Best Mesh WiFi Systems

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 16, 2021
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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Network Standards
Speed
Access and Data Protection
Power Source
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PROS

The 2 eero Beacons plug directly into a power outlet, so they don’t need to rely on a table or cabinet for placement. They are also equipped with 10 Lumen LED nightlights, which automatically adjust the brightness depending on the ambient lighting.

CONS

LAN ports are available only in the eero Pro model.

OUR VERDICT

Often, Mesh Wi-Fi Systems are massive devices, but you will like this kit with its minimalistic design: after installation and connection, they won’t be very noticeable, but the speed of the Internet connection will please even demanding users.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 4750 sq.ft.)

Kit Contents

1 eero Pro

2 eero Beacons

1 power adapter

1 Ethernet cord

Ports

2 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports in eero Pro

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 port: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

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

Power Source

eero Pro: AC (Power Cord)

2 x eero Beacon: AC (Wall Plug)

Warranty

1 year

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 5000 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 external enclosure is made of 45% post-consumer recycled plastic - this demonstrates Google's concern for the environment. The Nest Wifi system is compatible with previous-generation Google Wifi devices, so there won't be any difficulties with connection and configuration.

CONS

Power outages sometimes require a manual reset.

OUR VERDICT

The Google Nest WiFi Router (2 Pack) is specially designed for people who care about the security of the Internet connection as much as the data transfer speed. The use of WPA3-PSK protocols, the ability to create a guest network and regular automatic firmware updates are the main advantages of this model.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 4400 sq.ft.)

Kit Contents

2 nodes

2 power adapters

1 Ethernet cord

Ports

4 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 / WPA3-PSK

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Tri-band connectivity in conjunction with FastLane3™ Technology allows Orbi Sattelites to create a dedicated wireless channel for connecting to an Orbi Router (a node that acts as a router) - this solution can significantly improve the performance of the mesh system.

CONS

The mobile control app interface is confusing.

OUR VERDICT

This kit from Orbi is a leader among devices of this type because it combines the best coverage (up to 6000 sq.ft), amazingly high speed, ease of connection and setup. Try it out and you will definitely be satisfied with the quality of the Wi-Fi signal.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 6000 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

1 year

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 3500 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

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eero Pro

Large Network With Small Footprint

Taking a look at most of the WiFi mesh systems that are available, one can't help but notice that most of these devices are pretty bulky. On top of that, since these types of systems often require multiple nodes, each of the nodes tends to be rather large, making the placement of them difficult in many cases. Not so with the eero Pro Tri-band Mesh WiFi System, though. Despite the promise of bringing a large area WiFi network to your home or office, the components of this system are surprisingly small, making the system as a whole a great choice for those who don't want their WiFi equipment sticking out like a sore thumb.

Like many of the other WiFi mesh systems on the market, this system is comprised of an eero Pro base station along with two separate nodes. The base station itself is no larger than most WiFi routers, and can easily be placed on a desk or cabinet, where one would usually place such a device. The two nodes that come with this kit, though, are both small, and plug directly into the power socket, meaning that you won't have to look for a table or cabinet to place them on. This also lets you hide them away so that they're not causing clutter or taking up valuable space. In short, if you prefer to hide your computer and network equipment away so it doesn't clash with your interior decor, you simply can't go wrong with this system.

Review of eero Pro Tri-band Mesh WiFi System (1 Pro + 2 Beacons)

Great Performance

Despite the smaller size of the components of this system, you won't be having to sacrifice any capabilities or performance with it. In fact, this system easily holds up to the top WiFi mesh systems out there, and even surpasses quite a few. The trio-band radio on this system includes dual 5GHz channels that provide up to 866 Mbps of network performance each, along with a 2.4GHz channel with up to 400 Mpbs, providing an exceptional amount of bandwidth for your home network. On top of that, the eero Pro also includes 2 Ethernet ports supporting networks speeds of up to 1000 Mbps, so this system can easily keep up with high traffic users.

Plenty of other features are included in this system that help place it among the best. For starters, all of the latest wireless networking technologies are supported here, including IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac, so no device will be left out of being able to operate on the network, regardless of its age. The setup and installation of this system is quite painless, featuring an easy setup assistant that can be completed in just a few steps. As a nice little touch, the 2 beacons are equipped with 10 Lumen LED nightlights, which automatically adjust the brightness based on the ambient lighting, letting them serve a dual purpose. Overall, the combination of the total power and features of this WiFi mesh system will make it a compelling choice.

eero Pro Tri-band Mesh WiFi System (1 Pro + 2 Beacons) in the use
Last updated price $319.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B0713ZCT4N

 

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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $284.97
Stock In stock
ASIN B01K4CZOBS

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

No dropped connections, download speeds exceeding 200Mbps in most corners of the flat, and robust to multiple devices streaming music or movies at the same time.

Network Specifications

The connection to my iMac, iPad and iPhone all connect at the fastest speed of 5GHz.

Size & Weight

I have a 4/5 bedroom property so I was really surprised, the units blend in well considering there size as well.

