Mesh networks solve a problem that seems to plague virtually everyone: They plug the inevitable dead zones in your house without adding Wi-Fi extenders, which never work very well and introduce their own annoyances. CNET has rounded up the best mesh routers for 2021, and while they’re great, they tend to cost $250 or more. Here’s an affordable alternative: The Rock Space Dual Band AC1200 is a three-piece mesh router that costs just $120 right now, the lowest price we’ve seen for this router. You don’t need to enter a code or clip a coupon, but the price is subject to change at any time, so don’t be surprised if the deal ends unexpectedly.
Rock Space says this system can cover about 5,400 square feet, or a three-story home, and push Wi-Fi into the garage and basement. Like any mesh router, it gives you a single SSID for your whole home (that’s the downside of Wi-Fi extenders — SSIDs that change depending upon where you are in the house) and is easy to set up and configure via mobile app. The dual channels give you both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, and it’s rated for 1,167 megabits per second.
The satellites themselves don’t look like routers at all; as small black cubes, they look more like small speakers and aren’t unattractive, so you can place them on shelves or desktops around the house without worrying too much about aesthetics.
This article was published previously. It has been updated with a new deal for this router.
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