feet, this system covers the area with a base along with several satellite access points to provide high speed wireless networking. The base along with each satellite includes a powerful antenna for both broadcasting and receiving the wireless signal, ensuring strong wireless coverage, even in areas that previously were longstanding WiFi dead zones.

Review of NETGEAR Orbi (RBK50) Home Mesh WiFi System (Pack of 2)

Powerful and Reliable

This mesh WiFi system provides a strong and reliable connection thanks to its Tri-Band technology, delivering data at fast transfer speeds and preventing network degradation due to multiple connected devices. This means that your wireless network will continue to run blazingly fast, even with many different devices connected. The network will also work with a single wireless network name, despite the multiple satellite access points, meaning that you can just connect to the one network instead of having to guess which access point will provide the best signal in your area.

The kit includes a wireless network base along with a satellite access point, although there are configurations that support multiple satellites. Both the wireless base and satellite each provide four Gigabit Ethernet ports, giving you plenty of options to connect desktop computers or other devices that don't include wireless network adapters. Setting up the network is quite simple, as the setup can be run through the Orbi app, which guides you through a painless setup process. You can even control and manage your network and connected devices with Amazon's Echo and Alexa devices, which are fully compatible. This home WiFi system gives you plenty of network performance and stability, and is a must for anyone who needs a more reliable wireless network.

NETGEAR Orbi (RBK50) Home Mesh WiFi System (Pack of 2) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Google NLS-1304-25

A Profound Solution

Despite impressive characteristics and a connection speed that most modern wireless routers offer today, buffering problems and dead zones still remain an irritating issue for most active Internet users. Knowing this, Google specialists have decided to improve the existing solutions by effectively splitting the network between several routers so that they can work faster with no connection drops. As a result, we've got this new Google WiFi system comprising three routers that can provide seamless WiFi connection covering up to 4,500 sq. feet. This means, even if you place it somewhere in your basement or attic, the system will effectively cover your entire house or office. Each unit from the set can operate as the main router or receiver. So all you actually need to do is to plug an Ethernet cable in one of these routers and connect the other two to a power outlet.

Each WiFi point has two Gigabit Ethernet ports - WAN and LAN - that act as LAN on additional points. The system used is simultaneous dual band, which means you get not one but two independent and dedicated networks running on both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands. As opposed to single networks, known for crowded signal interference, simultaneous dual band WiFi routers provide ultimate performance by transmitting the signal on both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands. The NLS-1304-25 WiFi system uses TX Beamforming technology that allows the signal to concentrate effectively in your location, while thanks to the Bluetooth Smart Ready technology the WiFi point can both receive and share data via Bluetooth connection. As you can clearly see, dual band routers boast some great capabilities and provide a bundle of obvious advantages that set them apart from most of the single and selectable band routers.

Review of Google NLS-1304-25 Wifi System - Router replacement for whole home coverage (Pack of 3)

Provides the Whole House WiFi Coverage

To make it easier for users to control the system of routers, Google offers a special companion app through which one can prioritize devices in a home network, set passwords, change and share them with other users. Even if you weren't at home but wanted to terminate your kid's access to some online sources, with this app you could do it remotely. It's not only the convenience of handling of the system that we liked about the NLS1304-25, though; it also boasts very fast speed and a clear connection, which has been achieved partially due to the peculiarities of the simultaneous dual band itself, and partially due to the integration of Network Assist technology, capable of picking up the clearest channel of all available.

As we've mentioned above, the effective coverage area of the NLS-1304-25 is huge and allows its use in quite big houses and premises, as well as housing blocks, built out of old bricks, with plaster walls, or containing some other materials that may impede the WiFi signal. This also means it enables you to set up a Mesh WiFi connection reinforcing the signal in your place. All you need is to get an account with Google, have a modem, and download on your smartphone the Google WiFi application, where you'll get all the tools necessary for resetting parameters, creating an independent network for other users, and much more. What you should also like about the NLS-1304-25 is that it has very small dimensions, allowing its installation almost anywhere and that it comes with a cord long enough to place it far from an outlet. These features help make this one of the best mesh WiFi solutions on the market.

Google NLS-1304-25 Wifi System - Router replacement for whole home coverage (Pack of 3) in the use

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TP-LINK Deco M5

Affordable Mesh WiFi System

Mesh WiFi systems are relatively new, and with the newness along with the components they include, they also tend to be a bit pricey. Many of the better mesh WiFi systems tend to cost hundreds of dollars, which often places them out of the price range of many people. Instead, people will often just go with a powerful and less expensive wireless router in conjunction with a wireless repeater, which does little at best to solve the problems of dead zones in their wireless network. Of course, having an affordable solution for a mesh system would help solve this issue.