Features

Nice android app and the configuration is very straight forward.
 

Google Nest (2nd Generation)

Fast and Secure Networking

The two most important aspects of any home network are its reliability and security. For certain, any home or small office network needs to be able to maintain uptimes of near 100%, especially in today's day and age where more and more people are doing their work from home. Along with that, though, the security of the network is equally important, as the ability to keep prying eyes away from your data is essential to keeping yourself protected. With the Google Nest mesh WiFi system, you get both ultra reliability and speed along with enhanced security, which will all give you one of the best performing and safest home networks possible.

To start with, Google Nest uses a tri-band WiFi system that gives you blazing fast networking speeds along with increased reliability, thanks to its dual 5 GHz bands providing speeds of up to 866 Mbps each, both working in conjunction with a 2.4 GHz band that gives you up to 400 Mbps. This provides a total bandwidth for your home network that is able to easily handle any amount of traffic, making it a perfect system to use in any home where lots of different computers and devices need to stay connected. No matter how many people are using the network to stream video online or play online games, you shouldn't ever run into issues with its performance.

Review of Google Nest (2nd Generation) Mesh WiFi Router (Pack of 2)

Full Compatibility

Considering this is the 2nd generation Google Nest device, it is likely that many of you who are taking a good look at this model may already have some of the older Google WiFi devices, especially those that make use of Google Home. If this is the case, then you'll definitely be pleased to learn that this device maintains full compatibility with all older Google WiFi devices, so you won't need to upgrade any of them to work on this network. In fact, you may even see increased performance from them considering the speed advantages provided by this WiFi system.

Along with the above, there are plenty of other features that should entice you to upgrade to this 2nd generation Google Nest system. The use of WPA3-PSK protocols ensures maximum protection for all users of the network, ensuring the highest levels of data protection possible. The ability to easily create a guest network will be a real help to those who often have company visiting their home or office, letting others connect to your network without having to compromise your own security. The device also will automatically download and install any firmware updates as they are made available, ensuring that it always stays in top working order. At the end of the day, the conveniences and improvements provided in nearly all aspects of a home network should make this WiFi system a must for anyone who requires top performance and security.

Google Nest (2nd Generation) Mesh WiFi Router (Pack of 2) in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price $278.98
Stock In stock
ASIN B07YMJ57MB

 

NETGEAR RBK23

Dedicated Router Bandwidth

Many home WiFi systems, regardless of their type, tend to suffer from poor performance when more than one device is connected to it. That's because most WiFi routers are made to share the same bandwidth with all devices, which means that having multiple devices connected will automatically diminish performance. With the NETGEAR Orbi AC2200, though, this problem has been eliminated thanks to the combination of several integrated technologies that will improve the performance of the entire home network.

First of all, this router uses Tri-band connectivity, which uses three different frequency bands to allow the different nodes to communicate with each other. Many other systems at most will have dual band connectivity, with many devices only utilizing a single band. This ensures constant connectivity between all of the different nodes and ensures that no wireless interference will diminish your network's performance. On top of that, this Netgear Orbi system uses the integrated FastLane3™ Technology to create a dedicated wireless channel for a connected Orbi Router, which ensures that data usage is evenly spread among the devices in your home network, preventing it from overwhelming a single channel and thus causing performance issues to occur. In short, this mesh network guarantees blazing fast performance at all times.

Review of NETGEAR RBK23 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System (Pack of 3)

Easy Setup

While the overall performance of the network is a great selling point in itself, this home or office Orbi mesh network has much more going for it. For instance, one of the most common complaints with setting up a home mesh network is in its complexity. With the Orbi AC2200, though, the setup process has been made to be as easy as it can possibly get. This is aided by the Orbi smartphone app, which allows you to easily setup and manage the network from your mobile device in just a few easy steps, meaning that you won't have to hire a technology wizard to do it for you.

Plenty of other features are in abundance with this mesh network. The blazing-fast 2.2 GHz WiFi speed ensures that more than 20 devices can be connected at a time without any drop-offs. The multiple nodes of this mesh network ensure coverage for any home or office up to 6000 sq. ft. in size while eliminating any dead spots that have plagued previous home routers. This system comes with a router and 2 nodes, and also allows for the addition of more nodes should you need to increase your WiFi coverage, allowing your home network to grow along with your needs. With the included advanced threat protection and smart parental controls, this home mesh WiFi network will keep your personal data secure while giving you the fastest network performance possible.

NETGEAR RBK23 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System (Pack of 3) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $291.85
Stock In stock
ASIN B07CQDHPFT

 

eero 2nd Generation

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 2nd Generation Mesh WiFi System (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 2nd Generation Mesh WiFi System (Pack of 3) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $199.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B07WMLPSRL

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Speed is consistently high. Devices that used to hunt for a signal just jump on.

Size & Weight

And they look nice - sleek and small. Would definitely recommend.

Features

The wifi range is really fantastic, and the iOS app is fairly good as well.

Network Specifications

Since installing, I've had zero issues with WiFi coverage.
 

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