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Best Wi-Fi 6 Mesh of 2022: The Real Deals

Best Wi-Fi 6 Mesh of 2022: The Real Deals


You’ll find in this post the best Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems to safely bring home.

It’s worth noting that even if you have mostly Wi-Fi 5 or legacy clients, Wi-Fi 6 is still an excellent investment in terms of coverage. Thanks to the high bandwidth backhaul link, you can place the broadcasters farther out to get more extensive coverage without losing too much speed in the process.

As the world is moving to Wi-Fi 6E, there’ll be fewer and fewer new Wi-Fi 6 mesh options. Those listed here will likely be the final best mesh systems of the standard.

A mesh is only necessary for a large home — more on that in this primer post about Wi-Fi systems in general. So those living in a medium or small home needing only a standalone router, check out this list of best Wi-Fi 6 routers instead.

Dong’s note: I first published this frequently revised post on May 13, 2020, and last updated it on July 25, 2022.

Synology RT6600ax Wi-Fi 6 Router
A 2-pack Synology RT6600ax will make an excellent Wi-Fi 6 mesh system.

Best Wi-Fi 6 mesh Wi-Fi systems of 2022: The lists

There is now a good selection of Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems on the market, and this post includes only those I consider the best among the many I’ve tested.

You’ll see them here in the reviewed order, the latest on top — the number in front of their name is just numerical. I’ll add (or remove) the options as more systems become available. So do bookmark this page.

Scroll down to the bottom to see how their performances are stacked against one another. Or check out these direct comparisons to see how some of them pan out as competitors.

A note to fans of the Amazon eero: Neither of the new eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi systems made it to these two lists. Not even close.

Why did I make two lists instead of just one? Well, read on and find out yourself.

eero 6 vs eero 6 Pro: How to get the best out of your Amazon mesh

These mesh systems have only a single broadcaster with one band per frequency (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.) As a result, in a wireless setup, the speed of the satellite unit’s 5 GHz band is generally only half that of the router unit due to signal loss.

However, in a wired configuration, a dual-band mesh system will give you consistent performance throughout. So, if you have run your home with network cables, this type of mesh will deliver the best bang for your buck.

A Dual-band mesh system with wired backhauls makes more sense than a Tri-band alternative. Tri-band mesh hardware is generally tuned for wireless use cases and might have issues using network cables as backhaul.

Note, though, if you have modest broadband — one that has a download speed of 150Mbps or slower — a dual-band system will work out just fine, no matter how you plan to use it.

5. TP-Link Deco X4300 Pro: A sensible Dual-band mesh for a (wired) home with Gigabit broadband.

(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the latest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.)

TP Link Deco X4300 Pro 3 Pack with Box
The TP-Link Deco X4300 Pro comes in a 3-pack that includes three identical routers.

The Deco X4300 Pro replaces the Deco X60 on this list. While there’s nothing “pro” about it — this is a simple canned system with little customizability — it’s clearly an upgrade to the previous Deco.

In testing, the new system proved reliable and fast enough for Gigabit broadband, and its affordable pricing didn’t hurt.

Like all dual-band systems, the Deco X4300 Pro is best used via wired backhauling — including the Mult-Gig option with a switch. However, if you have an airy home, a good hardware arrangement can also bring about excellent throughputs.

TP Link Deco X4300 Pro is a 3 Pack


Reliable and fast Wi-Fi performance, excellent coverage

User-friendly with pre-synced hardware, competitively priced

Wired backhaul support, can work in AP mode as a system


Requires an account with TP-Link to work

Zero Wi-Fi customization, limited network customizations, Parental Controls, and online protection require add-on subscriptions

Limited web interface, no USB port;

4. ZenWiFi XD6: The XT8’s wired alternative

The Asus ZenWiFi XD6 AX5400 Dual-band Mesh WiFi System
The Asus ZenWiFi XD6 comes in two identical routers, and neither has a Multi-Gig port.

If you have a wired home, the Dual-band Asus ZenWiFi XD6 is an excellent buy, especially compared to the Tri-band XT8 below.

This new mesh system has no Multi-Gig port, and that’s the only thing disappointing about it. But it’ll work out great for anyone with a sub-Gigabit Internet connection. It’s a sizable upgrade to the XD4 mentioned below.

Picking the best AiMesh combo: The real-world experience

Note: Alternatively, there are many more Dual-band options with Asus’s AiMesh. Find your best combo in this post.

