The Wyze Mesh Router is arriving soon, with the Mesh Router Pro coming early next year
Poor or inconsistent Wi-Fi signal strength is the bane of modern living spaces. Emerging technologies like Wi-Fi 7 promise to help, but it will be some time before they are commercially available. In the meantime, upgrading your older hardware can certainly help, and our favorite mesh routers offer plenty of options for eliminating Wi-Fi dead zones. Today we learn about a few new offerings as Wyze enters the router game with two affordable proprietary mesh routers.
The base Wyze Mesh Router supports speeds up to 3Gbps, or up to 1Gbps across 50+ devices (per router). Each $94 router purchased separately covers up to 1,500 square feet, but you can get a two-pack for $174 to take advantage of its mesh capabilities if you struggle with Wi-Fi dead spots. This model is on sale now and units will begin shipping to customers later this month.
The Wyze Mesh Router Pro is coming a little later, but you can pre-order one now before sales start in January 2023. The Wi-Fi 6E tri-band router has a higher maximum capacity of 5.4 Gbps per router and supports up to 2, 5 Gbps for 75+ devices supporting the 6GHz band. The Pro model also covers a larger area of 2,000 square feet. Individual units cost $174, while a pack of two will set you back $274.
Both mesh router models offer two LAN ports per unit for connecting to wired Ethernet devices, including an option to use as wired backhaul – that should help for applications where extra latency is best avoided, such as gaming. One is a 2.5 Gbps port, while the other is a regular Gigabit Ethernet port. The Wyze Mesh Router uses 5 GHz for backhaul, while the Pro model uses the 5 GHz or 6 GHz band, whichever has the best signal when installed. The Pro model even has a rear USB port for “possible future features”, but somewhat frustratingly uses barrel jacks for power instead of the relatively future-proof USB-C standard.
It’s great to see a new mesh option, but especially if you live in a smaller space, there are plenty of situations where a single router is usually sufficient. If you don’t need to set up mesh, there are plenty of great Wi-Fi 6 routers on the market.