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Top Five Wi-Fi 7 Mesh Systems: 2024’s First Powerful Collection For Large Homes

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Here we go! Our first collection of top five Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems.

The new wireless standard itself became officially certified merely less than two months ago. That's to say, there will soon be even more options down the road, and consequently, the hardware mentioned here, at least some, likely will not be here for long.

But for now, they are indeed the top five mesh solutions you can safely bring home, albeit all with some or fewer caveats. That's partly why I don't call this the "best five" list. That will take time to determine and eventually come.

If you're new to Wi-Fi 7, it's the latest and most encompassing revision of the popular wireless alternative to network cables β€” the first that features all three popular Wi-Fi bands, including 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz. It's slated to be a game-changer from previous Wi-Fi 6E and previous standards, though not necessarily a replacement.

Most importantly, all Wi-Fi 7 solutions will work well with existing clients of older standards β€” as long as it's not too old. So, if you have some cash burning in your wallet and an aging mesh Wi-Fi system that's been struggling, I'd say give one of these Wi-Fi 7 alternatives a go today. The experience could be gratifying. Only need a single router? Check out this list of top five Wi-Fi 7 routers instead.

Best Five Wi-Fi 7 Mesh Systems: Wi-Fi 7 hardware comes in all shapes and sizes
Best Five Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems of 2024: Wi-Fi 7 hardware comes in all shapes and sizes

Top five Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems of 2024: The real-world tested list

You need a support client and a broadcaster to enjoy the new Wi-Fi standard.

On the client side, most flagship phones released in the second part of 2023 and newer, such as the  One Plus 11 5G or the Pixel 8 Pro, support the new standard, and there are also upgrade options based on the Intel BE200 adapter, for your existing computers.

On the broadcasting side, below is the list of top Wi-Fi 7 routers and mesh systems you can bring home today.

This list is sorted in the recommendation order, with the most recommended on top β€” the numbers are the ranking.


TP Link Deco BE85 Wi Fi 7 Mesh System front on tableLinksys Velop Pro 7 Mesh SystemTP Link Deco BE95 LyingNetgear Orbi 970 Series RBE973SAmazon eero Max 7 Wi Fi 7 3 pack mesh system
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1. TP-Link Deco BE85

TP Link Deco BE85 Wi Fi 7 Mesh System Box Content
Top five Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems of 2024: The TP-Link Deco BE85 is initially available in 3-pack, with the 2-pack added later.

The TP-Link Deco BE85 is the first Wi-Fi 7 canned mesh system. It has a ton of Multi-Gig ports plus the support for SFP+. While on paper, the Tri-band Deco BE85 seems inferior to the Quad-band Deco BE95 below, in real-life usage, it's a more sensible solution.

TP-Link Deco BE85's Rating

8 out of 10
TP Link Deco BE85 Wi Fi 7 Mesh System front on table
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Four Multi-Gig ports, including two 10Gbps, one of which supports RJ45/SFP+ combo; multi-Gigabit wired backhauling out of the box

Wi-Fi 7 support, backward compatible with existing clients; excellent overall real-world performances;

Easy to use

Cons

The performances of the 2.4GHz band and 10Gbps ports could be better

Vendor-connected mobile app required; HomeShield Pro costs extra

Internal fan; runs a bit hot


2. Linksys Velop Pro 7

Linksys Velop Pro 7
Top five Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems of 2024: The Linksys Velop Pro 7 comes in a 3-pack of identical mesh routers.

The Linksys Velop Pro 7 is somewhat subdued. It has the lowest hardware specs and minimum support for Multi-Gig. In return, it's the best-looking Wi-Fi 7 solution and will easily pass that "wife acceptance" requirement.

Linksys Velop Pro 7's Rating

7.5 out of 10
Linksys Velop Pro 7 Mesh System
Performance
7.5 out of 10
Design Features
8 out of 10
Ease of Use
7.5 out of 10
Value
7 out of 10

Pros

Aesthetically pleasant design; Wi-Fi 7-ready

Reliable performance

Both the web user interface and mobile app can work without linking to Linksys; optional vendor-assisted management

Run cool and quiet; low power consumption

Cons

Expensive (at launch) for the modest hardware

Comparatively slow performance; limited range; mobile app coercion

Only one Multi-Gig port per hardware unit; no USB port; no multi-Gigabit wired backhauling, Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation

No setting backup and restore


3. TP-Link Deco BE95

TP Link Deco BE95 Box Content
Top five Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems of 2024: The TP-Link Deco BE95 is initially available in 2-pack with the 3-pack added later.

