Nokia’s Beacon 1 is a cheaper mesh Wi-Fi router that starts at $129

Nokia’s Beacon 1 is a new mesh Wi-Fi router system that’s meant as a budget alternative to the company’s debut Beacon 3 from last year. The new Beacon 1 router is available today for a starting price of $129 for a single base station, compared to $199 for the existing Beacon 3.

Although both routers support the 802.11ac standard, the Beacon 1 is limited to slower AC1200 speeds compared to the Beacon 3’s AC3000. However, it’s got a couple of features which Nokia claims should allow it to make the most of its available bandwidth. An Intelligent Channel Selection feature is designed to allow it to choose the best channel and band to avoid interference from other local devices, and it’s able to identify devices on your network, and optimize…

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Author: Jon Porter