It’s no surprise that the epidemic resulted in a massive spike in home internet usage, with millions of Americans shifting to remote working and learning, not to mention an increase in individuals streaming shows and movies, gaming online with pals, and video chatting with loved ones. Now, more than two years later, it doesn’t appear that these new habits are going away anytime soon, which means that having a good internet connection at home is more crucial than before.
Upgrading from a router to a mesh system is one of the best decisions most households can make. With several devices dispersed across your home, a decent mesh router acts as a team of routers, relaying wireless traffic back to the modem more effectively than a regular router, especially when connected at range. And, with so many new, next-generation alternatives on the market, now is an excellent moment to make the transition.
With the correct system in charge of your connection, you may have total wireless coverage and high speeds throughout the majority, if not the entirety, of your home. Even better, unlike many stand-alone range extenders, you won’t have to juggle your connection between your main network and a separate extension network. Because range expansion is built into the architecture, the mesh router will automatically route your connection within a single, unified network.
Some of the best mesh routers we’ve tested include Eero systems, which popularised mesh networking before being purchased by Amazon in 2019, as well as the most recent models from TP-Link Deco, Asus ZenWifi, Netgear Orbi, and Google Nest. Mesh systems used to sell for as much as $500, but now these manufacturers provide multipoint mesh router systems, including the primary router and extra satellite extenders, for less than $300, if not less than $200. Though we advocate aiming a little higher, basic, entry-level mesh systems can be found for as little as $20 per device.
We still want to test out a lot of routers and mesh systems, including a rising number that employs Wi-Fi 6 technology, which promises greater performance and quicker speeds. More mesh routers that enable Wi-Fi 6E, which means they can access a newly opened mass of new bandwidth in the 6GHz band, should continue to appear during 2022, although it’s probably still too early to invest in such a system (and they won’t be cheap in most circumstances).
That said, let’s take a look at the Top 3 Mesh Routers that you should buy in 2022.