Best Mesh Routers of 2022

    Mesh routers help spread WiFi throughout even the largest homes. Here are models with the best scores from our testing.

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    Illustration of 4 mesh routers placed in a 2 floor house with attic Illustration: Lacey Browne/Consumer Reports, iStock

    Your wireless router is the gateway between your home and all the internet has to offer, from movies streamed on Netflix and Disney+ to video calls on Zoom

    But for some people, especially those who live in a large house, it can be a source of endless frustration. What do I have to do, you may be asking yourself, to get a decent home WiFi connection?

    Allow us to suggest a mesh router.

    Mesh routers use multiple units that work together to spread WiFi throughout your home. A base station plugs into the modem that connects your dwelling to the internet, while additional satellite units (typically one or two) wirelessly connect to each other to create a “mesh” network.

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    You might, for example, place the base station in the kitchen and the satellite units in a bedroom, study, or den—pushing the WiFi signal where you need it most.

    While the best mesh routers used to routinely cost around $500, today you can buy reliable models for less than half that. In fact, around half of the 41 mesh routers in our ratings cost $250 or less. These might not have all the bells and whistles of their slightly more expensive counterparts, but they provide a real value for many consumers.

    Every year, Consumer Reports tests dozens of wireless routers. We measure how well they perform across a range of criteria, including how fast they transmit data at a variety of distances (also known as their throughput), how easy they are to set up, and how well they protect your privacy and security

    The models featured here, from Eero, Google Nest, Netgear, and TP Link, are among the best mesh routers based on CR’s latest testing, listed in order of Overall Score. You might notice that we include both WiFi 5 and WiFi 6 models. WiFi 6 is the latest wireless standard and offers faster speeds, but WiFi 5 is still plenty fast—and WiFi 5 routers are frequently less expensive.

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