D-Link’s Covr C-1203 provides a seamless, mesh Wi-Fi solution for home or small business. Just add more Covr units to increase coverage.
The Covr C-1203 Seamless Wi-Fi System (COVR-C1203) provides a MU-MIMO wireless mesh network. Featuring a fashion design that blends into any décor. Like all mesh systems, it has Smart Roaming for seamless connections and Smart Steering to guide devices to the optimum wireless band.
D-Link ANZ MD Graeme Reardon said, “If you want seamless Wi-Fi all around your home, then look to Covr. Easy to install and brimming with smarts inside. This clever solution gives users a Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) mesh networking solution, making streaming on multiple devices all around the home a breeze.”
The Covr C-1203 Seamless Wi-Fi System features
MU-MIMO 2×3 internal antenna configuration
Wi-Fi AC speeds of up to 1200 Mbps
The three pack will cover up to 465 square metres
Each has two Gigabit Ethernet ports per unit for wired connectivity
Enough bandwidth for multiple devices for gaming and HD streaming
Smart Roaming continually scans the wireless signal strength to your devices, automatically connecting them to the strongest signal available.
The entire home is covered by a single Wi-Fi network using a single network name (SSID)
Easy Setup: The free D-Link Wi-Fi app allows for easy setup and management
Firmware Update Push Notifications
COVR Changeable Colour Plates: Includes three Rose Gold, one Ocean Blue and one Gold Covr plate to match any home’s décor
Warranty: Includes D-Link’s industry-leading warranty, customer service and support.
GadgetGuy’s take – Covr C-1203 mesh is good for the right home
GadgtGuy has written a brief tutorial on Mesh Wi-Fi, and there are advantages of whole of home Wi-Fi and one SSID.
But you need to know what you are buying – mesh is not a well-defined term.
This Covr C1203 is essentially a Wi-Fi AC 1200 router and two (or more) Wi-Fi AC 1200 expanders.
First, you must have an existing DSL/VDSL/NBN/Cable gateway to connect to. It may be a Wi-fi modem router as well – you can turn off its Wi-Fi.
The Covr dual-band router transmits 300Mb/s on the 2.4GHz band and 866Mb/s on the 5Ghz band to the extenders. These, in turn, retransmit the dual-band less any overheads (like speed loss from the main router to the extenders). Devices connecting to the router or expanders share AC1200 (1,166Mb/s) accordingly.
So, while it extends the range, you will only get a share of the available bandwidth. For most uses that is fine as your internet speed is from a few Mbs to a maximum of 100Mb/s.
The units don’t have a dedicated 5GHz (866MB/s) backhaul that tri-band routers and associated mesh extenders have. But they do have Gigabit Ethernet ports that if connected provide dedicated front and backhaul.
D-Link has a Covr 2202 tri-band, but it is not in Australia yet.
Ray Shaw [email protected] has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!