Nokia Beacon 1 and 3 vs Orbi vs Google
Mesh wifi system has become a trend in WiFi networks at home and small offices. Not only major vendors such as Netgear, Linksys, Asus or TP-link that produce mesh wifi systems, Google even released Google mesh wifi products that are arguably the best seller in the market. Then came a newcomer who released a product that is also phenomenal in the market – meshforce m1 and m3, and now Nokia, which is famous for its mobile phones, is now also releasing a mesh wifi system product – Nokia Beacon.
Nokia Beacon like other mesh wifi system models provides you with a wifi network solution at home or in an office with an easy setup. Start from one beacon and add the next beacon if a wider range is needed. And don’t worry about how your network’s performance works because each node will find its own way to send data through the best path, seamless re-routing.
After the first beacon is installed, the second beacon and so on are pre-paired for your convenience in the setup of Nokia beacons. There are two models of beacons currently available, namely beacon 1 and beacon 3.
Beacon 1 vs Beacon 3
Physically the models of beacons 1 and beacons 3 are different, beacons 1 is designed with a sleek body while beacons 3 is cylinder tower. Technically there is major difference, pay attention to table 1 below.
The main difference is the wifi technology that is applied to each model even though both are based on simultaneous dual band wifi technology. Beacon 1 is based on AC1200 while Beacon 3 is based on AC3000. MU-MIMO only applies to beacon 3, does not apply to beacon 1.
Wifi speeds differ greatly between the two models, beacon 1 has speed as do other wifi ac1200 mesh wifi system models such as Google mesh wifi, Meshforce m1 and m3 and TP-link Deco m5 and still more. While beacon 3 is different, and MU-MIMO support is only in the 5 GHz band with speeds up to 2,200 Mbps on compatible clients with MU-MIMO support as well.
With the different wifi technology applied to each of the model the wifi coverage is also different. Beacon 3 provides coverage of up to 2,000 sq ft, the same as the technical coverage provided to Orbi and Linksys velop AC2200.
Table 1 Nokia Beacon 1 vs Beacon 3
|Model||Beacon 1||Beacon 3|
|Wifi technology||Dual band wifi AC1200 with 2.4Ghz (2×2 MIMO) & 5Ghz (2×2 MIMO)||dual band wifi AC3000 with 2.4Ghz (3×3 MIMO) & 5Ghz (4×4 MU-MIMO)|
|Wifi speeds||Up to 300Mbps @2.4Ghz Up to 867Mbps @5Ghz||Up to 800Mbps @2.4Ghz Up to 2,200Mbps @5Ghz|
|Coverage||Up to 1,500 sq ft each unit||Up to 2,000 sq ft each unit|
|Ethernet Ports||One 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 for WAN side One 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 for LAN side||One 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 for WAN side Three (3) 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 for LAN side|
Generally AC3000 based wifi mesh system is a mesh wifi system with three band technology with speed of 867Mbps + 1750Mbps + 400Mbps. But Nokia beacon 3 comes with 3×3 MIMO @2.4Ghz for 802.11b/g/n providing PHY rate up to 800 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz. And it also comes with 4×4 MU-MIMO @5Ghz for 802.11ac providing PHY rate up to 2,200 Mbps @ 5 GHz (with 1024 QAM capable clients).
Nokia Beacon 3 vs Netgear Orbi
We have already discussed what Orbi was in the previous discussion in the Linksys Velop and Orbi comparison and in the Asus Lyra Trio and Orbi comparison. Briefly, Orbi consists of Orbi router (rbr20 or rbr50) and if a wider range is needed, adding one or more orbi satellites is required.
This time we compare Nokia beacon 3 (2-set) with Orbi RBK50 (2-set). The Orbi rbk50 netgear consists of one Orbi rbr50 router plus one Orbi rbs50 satellite. Take a look at the following spec comparison table.
Technically these two products have different wifi technology applied, Beacon 3 uses ac3000 dual band with hybrid backhaul link while Orbi all uses 3 band technology with one band @ 5Ghz band as dedicated backhaul. With dedicated backhaul, communication between nodes is ensured not to be interrupted by client’s traffic, and this method is great for three or more nodes and with heavy duty loads.
With beacon 3 all two bands are used shared either for clients and traffic between nodes. The good thing with Beacon 3 is the 4×4 MU-MIMO @5Ghz band, ideal in connecting with wifi compatible clients with MU-MIMO. You may consider new wireless ax adapters for desktop with wi-fi 6 technology with PCI-e adapter.
Orbi does not explain how MU-MIMO data streams are used, but it is predictable 2×2 MU-MIMO for clients @ 5Ghz with 866Mbps speed.
Table 2 Nokia Beacon 3 vs Orbi RBK50
|Model||Nokia beacon 3 (2-set)||Orbi rbk50 (2-set)|
|Wifi technology||dual band wifi AC3000 with 2.4Ghz (3×3 MIMO) & 5Ghz (4×4 MU-MIMO)||Simultaneous Tri-band AC3000 – one dedicated band @5GHz for backhaul with MU-MIMO|
|Wifi speeds||Up to 800Mbps @2.4Ghz Up to 2,200Mbps @5Ghz||Up to 1733Mbps @5Ghz Up to 866Mbps @5Ghz Up to 400Mbps @2.4Ghz|
|Backhaul link||Hybrid backhaul||Dedicated backhaul 1733Mbps @5Ghz|
|Coverage||Up to 4,000 sq ft (2-set)||Up to 4,000 sq ft|
|Ethernet||Four (4) 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports – total 8 ports||Four (4) 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports – total 8 ports|
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Nokia Beacon vs Google
To compare Nokia beacons with Google mesh wifi, then take Nokia beacons 1 instead of Nokia beacons 3 to compare. Beacon 1 is based on AC1200 dual band wifi which is comparable to Google.
Nokia beacon 1 is comparable with Google mesh wifi, see that the applied wifi technology is at the same AC1200 network segment. However, beacon 1 is still based on wave 1wifi ac while Google is based on wave 2 AC1200 with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology instead of 2×2 MIMO.
Besides wave 2 on Google all other technical features are practically the same, including wifi speed, coverage and also the number of Ethernet ports. Except if your clients support MU-MIMO the data rate throughput is faster with Google.
Table 3 Nokia beacon 1 vs Google
|Model||Nokia beacon 1 (3-set)||Google mesh wifi|
|Wifi technology||Dual band wifi AC1200 with 2.4Ghz (2×2 MIMO) & 5Ghz (2×2 MIMO)||Simultaneous dual-band AC1200 wave 2 wifi – with 2×2 MU-MIMO|
|Wifi speeds||Up to 300Mbps @2.4Ghz Up to 867Mbps @5Ghz||Up to 867Mbps @5Ghz Up to 400Mbps @2.4Ghz|
|Backhaul link||Hybrid backhaul||N/A|
|Coverage||Up to 4,500 sq ft /3-unit||Up to 4,500 sq ft / 3-set|
|Ethernet||Two (2) 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports – total 6 ports||Two (2) 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports – total 6 ports|
|Price (Mar 2020)||$249.99||$240.00|
The price difference is around $90 between the Nokia beacon 1 (3-set) and Google mesh wifi (3-set) with Google cheaper. To learn more spec detail click the product link below and link to shop in Amazon (We earn from qualifying purchases)..
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