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Last updated: 29 July 2020
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No-one wants to be plagued by a weak Wi-Fi signal or black spots at home, particularly now when so many of us are working and living at home 24/7. Our experts lab test and review 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to restricted access to the CHOICE labs during the pandemic we are now testing mesh performance off site in a home environment and will continue to test at the same home site indefinitely. While this move was forced on us, our tester feels it delivers comparable results to the previous site regarding performance rankings. A reference unit from the previous test was also used in the new home environment.

Thinking of a buying a Wi-Fi extender, router or mesh network? Our buying guide will help you know what features to look for.

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The interactive comparison tool helps you easily find out which mesh network systems give the best performance and have the right features. We also reveal:

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

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 help you see quickly which wireless mesh network systems come out on top.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

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

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    Power switch

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

      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.

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      USB ports

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      The number of ports for connecting USB devices. USB ports may be used for physically attaching storage drives for sharing on the network.

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      • Ease of use 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]
      • Extra products required to create mesh/extended network
      • MU-MIMO antenna technology
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Tester notes
      • Availability
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Price
      • Tri-band router
      • Complete Wi-Fi mesh system in a box
      • Products we used to create mesh/extended network
      • Extra nodes can be added
      • Seamless roaming
      • Wi-Fi standards supported (802.11x)
      • Highest encryption level
      • Ethernet ports
      • Modem required
      • Power switch
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      • Indicators
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