**Updated 12/01/2019 with new prices and updated reviews.**
- 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:
|Name||Price||Number of Reviews||Review Average||Pack Size||Speed||Ethernet Ports||Dedicated 5GHz Backhaul Channel||Wired Backhaul||Comments|
|BT Whole Home Wi-Fi||£169.00||672||3.9||3||AC2600||1||No||No||Multiple options on one page|
|TP-Link Deco M5||£185||179||4.1||3||AC1300||2||Yes||Yes||Multiple options on one page|
|Linksys Velop Tri-Band||£299||632||3.8||3||AC6600||2||Yes||Yes||Multiple options on one page|
|NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home||£250||650||4.0||3||AC2200||4||Yes||No||Multiple options on one page|
|ASUS Lyra||£257||11||3.3||3||AC2200||2||Yes & optional||Yes|
|Ubiquiti Amplifi||£360||65||4,1||3||AC1750||5 (base unit) 0 on satellites||No||No|
|Google WiFi Mesh||£329||76||4.3||3||AC1200||2||Yes||yes|
|Zyxel Multy X Tri-Band AC3000 Whole Home Wi-Fi ||£369||57||4.4||3||AC3000||4||Yes||No||One a 2 pack option, additional extension is £129.99 making this quite expensive|
|Tenda NOVA Mesh WiFi System||£91.99||152||4.3||3||AC1200||2||Yes||Yes|
|Huawei A1 Whole Home Wi-Fi Router||£150||150||4.2||3||AC1200||3||Yes||Includes VDSL, ADSL and 4G modem|