Best use

As for all mesh routers the slave needs to be within 7-10 metres, preferably line-of-sight to get the best available backchannel speed. I repeat my advice to try to use Ethernet cable or Powerline adaptors.

Covr-2202
2000Gbps (1000Gbps full-duplex) available with power pass-through as well

We found no difference between Synology and D-Link suggesting the antenna gain is similar.

The Covr-2202 did get Wi-Fi, albeit at 2.4GHz speeds into our blackspot. On that basis, it is acceptable as an AC2200 router and extender.

Smart home compatible

It is supposed to be Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa compatible

I linked Mydlink account to Google Assistant. It supports a limited set of commands like turn on/off guest Wi-Fi, reboot the router and upgrades firmware. I suspect this list will improve. For the moment it seems more appropriate to D-Link security cameras, smart plugs and sensors.

GadgetGuy’s take – style or substance

Had I not reviewed the Synology just before the D-Link Covr-2202 I would have said the latter’s fashion statement is enough reason to buy. And, at $499.95 it is in price the ballpark of Netgear’s RBK-40 AC2200 dual pack (also using the same Qualcomm processor). I have not seen Netgear Orbi after the pretty abysmal results on its earlier dual-band mesh. It is time to do so.

So, it is hard to give a clear winner in this category. The worst I can say is that it is fit for purpose and the best is that it looks good, does what it promises (apart from coverage area) and it comes from a respected specialist company. Provided you read all my mesh caveats and understand how it works then you will get what you want.

Me – I am not convinced Mesh is the panacea yet.

 I am waiting for Wi-Fi 6 – AX and D-Link’s PowerZone!

D-Link has the mother of all AC5300 modem/router – the Cobra. Its firmware now supports PowerZone for all the things Mesh was for. I understand its AX 6000, and 11000 routers will support PowerZone as well.

Covr-2202
Wi-Fi 6 AX6000 or AC12000 is not far away and will blow AC5300 out of the water

All you need to do it add D-Link AC12000 or DAP-1860 AC2600 MU-MIMO range extender. Then you have a V8 supercar controlling most of your devices and plug the extenders into a powerpoint (or Ethernet point) where you need them. Of course, this is a more expensive option but the only real option for a larger 400-600+ square metre homes.

D-Link Covr-2202 AC tri-band mesh router
Name: D-Link Covr-2202 AC2200 tri-band mesh router (2 pack) Price (RRP): $499.95 Manufacturer: D-Link
FashionableSimilar performance to other Qualcomm based devicesUltra-simple app with a little more in the web interfaceIn the price ballparkD-Link quality and support
For me, the app is a little too simpleSideways power pack takes up two standard power point slotsDon’t believe any manufacturers coverage statements
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