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Expensive, but worth it for a larger home, or a smaller home with obstructive walls.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 15, 2022
I've tried or know friends who have used varies mesh whole home wi-fi systems. This one is among the best, and considering the even higher prices of the other systems this one is a bargain by comparison. And - unless you have a home with per-installed eithernet cables, this is probably the best bar none. These mesh systems need a "backhaul" channel to stabilize the radio signal. This Asus system divides the 5 gHz wi-fi band in half, and uses the upper half exclusively for the backhaul; that makes it truly wireless mesh. The downside is that the lower half of the 5 gHz station isn't broad enough to broadcast fast 160 mHz signals. Also the lower half tends to overlap with older wi-fi 5 broadcasters.
But - and I think that this is big - the 5 gHz signal which is present is stable and strong without needing a wired connection between the units. Other systems - in the absence of a wire connection or a dedicated wireless backhaul channel - tend to be annoyingly unstable.
The other thing that I like about these units is that they're attractive - or at least not unattractive. I'm fine leaving them visible on a counter.
Two last elements worth mentioning. One, they come with free lifetime security software. Other systems require you to buy a separate security subscription. And two, the wi-fi router is yours alone. Some systems require you to have the manufacturer control some of the running of the system.
All-in-all, a worthwhile bit of tech if you have a bigger home or a home with obstructive walls.
The following is an amendment to the review above:
Since writing my opinion of the Asus XT8, I've read some of the negative reviews of this mesh system. Most of the complaints which I've read refer to the difficulty of setting up the XT8. Those comments are not altogether incorrect. Setting up this particular system is indeed somewhat (but not terribly) more painstaking than some more automated systems such as those offered by Google or Amazon.
I also was initially frustrated, and it took more time than I would have wished to make the system work well. However, I found the effort well worthwhile. The Asus systems - and this is my third from this company - have many more settings available to the user. I like that. The default settings are fine, and will work fine. However, for persons who are interested and wish to take the time to learn how to fine-tune the Asus wifi routers they will eventually be superior to most other systems in terms of security, connectivity, and privacy.
What I just wrote, I think, applies to anyone. In my particular case, I live in a big city apartment building. Using a free wifi analyzing app, I found that at any given time between between 90 to 150 separate wifi signals pass through my apartment. Only 8 or 10 are strong enough for me to connect to, if I wished and if I had access to the encryption passwords. If I were a dedicated wifi hacker - and I definitely am not - with a good computer, hacking knowledge and surprisingly available hacking apps, I could in theory break into those systems.
The Asus system is one of the few of which I'm aware which offer the system settings to make my wifi as secure as possible. The only way I know to make my wifi even more hack-proof is to invest in a commercial-grade separate, dedicated (and expensive) network firewall. Personally, I don't want to spend that money, and I don't think that I do enough online to interest anyone in breaking into my system. However, I personally do know someone who was uninterested in her wifi security, was in fact hacked, and lost a very considerable amount of money, and needed to put a terrible amount of time to re-establishing her financial and personal identity. For her, the experience was traumatic.
Even simpler systems than this one from Asus have some security settings which may go unused. My hacked friend ignored even the limited security settings which were available on her FIOS-supplied router, and used only the FIOS default settings. Pretty much all wifi routers made in the last ten years have some security settings. I hope that people take the time to use them.