It wasn’t that long ago that we as humans could survive without the internet, but in 2020, in the world of connected things, bad Wi-Fi truly is a first world problem but one we easily can fix. Whether its gaming, streaming or browsing, these options below give you the best bang for your buck and offer great network performance!
D-Link COVR 2202 Tri Band Wi-Fi System
The COVR system by D-Link is not only reliable but they also look great and seamlessly blend into any modern home décor. Covering up to 6000 sq., ft, each unit has six powerful antennas that blast ultra fast Wi-Fi to every corner of your home and or office.
The system offers 802.11ac Wave 2 tri-band wireless signal with up to 866 Mbps (5 GHz) x 2 and up to 400 Mbps (2.4 GHz) plus two gigabit Ethernet ports on each unit for those that prefer to hardwire their devices as well, offering quite the versatility.
The three units also quite intelligent as well, they will automatically optimize the signal between each other, no matter where you place them around your home providing a seamless and consistent experience which we appreciate. Speaking of smart, the COVR system also supports voice control for both Alexa and Google.
Lastly, the single SSID or network, also means no disconnecting and reconnecting to different nodes like extender units and because they come pre-paired, the system just works straight out of the box!
Linksys VELOP Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System
The Linksys VELOP system offers equal performance across the board with their monolithic nodes that are quite striking to look at.
Each modular node covers approximately 2000 sq. ft and features six antennas and high-powered amplifiers providing simultaneous Tri-band connectivity with a Wi-Fi rating of AC2200 per unit, which translates to two 5ghz bands with a top speed of 867Mbps and one 2.4Ghz band of speeds up to 400 Mbps.
Linksys also include their own Seamless Roaming Technology that selects the clearest channel for your connected devices and will self-optimize connections between nodes to better meet the layout of your home. Best of all, their self-healing technology means that if one node becomes disconnected, it will automatically re-route connections between the two existing nodes, so you never lose connectivity.
Similar to the COVR option, VELOP also features Alexa integration, where users can use their digital assistant to essentially control parts of their network and we think this is great.
Gryphon Connect Secure Mesh Router System
The top dog in our books for the past year must be the Connect system by newcomers Gryphon. Powered by intelligent security and offering exceptional coverage and Wi-Fi speeds, this jack of all trades, to put it simply, is the best and most secure mesh system money can buy.
Aesthetically, each unit looks as though it was twisted when exposed to too much heat but makes this eye catching if that is your thing. Connectivity wise, each unit is also equipped with a generous offering of 3 Gigabit LAN ports which is perfect for those that want to hardwire their devices as well as 6 powerful antennas providing top of the line 802.11bgn & AC3000 network specifications resulting in a fast 3Gbps throughput.
This similar tri band offering features a 400Mbps 2.4GHz band and an 867Mbps 5GHz band. When you pair several Gryphon units to create a mesh network, the third 1733Mbps 5GHz radio band is additionally used for backhaul duties and therefore does not detract from speed or coverage.
What sets the Gryphon apart from the other options above is the added intrusion detection plus malware and content filtering provided by industry leaders ESET. The regular 24/7 daily security updates and intelligent machine learning recognizes each device connected to your network and will analyze its behavior, alerting users to unusual activity and vulnerabilities that could be putting your security at risk.
Using ESET’s powerful filtering technology, it will additionally block ransomware and malware from coming into your network which is also thanks in part to their smart content filtering.
The Gryphon Connect router manages to bring together the four facets of a great mesh system – aesthetics, security, reliability and most importantly speed and simply gives the best and most secure experience for all types of users!