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Wi-Fi systems reach further than ever at CES 2017

CES 2017 saw a boom in home mesh systems designed to solve the biggest problem in home Wi-Fi: range.

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Linksys Velop

The Linksys Velop comes with three identical hardware units that wirelessly link together using a dedicated 5GHz band. This band allows the Velop to deliver great coverage and consistent speed. The system is available now at $500 (about £405 or AU$685) for a set of three.

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Asus HiveSpot

Asus HiveSpot has similar hardware specs to the Linksys Velop and also includes real-time online protection against malware and cyber threats. It's also cheaper at just $400 (about £325 or AU$550) for a set of three. It won't be available until the second quarter of the year.

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TP-Link Deco M5

TP-Link's first Wi-Fi system is very similar to the Eero plus the option to use Powerline to connect different units together. The device won't be available until later this year.

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Symantec Norton Core

The Norton Core is a powerful router that has built-in online real-time protection for the entire network. It's available in Spring and costs $280. After a year, you'll have to pay $99 a year if you want to keep the protection. Symantec says the Norton Core is "mesh ready" and it will announce the additional units at a later time.

UK and Australian availability was not announced, but the preorder price converts to about £165 or AU$275.

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Comcast Advanced Gateway

The Advanced Gateway is a full Wi-Fi solution and will work with extenders to seamlessly increase Wi-Fi coverage. Comcast says it will announce the details of the extenders in a few months when the gateway is available.

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Portal

The Portal is a powerful router by itself. And when two Portals are used together, they become a Wi-Fi system with large coverage.

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D-Link Covr Wi-Fi system

The D-Link Covr Wi-Fi system looks like a standalone router and an extender, but don't be fooled by appearances. It offers seamless hand-off and other features that only a Wi-Fi system would have. It will be available in the second quarter of the year and costs $300, which converts to about £190 or AU$300.

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D-Link Covr Powerline Wi-Fi System

This system your home's electrical wiring to connect the two units. It's designed to work with an existing network. It will be available in the second quarter for $200, which converts to about £165 or AU$275.

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Luma

The Luma is an excellent alternative to the Eero. At CES, it was reintroduced with new features, including a smart parental control function. It's available now and costs $400 (about £325 or AU$550) for a set of three.

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Eero

This is the first Wi-Fi system on the market. It was re-introduced at CES 2017 with more features. It's available now and cost $500 (about £405 or AU$685) for a set of three.

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