The solution to that problem is finally here. The TP-LINK Deco M5 mesh WiFi system is an affordable answer to the problems of dead zones and intermittent signals. This mesh system provides a base hub in addition to satellite units that combine to form a powerful and speedy wireless network in your home or office. This mesh WiFi kit includes three wireless access points that all connect together and form a single wireless network, retaining just a single access point name for the entire network. This is a far better solution than using a wireless router with a wireless repeater, as additional access points often require their own separate network name.

Review of TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System (Pack of 3)

Wide Coverage Area

One of the greatest things about this mesh network system is that it provides a wide coverage area, rated up to 4500 square feet. This is enough to cover most large homes, including two story houses, and is even plenty for a small or medium sized office. The three wireless access points can be placed anywhere, just as long as they can all see each other, and work together to provide wide coverage with a strong signal and no dead zones. This means that network access is always available to any computer or device. Each access point also provides two Ethernet ports, which allow you to connect computers or devices through Ethernet that do not support wireless networking.

This system uses TP-Link's Adaptive Routing Technology to give each connected device the fastest possible network connection, ensuring that your devices all work blazingly fast on the network. Setup of the system is quite easy, and can be done without any problems through the TP-Link Deco app, giving you just a few short steps to get your wireless network up and running. Best of all, though, this mesh wireless system will give you the same performance and reliability as most other more expensive mesh network options, making this one of the best and most affordable wireless network solutions on the market.

TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System (Pack of 3) in the use

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eero Pro WiFi System

Cutting Edge WiFi

Wireless networking has been a mainstay for a long time now, and wireless networking technologies have improved across this time. Original WiFi networks tended to be slow and spotty, with regular interference and many dead zones within a covered area. The advancement of wireless networking technology has helped to alleviate these issues, although they do tend to crop up from time to time in almost any wireless network. However, any wireless networks that utilize the latest technology should be among the most reliable available.

The eero Pro WiFi System is one such system that utilizes the latest in WiFi technology to bring you a strong, stable, and fast wireless network. Utilizing the mesh WiFi technology, this system includes three access points that all combine together to create an extremely strong and stable wireless network that always works fast. This mesh system using tri-band technology to ensure that the network is always working fast, regardless of the number of devices connected to it. It also works well in eliminating dead zones or areas with a weak wireless signal, giving you a strong and stable signal throughout the entire covered range of up to 3,500 square feet.

Review of eero Pro WiFi System 2nd Generation of Advanced Tri-Band Mesh (Pack of 3)

Best in Class

The eero Pro WiFi System has consistently been rated among the best mesh WiFi systems, and for a good reason. This mesh system provides a strong and reliable wireless network that works well, along with a bevy of features that gives it top performance. The base station includes an automatic updating feature that automatically updates the firmware once a month, which ensures that it is always running the most recent version of the firmware. The proprietary TrueMesh technology also gives it a leg-up on the competition, giving each device the fastest wireless connection possible.

This mesh network system includes three eero nodes, which can all be setup almost anywhere within your house or office. Each node includes two Ethernet ports which allow you to connect non-wireless devices and computers to the network without the need to buy additional wireless network adapters. Setup of the network is easy and quick, with an available companion app that walks you through the setup and configuration in a matter of minutes. Once it is setup, the wireless network should require little to no maintenance, giving you an extremely reliable connection that can be matched by few other mesh WiFi systems.

eero Pro WiFi System 2nd Generation of Advanced Tri-Band Mesh (Pack of 3) in the use

Additional Info

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What Is a Mesh WiFi System?

Almost everyone nowadays not only has high speed Internet access in their homes, but most people also have wireless networks setup, either through wireless Internet service, or by using a wireless router. Wireless Internet access gives people the ability to access the Internet from a variety of different devices from almost anywhere in their home or office. However, one of the problems that comes with wireless networking is the fact that there always seem to be spots where the wireless signal is weak to nonexistent. This is a problem that most people have run into at some point, and one that many still deal with on a daily basis.

One of the best ways to get around this issue is to use a mesh wifi system. This kind of wireless network works in a very similar manner to using a wireless router. However, instead of just having one wireless access point, the mesh wifi system usually gives you multiple access points all spread throughout a home or building, giving a much broader coverage area than a single wireless router. They also have a big advantage over the typical wireless router in that they can greatly simplify the process of extending your wireless network range, with all of the nodes providing the same wireless access point instead of making you choose one from multiple points. This helps make having Internet access over a wide area a much more practical option for the casual home Internet user.

