The best mesh Wi-Fi systems in Australia for 2024: top systems for home or work

So you’ve signed up for one of the best NBN plans, but now you’re experiencing dead zones and internet slowdowns. The top mesh Wi-Fi systems are the ideal solution for this common problem.

Unlike a regular router, which is made up of a single network device, a mesh Wi-Fi system typically combines one main router with one or more mesh extenders (usually called nodes or points) that can be connected to it in order to extend your Wi-Fi range to wherever you need it.

But finding the best mesh Wi-Fi systems to boost internet quality and the reliability of your connection can be challenging as there are now a lot of options to consider. With this in mind, we’ve put all of the top candidates through their paces to help you discover the top mesh Wi-Fi routers and systems worth buying in Australia below.

The quick list

Below you'll find a quick roundup of our choices for the best mesh Wi-Fi systems in Australia. We've selected a mixture of models, catering to all budgets and all homes. You can jump to a more detailed review of each pick, and shop the latest deals using our price comparison tool.

The best mesh Wi-Fi systems in Australia for 2024

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Below you can find more in-depth reviews of our choices for the best mesh Wi-Fi systems, and you can click through the full reviews of each, written by TechRadar's team of home networking experts.

The best mesh Wi-Fi system overall

best mesh Wi-Fi system Google Nest Wifi in white, pink, and blue against a white background

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Still the best mesh Wi-Fi system overall

Specifications

Speed: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz/5 GHz simultaneous dual-band
Connectivity: Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports
Features: Advanced security chip, Nest Wifi point with Google Assistant, privacy control

Reasons to buy

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Excellent design
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Smart speaker(s) included
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Even simpler controls

Reasons to avoid

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No major performance gains
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Not worth replacing existing mesh

Google Nest Wifi kicks things up a notch in the mesh Wi-Fi system, taking Google Wifi’s incredible yet simple design and performance then merges it with the convenience of a smart speaker. What you’ve got here is a two-in-one device in an even sleeker and more attractive package. 

Especially if you’re a smart home fiend, you will appreciate the pure genius of this upgrade in Google’s Wifi line. Performance is excellent as well, chewing through downloads and streaming video over our 100Mbps service during our tests. Set up is a breeze as well, which makes it ideal for mesh Wi-Fi system newbies.

And, if you’re tired of the colour white, this one also comes in Mist and Sand colours. As far as the best mesh Wi-Fi routers go, the original Google Wifi is still the one to beat. This one just gives it that extra oomph.

Read our full Google Nest Wifi review

The best budget mesh Wi-Fi system

best mesh Wi-Fi system TP-Link Deco M5 on a wooden desk

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The best budget mesh Wi-Fi system

Specifications

Speed: 802.11ac 5GHz down: 76.69 Mbps
Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit ports per Deco M5 unit, 1 x USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2
Included mesh nodes: 1-3
Features: Quad-core CPU, MU-MIMO ready, Router-based antivirus, Alexa compatibility

Reasons to buy

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Incredible value 
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Easy to configure

Reasons to avoid

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Slower than compeition

If you’re looking for a way to spread Wi-Fi throughout your home without having to spend a lot of money, then look into the TP-Link Deco M5. It might not be as speedy as some of the other best mesh Wi-Fi system on this list, but it's more focused on coverage than high-throughput. However, it did improve our throughput significantly during testing.

Plus, if you’re not too concerned about getting the maximum theoretical throughput, which you probably won’t be able to take full advantage of anyway, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Setup, similar to the other devices here, is a breeze, even if you’re not tech-savvy. The TP-Link Deco M5 is among the best wireless mesh routers for those who don’t want to get too technical. And, as it is much cheaper than the rest of the options here, it's also the best mesh Wi-Fi system for budget-minded households.

Read our full TP-Link Deco M5 review

The best mesh Wi-Fi system with 6E

best mesh Wi-Fi router Netgear Orbi Quad-Band WiFi 6E against a white background

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A premium mesh Wi-Fi system with 6E performance

Specifications

Speed: 6.0GHz (2.4GHz + 2x 5GHz) quad-band WiFi 6E
Connectivity: 1x 10Gbps Multi-Gigbit Ethernet WAN port, 1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gigabit Ethernet LAN port, 3x 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
Features: NETGEAR Armor, Standards-based WiFi Security, WPA3 support

Reasons to buy

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Wi-Fi 6E with 10.8Gbps speeds
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Supports up to 200 devices

Reasons to avoid

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Mega expensive

The Netgear Orbi Quad-Band WiFi 6E’s price is not for the faint of heart. But, if you need a very large space, up to 9,000 square feet, covered then this might be the mesh Wi-Fi system for you. Not only can it cover an incredibly large space but it’s more than capable of handling the most crowded of networks, supporting up to 200 connected devices at a time. And, thanks to its Wi-Fi 6E connectivity – the “E” stands for extended – you get access to an incredibly speedy 6.0Hz frequency band.

