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.

Plenty of Ethernet ports

NETGEAR Orbi RBK50

The Orbi RBK50 is a great mesh Wi-Fi choice for any large home with a lot of wired devices, as the router has three and the satellite has four free Ethernet ports at your disposal. Wired backhaul is an option for better performance, but there's also a dedicated 5 GHz band for wireless backhaul. Enjoy theoretical speeds up to 400 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz radio and 866 Mbps on the 5 GHz radio, and enjoy MU-MIMO connectivity for your modern devices.

$328 at Amazon

Minimalist design

eero

The eero offers a sleek, minimalist design, and it can be had in a number of configurations. Three eeros offer maximum performance and wired backhaul, but for lighter networks, an eero and beacon or two is a better wireless solution that nevertheless offers a dedicated 5 GHz radio for backhaul traffic. Beamforming improves reception and MU-MIMO capabilities serve your modern devices, and you get real-world speeds up to 240 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz radio and 600 Mbps on the 5 GHz radio.

From $299 at Amazon

Start small and expand

Google Wifi

A single Google Wifi router costs about $99 and should be enough for a small home, meaning you can start simple and build a mesh network as you need it by adding more pieces in the future. Wired backhaul is supported but not necessary, and each Wifi point includes two Ethernet ports. Beamforming capabilities help extend range, and you get theoretical speeds of 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz radio and 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz radio.

From $99 at Amazon

Mix and match colors

Linksys Velop

The tri-band Velop, especially with three or more nodes (the network is easily expandable), can cover a lot of space without sacrificing much performance. Wired backhaul is supported, and the Velop will also choose one of its three radios for wireless backhaul to keep performance smooth. MU-MIMO connectivity provides uninterrupted service to your modern devices, and you get two 5 GHz radios with theoretical speeds up to 867 Mbps each and a 2.4 GHz radio up to 400 Mbps.

From $200 at Amazon

Great range

Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD

Ubiquiti's AmpliFi HD not only has the best-looking main router with a large touch display, but it also offers excellent range and throughput for a large home, especially when connected to a couple of MeshPoints. We saw strong performance across the 2.4 GHz (up to 450 Mbps) and 5 GHz (up to 1,300 Mbps) bands, helped along by three spatial streams and three antennas.

From $150 at AmpliFi

If we're making some suggestions

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. For the best all-around mix of performance, ports, and range, NETGEAR's Orbi RBK50 makes the most sense, as long as you're prepared to shell out more than $300. If you'd like to start smaller and work your way up to a network that perfectly fits your home, a single Google Wifi router can be had for about $99, with a three-pack costing instead about $249. If you'd like a really great router with a touch display, a single Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD costs about $139 and can be extended with MeshPoints or more routers. Just want the sleekest design that won't stick out no matter where you put it? You can't deny the eero's minimalist design.

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