Best Mesh WiFi Systems in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 22, 2018
Do you live in a home with large WiFi dead zones? If so, then the answer to fixing your WiFi dead zone problems is a Mesh WiFi network system. Read our reviews of five of the best Mesh WiFi Systems to find the best one to fix your WiFi problems. ...Read more ...Read less
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
Designated Areas
Kit Contents
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Network Standarts
Speed
Access and Data Protection
Power Source
Warranty
 
PROS

Tri-Band connectivity coupled with the FastLane3 ™ Technology allows Orbi Satellites to create a separate channel in order to connect to the Orbi Router. This way they're twice as productive compared to similar dual-band nodes.

CONS

The LED lights can be a tad too bright for some users.

OUR VERDICT

The Orbi dual-band mesh system will be a perfect pick for large premises thanks to an ultimate coverage quality that excludes the risk of dead spots occurring. On top of that, the seamless transition between each of the nodes creates a true high-speed experience.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 420 sq.m.)

Kit Contents

3 nodes

3 power adapters

1 Ethernet cable

Ports

6 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (2 ports in each node)

Network Standarts

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz Radio 1: Up to 866 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 400 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK 

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The device is capable of updating the firmware on its own, while frequent updates from Linksys make sure that the security of your data will remain top-notch.

CONS

The initial setup of the devices takes a while.

OUR VERDICT

Thanks to the unique IntelligentMesh™ Technology the power of the signal and speed are at your command. On top of that, the built-in antennas will ensure a stable connection in the range of 370 square metres no matter what.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 370 sq.m.)

Kit Contents

2 nodes

2 power adapters

1 Ethernet cable

Ports

4 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (2 ports in each node)

Network Standarts

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz Radio 1: Up to 866 Mbps

5GHz Radio 2: Up to 866 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 400 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK 

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The BedTime controls let you curb the usage of the wireless network depending on the time of day and the connected device, which is quite handy in case you have kids.

CONS

Each node has only 1 Ethernet port which makes it harder to connect the devices without wireless capabilities.

OUR VERDICT

This high-end Booster from BT not only looks cool but also makes your home network incredibly fast and stable. The combined speed of 2600 Mbps allows you to utilize the whole bandwidth without lags, dead spots, and buffering.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Medium houses, Small offices (up to 280 sq.m.)

Kit Contents

2 nodes

2 power adapters

1 Ethernet cable

Ports

2 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (1 port in each node)

Network Standarts

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz: Up to 1733 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 800 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK 

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The Google WiFi App has received many reviews on the Google Play Market and the most stable and intuitive app. With this handy tool, you can create a home network very quickly and manage all settings in just a few clicks.

CONS

There is no way to change the LAN IP range or internal LAN DNS.

OUR VERDICT

As Google follows the latest trends in Internet technology, they presented its Mesh Wi-Fi kit that consists of 3 compact and powerful nodes that can save you from the problem of "dead zones" once and for all over areas of up to 420 square metres.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, Medium offices (up to 420 sq.m.)

Kit Contents

3 nodes

3 power adapters

1 Ethernet cable

Ports

6 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (2 ports in each node)

Network Standarts

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz: Up to 866 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 400 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK 

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The HomeCare™ technology features a number of solutions that make internet surfing safe and comfortable. Moreover, the package includes the latest iteration of the TrendMicro™ antivirus and parental control software.

CONS

Units tend to get hot after prolonged use without rebooting.

OUR VERDICT

TP-LINK is known for its powerful yet simple devices and this budget extender is not an exception: the model is capable of memorizing and working with 100 devices simultaneously, while the Quad-Core CPU will get rid of any buffering and lag.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Medium houses, Small offices (up to 280 sq.m.)

Kit Contents

2 nodes

2 power adapters

1 Ethernet cable

Ports

4 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (2 ports in each node)

Network Standarts

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz: Up to 866 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 400 Mbps

LAN: Up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK 

Power Source

AC (power cord)

Warranty

3 years

NETGEAR Orbi (RBK23)

Erases Dead Spots

The NETGEAR Orbi is a three-node system that will make your home Wi-Fi network as fast as if it was a cable connection, and thus it is an ideal solution in case you have quite a few devices both wired and wireless. To start off, each unit in the package has its own Ethernet port so you don’t lose any speed by connecting each one to the internet cable. The initial setup of the system is quite simple and requires you to hook up the device to your power outlet. Afterwards, a few taps in a special mobile app that can be used as a management tool for your network will round out your installation process.

