In 2017 Wi-Fi Mesh technology has settled in to our homes. In professional environments it’s very common to have roaming Wi-Fi, but in the home environment, this didn’t happen until Wi-Fi Mesh systems entered the scene. Do you want to buy a Wi-Fi mesh system and don’t know which to choose? In this article we present you with the 10 best Wi-Fi mesh systems on the market.
In this article of the 10 best Wi-Fi Mesh systems, we’ll divide them into two categories: the Wi-Fi Mesh frequency band dedicated to the interconnection of the nodes, and the Wi-Fi Mesh systems with the shared interconnection band for wireless clients. In the first category we will have the possibility of having better performance, because we do not have wireless clients on the band which consumes bandwith and time, however, in the category with dedicated band the equipment is more expensive than the second category.
Of all manufacturers that we’ll recommend to you, NETGEAR was the first to incorporate in its portfolio the Orbi spectrum of Wi-Fi Mesh systems so it is advantageous to the rest of manufacturers, as much in functionalities of the firmware as stability and efficiency. This is apoint to take very much into account.
Wi-Fi Mesh systems with frequency bands dedicated to interconnection.
NETGEAR Orbi RBK50
This Wi-Fi Mesh system is without doubt the best that there is on the market right now, as much for technical features as for firmware options and actual performance. The NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 is formed by a node that acts as a router, and a secondary node that acts as a satellite of the first.
The NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 are simultaneous triple band, however, one of these frequency bands which is functioning at 1.733Mbps thanks to the Wi-Fi AC, is dedicated exclusively to communication between the Orbi Router and the Orbi satellite, for that which we have to insure exceptional performance. Faced with Wi-Fi clients that we are going to connect to the system, it has simultaneous double band with Wi-Fi AC1300 (up to 400Mbps on 2.4 GHz, and up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band).
The NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 Router incorporates a Gigabit Ethernet port for the internet WAN with VLAN 802.1Q support, and three Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN, furthermore, it provides a USB 2.0 port which currently has a printer server function. The Orbi Satellite incorporates four Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN, and also the USB 2.0 port.
We recommend that you visit our complete analysis of NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 RedesZone.
NETGEAR Orbi RBK40
This Wi-Fi Mesh system has a great quality to price value, and furthermore, is very similar to the previous system. The main difference with the RBK40 from the previous one lies in the dedicated frequency band. In this instance, the dedicated frequency band works at a speed of 867Mbps instead of 1.733Mbps. The other features are the same, except that neither incorporate a USB 2.0 port, something that the RBK50 would have.
In other words, this Wi-Fi Mesh system is a simultaneous triple band AC2200, a band of 867Mbps dedicated to the return network, and faced with clients we have Wi-Fi AC1300 (up to 400Mbps on 2.4GHz and up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band). For wired connectivity, it incorporates a Gigabit Ethernet port for Internet WAN with VLAN 802.1Q support, and three Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN.
NETGEAR Orbi RBK30
This model is formed by a RBR40 (the same model as the previous) and a RBW30 that at a level of Wi-Fi is exactly the same as the RBR40 (triple band with a dedicated frequency band for the return network, is to say an AC2200). The main difference is that it connects directly to the wall socket, and does not have a Gigabit Ethernet port for the LAN. This equipment is ideal for small homes that needa Wi-Fi Mesh system.
The main technical features of this new Wi-Fi Mesh system ASUS Lyra MAP-AC2200 are that it comes in a KIT of 3 devices. Each one of these devices is simultaneous triple band, but one frequency band of 5GHz is dedicated exclusively to the interconnection of ASUS Lyra devices, and functions at a speed of 867Mbps. Faced with wireless clients, we will have simultaneous double band with AC1300 Wi-Fi (Up to 400Mbps on 2.4Hz, and up to 867Mbps on 5GHz).
Each one of these nodes has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, in the case of the node that acts as the router we will have a Gigabit Ethernet port for the WAN, and the other port would be for the LAN. In the rest of the nodes we will have available the two ports for the LAN.
