Portal, the company that promises to fix your Wi-Fi congestion problems with its unique band-hopping technology, is adding mesh functionality to its system today. The Portal’s mesh system will allow owners to place multiple Portal routers in their homes to expand coverage. It is similar to the Eero or Google Wifi systems.
Portal calls its technology Mesh 2.0 and says it is suitable for covering homes 3,000 square feet in size or greater. It says that it can provide up to 10 times the speed, four times the coverage, and three times lower lag when gaming compared to Eero’s or Luma’s mesh systems. The system is designed to configure and optimize itself based on interference and other conditions and receives automatic updates to protect against security threats.
Setting up a Portal mesh system is a little different than the other systems. Once a single Portal is set up and configured, the second unit is plugged into one of the Ethernet ports on the first to be set up and receive the configuration. It is then placed in the location of the home where coverage is spotty. This is different from Eero or Google Wifi, which are able to set up the various mesh nodes wirelessly. The Portal is also much larger than other mesh devices, which can make it hard to discreetly place in your home.
A single Portal router costs $179.87 on Amazon, while a two-pack is available for $319.