Best Mesh Wi-Fi Kits

Mesh Wi-Fi kits are becoming popular for people who are sick of dead spots in their network coverage. Whether you have a large home or a small place with thick walls, grabbing one of these kits can alleviate a poor signal. The idea is simple — connect a few satellite Wi-Fi points to the main point and spread out the signal evenly around your house.

Why not just grab an extender or a powerful router? You certainly can, but extenders don't usually work in unison, and powerful routers can be just as expensive as one of these mesh kits. If you're interested in setting up a mesh network, here are the standouts of the current mesh network kits on offer.

NETGEAR Orbi

NETGEAR Orbi

Unlike the other mesh network kits that use a mobile app for configuration, Orbi takes advantage of the same solid method that the NETGEAR Nighthawk routers use — you don't need an internet connection to get inside your Orbi and change a wide variety of settings, nor must you rely on an Android or iPhone app.

Awarded an Editors' Choice by PCMag and chosen as the top overall unit by The Wirecutter, the latter site had this to say:

Thanks to a dedicated high-bandwidth Wi-Fi connection between the router and the satellite, the Orbi RBK50 kit had among the best throughput and range of the kits we tested.

You get tri-band Wi-Fi, MU-MIMO connectivity, and a ton of Ethernet ports on each unit. Each Orbi Wi-Fi point is good for up to about 2,000 square feet, meaning the two-pack at about $323 is good for a pretty large space.

Note: The NETGEAR Orbi is not a true mesh Wi-Fi system, though satellites can be daisy-chained together to hit the far corners of your home.

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Google Wifi

Google Wifi

Google Wifi is simple to set up and does exactly what is advertised. Just grab the app on your Android or iPhone, plug the Wi-Fi point in, and you're pretty much good to go. You can see all devices connected to the network, you can prioritize certain devices — gamers love this — and you can even block access to others. Google Wifi will automatically select the clearest channel and will take the fastest band depending on each individual device. MU-MIMO connectivity included? You bet.

CNET gave Google Wifi a stellar rating in their review, and PCMag, in its review, stated:

If you're looking for a super-simple way to get Wi-Fi to every corner of your home, Google Wifi could be the answer. Delivering seamless wireless connectivity on a single network, the system is easy to install and configure, looks great, and delivers solid throughput.

A single Wi-Fi point costs about $100 and covers about 1,500 square feet, while the three-pack costs about $260 and covers 4,500 square feet. If you need to cover a larger area, you can always add more Wi-Fi points to your setup.

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eero

eero

The co-founder of eero was sick of troubleshooting his family's Wi-Fi, and so this mesh networking kit was born. Plug one small, flat Wi-Fi point into the network with an Ethernet cable, then simply give the other two points power from a wall outlet. Grab the app on your Android or iPhone and keep track of which devices are connected and how fast their connections really are.

The second generation eero now has tri-band Wi-Fi and 2 x 2 MU-MIMO, making it almost twice as fast as the first generation, which CNET warmly reviewed. The Wirecutter also chose this as its runner-up choice to the NETGEAR Orbi, claiming:

Less raw speed than our top pick, but it includes well-thought-out family features, an intuitive smartphone app, and more flexible coverage options for really tough buildings.

A three-pack costs about $399 and covers about 3,000 square feet. Love using Alexa? This mesh kit is compatible with Alexa Skills.

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Linksys Velop

Linksys Velop

The Linksys Velop (about $400 for a three-pack) features tri-band Wi-Fi that has a range up to about 6,000 feet, so if you're in a large area, this might be your first choice. It's also quite fast, thanks to being enabled with 2 x 2 MU-MIMO.

We reviewed the Velop warmly, stating:

Like our friend Jerry Hildenbrand from Android Central says, the ideal Wi-Fi network is something you should set up once and never think about until it's time to replace. The Linksys Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi absolutely delivered on its claims, allowing me to significantly improve the network in a big old house that's now ready to handle further conversion into the 21st century smart home.

To set things up, just plug in your individual units, grab the iOS or Android app, and go through the setup. If you don't mind paying top dollar, this is a great choice if you have an oversized area to cover with Wi-Fi.

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Amped Wireless Ally

Amped Wireless Ally

The Amped Wireless Ally kit (about $250) is marketed at both novice and advanced users. You can plug it in and let it deliver Wi-Fi, or, if you wish, you can tweak a ton of settings to your heart's content. Amped claims to cover up to 15,000 square feet, but think realistically more like 4,000 square feet.

Chosen by PCGamer as best mesh router kit for gaming, and highly rated by CNET and PCMag, CNET had this to say:

The Ally Plus broadcasts fast Wi-Fi coverage over a large area. It includes both a well-designed mobile app and an in-depth web interface, plus more features than other competing home mesh systems.

With MU-MIMO functionality and AC1900 Wi-Fi, this is a great choice for larger areas if you don't want to spend top dollar.

Note: The Amped Wireless Ally isn't a true mesh Wi-Fi system due to its satellites not being able to communicate with each other. Instead, each satellite must communicate with the main router. Still, this offering from Amped delivers great coverage and speeds that gamers will love.

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Updated August 10, 2018: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the absolute best mesh Wi-Fi kits available.

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