**Updated 12/01/2019 with new prices and updated reviews.**

Update highlights:

  • Updated review and price data
  • Added Huawei A1 which has positive reviews and includes a VDSL and 4G modem allowing you to replace the ISP supplied modem 
  • Added information about up and coming Wi-Fi 6 / 802.11ax based devices which will be available in the middle of the year. 
  • Tenda reviews have shot up, this was extremely cheap over Black Friday so this is likely due to the big increase in reviews
  • Linksys Velop used to have the best reviews but has now dropped to one of the lowest, perhaps indicating how accurate Amazon reviews are. 

In the past couple of years, we have seen a growing number of Mesh-based WiFi routers released. While some brands chase after the absolute fastest WiFi speeds via a single router, mesh technology aims to eliminate the biggest problem with WiFi – Range.

Traditionally if you live in a large house you would have to resort to repeaters or additional routers. However, if you did not set up the Wi-Fi correctly, you would get issues. Most routers are not intelligent enough to know which router you are accessing when you are on the same SSID.

Mesh Wi-Fi routers eliminate this issue and employ multiple access points that work on the same SSID. Unlike the problems stated above, they have the intelligence to know what router is best based on your location, and pass off the Wifi to that router. Quite a lot of the systems available only have single ethernet ports, so they can only provide WiFi and no wired router options.

If you live in a small flat, a router such as this will likely be irrelevant, but most UK hoses, especially brick built ones, would benefit from them.

At the moment, all these routers are just routers; there is no modem built into them, so you would still need to use the ISP supplied device to connect

The best Mesh Wi-Fi options available in the UK now include:

NamePriceNumber of ReviewsReview AveragePack Size SpeedEthernet PortsDedicated 5GHz Backhaul ChannelWired BackhaulComments
BT Whole Home Wi-Fi£169.006723.93AC26001NoNoMultiple options on one page
TP-Link Deco M5£1851794.13AC13002YesYesMultiple options on one page
Linksys Velop Tri-Band£2996323.83AC66002YesYesMultiple options on one page
NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home£2506504.03AC2200 4YesNoMultiple options on one page
ASUS Lyra £257113.33AC22002Yes & optionalYes
Ubiquiti Amplifi£360654,13AC17505 (base unit) 0 on satellites NoNo
Google WiFi Mesh£329764.33AC12002Yesyes
Zyxel Multy X Tri-Band AC3000 Whole Home Wi-Fi
£369574.43AC3000 4YesNoOne a 2 pack option, additional extension is £129.99 making this quite expensive
Tenda NOVA Mesh WiFi System
£91.991524.33AC1200 2YesYes
Huawei A1 Whole Home Wi-Fi Router £1501504.23AC1200 3YesIncludes VDSL, ADSL and 4G modem
D-Link COVR£171193.9