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D-Link COVR-2202 Tri-Band AC2200 Whole Home Home Mesh Wi‑Fi System - £85.28 @ Amazon
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D-Link COVR-2202 Tri-Band AC2200 Whole Home Home Mesh Wi‑Fi System - £85.28 @ Amazon

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Posted 25th Nov 2019

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Welcome to the next generation of Wi‑Fi in your home. Covr blankets every square inch of your home with seamless, reliable, fast Wi‑Fi. With two Covr Points, you can bring Wi‑Fi access to a massive 550 square metres.

Just saw that the D-Link black friday deals are live and I found this little beauty - AC2200 whole home mesh for £85 looks like an amazing deal!
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I don't know how this one is in practice but most of the cheaper "mesh" products are only dual band which cuts throughput by half so they're not much quicker than any old repeater/extender though the experience is much better. Google, BT (except their pre-order one), most of the TP-Link range, etc.

This is tri-band so it ought to be a lot better so long as it actually provides a good signal.
I've got this set and added on a COVR 1200 to create a 3 device mesh. It's OK. It's not enterprise class by any means but it has a dedicated backhaul and is currently handling 36 devices (bulbs, echoes, ipads, Pcs etc) with relatively few issues.

Not sure I'd recommend but for lighter users than I is likely fine.
great deal.
been after a good mesh system.
thanks just bought one.. even getting same day delivery.. now thats amazon fast service.
looking to buy one of this. any more opinions pls?
Reviews show the speed is quite good compared to other premium tri band mesh networks at cost closer to £200 price range. The reviews was written based on it costing more than £150. So for this discount price right now, its worth a go, just bought one.
Edited by: "Slash" 25th Nov 2019
Most of the reviews I read online are pretty good (incl. the amazon ones) which Is why I bought one! I can leave my feedback tomorrow.
Reviews appear to be great and it seems to be a great price for a tri-band. Bought one too. Hopefully I can start watching YouTube without it buffering while sitting on the throne.
Edited by: "KDC85" 25th Nov 2019
The only issue i can see at this price, is that it isnt clear on how much it would be to expand the mesh. The manual clearly states there is a router node and a point node in this pack. To increase the range it seems you would purchase seperate point nodes and not just add another one of these packs.
bocosrs25/11/2019 12:53

The only issue i can see at this price, is that it isnt clear on how much …The only issue i can see at this price, is that it isnt clear on how much it would be to expand the mesh. The manual clearly states there is a router node and a point node in this pack. To increase the range it seems you would purchase seperate point nodes and not just add another one of these packs.


There are identical hardware so you would just buy another pack, router and point node is just how they're configured. 2202 (2-pack), 2200 (1 pack).
ScrambledEggs4425/11/2019 12:06

looking to buy one of this. any more opinions pls?


Hi,
I have these and they provide good coverage inside my house, but range outside is limited. My house is 2 storey, ground floor is 25ft wide and 45ft long (inc single story extension), upstairs is sbout 25ft by 35ft. The router is about midpoint on one side of the house and the satellite about midpoint in all directions. Both are on the ground floor (remember you need physically connect to your broadband line, power sockets and somewhere to stand it).
They replaced an Asus RTN66u which didn't give me coverage to the corners of the house. The first 'set' I got had to go back because I couldn't get them to work and I had a few issues setting up the second set (both Amazon supplied). When I did get them working the satellite seemed to need to be rebooted about once a week for the first few weeks because it was losing it's link... but for the last few months they have been rock solid. I can't tell you what the actual bandwidth is, but both my wife and I stream Amazon/NowTV at the same time without issue. I think I paid about 140gbp and they satisfied my needs. I'd be tempted to buy a third to push the coverage further into the garden, but I can't locate a 'single' satellite unit....

I Hope this helps.
d_k_u_h25/11/2019 13:01

There are identical hardware so you would just buy another pack, router …There are identical hardware so you would just buy another pack, router and point node is just how they're configured. 2202 (2-pack), 2200 (1 pack).