Although the design of NETGEAR Orbi is quite neat and will definitely fit the majority of different interiors, there is one particular feature that can drive some people off. We're talking about the LED indicator that can be a tad too bright for some users. But it's an easy solution and you can just not put the nodes in your bedroom. Other than that, the device does its job of bringing the Wi-Fi signal inside or outside your house fairly well and it eliminates all dead spots decisively.

Review of NETGEAR Orbi (RBK23) Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System (Up to 4500 sq ft Coverage), Tri-Band AC2200 (2.2 Gbps)

Top Bargain for Sizeable Areas

The mesh Wi-Fi whole house system from NETGEAR allows all wireless devices to reach the speed of up to 866 Mbps in 5 GHz range and to 400 Mbps in 2.4 GHz range. Although the system is advertised as ready for multiple devices you won’t be able to reach the speeds that exceed the maximum allowed due to the limitations of the technology. Nevertheless, a tri-band system makes it possible to cover a significant area of up to 420 square metres, which will be a good solution for big houses, flats, and businesses. Moreover, if installed correctly, the system makes the transition from one node to another almost seamless so you won’t encounter any dead spots or buffering even if you are moving around the premises.

The only problem with Orbi firmware from NETGEAR is the lack of comprehensive security solutions, which was a bummer to find out. That being said, it is not solely the product’s fault here, and this issue is one that plagues most of its competitors. To be more specific, the Orbi RBK23 is quite vulnerable to security breaches through WPA2 encryption protocols. Thus, upon installing the drivers we recommend updating the firmware of the device to the latest version to prevent any further damage and exclude the risk of hacker attacks in the first place. Alternatively, you can use a built-in dynamic VPN service that will not only protect your data but also the access information that can be even more important.

All things considered the Orbi mesh system from NETGEAR will be a go-to pick for you in case you need to cover a sizeable area without any compromises in speed and comfort of use.

NETGEAR Orbi (RBK23) Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System (Up to 4500 sq ft Coverage), Tri-Band AC2200 (2.2 Gbps) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Linksys Velop (WHW0302-UK)

Ideal for Medium-Sized Houses

The Linksys WHW0302-UK is a tri-band mesh system that will definitely come in handy in case you are looking for a solution to remove dead spots that come with your existing network. Although the Velop system does provide you with supreme speed levels it is important to remember that it is not a router and is rather an extender of an already existing network system.

This particular model from Linksys is capable of covering areas of up to 370 square metres, and that is quite impressive for a 2-node model. The packaging of the mesh system includes 2 nodes, 2 power adapters, and cords to connect each unit to the power outlets. Additionally, each node features two Ethernet ports, which will be quite convenient for those who need constant and direct access to the internet without any interruptions. Thus, with these units, you will be able to not only increase the Wi-Fi coverage area but also connect stationary devices that don’t have wireless receivers to the internet.

Review of Linksys Velop (WHW0302-UK) Tri-Band AC4400 Intelligent Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, Works with Alexa (Pack of 2)

Supreme Protection

As for the specifications of the gadgets, the extenders are operating in both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz ranges to accommodate the standards of new and older hardware. While the 2.4 GHz can deliver up to 400 Mbps, the 5 GHz brings almost 866 Mbps without too much of an effort. The wired LAN connection is on par with the modern standards and offers up to 1000 Mbps at all times, which will be a huge boon for all the gamers out there.

Depending on the chosen method of Wi-Fi transmitting, the setup of the Velop may take a little longer than other consumer-grade products. With that being said, the installation process with the Linksys application preset will take around 30-40 minutes depending on the layout of the rooms inside your house or flat. The setup process itself is helped via step-by-step instructions that are presented to you via the mobile application. Thus, even if you are not a tech-savvy person you will manage the installation without too much of an effort.

Definitely technologically advanced, the Velop from Linksys is by no means a budget model and is more comparable to high-end commercial products from Linksys, and this is why. First of all, the wireless router is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 LE that can be used to link each of the nodes to the router or modem. Moreover, a supreme WPA2 security protocol will ensure that no data transferred from and to your devices will be traced or hacked in any way.

Finally, the Linksys Velop is one of the top picks available on the market today, thanks to its versatility and ease of use.

