With the Beacon 1 having a single WAN and LAN port, we skip right to wireless performance and 2.4GHz. As you can see above, Beacon 1 came in at 92.4Mbps.
5GHz wireless throughput topped 490Mbps, a full 60Mbps quicker than the Multy U and 50Mbps quicker than the AX92U at 80MHz.
Moving into mobile testing, I put the Beacon 1 up against the Multy U and AX92U. The performance started at 92Mbps at 5ft and dropped to 88Mbps at 10ft. Moving out to 20 and 30ft, we see performance move to 81Mbps ending at 44MBps.
5GHz puts the Beacon 1 right in the thick of things with a starting number of 466Mbps. Out to 10ft, we see it hold at 466Mbps and only a slight move at 20ft. 30Ft we get a final number of 213Mbps, the top mark in our current chart.
Backhaul is a very important metric for those that have larger homes and need two or three nodes. The Beacon 1 did quite well passing on 466Mbps at 20ft, 484Mbps at 30ft and 263Mbps at 40ft.
With this unit being my first from Nokia, I was quite happy with the overall presentation. Build quality was quite good with thick plastics all the way through. Aesthetics are quite nice as well, the glossy white doesn't take on the fingerprints and dust as much as a piano black would and the LED isn't too terribly bright, even at night.
The app is something that can make or break a consumer solution, but Nokia has done an amazing job both in pre-pairing mesh nodes for easier setup but also enabling QR code to make the process less tedious. The layout of the app is simple and straight to the point; a target system shows where each device is located in terms of signal strength, which in turn allows you to adjust additional nodes to improve coverage. Further setup options are basic but enough for a home network with SSID and parental controls.
Performance of the Beacon 1 was on par with my expectations, we found average 2.4GHz performance all the way out to 20ft at 90Mbps, and 5GHz stepped things up to 466Mbps within 10ft and held the best performance out to 30Ft. Backhaul on these units came in at 480Mbps at 30ft, leaving plenty of throughput for additional wired or wireless connections. Adding to this, the Beacon 1 does support Hybrid backhaul for those that have the ability to extend a wired connection between nodes.
On to pricing, where the Nokia Beacon 1 Trio comes in at $299.99. Comparable units include the Linksys Velop Dual-Band three-pack at $299.99 and Google Wi-Fi 3-Pack at $259.99.
The Bottom Line
The Nokia Beacon 1 Trio gets the Value award not only for its price but its overall ease of setup and excellent performance for your hard earned dollar.
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