September 3, 2018

The 5 Best Mesh Wi-Fi Network Systems to Buy in 2018

Mesh Wi-Fi Network Systems

Living in a large home with brick or concrete walls can be problematic when using a Wi-Fi router. The signal may be too weak in specific locations of the house. Range extenders can be helpful, but a mesh Wi-Fi system is a better solution.

They are designed for covering the entire home and making it dead spot-free. These systems have a router that connects to a modem and satellite units communicating with each other and the router. Though it sounds complicated, it is not.

Wi-Fi systems are suitable for people who are technically challenged. They are easy to set up and monitor. The systems make a home devoid of dead spots and life a breeze. Wireless Internet is an integral part of life for many people.

There are no limitations to the number that can be installed. Wireless mesh systems are an excellent and relatively inexpensive way to expand internet coverage in an office or home. The mesh Wi-Fi systems featured here will make the process easy

 

5. Eero (2nd Generation)

Eero (2nd Generation)

The latest version of the Eero mesh-based Wi-Fi system has powerful hardware and more features than the first generation.

Some parental controls and malware protection are available by subscription. The best features of this system are:

  • Easy installation
  • Stylish components
  • Multi-user input support
  • Multi-output streaming (MU-MIMO)

It is a user-friendly app with solid throughput performance. The system lacks USB-to-peripheral connectivity, dedicated band control, and Quality of Service (QoS) settings. You can opt for a lone Wi-Fi hub that connects to a modem like a router.

It will blanket the area without a wireless signal that provides coverage without frustrating buffering and annoying dead zones. Each unit covers 1000 square feet. Most users want a minimum of three mesh hubs, especially for business use.

It is often thought to be the best Wi-Fi system in the market. That reputation is partially due to being first on the scene. It offers some of the most exceptional performance and speeds of any mesh system. The second generation is priced higher than the original but worth the cost.

 

4. AmpliFi HD

AmpliFi HD New

The AmpliFi HD is made for multi-story homes having an impenetrable wall and other obstructions. Six long-range, high-density antennas cover 20,000 square feet.

Sleek aesthetics are maintained because the antennas are internal. The system is made up of a router and two large, plug-in mesh points that might be considered works of modern art.

A beautiful LCD touch screen on the front side of the router displays the date and time. Stats such as current throughput speed, WAN IP,and router addresses, and current Internet download and upload speeds are accessed by tapping on the screen.

A single-core CPU, 802.11ac circuitry is housed in the router that supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands of Wi-Fi. It delivers as much as 5.25Gbps aggregate speed. A mobile app allows settings management. Unique to the system, is the ability to segregate two radio bands with separate SSIDs which makes managing traffic easier.

 

3. LinksysVelop

AmpliFi HD

Three sleek white nodes make up the tri-band AC6600 of the Linksys Velop. They are about the size of a tower of Jenga blocks.

The nodes are attractive enough to be displayed. With each node covering 2000 square feet, 6000 square feet of the home are covered.

This system is a great large home option. If the broad coverage provided by the three nodes is unnecessary, the nodes can be purchased separately.

Each node is a router delivering as much as 400 Mbps maximum speed on a 2.4Ghz band. Each of two 5Ghz bands can deliver up to 867Mbps. Velop supports multi-user streaming and multiple input and output which provides faster throughput speed.

The system has an array of customizable features in the mobile app. They include guest networking, device prioritization, and parental controls. They install quickly and are user-friendly. Wi-Fi coverage is provided for the entire home.

 

2.  Netgear

Netgear

Netgear is first on the list of Orbi high-performance AC3000. Coverage provided by the system is 5000 square feet.

The Orbi system has an identical satellite and router. It boasts throughput speeds that are lightning fast.

Other customizable features include MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming. The tri-band system has six internal antennas.

When the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands are both communicating, the throughput speed is a combined 1266Mbps–400Mbps for the 2.4GHz band and speed of 866Mbps for the 5GHz band.

For communication that is solely between the satellite and the router, a speed of 1733 Mbps is possible. The base of the router has a USB 2.0 port, a WAN port, and three Gigabit LAN ports. There are a USB 2.0 and four Gigabit LAN ports that provide stellar options for the satellite.

 

1. Google Wi-Fi

Google Wi-Fi

Google strives to design the best-looking products. This Wi-Fi system does not disappoint.

Google calls the three satellites ‘Wi-Fi points’ and each covers 1500 square feet. That is 4500 square feet of coverage.

The hockey puck-shaped points set beautifully out in the open. They do not have USB ports and cannot be connected to peripherals. Each point has

  • A quad-core Arm CPU
  • 4GB of eMMC flash and 512MB of RAM
  • 11s (mesh) and AC1200 (2X2) 802.11ac circuitry
  • Bluetooth radio

The 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands are combined into a single band. A device cannot be designated to a specific band. On the plus side, with the use of beam forming technology, it automatically routes a device to the strongest signal.

Google Wi-Fi is chosen as number one for this list not only because of the best-designed hardware but also for its software. The app that accompanies the system for iOS and Android is intuitive. It allows status management of the points. Guest networks can be set up, speeds tested, ports forwarded, and more.

AmpliFi-HD

 

Conclusion

Having a quality Wi-Fi is essential for professional and personal purposes. It keeps people connected and their lives flowing smoothly especially when good wireless connections are needed.

Wireless signals do not go through ceilings and walls very well. The farther one is from the router; the weaker signals are going to be. In large homes, routers are often quite a distance from where they are needed.

Workplace situations compound the problem. A single wireless router does not cover large buildings with wireless Internet. Boosters have been used in the past to enhance router signals and for performance improvement.

Wireless signals still struggle with physical obstacles. A wireless mesh system intercepts wireless signals from the router and converts them to a mesh blanket that dramatically increases the range of the Wi-Fi.