The Deco BE95 is very similar to the BE85 above, if not identical, despite being the first Quad-band mesh system with its 6GHz band split in two.

In real-world testing, it delivered the same performance as the supposedly lesser BE85 cousin, making its more expensive price a bit unjustified. Still, it's a sound mesh system for a large home.

TP-Link Deco BE95's Rating

7.5 out of 10
TP Link Deco BE95 Lying
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
6 out of 10

Pros

Dual 6GHz bands, four Multi-Gig ports with multi-Gigabit wired backhauling, including two 10Gbps with one being an RJ45/SWi-Fiombo

Wi-Fi 7 support; backward compatible with existing clients; excellent overall real-world performances;

Easy to use

Cons

6GHz-2 is not available to clients, even with wired backhauling, and didn't help with performance

Can't be fully managed via the limited local web user interface; vendor-connected mobile app required; HomeShield Pro costs extra

Almost constant internal fan; runs a bit hot


9. Netgear Orbi 970 Series

The Netgear Orbi 970 Series are avaible in black and white
Top five Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems of 2024: The Netgear Orbi 970 Series is available in 3-pack (and 2-pack) with black and white color options.

The 970 series is an all-new option in Netgear's popular Orbi family. The support for Wi-Fi 7 aside, it's the first Orbi that goes full Multi-Gig and comes with a brand-new naming convention.

One thing remains the same: The Quad-band system still uses one of its two 5GHz bands as the permanent backhaul. That, plus the support for the new Wi-Fi standard with its MLO feature, can make things complicated, and the system proved a bit unreliable in my initial testing.

All that makes its $2300 price tag (for a 3-pack) only a little short of outrageous.

Netgear Orbi 970 Series (RBE973S)'s Rating

6.9 out of 10
Netgear Orbi 970 Series (RBE973S) Box
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
6 out of 10
Design and Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
5 out of 10

Pros

Powerful hardware with Quad-band Wi-Fi 7 with all-Multi-Gig ports

Fast performance, extensive coverage, with excellent wireless backhaul bandwidth

Multi-Gigigabit wired backhauling support; easy to use; runs cool and quiet

Cons

Unreasonably expensive; the permanent 5GHz backhaul band is unavailable to clients in wired backhaul setup

No web-based Remote Management, limited Wi-Fi and network settings, few free features; mobile app (with a login account and even subscriptions) is required to be useful

No 2nd 10Gbps port on the satellite; unreliable (at launch); no USB port; lots of upselling pop-ups


5. Amazon eero Max 7

The Amazon eero Max 7 is available in a 3-pack, 2-pack, or a single router.
Top five Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems of 2024: The Amazon eero Max 7 is available in a 3-pack, 2-pack, or a single router.

The eero Max 7 is undoubtedly to be the first to be kicked out of this list. It has the lowest rating for a few reasons.

Despite the hype and online clickbait content, it's by far the worst Wi-Fi 7 system to buy. Aside from the severe privacy risks, the spartan customization and settings, and the constant subscription nags, the system's 6GHz band is virtually not available to clients. And this band is an essential part of the latest Wi-Fi 7 standard.

If you can handle all that plus and stomach the unreasonably high price tag of $1700 for a 3-pack, it's a decent system for a large home.

Amazon eero Max 7's Rating

5.6 out of 10
Amazon eero Max 7 Wi Fi 7 3 pack mesh system
Performance
6.5 out of 10
Features
3 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
5 out of 10

Pros

Full Multi-Gig ports with fast wired performance; easy to set up and use

Aesthetically designed hardware

Relatively reliable performance; runs cool and quiet

Cons

No 6GHz band for clients in real-world usage; low real-world Wi-Fi throughputs and bandwidth

No local management; the eero mobile app's interface is poor and riddled with eero Plus subscription nags; severely lacking in Wi-Fi and networking customizations

Overpriced; high privacy risks

The final thoughts

Wi-Fi 7 is still in its early stages, and over time, more of its features, including MLO and AFC, will be universally added to existing (via updates) available in upcoming hardware. That's to say, it'll take another year or so for the standard to be mature.

Still, in the meantime, other than possibly the costs, it doesn't hurt to get into it now. There's no rush to upgrade, but if you're in the market for a new mesh today, the options mentioned above are definitely worth the consideration.

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