Meshforce M7 vs Orbi Rbk23 vs Velop AC6600

Following its success in the market with Meshforce m1 and m3 dual band mesh wifi products, Meshforce releases tri-band mesh wifi product, the Meshforce m7. How the prospect of this product will compete with Netgear Orbi and Linksys Velop products which have already dominated the market of three band mesh wifi?

Meshforce M7

Unlike the previous Meshforce m1 and Meshforce m3 series which were designed with a body like a truncated pyramid, this meshforce m7 is designed with round cylinder model with vent at the bottom side of the body, quite beautiful to place on a table or bookshelf in your home as part of the room decoration.

Three bands

Lots of mesh wifi 6 models in the ax1500 or ax1800 network segment are mostly dual band models. So why Meshforce releases mehforce m7 three band mesh wifi series instead of releasing a dual band mesh wifi with latest wifi 6 technology? Indeed, in general not many home devices have switched to using wifi 6 technology, so it makes sense that Meshforce wants to add its line of mesh wifi products with three-band ac2100 wave 2 mesh wifi.

Meshforce M7  tri-band
Meshforce M7

Meshforce m7 is tagged with more economical price than most available tri-band mesh wifi products in the market so far such as Netgear Orbi Rbk23 ac2200 tri-band and Linksys Velop ac2200 tri-band mesh wifi. The last two products are still above $300 (3-pack model); can meshforce m7 beat them with lower price approach?

Meshforce M7 vs Velop vs Orbi

Now we compare Meshforce 7 with two tri-band mesh wifi products from two major vendors that have dominated mesh wifi market to date, including wifi-6 router products such as Netgear rax70 and Netgear rax78.

Considering that Orbi and Velop have released products with the latest wifi6 technology such as the Orbi Rbk850 ax6000 and Velop MX10 ax5300, we take two of their products that are still based on wireless ac: Orbi Rbk23 ac2200 and Velop ac2200. Both are still comparable to the Meshforce m7 product.

Linksys Velop ac2200
Linksys Velop ac2200

Consider table 1 and table 2 below which presents comparison tables between the three products.

Wifi and Backhaul link

The three products technically use the same wifi5 technology, the tri-band ac2100 or ac2200 and the area that can be covered technically is also around 6000 sq ft for the three nodes. What distinguishes it is the backhaul link approach for communication between nodes.

Meshforce m7 and Orbi use a dedicated backhaul @ 5ghz band approach, while Velop uses shared bandwidth for backhaul with connected devices.

Actually there is something different with Orbi that distinguishes between Orbi mesh router and Orbi satellite; they are not interchangeable as in meshforce and velop.

All the three products do not come with USB port; while the Ethernet ports are all Gigabit speed and the Meshforce offer one more Ethernet ports.

Table 1 Meshforce m7 vs Velop Mx10

Tri-band mesh wifiMeshforce M7 (3-pack)Velop AC6600 (3-pack)
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ac2100 wave 2 with 2×2 MU-MIMOSimultaneous Tri-Band AC2200 with MU-MIMO and 256 QAM
Wifi speeds867Mbps @5GHz band 1 867Mbps @5GHz band 2 300Mbps @2.4GHz867Mbps @5GHz band 1 867Mbps @5GHz band 2 300Mbps @2.4GHz
Backhaul linkDedicated backhaul @5GHz 867Mbps and optional wired EthernetShare Wifi backhaul   Or optional wired Ethernet backhaul
Antennas4x internal antennas6x internal antennas and high powered amplifiers
Ethernet ports1x Gigabit WAN port 2x Gigabit LAN ports2x WAN/LAN auto-sensing Gigabit Ethernet ports
USB portN/AN/A
Range Coverage6,000 sq ft /3-unit6,000 sq ft /3-pack
ProcessorDual core 900Mhz CPU with 256MB RAM DDR3716MHz Quad core processor 4GB Flash and 512MB RAM
Other featuresWorks with AlexaWorks with Alexa Bluetooth 4.0/LE for secure and easy App based set-up
Security ProtectionParental controlLinksys Shield
Price (Mar 2021 in Amazon)$259.00 /3-pack$369.99

Processor gear that is embedded in each of the router board is different. The processor spec for Velop and M7 is different, quad core vs dual core that indeed gives different processing performance. See that Velop with Quad core and large capacity of 4GB flash memory is like what is embedded in new model of eero 6 mesh wifi and eero 6 Pro mesh wifi.  

Security protection

M7 doesn’t come with particular network security threat protection like Orbi that comes with Netgear Armor and Linksys Velop with Linksys Shield. However, either Netgear Armor or Linksys Shield is paid subscription service.

Table 2 Meshforce m7 vs Orbi Rbk23

Tri-band mesh wifiMeshforce M7  (3-pack)Orbi Rbk23
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ac2100 wave 2 with 2×2 MU-MIMOSimultaneous tri-band AC2200 wave 1
Wifi speeds867Mbps @5GHz band 1 867Mbps @5GHz band 2 300Mbps @2.4GHz866Mbps @5GHz band 1 866Mbps @5GHz band 2 (dedicated backhaul) 400Mbps @2.4 GHz band 1
Backhaul linkDedicated backhaul @5GHz 867Mbps and optional wired EthernetDedicated backhaul link @5GHz
Antennas4x internal antennasFour (4) high performance internal antennas with high-powered amplifiers
Ethernet ports1x Gigabit WAN port 2x Gigabit LAN ports2x 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports One (1) WAN & one (1) LAN
USB portN/AN/A
Range Coverage6,000 sq ft /3-unit6,000 sq ft /3-pack
ProcessorDual core 900Mhz CPU with 256MB RAM DDR3Processor unknown 256MB flash and 512MB RAM
Other featuresWorks with AlexaWorks with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant:
Security ProtectionParental controlAdvanced cyber threat protection Netgear armor powered by bitdefender (need subscription)
Price (Mar 2021 in Amazon)$259.00 /3-pack$299.99 /3-pack
 

Now, which one is suitable to meet your business need; Meshforce m7 with more Ethernet ports and lower price; Velop with more powerful processor or Orbi? Click the product link below to shop in Amazon (#ads) read the testimonial from users already use the product.

Related products

For wifi-6 routers need, consider either Asus ax6000 or Netgear ax600 routers, two series of ax6000 wifi6 routers. To support your business offices or corporate wifi networks, consider new series of Ubiquiti Unifi 6 access point or Engenius 6 that come with centralized network controller software.  

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