The Asus ZenWiFi XD6 AX5400 Dual band Mesh WiFi 6 System 11


Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

AiMesh 2.0 fully supported

Lots of network settings and useful features, including free real-time online protection for life

Presynced hardware, 160Mhz support


No Multi-Gig or Link aggregation

3. Netgear SXK30 Orbi Pro Mini: A reliable business mesh for a home

Netgear SXK30 Orbi Pro Mini Router Ports
The Netgear SXK30 Orbi Pro Mini has plenty of ports on each hardware unit.

The SXK30 Orbi Pro Mini is designed for an office, but it’ll work fine with a wired home.

That’s because its local web interface resembles that of Netgear’s Nighthawk home routers. This mesh doesn’t have top-notch specs, but it sure is a viable and reliable option if you have a wired home (or office.)

Netgear SXK30 Orbi Pro Mini Package Content


Reliable Wi-Fi at comparatively affordable pricing

Lots of Wi-Fi settings, responsive web user interface

Mounting accessories included


No 160MHz bandwidth, modest specs

Slow throughput speeds on the Satellite unit

Insight trial starts without user consent

2. Netgear Nighthawk MK63: The beginning of EasyMesh

Netgear MK63 AX1800 Mesh Wi Fi 6 System 16
Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System: The Netgear Nighthawk MK63.

The Netgear Nighthawk MK63 is an entirely new type of Wi-Fi 6 mesh system. It’s the first on the market based on the EasyMesh initiative. As a result, you might be able to use it with supported hardware from other networking vendors in the future.

For now, it’s an excellent choice if you have a modest broadband connection or have wired your home with network cables. Similar to the case of the Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini below, you do need a switch if you want to link all of the MK63’s hardware units together using network cables.

Netgear MK63 AX1800 Mesh Wi Fi 6 System 3


Reliable performance, excellent coverage


Modest Wi-Fi specs, no dedicated backhaul band

and limited number of ports; switch required for wired backhaul configuration

Lacks basic Wi-Fi settings, no 160 MHz channel width

No multi-gig port, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation

Finicky QoS, online protection, require a mobile app and is not free

1. Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini: Representing the plenty of dual-band AiMesh options

(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.)

Asus XD4 Mesh
Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System: The ZenWiFi AX Mini XD4.

The ZenWiFi AX Mini is more than just a miniature version of the ZenWiFi AX. It’s the first purpose-built AiMesh system that includes two distinct hardware types: a router and two satellites.

Most importantly, it’s the first among its peers to feature a fully functioning Guest networking feature, something that had been amiss from the get-go in Asus’s AiMesh ecosystem.

On the downside, this little mesh system is dual-band and has modest hardware specs.

Note: Alternatively, there are many more Dual-band options with Asus’s AiMesh. Find your best combo in this post.

Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini XD4 Mesh System 12


Guest networking works throughout the system

Useful network settings and feature


No dedicated backhaul band or 160MHz channel width support

No multi-gig port, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation

Stripped-down, borderline useless QoS and Parental Control features

Limited number of network ports, switch needed for a complete wired backhaul setup

Non-pre-synced hardware, not wall-mountable

Best Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh system of 2022: Expensive but convenient for those without wiring

These are mesh systems that include three internal Wi-Fi frequency bands within each of its hardware units. Specifically, they all have one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz ones. In a wireless setup, one of the latter will work as a (dedicated) wireless backhaul.

Dual-band vs Tri-band vs Quad-band: What’s the deal?

The dedicated backhaul’s idea is one band takes care of the job that links the hardware units leaving the other two to work only for clients. As a result, even when it’s impossible to use network cables to connect the hardware units, you can still achieve fast throughputs.

A Tri-band system is a must for a large home or even a medium one with thick walls, and you want to get the fastest possible Wi-Fi speeds without running network cables. But in most cases, they still do best via wired backhauling.

8. Synology RT6600ax as a mesh: The genuinely pro mesh system

(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the latest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.)

Synology RT6600ax Wi Fi 6 Router 8 1
You can get two Synology RT6600ax routers to form a robust Synology mesh Wi-Fi system.

Unlike the Deco X4300 Pro above, the Synology RT6600ax is real material for a pro mesh system. Available as a standalone router, you can get two units to form a Wi-Fi system — similar to the case of Asus AiMesh — that delivers the best feature set and excellent performance.

For the best performance, you should also use a Synology mesh set with wired backhauling, but the RT6600ax uniquely supports the 5.9GHz portion of Wi-Fi 6 and can deliver exceptionally good throughputs even with wireless backhauling.

