Best Powerline Adaptors & Powerline Mesh Wi-Fi systems for 2021 – Use your home wiring as an alternative to Wi-Fi and Cat5a/6 Gigabit Ethernet

Page 2 for Best Powerline Wi-Fi extenders & Mesh Systems Before mesh Wi-Fi was the trend, we had Powerline adaptors and Wi-Fi extenders. I would personally always suggest mesh of a Wi-Fi extender nowadays, but I am still a fan of the Powerline concept. Anyone wanting to establish a high speed and relatively reliable connection … Read more

Devolo Mesh WiFi 2 Review – Mesh WiFi with a powerline backhaul to compete vs the TP-Link Deco P9

Before Mesh WiFi was a thing, powerline was by far the best solution for home users wanting to extend their home network without having to physically wire the house up with Ethernet.

Since the launch of mesh, powerline has fallen out of favour somewhat, and only a handful of company produces hardware feature this technology. However, I know a lot of gamers who still swear by this technology.

Devolo has long been the most reputable company in the business, with TP-Link being the major competitor.

While most companies are now launching WiFi 6 mesh systems, Devolo has only just launched its first WiFi 5 mesh system.

Devolo Mesh WiFi 2 vs Devolo Magic 2 WiFi – Not the same

Devolo doesn't make it very easy to work out what is what and this is made worse by searching on places like Amazon.

I was very confused by the product name devolo Mesh WiFi 2 but most places selling Devolo Magic 2 WiFi.

A quick glance at their product pages proved to be equally confusing, with the Magic 2 WiFi not listed under mesh yet still claiming mesh functionality on the product page. They also offer the same WiFi speeds and powerline technology.

However, they are not the same. The 2-device Magic 2 WiFi uses two different units, the MAGIC 2 LAN Adapter and the MAGIC 2 WiFi next Adapter. The Lan adaptor offers no WiFi. This is instead used to connect your router to the powerline network. So the two pack system won't actually offer mesh WiFi; you would then need to pair it up with another MAGIC 2 WiFi to get mesh functionality.

The MESH WIFI 2, on the other hand, has all its adopters providing WiFI. With the whole point of this being that you switch the WiFi off on your router, then the Devolo does all the WiFi offering seamless roaming as you move around the home.

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Netgear Nighthawk MK83 vs MK63 vs Orbi RBK753 Mesh WiFi System – Tri-band upgrade for a lower price than Orbi

Today, Netgear has quietly listed the new Nighthawk MK83 on their website, offering a significant upgrade to the affordable Netgear Nighthawk MK63 I reviewed last year. The main difference with the new Netgear Nighthawk MK83 is the inclusion of a second 5Ghz channel that offers 4×3 AX up to 1800Mbps. This channel will then be used as the backhaul, … Read more

Taotronics Tri-Band AC3000 Mesh WiFi Router Review [TT-ND001] – Better than any dual-band WiFi mesh system

The Taotronics Tri-Band AC3000 tri-band mesh system is the first mesh system from Taotronics, and by the looks of things, their first attempt at networking products in general. They are better known for their affordable TWS earphones, which I have reviewed plenty of. They haven’t messed about either; this is a tri-band WiFi 5 system … Read more

Netgear Nighthawk AX8 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Extender Review (EAX80) – Smart roaming support allows you to keep your SSID

The Netgear Nighthawk EAX80 was announced a year ago at IFA, allowing users to extend their home Wi-Fi with the highest performance Wi-Fi possible. Unlike Wi-Fi extenders of yesteryear, this claims to offer mesh support allowing home users to retain their SSID for seamless roaming across the home. Specification and Features AX6000 Wi-Fi speed provides … Read more

Netgear Orbi 4G LTE Advanced WiFi Router (LBR20) Launched – First tri-band mesh WiFi with 4G LTE connectivity

In the UK, mobile data has been improving faster than our wired connections. The average speed of the Internet in the UK is 22.37MB/s placing us 34th in the world, behind economic powerhouses such as Madagascar, Portugal, Malaysia and Andorra. As of 2019, the split for technologies connecting to the 24.8% using ADSL/ADSL2+, FTTC (54.5%), … Read more

Mercusys Halo S12 Mesh Wi-Fi Review vs Tenda Nova – You get what you pay for

Mercusys Technologies is a new brand in the UK market, introducing some incredibly affordable networking gear. In the past, it looks like their predominant market has been India, with products available on Amazon India for the past three years. Their UK introduction appears to be associated with TP-Link, but I am not sure how intertwined … Read more

TP-Link Deco X60 Mesh Wi-Fi System Review – Can a dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system compete with the tri-band Netgear Orbi RBK853 AX6000?

