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Last updated: 01 February 2018

No-one wants to be plagued by a weak Wi-Fi signal or black spots at home. 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. 

  • 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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Our testers give every Wi-Fi mesh network system a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • give the best performance
  • are the easiest to set up and use.

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

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

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Speed from origin location (Megabytes per sec)

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Data throughput speed from the origin location (at the router) measured in megabytes per second (MBps)

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Speed from extended location 1 (Megabytes per sec)

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Data throughput speed from the first location of the extended mesh network, measured in megabytes per second (MBps)

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Speed from extended location 2 (Megabytes per sec)

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Data throughput speed from the second location of the extended mesh network, measured in megabytes per second (MBps)

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Speed from origin location (Megabits per sec)

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Data throughput speed from the origin location (at the router) measured in megabits per second (Mbps)

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Speed from extended location 1 (Megabits per sec)

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Data throughput speed from the first location of the extended mesh network, measured in megabits per second (Mbps)

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Speed from extended location 2 (Megabits per sec)

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Data throughput speed from the second location of the extended mesh network, measured in megabits per second (Mbps)

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