Synology RT6600ax Wi-Fi 6 Router


Fast, reliable, and large Wi-Fi coverage

Advanced interface with high-quality add-on features

Highly-customizable network and Wi-Fi settings

Effective Parental Controls and online protection


Limited hardware options, no satellite-only hardware, users have little control over the satellites

No 10Gbps or 5Gbps Multi-Gig option, no hardware with two or more 2.5Gbps ports

7. ARRIS SURFboard mAX AC6600: An easy, reliable, but feature-poor canned mesh

ARRIS SURFboard mAX AX6600
The ARRIS SURboard mAX AX6000 includes two identical routers.

The SURFboard mAX AX6000 is a minor improvement of the higher-tier mAX Pro that used to be part of this post — it’s more reliable right out of the box and is less expensive.

Still, it’s a spartan Tri-band mesh system that lacks even the most basic network settings. There’s no wired backhaul support, either. And you need to use a mobile app for the setup and ongoing management.

In return, it’s relatively easy to use and reliable. The performance was also quite good in my testing.

ARRIS SURFboard mAX AX6600 Box


Fast Wi-Fi speeds, large coverage

Effective dedicated wireless backhaul band


Zero customization and feature

Fluctuating Wi-Fi 6 speeds

Poor Parental Control feature, terrible setup process

App and vendor account required to work

No wired backhaul, only two network ports per unit, no Multi-Gig

No local web user interface

TP Link Deco X5700 Ports
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System: The TP-Link Deco X5700.

The TP-Link Deco X5700 has almost everything to be an excellent wireless mesh system. Among other things, it’s the only one in this list that supports the venerable 160MHz channel bandwidth and has a multi-gig port. It’s fast!

Though far from perfect, this new Deco is an easy recommendation for those needing a plug-and-play Wi-Fi solution that delivers performance. You’ll like the speed no matter how you plan to use it, wirelessly or via a wired backhaul.

TP Link Deco X5700 Box


Excellent Wi-Fi performance and coverage

Tri-band with multi-gig port and 160MHz channel width support

User-friendly, comparatively affordable


Spartan Wi-Fi customization, network settings, and features

Only one Multi-Gig port per hardware unit

App and login account required — privacy risks

HomeShield Pro requires a monthly subscription, limited web interface, impractical design

No USB or additional Gigabit network ports

5. Netgear Orbi AX4200 (RBK752): Possibly the most rounded Orbi to date

Orbi RBK 752
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System: The Netgear Orbi AX4200 is possibly even more rounded than how round its hardware looks.

You can think of the Orbi RBK752 as the soft “replacement” of the RBK852 below. No, it’s not all better, but it sure is a lot more affordable.

In fact, if you live in a big home with a sub-Gigabit connection and are looking for a fully wireless solution, this one is an excellent canned system to get.

Keep in mind, though, that all Netgear Orbi mesh variants are made to work wirelessly. Even though you can use wired backhaul with them, one of the two 5GHz bands is permanently the dedicated backhaul band and is never available for clients to connect to.

Orbi RBK752 Label


Fast, reliable Wi-Fi with extensive coverage

Practical, well-designed mobile app

Support WAN 2Gbps Link Aggregation

Full web interface with all standard settings and features


No 160MHz channel support, limited Wi-Fi customization

Not compatible with Wi-Fi 5 Orbi hardware

Few LAN ports; No Multi-Gig, Dual-WAN, LAN Link Aggregation, or USB port

The fast 5GHz band only works as backhaul, even in a wired setup

4. Linksys MX12600: A totally well-priced mesh for a large home

Linksys Velop MX4200 Mesh Router 1
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System: The Linksys Velop AX4200.

Available at around $500 for a pack of three identical hardware units, the Linksys Velop MX4200 Tri-Band AX4200 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System (model MX12600) is an excellent buy when you live in a large home and need an easy, full wireless sub-Gigabit system.

The new mesh also works great with wired backhaul, thanks to the fact it uses Linksys’s dynamic backhaul band technology — all three wireless bands are now available for clients to connect.

With reliable performance, relatively fast speeds, and, most importantly, reasonable pricing, the MX12600 has taken the place of the MX10 on this list. It’s the new best Velop to date. Get it, and chances are you won’t regret the decision.

Linksys Velop MX4200 Mesh Router 11


Reliable Wi-Fi with excellent coverage

Helpful mobile app, full web interface

Fast NAS speeds when hosting external drives


No support for 160MHz channel bandwidth

Mobile app (and login account) required for initial mesh setup

Spartan Wi-Fi settings, modest feature set

No multi-gig network ports, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation

No setting backup/restore

3. Asus ZenWiFi AX: Representing the plenty of tri-band AiMesh options

Asus ZenWiFi AX Mesh System
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System: The Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8.

