Mesh WiFi was designed to provide superior WiFi coverage compared to WiFi router & WiFi extender combo. You will be able to eliminate WiFi dead zones while enjoying faster and stronger WiFi connection.
All the mesh WiFi suggestions here are curated based on feedback from our users, you may click on the table of contents to jump to check the recommended mesh WiFi system for your ISP plan.
- Support 100Mbps
- Support 300Mbps
- Support 500Mbps
- Support 800Mbps
Comparison Between 9 Different Mesh WiFi
In the table below, we did a side-by-side comparison between Wireless Specification, Features & Budget to provide you a clearer picture.
|Brand & Model||Recommended Plan||WiFi Specs||Beamforming||MU-MIMO||Budget|
|Tenda Nova MW3||100Mbps||AC1200||✓||✓||RM219.00 - RM319.00|
|TP-LINK Deco M4||300Mbps||AC1200||✓||✓||RM375.00 - RM545.00|
|D-LINKCOVR C1203||300Mbps||AC1200||✓||✓||RM449.00 - RM663.00|
|TP-LINK Deco M5||500Mbps||AC1300||✓||✓||RM259.00 - RM729.00|
|Tenda Nova MW6||500Mbps||AC1200||✓||✓||RM329.00 - RM499.00|
|ASUS Lyra Trio||500Mbps||AC1750||✓||✓||RM1,455.00|
|TP-LINK Deco M9 Plus||800Mbps||AC2200||✓||✓||RM449.00 - RM1,269.00|
What is Mesh WiFi
Mesh WiFi was designed to solve WiFi coverage issues.
Instead of operating based on a single wifi router which has difficulty in penetrating walls and eliminating WiFi dead zones, it uses multiple devices that are known as “nodes” to connect and form a mesh network.
The newly formed mesh network will have a stronger coverage compared to typical router extender combo.
Most mesh systems comes in dual-band wireless AC standard, where the device will automatically route you to the strongest possible frequency based on your distance and location.
In other words, you will be able to enjoy strong WiFi signals and stable connection in every corner of your house.
Benefits of Using Mesh Network
A Single SSID For Whole House
In contrary to the typical router and WiFi extender combo which comes in multiple SSIDs such as 2.4Ghz / 5Ghz / 2.4Ghz ext, you will only get one SSID on mesh WiFi.
The idea behind single SSID is instead of users manually switching between bands, Mesh WiFi will automatically swap you through different bands based on your distance and WiFi strength through a function called Band Steering.
As most Mesh WiFi devices comes in Dual-Band & Tri-Band, you will be automatically routed to the best possible frequency all the time.
Which leads us to the next point.
Reduce Call & Video Buffers Significantly
With Mesh WiFi, you will be able to walk between rooms while maintaining your live call, videos or gaming without buffers.
This is known as Fast Roaming by mesh technology which automatically assigns you to the nearest available mesh node to provide you with the best possible speed.
You no longer need to wave your phone around and hide in a corner that has the “best WiFi signal”.
Easy To Upgrade
Upgrading your WiFi networking is easy with Mesh devices. Not enough coverage? Just get another unit from the same brand. Found a spot that is weak in WiFi? Just put another unit there.
This purchasing process is extremely easy compared to upgrading router and WiFi extender as you will need to worry about compatibility, budget and most importantly is the expected end result (i.e. such as maintaining 100Mbps, 300Mbps etc)
When you are using a proven Mesh WiFi system, it just takes away the hassle as it is proven to work.
Easy Guided Setup Process
Most mesh systems use a mobile app for a guided setup — The app walks you through the set-up process for optimal placement of nodes throughout your home.
It will help you find dead zones so you can place nodes in those areas that otherwise wouldn’t receive WiFi coverage. The mobile app also incorporates some cool features to help you manage your WiFi, such as parental controls, device prioritization, guest access, and more.
How Mesh WiFi Works
All the mesh devices (also known as nodes) work together to form a network. Each individual node will find the best frequency, channel and path to connect wireless to another node, and thus, you will have a seamless and reliable WiFi connection throughout your entire home.
Think of it like your mesh nodes working together to build a spider web.
Why This Matters?
WiFi coverage is determined by many factors such as the distance from the router, router specification, how many rooms (or walls to penetrate) and not forgetting electrical interference from other devices.
The logic behind WiFi strength is the further you are from your router, the weaker your signal is. You also need to take note that the more walls that a WiFi needs to penetrate, the weaker it is too.
As traditional routers are only broadcasting WiFi from one router, mesh WiFi was designed differently so that it communicates to each other wirelessly to form a stronger network, and thus, result in a better WiFi coverage.
Using It As Router Mode Or Access Point
There are two primary ways to use your Mesh WiFi – you can use it to replace your router directly, or use it as an access point.
In most cases, we advise customers to replace their old routers with mesh WiFi provided that the mesh solution that you are looking for has better specification compared to your current router.
However, there are cases where customers would like to expand their network, you can use mesh WiFi as an access point directly. To do this, all you need to do is to connect your mesh device to your router instead of your modem.
Difference between Mesh WiFi & WiFi Extender?
Both of them enhance WiFi coverage, while the latter is much more affordable and has to be used with a router, it comes with a performance drop.
The easiest way to understand this is WiFi extenders act as a messenger between your router and devices. Everytime you browse a video (or any online interaction), your WiFi extender will need to be running between you and router, one at a time.
This is why WiFi extenders will half WiFi throughput.
Mesh WiFi operates on a different model where all Mesh Nodes communicate with one another instantly, which takes away the ding-dong between communications (or sending packets in IT terms), which results in better bandwidth capacity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this compatible with Maxis, UNIFI & TIME Fibre?
Yes. All the Mesh WiFi mentioned here are compatible with local ISP providers.
Is this suitable for big houses like double storey and bungalow?
Yes. Mesh WiFi was designed to provide superior WiFi coverage. Do take note that to provide full WiFi coverage, you may need to get additional mesh nodes.
Does all mesh nodes require to connect to LAN cable?
No. Only one node is required to connect to the router or modem. The other mesh nodes will sync via wireless.
What if I bought 2 pack units and it's not enough to cover my house?
You can always purchase another single pack to upgrade your WiFi coverage without worrying about the compatibility.
I see that there are 2 pack and 3 pack units, what does it mean?
2 pack comes with 2 units in a pack, likewise for 3 pack. The reason for this is to tailor the offer based on different house sizes.
Do I need to replace my router with Mesh WiFi?
It depends. We only recommend to replace it with Mesh WiFi provided that:
- Your router is unable to support your current ISP package (bottleneck, slow, etc)
- Your router is not able to provide sufficient coverage for your house
If you’re still unsure if you need an upgrade, please do reach out to us so we can provide you with a proper recommendation.
Can I setup the Mesh WiFi as Access Point (AP Mode)?
Yes you can. All you need to do is to follow the manual guide for the setup.