2.4GHz performance was slightly better with the Beacon 3, offering 94Mbps.
Moving to 5GHz performance we see a jump between the Beacon 1 and 3. The 3 offering a peak of 600Mbps with a backhaul of 748Mbps between units.
Moving into mobile testing, I have the Beacon 3, Beacon 1 and several others in the charts for comparison. The Beacon 3 starts well at 540Mbps in blue and holds that past 10ft. At 20ft we see performance drop to 453Mbps and end at 417Mbps.
Testing backhaul, the Beacon 3 goes toe to toe with the AX92 from ASUS offering 748 at 20ft, 446Mbps at 30ft and 342Mbps at 40ft.
Like my experience with the Beacon 1, I found the Beacon 3 to be a fantastic mesh platform. Build quality in the plastics was stepped up a notch from the Beacon 1 giving this unit more weight and a better overall feel to it.
As mentioned, many times before the app is something that can make or break a consumer solution and with the Beacon 3 utilizing the same app as Beacon 1, we have a well laid out, easy to setup platform that makes the overall experience pleasant. Nokia has done an amazing job both in pre-pairing mesh nodes in the Trio configurations and adding in QR Code setup for adding additional units.
Performance of the Beacon 3 was on par with many high-end mesh platforms tested in the past, we found average 2.4GHz performance all the way out to 20ft at 94Mbps with a tremendous boost in 5GHz reaching 600Mbps. In range testing, the Beacon 3 proved itself offering 540Mbps out to 10ft and 420 to 450 between 20 and 30ft. Backhaul with these units was impressive and the highest I've seen to date reaching 748Mbps leaving plenty of throughput for additional wireless and wired connections.
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.
On to pricing, where the Nokia Beacon 3 Trio comes in at $449.99. You can pick up the single unit for $199.99 and a two pack for $349.99. Each Beacon 3 unit adds 2000 sq. ft off coverage to your system.
The Bottom Line
The Beacon 3 is an all out performer, offering the best backhaul performance I've seen and solid 5GHz performance across all nodes.