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Last updated: 22 November 2023


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No one wants to be plagued by a weak Wi-Fi signal or black spots at home. Our tech experts lab test and compare home wireless mesh systems to see how well they create a seamless local Wi-Fi network across your home and how easy they are to use.

Our test results reveal:

  • which mesh network systems give the best performance at close range and at extended distance
  • which models perform better on either band – 2.4GHz or 5GHz
  • the yearly running cost for all the devices we test.

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Because relaying the network signal with an extender can slash Wi-Fi performance, we also tell you what speeds (in MBps and in Mbps) the devices can achieve.

Our Recommended list will quickly show you which wireless mesh network systems come out on top.

Thinking of a buying a Wi-Fi extender, router or mesh network? Our wireless mesh networks buying guide explains more about how they work and what features to look for.

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    Price includes all components needed to create a mesh/extended network.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 169 and 1499

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    Performance score

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    This score is made up of speed at close range (30%) and speed at long range (20%) and speed at extended range (50%).

    enter value/s in increments of i between 55 and 82

    Ease of use score

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    This score is made up of initial set up (40%), extender/node set up (20%), access to settings (15%), the firmware update process (15%) and smart device installation (10%).

    enter value/s in increments of i between 63 and 81

    Ethernet ports

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    The total number of available ethernet ports for connecting wired ethernet devices. This excludes the WAN port, which is used to plug in your existing modem or modem/router.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 1 and 8

    Power switch

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    Whether the unit has a physical power switch on the device.

      Tri-band router

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      The main router uses three wireless bands one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz bands.

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          • Yearly running cost
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          • Performance score
          • Ease of use score
          • Privacy score
          • Speed from origin location (Megabytes per sec)
          • Speed from origin location (Megabits per sec)
          • Speed from extended location 1 (Megabytes per sec)
          • Speed from extended location (Megabits per sec)
          • Maximum link speed (MBps) [2.4GHz/5GHz]
          • Maximum link speed (Mbps) [2.4GHz/5GHz]
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Tester's notes
          • Enable 2.4GHz-only network
          • Price
          • Tri-band router
          • Complete Wi-Fi mesh system in a box
          • Extra products required to create mesh/extended network
          • Products we used to create mesh/extended network
          • Extra nodes can be added
          • Seamless roaming
          • Modem required
          • Wi-Fi standards supported (802.11 type)
          • Highest encryption level
          • MU-MIMO antenna technology
          • Ethernet ports
          • Power switch
          • Parental controls
          • Indicators
          • USB ports
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