Having a weak Wi-Fi signal at home can be frustrating. Sometimes even more frustrating than just not having any Wi-Fi at all. But there’s a way to improve the wireless signal in your home, it just takes a few extra pieces of hardware to make it happen. Which is where a Wi-Fi mesh network kit comes in.
There are a lot of options out there, and we’ve put together a roundup of some of the best options you can buy right now. The goal? To improve your Wi-Fi network within your home.
List of the best Wi-Fi mesh networking kits
Asus ZenWiFi AC
The Asus ZenWiFi AC mesh system, built with Wi-Fi 6 in mind, comes in a single or two-pack option. It also comes in black (charcoal) or white. This is a tri-band mesh system, which Asus says will “banish” dead zones in your home. Its network coverage can span 2,700 square feet, or a space with three or more rooms.
It offers speeds up to 3Gbps, and Asus says it can be set up in three steps. Managing the mesh system is done via an app. Asus also offers up a lifetime network security option, and built-in parental controls, too. The ZenWiFi AC mesh system also supports AiMesh systems, so you can put additional routers throughout the home for even better coverage.
Asus’s ZenWiFi AC mesh system supports 802.11n/b/a/ac/g wireless standards. Around back on the unit itself, there is a single USB 3.0/2.0 port, a power on/off switch, a WAN port, and three LAN ports. This mesh system is available now from Amazon.
TP-Link Deco S4
This option from TP-Link offers up even better coverage, thanks to multi-pack options. The standard two-pack can cover a home with two or three bedrooms, and up to 3,800 square feet. Or if you go with the three-pack option, you can cover up to five rooms, or up to 5,500 square feet.
This is a dual-band mesh system, so keep that in mind. TP-Link says with its powerful network speeds, it can handle up to 100 connected devices at one time. The LAN port bandwidth is up to 1000Mbps, with a data transfer rate of 1200Mbps. And as with other mesh systems, as you move through the house your device(s) will connect automatically to whichever router is closest and strongest, to make sure the connection remains stable.
There are built-in parental controls, and a dedicated app makes setup easy.
The TP-Link Deco S4 is available now from Amazon.
Google Nest WiFi
As is par for the course, there are different purchase options when it comes to Google’s Nest mesh Wi-Fi system. You can get a single whole-home router, which will cover up to 2,200 square feet. The two-pack option will boost the signal coverage to up to 4,400 square feet, and the three-pack alternative boosts coverage up to 6,600 square feet.
Google says its system can support up to 200 devices at one time. There’s a dedicated app for easy setup, and built-in security and parental controls. It has a 15W power adapter and ethernet ports on the back of each router. Users can set up a guest network as well, making it easy to share a separate password to let guests use the internet without knowing the real network password.
The Google Nest Wi-Fi mesh system is available now from Amazon.
Amazon Eero Pro 6
Amazon has its own mesh Wi-Fi system option as well. This is a tri-band Wi-Fi 6 system, with a three-pack that can cover up to 6,000 square feet. This mesh system offers up connection speeds up to one gigabit. Amazon says it can support more than 75 devices connected at one time.
Setup is handled with the dedicated app, Amazon offers security and parental controls, and adds free customer support that’s available seven days a week. And for folks who use Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, the Eero Pro 6 serves as a Zigbee smart home hub. This means you can use it to control other smart devices on your network.
Amazon’s Eero Pro 6 mesh Wi-Fi system is available now.
So, a quick list of some of the best options for setting up your home’s mesh Wi-Fi network. If you have any other suggestions, let us know in the comments!