With 802.11ax, also commonly referred to as Wi-Fi 6, slowly and steadily coming to the retail space, a lot of the networking companies have gone on to update their existing routers to comply with the new standard. But with well over a year since the first of these products came out, the older 802.11ac and the even older 802.11n WiFi protocols still continue to be used far more. This means the market for these routers and mesh WiFi systems is still larger to this day, which allows for some companies to get a piece of this pie for themselves. Gryphon is a relatively new company in this sector, but their co-founders have over 20 years of experience in networking technology and security, which they aim to leverage in their products. We take a look at their offerings today, and thanks again to Gryphon for sending along the review samples.
As of the date of this article, there are two different hardware solutions from Gryphon. The original, and their flagship in performance, is the Gryphon Tower, with the newer of the two the Gryphon Guardian released during testing. As the name suggests, the Gryphon Tower is a literal tower, but built with aesthetics in mind. As with most such mesh WiFi systems, it has a clean white color scheme and curved exterior that resembles some of the more eccentric buildings in the middle east today. The company sells each tower individually for those wanting a single router with all their network security features, but also has multi-packs wherein units can act as mesh repeaters to create a WiFi system as you need it. We will go over the Gryphon Tower as a 2-pack in the configuration received and test performance and all the features in this review beginning with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|Gryphon Tower Mesh WiFi System (AC3000)|
|Combined Wi-Fi Speed:||3,000 Mbps (1733 + 866 + 400Mbps) over 2.4 and (2x) 5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Coverage:||3,000/6,000/8,000 sq ft for one/two/three packs, respectively|
|Dedicated Backhaul (wireless):||4x4 (1.7Gbps)|
|Memory:||4 GB flash and 512 MB RAM|
|Dimensions:||4.3" x 4.3" x 9.0" (each)|
|Weight:||0.82 Kg / 1.8 lbs (each)|
|Gigabit Ethernet Ports:||One WAN and three LAN (each)|
|Wireless Security:||WPA3 compatible|