If your home WiFi needs do not require a mesh WiFi setup for maximum coverage, you may be interested in reading our reviews of five of the best WiFi range extenders available.

What Features to Compare

A mesh wifi system in some respects will be similar to a standard wifi router. It will have a base station that connects directly to your Internet modem, and will provide the settings needed for maintaining Internet access throughout the network. However, they also can differ greatly, especially in that they rely on a number of nodes to provide the wireless network access throughout an area, and their internal settings may be a bit more complex than those of a standard wifi router.

Coverage Area

When looking for a mesh system, the first thing you want to check is the total size of the coverage area supported by the system. As those who are looking for a mesh wifi system are most likely needing it for a larger area, you want to make sure that the total supported area is large enough to cover your needs in wifi coverage.

Components

The total number of components of the system is another thing to check. As a mesh wifi system relies on separate nodes to provide wifi coverage throughout an area, the total number of nodes provided by the system is an important consideration. Those who need the mesh system to provide nodes in specific areas will want to make sure that the system they choose has enough of them.

Ethernet Port

Most mesh wifi systems will provide additional Ethernet ports, either included in the base of the system, or even provided by each of the separate nodes. Those who need to connect computers that are placed far away from the base of the system will want to make sure that the nodes include Ethernet ports.

Supported Speed

Another important consideration in a mesh wifi system is the total supported speed of the internal network. Obviously, systems with a higher speed will be able to provide faster communication between the different devices. These speeds will also vary depending on the network standards supported and used by the internal network. If the speed of the internal network is something that is important to you, make sure you check the total supported speeds according to the network standards that are supported by all of the devices that will connect to the network.

Security Protocols Supported

One last consideration for a mesh wifi system are the security protocols that it supports. Network security is always of the upmost importance, and using the best security protocol possible will help ensure that unwanted connections to your network are refused. You will also want to ensure that all of your devices that will connect to it will support the same network protocol that you wish to use.

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Setting Up a Mesh WiFi Network

Mesh WiFi networks by their very nature tend to be a little more complex than a regular wireless network. That's because they usually involve more than one network component working together to create a mesh network. Instead of just the base station of the wireless router. most mesh networks have at least 2 or three different components. However, that doesn't mean they are all that much more difficult to setup than a regular wireless router. In fact, many of the mesh WiFi systems often include a setup app that walks you through the setup process. Regardless, there are still a few things that you should know before setting up your new mesh WiFi network.

Components

Before getting into the setup of the network, it is a good idea to become familiar with the components that your network will consist of. Most mesh networks will use a base station in conjunction with one or more separate satellite nodes. Conversely, many mesh systems may just include two or more access points, any of which can be used as the base station. Of course, in such a configuration, the base station is the node that connects directly to your Internet access point, which is usually a cable or DSL modem. For those who have different Internet connections, such as a satellite connection, the base station will connect directly with it.

The satellite nodes for the mesh network will work together with the base to create a single wireless network. In comparison, a wireless router that uses a WiFi repeater or extender will often require the use of multiple network names, which gives mesh networks a big advantage. Instead of having to guess which network is going to provide you with the best wireless signal, a mesh network appears as just one network name, and will automatically provide you with the best possible signal.

Arranging Your Network

Now that you are familiar with the components, you will want to arrange the devices in a way that will give you the best possible coverage in your home or office. The base station of the system will always need to connect to your Internet device, so it should always be placed near enough to it to allow an easy connection. The satellite nodes will need to be placed in areas that will give it a good connection to the base station while still allowing it to provide a wide area of coverage. Ideally, it is best to place the nodes in open areas that will give it a "line of sight" to the base station. However, in many homes, this may not be possible, so it is best to place it in an area that is not covered by two or more sides by a wall or door. For homes that have two or more stories, it is also a great idea to place a node as close to the stairway as possible, giving it the ability to either broadcast to the lower or higher level, or where it can connect easily to another node on the other level. Although this might be difficult to determine at first, practicing with placing the nodes in different areas will let you get the best possible coverage.

Setting Up the Network

Once all of the nodes have been placed in their ideal locations, the network will need to be setup. The actual steps to setting up the network will vary between each mesh system, but most will provide an app or setup wizard that walks you through the process. During the setup process, you will need to create a name for your network, along with a security password. The network name should be one that will be easily identifiable as your network, and a good, strong password should be chosen. Once the setup process is complete, you should now have a strong, stable, and reliable wireless network all throughout your home or office.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-12 13:03:57