Or if mesh is what you need Covr now has the $499.95 COVR-2202-AC2200 that has that all-important tri-band dedicated back-haul. GadgetGuy not tested it but expects it to perform similarly to a NETGEAR Orbi tri-band unit.

Pro

  • Small and cute – triangle shape
  • Good to extend Wi-Fi if you can get a good signal between nodes, g. line-of-site

Con

  • No dual-band mesh router can deliver the speed or handle the loads at tri-band AC5300 can
  • Covr light/logo to bright at night

Ideal uses

A townhouse upstairs and downstairs where each node can be placed as close as possible to the main unit.

A small home where the main unit may be poorly located (as usually happens) and the extra nodes can help distribute bandwidth.

Rating

Rating a Covr or any dual-band mesh Wi-Fi is hard. In the right circumstances, they are a five-out-of-five. The problem is that compared to an AC5300 with wired Ethernet extenders they barely rate half that. Then they are barely half the cost!

So, we need to rate it as an AC1200 router with two range extenders for up to 50m line-of-sight.

  • Overall: 4 out of 5
  • Features: 4 out of 5 – Lacks a four-port gigabit ethernet hub but does have two ports per node.
  • Value for money: 4 out of 5 – Good value if for the right use
  • Performance: 4 out of 5 – Transmit speeds look great, but data throughput rapidly deteriorates under load
  • Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – The app is a little quirky but once the master is set up the slaves just work!
  • Design: 4 out of 5 – Small and cute but a very bright logo light is jarring at night

 

D-Link Covr-C1203 mesh networking for smaller homes (review)
Name: D-Link Covr-C1203 Price (RRP): $399.95 Manufacturer: D-Link
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