You’ll find in this post the best Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems you can get right now.
It’s worth noting that even when you don’t have updated clients, Wi-Fi 6 is still superior to Wi-Fi 5 when you use multiple hardware units in a system. Thanks to the high bandwidth backhaul link, you can place the broadcasters farther out to get extensive coverage, and still have the fast speeds for your needs.
A mesh is only necessary for a large home, however. So those living in a medium home and needing only a standalone router, check out this list of best Wi-Fi 6 routers instead.
Dong’s note: This is a frequently updated post.
Best Wi-Fi 6 mesh Wi-Fi systems of 2020: The list
There are not many Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems on the market and this post indeed includes all those I’ve tested, in the reviewed order, latest on top. 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 performance stacked up. Or check out this post on Wi-Fi 6 competing pairs to see how some of them pan out as direct competitors.
6: TP-Link Deco X60: A Wi-Fi 6 mesh for a wired home
The TP-Link Deco X60 is quite slow when working as a wireless mesh system. However, if you have wired your home Gigabit Ethernet, it’ll work out very well, especially considering a relatively affordable price of less than $350 for a 3-pack.
TP-Link Deco X60 AX3000 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System
- Reliable Wi-Fi performance, good coverage
- Super user-friendly, comparatively affordable
- Wired backhaul support, can work as in AP mode as a system
- Useful QoS, Antivirus, and Parental Control features
- Eye-catching design
- Slow as a wireless mesh, no real-world 160 MHz channel width support
- Requires an account with TP-Link to work
- No dedicated backhaul band
- Antivirus require a subscription
- Zero Wi-Fi customization
- Limited web interface, no USB port
5. Linksys MX10: The best Velop mesh to date
The Linksys MX10 is a 2-pack system consisting of two Linksys MX5 Velp AX router. Frankly, it’s quite expensive considering what it has to offer.
However, it still has more features than the Arris SURFboard mAX below and, most importantly, it drivers in terms of performance. If you’ve had experience with a Velop system before, the Linksys MX10 is the best of its type.
Linksys MX10 Velop AX WiFi 6 Mesh System
- Reliable and relatively fast Wi-Fi performance
- Helpful mobile app, full web interface
- Effective backhaul that delivers Wi-Fi 6 throughout in a mesh setup
- Fast NAS speeds when hosting an external drive
- Expensive with comparatively low Wi-Fi specs
- No support for 160MHz channel bandwidth
- Mobile app and login account required for initial setup
- Spartan Wi-Fi settings, modest feature set
- No multi-gig network ports, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation
- USB port awkwardly place, not mountable
4. Asus ZenWiFi AX: The best AiMesh system to date
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 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.
ASUS ZenWiFi AX Whole-Home Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System (XT8)
- Fast Wi-Fi performance and large coverage at a comparatively affordable cost
- Improved and flexible AiMesh
- Lots network settings and useful features, including free real-time online protection for life
- Full 4x4 dedicated backhaul band with optional wired backhaul support
- Multi-gig WAN port with Dual-WAN and WAN link aggregation
- No 160MHz 4x4 support for Wi-Fi 6 clients, for now, in a wireless setup
- No Guest networking throughout when working with non-ZenWiFi AiMesh routers
- No multi-gig LAN port or LAN link aggregation
- Only four network ports on each hardware units
- Not enough instructions on network settings
3. Netgear Orbi RBK852: The expensive Wi-Fi 6 mesh that delivers
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 WiFi 6 System AX6000 (RBK852)
- Fast, reliable Wi-Fi 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
- High cost
- No 160MHz channel support, limited Wi-Fi customization
- No compatible with Wi-Fi Orbi hardware
- No multi-gig LAN port, intermittent lags
- Bulky design
2. Ubiquiti AmpliFi Alien Mesh Kit: An Odd Pair of Wi-Fi 6 Tango
The AmpliFi Alien Kit includes an Alien router and an Alien MeshPoint. The pair is permanently synced. This means 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 expensive price, and other oddities, this mesh system has enough to make almost anyone happy.
AmpliFi Alien Router and MeshPoint
- Dead-easy to set up and manage
- Excellent Wi-Fi coverage
- Fast performance, wired backhaul supported
- Users can manage backhaul link and virtual Wi-Fi networks
- Useful VPN and ad-blocking feature
- Cool hardware design
- MeshPoint has only one LAN port, and only works with the one router of the same Alien Kit
- No dedicated backhaul band
1. ARRIS SURFboard mAX Pro: Fast but barebone Wi-Fi 6 mesh system
The SURFboard mAX Pro is ARRIS’s very first Wi-Fi 6 offering, and it’s a mesh system, a quite souped-up one. The performance was excellent in my testing, and I also like the design. It’s a bit thin on the settings and features, however, so make sure Wi-Fi speed and coverage are all you care about before getting your own.
ARRIS Surfboard Max Pro Mesh Wi-Fi 6 AX11000 System
- Gigabit-class Wi-Fi speeds
- Dedicated backhaul; exceptional Wi-Fi coverage
- Easy to use mobile app
- Well-thought-out, compact, fan-less design
- No web interface, mobile app feels unfinished and severely lacks features and Wi-Fi settings
- Each router has only four network ports and no multi-gig port
- Not wall-mountable
Best Wi-Fi 6 mesh Wi-Fi systems of 2020: The performance
Find below the satellite mesh performance of the above-mentioned systems. I tested all of the in a wireless setup with the satellite place 40 feet (12 m) away from the router unit. I tested the routers using 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 and 4×4 Wi-Fi 5 clients.
Note that I don’t test Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems’ 2.4 GHz band separately because some of them don’t allow for separating their two bands as two networks. That said, the numbers you see on the charts are likely those of the 5GHz one.
For legacy devices, I use 4×4 Wi-Fi 5 clients for the mesh’s router unit and 3×3 Wi-Fi 5 clients for the satellite unit.
Also, even though all of these systems support wired backhaul, I generally don’t test mesh systems in a wired setup. That’s because, via wired backhaul, the performance of the satellite unit is generally the same as that of the router unit.