Best Mesh Wi-Fi Systems to Buy in India (2020)

by: - Last updated on: March 16th, 2020

With an increase in the number of internet-dependent devices in our homes, there is a constant need to maintain uniform connectivity throughout the space to get the most out of these devices. Enter, Mesh WiFi systems, which cover large areas of the home (including multiple floors) to avoid dead spots and maintain uniform connectivity for a seamless experience across a wide range of devices.

mesh wifi

At large, a Mesh WiFi system includes the main router that connects directly to your modem and a series of satellite modules or nodes that are spread across the home to cover large areas. Since that increases the device count, the system incorporates all the different nodes as part of a single network, which share the same SSID Service Set Identifier) and password, to offer ease of use.

An ideal use-case scenario for Mesh WiFi system would be when, say, you have a pretty large house with a lot of rooms (full of doors, windows, and obstacles) and you want the same speed and connectivity throughout the space. This is where a Mesh WiFi system offers the best solution. By installing multiple nodes in different parts of the house, dead spots can be eliminated to instate proper speed and connectivity at every corner.

So, if you are looking for a solution to curb your bad WiFi issues, a Mesh WiFi system is the way to go. And in case you decide to buy one for yourself, here is a list (in no particular order) for some of the best Mesh WiFi systems you can buy in 2020.

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1. Netgear Orbi (RBK50)

Unlike most mesh WiFi systems, the Netgear Orbi system offers two large towers: a router unit and a satellite unit. Both units look identical (not interchangeable) and come in a cylindrical-shaped white casing. When connected, they promise to cover up to 5,000 sq. ft of the area, while maintaining uniform connectivity and speed. If you are on a tighter budget, you can also consider the Netgear Orbi RBK20. In our tests, the RBK20 worked great in a 3-BHK apartment with just one satellite.

netgear orbi RBK50 mesh wifi system

Specs

  • Connectivity: Tri-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (802.11b/g/n at 2.4GHz, 802.11a/n/ac at 5GHz)
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB flash
  • Features: Implicit and Explicit for 2.4 & 5GHz bands Beamforming, MU-MIMO capabilities
  • Ports: 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN + 3 LAN for Router, 4 LAN for Satellite), 1 x USB 2.0 port

Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Good coverage

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Big footprint

Buy Netgear Orbi (RBK50)

2. TP-Link Deco M5

The Deco M5 from TP-Link is another good option that claims to offer value for money, similar to Google WiFi. It has a small footprint, with a minimal, low-profile design language that blends in any corner of the house. The coverage offered is pretty impressive, and the device manages to offer good throughput across the house. Overall, it manages to provide value for money with its performance. If you are on a tighter budget, you can also consider TP-Link Deco M4. While not being as big a name as Netgear or Google, TP-Link has made a name for itself when it comes to networking accessories, and the Deco M5 can be considered as a feather in its cap.

tplink deco m5 mesh wifi system

Specs

  • Connectivity: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Wireless 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 867 Mbps on 5 GHz
  • Processor: Quad-core CPU
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Ports: 2 x Gigabit ports per Deco M5 unit, 1 x USB Type-C port

Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Good coverage
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Lacks control

Buy TP-Link Deco M5

3. Google WiFi

If you are looking for a simpler and manageable solution for your home, the Google WiFi promises to do just that. It has a very minimal design and offers a pretty straightforward setup process, as simple as setting up a router. For its price, it manages to check all the boxes, while still providing the best level of security, compared to most other solutions. Sadly, it’s not yet officially launched in India and hence much higher pricing as compared to the US.

google wifi mesh wifi system

Specs

  • Connectivity: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, AC1200 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi (expandable mesh; dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Processor: Quad-core ARM CPU
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB flash
  • Features: Implicit and Explicit for 2.4 & 5GHz bands Beamforming
  • Ports: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN, 1 LAN)

Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Value for money
  • Convenient design

Cons

  • Less hardware control

Buy Google WiFi

4. Linksys Velop

The Linksys Velop offers tall, tower-shaped devices that come with a curved base design, a plastic clip for cable management, and small holes on the body for heat dissipation. It manages to maintain uniform connectivity up to a specific distance, after which, even with the addition of extra nodes, there is not a significant improvement in the signal strength. And eventually, that causes the network to incur speed issues.

linksys velop WHW0103 mesh wifi system

Specs

  • Connectivity: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, AC2200 2×2 Wi-Fi (expandable mesh; dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Processor: 716MHz ARM Cortex
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB flash
  • Features: MU-MIMO, Beamforming
  • Ports: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN, 1 LAN)

Pros

  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Bulky design
  • Expensive
  • Weak connectivity

Buy Linksys Velop

5. Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD

The Amplifi HD from Ubiquiti is the company’s most powerful mesh system that offers better performance and range even for bigger spaces. It relies on six high-density, long-range antennas, which suggest to cover up to 20,000 square feet and provide a throughput speed of up to 5.25Gbps. Setting up the router is as simple as connecting it to a socket and computer and downloading the companion app. After this, the app automatically recognizes the router and offers you options to quickly set it up. In terms of performance, you can expect to find faster and consistent speeds with the router over a long-range without incurring a lot of signal drops.

Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD

Specs

  • Connectivity: IEEE 802.11a/g/n/ac
  • Features: Remote log-in, touch display, customizable app control
  • Ports: 4 x Gigabit ports, 1 x WAN port, 1 x USB port

Pros

  • Simple and clean design
  • Strong signal range
  • Touch display for quick interactions

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No parental controls
  • Antenna design can be slightly obtrusive

Buy Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD

Those were our picks for the best Mesh WiFi systems you can buy in India in 2020. We hope, in the coming months, there will be more options like Amazon Eero coming to India. Which system from the list do you find the best value for money? Do let us know in the comments.

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