One aspect that we must consider upon buying this Wi-Fi Mesh system is its firmware. Although it has advanced options such as OpenVPN server and many more options, the connection stability is possibly its weak point, and it is a very new equipment that needs to improve its firmware to provide the best possible performance. The ASUS manufacturer always has been characterized by updating periodically, so for that which is a question of weeks this equipment should be a great option.
Linksys Velop Whole Home
This new Linksys Velop Whole Home system incorporates two or three nodes in mesh, each of them is of the Wi-Fi AC2200 class with simultaneous triple band. These Linksys Velop have a frequency band dedicated to the return network functioning at a speed of 867Mbps. Faced with wireless clients, we will have simultaneous double band with Wi-Fi-AC1300 (Up to 400Mbps on 2.4GHz, and up to 867Mpbs on 5GHz).
Each of these nodes has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, in the node that acts as the routers case we will ahve a Gigabit Ethernet port for the WAN, and the other port would be for the LAN. The rest of the nodes we will have available the two ports for the LAN.
Wi-Fi Mesh systems with shared frequency band (Interconnections and Wi-Fi clients)
TP-Link Deco M5
The Wi-Fi Mesh system manufactured by TP-Link is one of the best quality-price value on the market. The main feature of this Wi-Fi Mesh system is that it is formed by three nodes, which interconnect between those using the 2.4GHz or 5GHz or cable band, automatically the nodes will be responsible for changing the return network to provide the best performance possible, so we should not worry where the return network is functioning.
Faced with wireless clients, we have simultaneous double band with AC1300 Wi-Fi, so we will get a speed of up to 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band. These speeds are the same that we will get on the mainline link, owing to the this Wi-Fi Mesh system has the shared return network with the clients.
With respect to wired features, each node has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, the node which acts as a router will have a WAN port and another LAN, and the rest of the nodes will act as LAN. An important detail is that TP-Link allows that this Wi-Fi Mesh system to act as an access point and not as a router, to avoid having double NAT if we cannot remove the router from our ISP.
We recommend that you read our in-depth analysis of the TP-Link Deco M5 in RedesZone
ASUS Lyra Mini
The main features of this Wi-Fi Mesh system is that it is formed by three nodes, that they interconnect among them using the 2.4GHz band (up to a speed of up to 400Mbps) or 5GHz (to one speed of up to 867Mbps), all of it automatically. Faced with wireless clients, we have simultaneous double band with AC1300 Wi-Fi, so that we get a speed of up to 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band.
With respect to the wired features, each node has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, the node that acts as a router will have a WAN port and another LAN, and the other nodes will act as LAN. That which has pleased us most about this Wi-Fi Mesh system is that we can enter into the firmware and configure advanced parameters of the network, such as the DHCP, static routes and even configuring the OpenVPN server of the equipment.
We recommend you read our in depth analysis of ASUS Lyra Mini on RedesZone.
The main features of this Wi-Fi Mesh system that is formed by three nodes that interconnect between them using the same band where they connect the wireless clients, we have simultaneous double band with Wi-Fi AC1200, so we get a speed of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and of up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band.
Pertaining to the wired features, each node has two Gigabit Ethernet ports,the node that acts as a router will have a WAN port and another LAN, and the rest of the nodes will act as LAN.
Edimax Gemini RE11S
The Edimax Gemini RE11S AC1200 consists of two equal devices in terms of hardware and software. Each of these devices has simultaneous broadband with Wi-Fi AC1200, this means that we can get up too 300Mbps of speed in the 2.4GHz band, and up to 867Mbps of speed in the 5GHz. This device, actually, is not a Wi-Fi Mesh system, but two Wi-Fi repeaters with roaming support, which we have checked and they work quite well, since they are continuously monitoring the connected wireless clients. Each of the devices has a Gigabit Ethernet port for LAN.
We recommend that you read our in-depth analysis of the Edimax Gemini RE11S to find out everything about its features and performance. You can also read the Edimax Gemini RG21S analysis, which is the router with Edimax roaming support and with a good Wi-Fi that works quite well.
Before we end, we would like to make a special mention to the manufacture ASUS, Since it has recently launched the AiMesh feature for taking advantage of high-end routers, without having to change them for a dedicated Wi-Fi Mesh system. Below you have all the information: