Best Mesh Wi-Fi Router Kits in 2019

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Mesh Wi-Fi kits are a popular way for people to rid their homes of network dead spots. Whether you have a large place or a small place with thick walls, connecting a few satellite Wi-Fi points to a main router will spread the signal evenly. Why not just grab an extender or a more 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.

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All of the above mesh Wi-Fi kits can and will extend your network into the hard-to-reach spots of your home better than a standard router, but you might still be wondering just where to start.

Nest Wifi (opens in new tab) systems are an excellent option for someone setting up their first mesh as well as anyone that wants a fast and simple network. This two pack (opens in new tab) containing two of the most powerful routers in the lineup can cover 4,400 square feet together, and a wealth of 5GHz antennas will keep the mesh speeds high even when you have a lot of active connections. Easy expansion with additional routers (opens in new tab), mesh points, and Google Wifi (opens in new tab) routers makes it easy to fill in all the Wi-Fi gaps at home.

If you'd rather not spend as much on a mesh Wi-Fi system, TP-Link's Deco M5 (opens in new tab) brings a three-node setup for a relatively affordable price. You still get excellent performance across 2.4 and 5GHz radios, and thanks to Ethernet ports on all nodes, wired backhaul is an option for improved performance. TP-Link says this setup is good for about 5,500 square feet, so if you have a large home with plenty of people living in it, you should immediately benefit from what the Deco M5 has to offer.

Samuel Contreras