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Wireless mesh is a phrase many have heard. For those new to the wireless internet terminology, wireless mesh is a fancy way of explaining a wireless internet blanket for your home. One major difference between a physical blanket and a wireless blanket is one keeps you warm and the other keeps you sane. Our picks for wireless mesh routers using Wi-Fi 6 technology is a short list. The primary thing to keep in mind when shopping for a wireless mesh product is you truly do get what you pay for.
1. Netgear Orbi
Netgear Orbi comes in at the top of our list and gains high marks in ease of setup, management, ease of use, and scalability. The package pictured (at the time of this article) covers up to a 5,000 sq. ft. home. Adding additional satellites increases the coverages to 7,500 sq. ft. and more. Netgear also provides advanced networking features for those who like to tinker a bit with their network settings or have special routing needs.
2. Linksys Velop
Linksys Velop comes in second on our list and gains high marks in ease of setup, management, ease of use, and scalability. The only reason it comes in second to the Orbi is due to some of the issues we’ve experienced with wireless interference. We could not replicate the issue 100% of the time, but the added frustration moves the Velop to #2. The package pictured (at the time of this article) covers up to a 6,000 sq. ft. home. Adding additional satellites increases the coverages to 7,500 sq. ft. and more.
3. Amazon Eero
Amazon Eero comes in third on our list with 4,500 sq. ft. of coverage, and boasts a build in Zigbee hub, which is nice for those wanting to get into some smart home devices and other IoT devices.. The Eero comes in multiple configurations. If you need hard wired connections at the satellite locations, You will want to purchase the model with multiple routers. Routers have ethernet ports, satellites do not. Eero works with Alexa, and offers scalability similar to the others on this list.
We have tested other solutions, which we are not including in this list as they are geared more toward business applications and are more complex to setup, examples include, but are not limited to Ubiquit’s Unifi solutions, Sophos wireless, and Cisco.
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