Linksys Velop (WHW0302-UK) Tri-Band AC4400 Intelligent Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, Works with Alexa (Pack of 2) in the use

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BT 92099

An Ideal Budget-Friendly Solution

The BT 92099 is a two-piece extender system for your whole house wireless network that can be easily installed on any flat surface thanks to the plastic stabilizers on the back of the housing. On top of that, the kit is supplied with 2 power adapters and an Ethernet cable that you can use to connect your PC or a Smart TV for better broadband speeds.

Designed for small flats and houses, the BT 92099 operates via a high-speed AC2600 connection standard and is compatible with all Internet service providers in the UK. The two extenders (that are also called discs) are able to cover a significant area of up to 280 square metres.

Like many other similar models, the extender from BT has a mobile application that will ease the setup process of the gadgets. However, this particular app will also help you in finding the perfect spots for the discs in order to prevent Wi-Fi dead zones from occurring in the first place, which is quite neat as for a piece of regular management software.

Moving on, let’s take a closer look at the specifications of this mesh system. One of the most important points of interest of any Internet-related device is the maximum speed at which data can be transferred, and this set of small Wi-Fi discs from BT has all the aces up its sleeves. The 5 GHz channel is capable of reaching a mind-boggling speed of almost 1733 Mbps, while the 2.4 GHz one operates in the standard 800 Mbps. Wireless speeds out of the way, the wired connection will have no troubles of reaching 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps), which makes this model a perfect example of a combo extender done right.

Review of BT 92099 Mesh Wi-Fi for seamless, speedy (AC2600) connection, Wi-Fi everywhere in small to medium homes, App for complete control (Pack of 2)

Enjoy The Lag-Free Connection

On top of the surprising data transfer capabilities, the system has a special feature that allows wireless devices to connect to the disc with the best signal and that alone ensures that there will be no dead spots in the effective range of the extender. In order to set up a whole-home Wi-Fi system, you will have to link each unit to the hub (modem or router), otherwise, you won’t be able to connect to the Wi-Fi outside its effective range. Once the device linking is out of the way you will be able to enjoy fast, lag-free Internet.

Ideal for small to medium businesses and houses, the BT 92099 mesh Wi-Fi system guarantees lightning-fast speed, stability of the signal, and reliability that can rival some top-of-the-line products. Definitely a worthy pick in case you need a high-quality bandwidth of your wireless home network.

BT 92099 Mesh Wi-Fi for seamless, speedy (AC2600) connection, Wi-Fi everywhere in small to medium homes, App for complete control (Pack of 2) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Google GA00158-UK

A PROFOUND SOLUTION

Despite impressive characteristics and a connection speed that most modern wireless routers offer today, buffering problems and dead zones still remain an irritating issue for most active Internet users. Knowing this, Google specialists have decided to improve the existing solutions by effectively splitting the network between several routers so that they can work faster with no connection drops. As a result, we've got this new Google WiFi system comprising three routers that can provide seamless WiFi connection covering up to 170 square metres. This means, even if you place it somewhere in your basement or attic, the system will effectively cover your entire house or office. Each unit from the set can operate as the main router or receiver. So all you actually need to do is plug an Ethernet cable in one of these routers and connect the other two to a power outlet.

Each WiFi point has two Gigabit Ethernet ports - WAN and LAN - that act as LAN on additional points. The system used is simultaneous dual band, which means you get not one but two independent and dedicated networks running on both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands. As opposed to single networks, known for crowded signal interference, simultaneous dual band WiFi routers provide ultimate performance by transmitting the signal on both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands. The NLS-1304-25 WiFi system uses TX Beamforming technology that allows the signal to concentrate effectively in your location, while thanks to the Bluetooth Smart Ready technology the WiFi point can both receive and share data via Bluetooth connection. As you can clearly see, dual band routers boast some great capabilities and provide a bundle of obvious advantages that set them apart from most of the single and selectable band routers.

Review of Google GA00158-UK Wi-Fi Whole Home System (Pack of 3)

PROVIDES THE WHOLE HOUSE WIFI COVERAGE

To make it easier for users to control the system of routers, Google offers a special companion app through which one can prioritize devices in a home network, set passwords, change and share them with other users. Even if you weren't at home but wanted to terminate your kid's access to some online sources, with this app you could do it remotely. It's not only the convenience of handling of the system that we liked about the NLS1304-25, though; it also boasts very fast speed and a clear connection, which has been achieved partly due to the peculiarities of the simultaneous dual band itself, and partially due to the integration of Network Assist technology, capable of picking up the clearest channel of all available.