By setting one of the Orbi satellites in our back office, which suffers with poor Wi-Fi, it get us our maximum Wi-Fi speeds right off the bat, maintaining 100Mbps for the Ookla test and 12.5MB/s without fuss. Setting the whole system up is a breeze as well, thanks to the Orbi app being easy to use.

Read our full Netgear Orbi Quad-Band WiFi 6E review

The best mesh Wi-Fi system for gaming

best mesh Wi-Fi router Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) against a white background

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The best mesh Wi-Fi system for gaming

Specifications

Speed: 802.11ax 4804Mbps down
Connectivity: 2.5 Gigabit Wan, 3 x Gigabit LAN, Gigabit Wan, USB 3.1
Included mesh nodes: 2
Features: MU-MIMO, Traffic Analyzer, Adaptive QoS, AiProtection Pro

Reasons to buy

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Great Wi-Fi performance
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Good security features

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Limited to two routers

With the Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8), Asus has managed to introduce Wi-Fi 6 to that other cutting-edge tech in connectivity; mesh routers. While it is among the more expensive options out there and limits you to two mesh routers, the Asus ZenWifi AX offers blazing fast speeds as well as plenty of flexibility in its setup – such as the option to set up one or two networks using the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. 

During our tests, it manage to push our 50Mbps Internet connection all the way, even squeezing it up to 60Mbps at one point. It also held download speeds steady at 7.3MB/s even on the slower 2.4GHz band in an area in our space with previously low connectivity issues. 

Set up isn't quite as straightforward. However, with excellent security features to boot, this is a fantastic choice if you’re looking at the best mesh Wi-Fi systems.

Read our full Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) review

The best mesh Wi-Fi system for homes

best mesh Wi-Fi router Eero Home Wi-Fi System against a white background

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An affordable mesh Wi-Fi system for most households

Specifications

Speed: Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (2.4GHz/5.0GHz)
Connectivity: 2x Gigabit Ethernet (WAN/LAN)
Features: Support for Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 and Thread

Reasons to buy

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Competitively priced 
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3.0Gbps Wi-Fi 6 performance
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Blends into the background 

Reasons to avoid

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Dual-band only
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Parental controls require extra subscription

Eero can often be relied upon to release affordable, reliable routers, and the latest addition to its line, the Eero 6+ doesn’t fall far from the best value tree. It’s competitively-priced and an improvement over its predecessor with its fast and reliable coverage that’s good enough for larger homes. 

It maintains dual-band Wi-Fi 6, but it’s almost twice as fast as its predecessor with its 3.0Gbps top speed. It, of course, performs beautifully in practice, reaching the maximum speed supported by our office broadband connection on Ookla and Steam during testing. Included in the price are new features, such as some additional Ethernet ports, support for the latest smart-home technologies, and support for Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 and the new low-power wireless technology called Thread.

Sadly, parental controls require a paid subscription and the Eero app feels a little limited in functionality. But, you’re getting a lot of value for your money here.

Read our full Eero 6+ review 

The best value mesh Wi-Fi with easy setup

best mesh Wi-Fi system Linksys Velop WiFi 6 AX4200 on a table

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A good value mesh Wi-Fi system with an easy setup

Specifications

Speed: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4 GHz/5 GHz
Connectivity: 3 x Gigabit LAN, 1 x Gigabit WAN, 1 x USB 3.0
Features: 4x4 MU-MIMO, Next-Gen OFDMA Technology, Tri-Band Dynamic Backhaul

Reasons to buy

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Impressive Wi-Fi 6 performance
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4x Ethernet and 1x USB ports

Reasons to avoid

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Defaults to single, merged network

The Linksys Velop WiFi 6 AX4200 is proof that Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems can be affordable and accessible. It gives big households on a budget an excellent option that still delivers admirable performance and ease of use. 

If you want to improve your home network’s speed and connectivity, this state of the art mesh system is an ideal solution. What's more, with Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, it will ensure your home network is future-proof, too. During our tests, it smoothly handed the Wi-Fi signal over to the second node that we placed closer to a harder-to-reach area in our space while maintaining the same speeds seamlessly. 

Those who aren’t as computer savvy will also appreciate that easy-to-use Linksys app. It explains everything from connecting to your existing broadband router in order to use its Internet connection to where to place any additional nodes in order to get the best Wi-Fi reception.

Read our full Linksys Velop WiFi 6 AX4200 review

The best 6E mesh Wi-Fi for large spaces

Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12 on a wooden desk

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Top-of-the-range Wi-Fi 6E mesh system for large spaces

Specifications

Speed: Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E with 2.4GHz/5.0GHz/6.0GHz
Connectivity: 1x 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (WAN), 1x 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (LAN), 2x Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Features: Quality of service (QoS), Asus AiProtection Pro