The ZenWiFi AX XT8 is Asus’s first Wi-Fi 6 system built around the company’s popular AiMesh feature.

Though not the fastest on the market, nor is it the one that gives you everything an Asus router has to offer, the XT8 has an excellent combo of performance, features, and cost.

If you’re looking for a system that can deliver your Gigabit-class internet connection (almost) in full and has a ton of useful features, including a free-for-life built-in online protection, without having a hole in your wallet afterward, the ZenWiFi AX is the one to get.

Like all AiMesh hardware, the XT8 works both with wired and wireless backhaul.

AiMesh: Here are the best combo with Multi-Gig wired backhauling

Note: Alternatively, there are many more Tri-band options with Asus’s AiMesh. Find your best combo in this post.

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ZenWiFi AX


Fast Wi-Fi performance and large coverage at a comparatively affordable cost

Improved and flexible AiMesh

Lots of network settings and useful features, including free real-time online protection for life

Full 4×4 dedicated backhaul band with optional wired backhaul support

Multi-Gig WAN port with Dual-WAN and WAN link aggregation


No 160MHz 4×4 support for Wi-Fi 6 clients in a dedicated wireless backhaul setup

No Multi-Gig LAN port or LAN link aggregation

Only four network ports on each hardware unit

Firmware can be buggy, especially via wired backhaul

Storage performance (when hosting an external drive) could be better

2. Netgear Orbi RBK852: The expensive Wi-Fi 6 mesh that delivers

Netgear Orbi AX6000
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System: The Netgear Orbi AX6000.

The Orbi Wi-Fi 6 AX6000 (model RBK852) is not for everyone since it’s so expensive. But if you’re looking for a sure and easy way to blanket a large property with fast Wi-Fi that can deliver Gigabit-class Internet, it won’t disappoint.

Orbi RBK852 New


Fast, reliablWiFiFi with large coverage

Full web interface with all common settings and features

Useful, well-designed mobile app

2.5Gbps multi-gig WAN ports

Support WAN 2Gbps Link Aggregation


No 160MHz channel support, limiteWiFiFi customization

Not compatible with Wi-Fi Orbi hardware

No multi-gig LAN port, intermittent lags

1. Ubiquiti AmpliFi Alien Mesh Kit: An Odd Pair of Wi-Fi 6 Tango

(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list. Again, the number is only numerical, not the ranking.)

AmpliFi Alien Kit
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System: The Alien Kit

The AmpliFi Alien Kit includes an Alien router and an Alien MeshPoint. The pair is permanently synced. Consequently, this kit is great for a home that needs a 2-pack system. If you need more than that, you’ll have to get another Alien router.

Despite that odd hardware configuration, the high price, and other oddities, this mesh system has enough to make almost anyone happy, no matter if they go fully wireless or wired backhaul.

AmpliFi Alien Kit


Dead-easy to set up and manage

Fast performance, wired backhaul supported

Users can manage the backhaul link and virtual Wi-Fi networks

Useful VPN and ad-blocking features


MeshPoint has only one LAN port, and only works with the one router of the same Alien Kit

No dedicated backhaul band

Best Wi-Fi 6 mesh Wi-Fi systems of 2022: The performance

The charts below include the performance of the router and satellite unit of each mesh system.

Best Wi-Fi 6 Mesh of 2022: Mesh routers' performance.
Best Wi-Fi 6 Mesh of 2022: Mesh routers’ performance.
AC 5GHz: 4×4 client used for the close-range and 3×3 client used for the long-range tests

You’ll note that I skipped the 2.4 GHz band on the charts because not all systems allow for separating their bands — the numbers you see on the charts are presumed to be of the 5GHz band.

If you want to know if a system allows for separating its bands and, if so, how it performs on each band, check out its in-depth review.

Best Wi-Fi 6 Mesh of 2022: Mesh satellites' performance.
Best Wi-Fi 6 Mesh of 2022: Mesh satellites’ performance.

Also, I generally don’t test mesh systems in a wired setup since that can be redundant. Via wired backhaul, the satellite unit’s performance is usually the same as that of the router unit.

All satellite units on this chart are connected to their primary router via a wireless connection at 40 feet (12 m) away within a line of sight.

Looking for a single broadcaster solution? Check out this post on the best Wi-Fi 6 routers!


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