The Wi-Fi industry wants to bring you better, cheaper gear–maybe

A new mesh Wi-Fi standard promises lower prices and greater interoperability, but the industry isn’t exactly rushing to support it.

While mesh Wi-Fi systems like Eero, Netgear’s Orbi, and Google Wi-Fi can saturate every corner of your home in speedy wireless coverage, they’re also expensive and mostly proprietary. Prices for these systems start at around $250–more than three times what the average consumer spends on a wireless router, according to the NPD Group–and if you want to switch to another router maker’s software and services, you have to replace the entire system.

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