D-Link Launches Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Gear

January 26, 2021
D-Link's latest Mesh packs include Wi-Fi 6 capability

Wi-Fi 6 might not be quite out of the gate yet in NZ but D-Link’s new Mesh gear is ready for the revolution, writes PAT PILCHER.

D-Link’s latest Mesh packs include Wi-Fi 6 capability

At Witchdoctor, we’ve long waxed lyrical about the wonders of mesh networking as the best way to kill off Wi-Fi dead zones in your home. D-Link has combined the best of their COVR Mesh offering with Wi-Fi 6 for whole-home coverage that’s not only faster but more secure.

D-Link’s solution takes the form of the COVR AX1800 Dual Band Seamless Mesh Wi-Fi 6 widgets. They’re available as a 3-pack (COVR-X1873) which consists of a router and two mesh nodes, a 2-Pack (COVR-X1872) which features a router and mesh node, or an individual COVR-X1870 Router/Add-On.

Mesh allows users to strategically place mesh nodes around their house, so they’ll link up for seamless full home Wi-Fi coverage using a single network. Combining this with Wi-Fi 6 is expected to significantly bolster capacity, speed and security.

D-Link’s 3-pack option

D-Link says that the 3-pack solution is recommended for filling medium to large homes (D-Link thinks you should get up to 740-square metres of bomb-proof Wi-Fi coverage). While their 2-pack solution is recommended for smaller homes and studios, the COVR-X1870 provides a way to expand an existing COVR mesh network.

The COVR AX Series utilises OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology which communicates more data to more devices while simultaneously reducing latency.

If you live with crowded Wi-Fi reception from lots of neighbours, BSS colouring may just be what you’re looking for. It’ll help organise data packets, making your network more efficient in congested settings, improving Wi-Fi performance. Smart home widget owners can rejoice too. Their connected devices’ battery life is also improved thanks to Target Wake Time (TWT) technologies.

D-Link’s Mesh router

The new Wi-Fi 6 capable COVR range is available from www.dlink.co.nz and most electronics retailers for the following RRPs: COVR-X1873 (3-Pack) $599.99, COVR-X1872 (2-Pack) $499.99, COVR-X1870 (Add-On Point) $279.99. Watch this space for a hands-on review soon.

Pat has been talking about tech on TV, radio and print for over 20 years, having served time as a TV tech guy and currently penning reviews for Witchdoctor. He loves nothing more than rolling his sleeves up and playing with shiny gadgets.

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