As we've mentioned above, the effective coverage area of the NLS-1304-25 is huge and allows its use in quite big houses and premises, as well as housing blocks, built out of old bricks, with plaster walls, or containing some other materials that may impede the WiFi signal. This also means it enables you to set up a Mesh WiFi connection reinforcing the signal in your place. All you need is to get an account with Google, have a modem, and download on your smartphone the Google WiFi application, where you'll get all the tools necessary for resetting parameters, creating an independent network for other users, and much more. What you should also like about the NLS-1304-25 is that it has very small dimensions, allowing its installation almost anywhere and that it comes with a cord long enough to place it far from an outlet. These features help make this one of the best mesh WiFi solutions on the market.

Google GA00158-UK Wi-Fi Whole Home System (Pack of 3) in the use

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TP-LINK Deco M5

Your Safe Resort

The Deco M5 is a two-node mesh wireless system from TP-LINK that is capable of covering areas of up to 280 square metres for whole-home WiFi. The system will suffice your needs in case you need a device for a medium-sized flat or a small home or business. Although it is a consumer-grade product, some of its features make it a worthy contender against the more sophisticated Wi-Fi gear available on the market. Thus, let’s take a closer look at what the system has to offer.

First things first, the extender is capable of transferring data at speeds of up to 866 Mbps in 5 GHz range and at 400 Mbps in 2.4 GHz range, which makes it an ideal mid-tier solution for almost any building that has only one modem to cover all your needs. On top of the regular Wi-Fi, each node is equipped with not one but two Ethernet ports, which makes it possible to connect multiple devices that will be able to work at true Gigabit speeds (up to 1000 Mbps).

Moving on, the mesh Wi-Fi system features quite a few means of security, data, and access protection. Aside from the regular 64- and 128-bit WEP and first-generation WPA, the device has an integrated support of WPA2, which will firmly protect your personal data and files from cybercriminals.

Review of TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi, Up to 3000 sq ft Coverage (Works with Amazon Echo/Alexa and IFTTT, Router and Wi-Fi Booster Replacement, Antivirus Security Protection and Parental Controls) (Pack of 2)

Voice Controls for Convenience

As for the handy features, the TP-Link Deco M5 features a special Adaptive Routing Technology (or ART for short) that makes devices connect to the fastest available node more easily. The secret of this technology lies in an algorithm that redirects the data packages to the node that is closest to the connected device. On top of that, the special mesh technology is capable of memorizing up to 100 devices, which will be quite handy in case you tend to have guests once in a while.

Additionally, the booster from TP-LINK can be controlled by using voice commands, thanks to the integrated IFTTT (If This Then That) support, which also includes Amazon Alexa and Echo services. By utilizing the IFTTT you can use virtually any application that has a voice command support via one of the nodes.

The installation takes almost no effort at all and will require launching a mobile application that will guide you through the whole process step by step and help choose the positions for the nodes. That's quite important as if the positioning is optimal, the transition between each node will be seamless and will create a true dead spot-free whole-home WiFi.

All in all, the Deco M5 from TP-LINK will be a good solution for an owner of a relatively small flat, house, or office who's tired of buffering and dead spots when using Wi-Fi.

TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi, Up to 3000 sq ft Coverage (Works with Amazon Echo/Alexa and IFTTT, Router and Wi-Fi Booster Replacement, Antivirus Security Protection and Parental Controls) (Pack of 2) in the use

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What Is a Mesh WiFi System?

Almost everyone nowadays not only has high-speed Internet access in their homes, but most people also have wireless networks setup, either through wireless Internet service or by using a wireless router. Wireless Internet access gives people the ability to access the Internet from a variety of different devices from almost anywhere in their home or office. However, one of the problems that comes with wireless networking is the fact that there always seem to be spots where the wireless signal is weak to nonexistent. This is a problem that most people have run into at some point, and one that many still deal with on a daily basis.

One of the best ways to get around this issue is to use a mesh WiFi system. This kind of wireless network works in a very similar manner to using a wireless router. However, instead of just having one wireless access point, this particular system usually gives you multiple access points all spread throughout a home or building, giving a much broader coverage area than a single wireless router. They also have a big advantage over the typical wireless router in that they can greatly simplify the process of extending your wireless network range, with all of the nodes providing the same wireless access point instead of making you choose one from multiple points. This helps make having Internet access over a wide area a much more practical option for the casual home Internet user.

