What is the best home Wi-Fi mesh system for providing whole house Wi-Fi?
There are many reviews on the Internet comparing different brands. Some very biased and others less so.
Personally I don’t have the time to review all of the available systems on the market. My normal approach is to look at products offered by the network equipment supplier that I mainly use which is TP-link.
I then look at the features,cost and reviews before deciding.
If you are not already familiar with the concept of wireless mesh networks then take a look at mesh networks
To save you some research I’ve listed the 5 most popular and affordable mesh systems I found on Amazon USA below.
I’ve ordered them by the number of reviews which should reflect the overall popularity. All of the systems received top ratings and are in the affordable price range.
Chart Updated December 2021
|Reviews approx 29,500||Amazon eero mesh WiFi system – router replacement for whole-home coverage (3-pack + 1-pack)|
|Reviews approx 20,000||TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System(Deco M5) –Up to 5,500 sq. ft. Whole Home Coverage and 100+ Devices,WiFi Router/Extender Replacement, Anitivirus, 3-pack|
|Reviews approx 14,000||TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System (Deco S4) – Up to 5,500 Sq.ft. Coverage|
|Reviews approx 10,000||Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system with built-in Zigbee smart home hub|
|Reviews approx 8,000||Google Wifi – AC1200 – Mesh WiFi System – Wifi Router – 4500 Sq Ft Coverage – 3 pack|
In the UK the TP-Link deco M5 was the most popular
Tri Band Mesh wifi
Wi-fi operates on two frequency bands 2.5GHz and 5 Ghz. These are used by clients (laptops,tablets etc) to connect to the network. Older devices only support the 2.5GHz band.
The mesh nodes also need to communicate with each other to pass data and network traffic as shown below:
There are three possibilities for the internode connection.
- Wi-Fi 2.5 or 5GHz shared
- Wi-Fi 2.5 or 5GHz dedicated
When the nodes communicate using a dedicated frequency band (usually 5Ghz) this is called tri-band.
On a network with many clients this would be faster than using the shared mode where the internode connection and the client connections shares the frequency bands/channels.
Powerline Mesh wifi
Again this refers to the internode connection which uses Ethernet over Powerline connectors. This is normally faster and more reliable than using Wi-fi but slower than using an Ethernet cable.
Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System
Wi-Fi 6 is the latest Wi-Fi standard offering higher speeds and greater distances than Wi-Fi 5. The only problem is that only very new devices support it.
Common Questions and Answers
Q- What is the best mesh wifi for thick walls
A- A system that uses Powerline or Ethernet for the internode connections
Q- Can I use my existing router with my Wi-Fi mesh network.
A- It depends on the system so you will need to read the documentation before you purchase.
Q- Can I increase the number of nodes to increase coverage?
A- Yes but the node must be from the same manufacturer
Related Tutorials and Resources:
- Wi-Fi and Wireless Networking
- Extending a Home Network
- How to find the best WiFi Channel for your Router.
- What are Mesh Networks