This year Wi-Fi 6 has finally gained mainstream traction with all flagship phones launched this year featuring it, and most mid-range and higher laptops also featuring it. I have reviewed quite a few routers now, but to date, only the painfully expensive Netgear Orbi RBK850 mesh W-Fi 6 system which costs £969.99 for the three-pack … Read more

Redmi AX5 Router vs Xiaomi AIoT Router AX3600 vs Huawei WiFi AX3 / Honor Router 3 – Wi-Fi 6 routers are getting much cheaper, as long as you live in China (or are willing to import)

Wi-Fi 6 routers promise lots of performance gains over the ageing Wi-Fi 5, but the options in the UK are quite expensive with our cheapest options costing over £150. Redmi AX5 Router However, in other countries, there are some much more affordable options. Xiaomi’s subbrand Redmi has just unveiled the Redmi Router AX5 with an … Read more

Draytek VigorAP 903 & VigorAP 802 Review – A flexible small business mesh Wi-Fi and access point solution

Draytek is a British brand famed for their business-focused routers, they are some of the best-reviewed VDSL Wi-Fi routers on Amazon, and their VDSL modem is also highly regarded. From my experience, Draytek and Billion routers are in far more small to medium-sized offices than any of the other big brand names like Netgear or … Read more

Fenvi Wi-Fi 6 PCIe Card Review – An Intel AX200 adaptor for your desktop tested on Netgear Nighthawk AX8

With more routers, mesh systems and access points launching with Wi-Fi 6 it finally looks like the new super-fast Wi-Fi standard will go mainstream in 2020. The Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 was announced back in April last year, and I reviewed that back in June, as well as the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 based on … Read more

Best Mesh WiFi Routers with WiFi 6 for 2020 – 802.11ax mesh systems

With the main CES 2020 announcements out of the way, it now looks like WiFi 6 may finally get some traction in 2020. If you are considering buying a router or mesh system in the near future you should definitely think about investing in something that is WiFi 6 compatible making you as future proof … Read more

What is Wi-Fi EasyMesh, and what routers & mesh systems support it?

EasyMesh is a term that has popped up in a few product launches this year at CES, both Netgear and D-Link have new products featuring this standard, but what actually is it? What is Wi-Fi EasyMesh? The short and easy answer is Wi-Fi EasyMesh is a standard that allows Wi-Fi routers and mesh-systems devices to … Read more

Netgear expand mesh WiFi 6 range with EasyMesh compatible MK62 system, RAX50 router and EAX20 extender

Last year the range of WiFi 6 routers and mesh systems from Netgear were expensive, to say the least. At CES this year, it looks like WiFi 6 is dropping in price with several announcements including D-Links new range of affordable EasyMesh WiFi 6 routers. Netgear is also releasing much more affordable products, albeit a … Read more

D-Link Announce Many EasyMesh Wi-Fi 6 Routers & COVR-X1872 Mesh System

Wi-Fi 6 has been off to a slow start, multiple routers were announced last year but Wi-Fi 6 modules for laptops and desktops did not become available until June with the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 Module and later the Intel AX200. The cost of routers has been steep too, and when Netgear introduced Wi-Fi 6 … Read more

TP-Link Deco X90 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System is a more affordable alternative to Netgear Orbi RBK852

The Netgear Orbi RBK852 was the first mesh Wi-Fi 6 system to be announced and it costs a staggering $699.99 for a two-pack system, in the UK things are worse, we have to payout £709.99. Recently Ubiquiti announced the AmpliFi Alien which will be $379 per device. During CES, TP-Link have announced their first mesh … Read more