Wyze’s mission to democratize the sensible dwelling began with a string of jaw-droppingly low cost gadgets that matched dearer rivals on options. Its indoor and outdoor security cameras and video doorbell have all received our suggestions, however that is the primary time Wyze has launched a Wi-Fi mesh router.
It is available in two flavors: The Wyze Mesh Router is a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh system ($174 for a 2-pack), and the Wyze Mesh Router Pro steps as much as tri-band Wi-Fi 6E ($274 for a 2-pack).
After spending a number of weeks with each programs, I’m happy by the efficiency they provide for the worth. But Wyze is a fledgling router producer, and there are occasions when that exhibits. High speeds and strong protection have to be weighed towards bare-bones software program and occasional wobbles. And although each Wyze programs are comparatively reasonably priced, the model doesn’t undercut different competitors as ruthlessly because it does with its safety cameras.
The Wyze Mesh Router and Router Pro mix simply into their surroundings. Both are rounded squares with beveled tops and a single LED to point out standing, and each are available in matte black or white plastic and have two Ethernet ports. The Pro items are barely greater. While Wyze’s cameras have some persona, its routers are plain and remind me of Eero’s programs. But I used to be disillusioned to study that you simply can’t combine and match Wyze routers the best way you possibly can with Eero.
A regular Wyze Mesh Router gives 1,500 sq. ft of protection for not less than 50 gadgets and boasts two 1-Gbps Ethernet ports. Each Pro unit covers as much as 2,000 sq. ft, can join 75 plus gadgets, and has two 2.5-Gbps Ethernet ports. The dual-band Wyze Mesh Router gives connections on the two.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands, whereas the tri-band Mesh Router Pro provides the 6-GHz band (this accounts for the bigger dimension, because it has extra antennas inside). Our Wi-Fi 6E guide explains this matter in additional element, however the 6-GHz band is basically sooner and extra environment friendly than extra acquainted 2.4- and 5-GHz bands whereas protecting a shorter vary.
Setup is straightforward and accomplished by way of the prevailing Wyze app. For most folk, it ought to solely take round quarter-hour. The Wyze routers must be comparatively shut (consider them as a Wi-Fi backbone for the family). This is particularly true for the Pro system, the place you ideally want a line of sight to make use of the 6-GHz band as backhaul. I had some connectivity points with the usual Wyze router till I moved it, which underlines the significance of placement. Because you possibly can’t see or alter the antennas, it’s price experimenting to search out the most effective spots. Be cautious as a result of these routers run scorching and want a transparent flat floor to vent warmth out of the grille on the underside.