The best mesh Wi-Fi systems in Australia for 2023: top mesh routers

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The best mesh Wi-Fi systems make dead zones and internet slowdowns a thing of the past, something especially important with Australia's sometimes-inconsistent internet qualities. Unlike a regular router, which is made up of a single network device, a mesh Wi-Fi system is typically comprised of one main router and several mesh extenders (usually called nodes or points) that can be connected to it.

These additional nodes can then be positioned strategically around your home or office to get rid of dead or weak spots, ensuring that you’re always in range. Because of their design, they do a better job of ensuring that every nook and cranny of your home or office is covered and gets a strong, consistent signal. Upgrading to a mesh Wi-Fi system, therefore, makes a lot of sense if you're plagued with dead spots or have a large area to cover.

We've tested a lot of routers over the years, from the first generation ones like the Google Wifi to the latest releases, putting them through their paces. So, we can make excellent recommendations to you. Take a look at our picks below for the best mesh wi-fi systems in Australia.

The best mesh Wi-Fi systems for 2023

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

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Excellent design
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Smart speaker(s) included
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Even simpler controls

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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

best mesh Wi-Fi system TP-Link Deco M5 against a white background

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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

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Incredible value 
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Easy to configure

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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 dough, then look into the TP-Link Deco M5. It’s not as speedy as some of the other best mesh Wi-Fi system on this list. This system is focused more 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

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

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Crazy 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

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

best mesh Wi-Fi system Netgear Orbi Pro WiFi 6 against a white background

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A terrific Wi-Fi 6 mid-range mesh system

Specifications

Speed: 802.11b/g/n/ax 2.4GHz 2,400Mbps, 802.11a/n/ac/ax 5GHz 2,400Mbps, 802.11a/n/ac/ax 5GHz 1,200Mbps
Connectivity: 1 x Gigabit or 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet WAN or LAN port, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, Link Aggregation Mode4 optional; 2 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
Included mesh nodes: up to 4
Features: Insight App, 4 SSID wireless networks, up to 4X more devices than with WiFi 5

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Easy to deploy
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6Gbps backhaul

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Hardly inconspicuous

Sprawling mansions and big companies have demanding network coverage needs that only the best mesh Wi-Fi systems can meet, which is why such routers as the Netgear Orbi Pro WiFi 6 exist. This is a powerful piece of kit, even at its most basic configuration, delivering superb Wi-Fi connection over a remarkably large area. 

In testing with a WiFi 6 capable client, we were able to take advantage of speeds of over 800Mbps near the router. Even with older clients at 50ft or further away, the performance remained outstanding.

If you want the most powerful mesh Wi-Fi system, you’ve found it. However, it also comes at a lofty price that most households shouldn’t spend. It would be complete overkill unless live in a sprawling mansion or a castle. Invest, but only if it makes technical sense.

Read our full Netgear Orbi Pro WiFi 6 review

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 the power user

Specifications

Speed: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit WAN/LAN
Features: Modular network coverage, modern design, included security software, dynamic rerouting

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 Powerful 
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 Blends into the background 

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Pricer than competition

The Eero Home Wi-Fi system might just be the answer if you need a mesh Wi-Fi system that gives you a lot of control over your network. It gives users total control over their network while touting a secure connection through AI and delivering a terrific performance worthy of power users.

Holding up well in our testing, we found it capable of taking full advantage of our 100Mbps connection at home and better than others in handling standard, paster walls. Those with bigger spaces will appreciate that it strengthens its signal using its Beacon units via a third 5.8GHz band. 

Also feature-rich, the Eero Home Wi-Fi System comes with subscriptions to 1Password, MalwareBytes and Encrypt.me VPN. These should keep everyone linked to your network safe and secure, whether they're gaming all day or dealing with sensitive work information

Read our full Eero Home Wi-Fi System review 

How to choose the best mesh Wi-Fi system for you

How to choose the best mesh Wi-Fi system for you

When choosing the best mesh Wi-Fi system for you, there are a few important considerations starting with the size of your coverage area and the speed you require depending on your daily average needs and the amount of devices that regularly use your network. Based on that, you need to take a look at the mesh Wi-Fi system's range and performance.

Also take a look at the design, setup process, and ease-of-use for when you need to adjust settings during use. Other features like security protocols and parental controls are important as well, and gaming-focused extra if there are gamers in the family.

Of course, the price is a major factor. Remember that many of the best mesh Wi-Fi routers tend to be expensive. However, you will find more affordable options if you know where to look.

Is mesh Wi-Fi better than a traditional router?

So, should you buy a mesh Wi-Fi router? In some cases, mesh Wi-Fi is considered better than a traditional router, but it really comes down to what you need your Wi-Fi devices to accomplish. If you live in a large home, you may want to consider mesh Wi-Fi in place of a regular router because it can better cover a large area with an unwavering Wi-Fi signal. 

Conversely, if you live in a small home or apartment where one traditional router does the job well, you might not need to switch. If you’re a gamer, you may also want to pass on a mesh Wi-Fi router because, as good as a mesh system is, it will never match the speeds one of the best gaming routers is capable of.

Mesh Wi-Fi routers are also typically designed to blend in with home decor, but if you’re someone who doesn’t like dealing with one router, you may not want the responsibility of dealing with a few small ones placed around your home. The best mesh Wi-Fi routers can be a great upgrade for your Wi-Fi signal, but ultimately it’s up to you and if you’re ready to make the change.

How we test mesh Wi-Fi routers

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We test every mesh Wi-Fi router that lands on our desk before we can recommend it to you. Much like with any peripheral or device we test, we check everything from its design and features to its performance. 

We take a look at its design, of course, because if you’re going to have several routers spread around your space, they should blend in with your home or office aesthetics. We also check its ports and any extra features it might have – like the ability to create a guest network and set up family controls – as well as ease of initial setup and use.

Then we move on to its performance. We check its range and strength of coverage as well as perform the Ookla speed test and our file download test, jotting down any information we collect. Naturally, we also test it against our everyday network usage to give you a glimpse on its real-world performance.

We then take everything we’ve learned and measure all that against its price tag to see if it’s a great value to consumers.

James Cutler
Staff Writer

James is a senior journalist with the TechRadar Australia team, particularly focused on news, analysis and reviews in the worlds of tech and the web, as well as a keen focus on smartphones, TVs and home entertainment, AR/VR, gaming and digital behaviour trends. He has worked for over six years in broadcast, digital and print journalism in Australia and also spent time as a nationally recognised academic specialising in social and digital behaviour trends. In his spare time, he can typically be found bouncing between one of a number of gaming platforms or watching anything horror.