BT was quick off the mark with its Whole Home mesh WiFi system that I reported on here last June. Mesh involves a series of repeater beacons artfully placed around your home to automatically pass a WiFi signal around and overcome infuriating dead spots.
A year on, my experience with Whole Home has been pretty good. But it still plays up. Ultra-high-frequency radio, which WiFi uses, can behave strangely. Why I have dead spots in a 1704 loft apartment with no radio-impenetrable steel or thick stone walls continues to baffle me. WiFi would prefer your walls to be wattle and daub or, ideally, straw. Yet mine aren’t that far off and still, even with mesh, these oddities occur.
Welcome then to Eero, which is gaining a reputation as the best mesh system available. I tested it in a modern Brooklyn property full of steel structures that has defeated all known WiFi. Eero boosted the speed in stubborn parts of the place from practically zero to a full-fat 120Mbps. A revelation. Installation is also insanely easy.
At the time of writing, Eero is only available in the US and Canada, but is UK voltage-friendly and, with the right plug adaptors, will work fine.