Dlink has launched its new mesh networking setup, dubbed Covr, in Australia. It's a MU-MIMO wireless mesh network that looks good and promises to ensure devices are seamlessly switched between the best access point in your home or office as they move around.
The Covr Seamless Wi-Fi System (COVR-C1203) delivers MU-MIMO Wireless AC speeds of up to 1200 Mbps through a 2x3 internal antenna configuration. The three-node solution promises to cover to 465 square metres. Each node also has two onboard Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Over recent weeks, I've been testing three different mesh network kits, the Linksys Velop, TP-Link Deco and Netgear Orbi. All three are competent but have different strengths and weaknesses. And while they all, more or less do the same thing - deliver wireless network access over a large are - they do differ in some ways. Here's where I'd spend my money.
Dlink said their Smart Roaming technology continually scans the wireless signal strength to your devices and automatically connects them to the strongest signal available. They do this through a combination of Smart Roaming which keeps devices connected to the strongest, and Smart Steering which automatically directs a device to the optimum wireless band.
Ease of setup was a focus for Dlink with the three included Covr Points pre-paired to work straight out of the box so you can use them straight out of the box. However, you can configure them with the free Android or iOS D-Link Wi-Fi app or via a web-based interface.
There are also changeable faceplates so you can match the Covr nodes to your decor. The kit comes with three Rose Gold, one Ocean Blue and one Gold Covr plate.
I particularly like that there are push notifications for firmware updates to ensure you know about the latest security fixes.
The COVR-C1203 Seamless Wi-Fi System is available for $449.95.