If your home WiFi needs do not require a mesh WiFi setup for maximum coverage, you may be interested in reading our reviews of five best WiFi range extenders available. If you own more than a pair of notebooks we also suggest you consider purchasing a wireless adapter to connect all the input devices you may want to use.

What Features to Compare

A mesh wifi system in some respects will be similar to a standard wifi router. It will have a base station that connects directly to your Internet modem, and will provide the settings needed for maintaining Internet access throughout the network. However, they also can differ greatly, especially in that they rely on a number of nodes to provide the wireless network access throughout an area, and their internal settings may be a bit more complex than those of a standard wifi router.

Coverage Area

When looking for a mesh system, the first thing you want to check is the total size of the coverage area supported by the system. As those who are looking for a mesh wifi system are most likely needing it for a larger area, you want to make sure that the total supported area is large enough to cover your needs in wifi coverage.

Components

The total number of components of the system is another thing to check. As a mesh wifi system relies on separate nodes to provide wifi coverage throughout an area, the total number of nodes provided by the system is an important consideration. Those who need the mesh system to provide nodes in specific areas will want to make sure that the system they choose has enough of them.

Ethernet Port

Most mesh wifi systems will provide additional Ethernet ports, either included in the base of the system, or even provided by each of the separate nodes. Those who need to connect computers that are placed far away from the base of the system will want to make sure that the nodes include Ethernet ports.

Supported Speed

Another important consideration in a mesh wifi system is the total supported speed of the internal network. Obviously, systems with a higher speed will be able to provide faster communication between the different devices. These speeds will also vary depending on the network standards supported and used by the internal network. If the speed of the internal network is something that is important to you, make sure you check the total supported speeds according to the network standards that are supported by all of the devices that will connect to the network.

Security Protocols Supported

One last consideration for a mesh wifi system are the security protocols that it supports. Network security is always of the upmost importance, and using the best security protocol possible will help ensure that unwanted connections to your network are refused. You will also want to ensure that all of your devices that will connect to it will support the same network protocol that you wish to use.

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Setting Up a Mesh WiFi Network

Mesh WiFi networks by their very nature tend to be a little more complex than a regular wireless network. That's because they usually involve more than one network component working together to create a mesh network. Instead of just the base station of the wireless router. most networks have at least 2 or three different components. However, that doesn't mean they are all that much more difficult to set up than a regular wireless router. In fact, many of the mesh WiFi systems often include a setup app that walks you through the setup process. Regardless, there are still a few things that you should know before setting up your new mesh WiFi network.

Components

Before getting into the setup of the network, it is a good idea to become familiar with the components that your network will consist of. Most networks will use a base station in conjunction with one or more separate satellite nodes. Conversely, many mesh systems may just include two or more access points, any of which can be used as the base station. Of course, in such a configuration, the base station is the node that connects directly to your Internet access point, which is usually a cable or DSL modem. For those who have different Internet connections, such as a satellite connection, the base station will connect directly with it.

The satellite nodes for the mesh network will work together with the base to create a single wireless network. In comparison, a wireless router that uses a WiFi repeater or extender will often require the use of multiple network names, which gives this network a big advantage. Instead of having to guess which network is going to provide you with the best wireless signal, a wireless network appears as just one network name, and will automatically provide you with the best possible signal.

Arranging Your Network

Now that you are familiar with the components, you will want to arrange the devices in a way that will give you the best possible coverage in your home or office. The base station of the system will always need to connect to your Internet device, so it should always be placed near enough to it to allow an easy connection. The satellite nodes will need to be placed in areas that will give it a good connection to the base station while still allowing it to provide a wide area of coverage. Ideally, it is best to place the nodes in open areas that will give it a "line of sight" to the base station. However, in many homes, this may not be possible, so it is best to place it in an area that is not covered by two or more sides by a wall or door. For homes that have two or more stories, it is also a great idea to place a node as close to the stairway as possible, giving it the ability to either broadcast to the lower or higher level, or where it can connect easily to another node on the other level. Although this might be difficult to determine at first, practising with placing the nodes in different areas will let you get the best possible coverage.

Setting Up the Network

Once all of the nodes have been placed in their ideal locations, the network will need to be set up. The actual steps to setting up the network will vary between each mesh system, but most will provide an app or setup wizard that walks you through the process. During the setup process, you will need to create a name for your network, along with a security password. The network name should be one that will be easily identifiable as your network, and a good, strong password should be chosen. Once the setup process is complete, you should now have a strong, stable, and reliable wireless network all throughout your home or office.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-22 13:15:07