Hi d_k_u_h,

I'd be interested in how this works. Are you saying that if I bought this offer I could extend my existing set from router (1 Node A) + satellite (1 Node B) to Router (1 Node A) + satellite (3 Node Bs)?

Thx in advance
NeutralObserver25/11/2019 13:05

Hi,I have these and they provide good coverage inside my house, but range …Hi,I have these and they provide good coverage inside my house, but range outside is limited. My house is 2 storey, ground floor is 25ft wide and 45ft long (inc single story extension), upstairs is sbout 25ft by 35ft. The router is about midpoint on one side of the house and the satellite about midpoint in all directions. Both are on the ground floor (remember you need physically connect to your broadband line, power sockets and somewhere to stand it). They replaced an Asus RTN66u which didn't give me coverage to the corners of the house. The first 'set' I got had to go back because I couldn't get them to work and I had a few issues setting up the second set (both Amazon supplied). When I did get them working the satellite seemed to need to be rebooted about once a week for the first few weeks because it was losing it's link... but for the last few months they have been rock solid. I can't tell you what the actual bandwidth is, but both my wife and I stream Amazon/NowTV at the same time without issue. I think I paid about 140gbp and they satisfied my needs. I'd be tempted to buy a third to push the coverage further into the garden, but I can't locate a 'single' satellite unit....I Hope this helps.


I bought an Amazon Warehouse 3 pack of AC1200s to extend mine as it was about £60.. Can't get more than one to add on but that was enough.
d_k_u_h25/11/2019 13:01

There are identical hardware so you would just buy another pack, router …There are identical hardware so you would just buy another pack, router and point node is just how they're configured. 2202 (2-pack), 2200 (1 pack).


Are you sure about this. It wouldnt be the first mesh product with a dedicated parent node. If youre right, then great. But I cant find anything to support it online, or else I would buy 2 straight away.
Edited by: "bocosrs" 25th Nov 2019
NeutralObserver25/11/2019 13:09

Hi d_k_u_h,I'd be interested in how this works. Are you saying that if I …Hi d_k_u_h,I'd be interested in how this works. Are you saying that if I bought this offer I could extend my existing set from router (1 Node A) + satellite (1 Node B) to Router (1 Node A) + satellite (3 Node Bs)?Thx in advance


Yes.
bocosrs25/11/2019 13:16

Are you sure about this. It wouldnt be the first mesh product with a …Are you sure about this. It wouldnt be the first mesh product with a dedicated parent node. If youre right, then great. But I cant find anything to support it online, or else I would buy 2 straight away.


Quite sure. The 2-pack just comes preconfigured. Nothing indicates otherwise, and reviews, photos, specs, SKUs and the manual confirm it.
Edited by: "d_k_u_h" 25th Nov 2019
If you all get a deal on the Tenda Nova MW6 mesh system that’s QAF to set up and very good in dead spots
j_hankey25/11/2019 13:12

I bought an Amazon Warehouse 3 pack of AC1200s to extend mine as it was …I bought an Amazon Warehouse 3 pack of AC1200s to extend mine as it was about £60.. Can't get more than one to add on but that was enough.


Interesting.... I would swear blind that I have seen somewhere that you can buy single add-ons, but I can't find any reference to it now. I'm weighing up the notion of buying this pack to see if I can get the second 'satellite' I'd want (and leaving the second router in the box), but I don't know if they are 'paired' units that won't talk to a third. I find technology has to work for me out of the box or I get frustrated really quickly :-)

Was adding the AC1200 straight forward?

Thx
NeutralObserver25/11/2019 13:22

Interesting.... I would swear blind that I have seen somewhere that you …Interesting.... I would swear blind that I have seen somewhere that you can buy single add-ons, but I can't find any reference to it now. I'm weighing up the notion of buying this pack to see if I can get the second 'satellite' I'd want (and leaving the second router in the box), but I don't know if they are 'paired' units that won't talk to a third. I find technology has to work for me out of the box or I get frustrated really quickly :-)Was adding the AC1200 straight forward? Thx


COVR-2200 is the single one but it doesn't appear to be on sale many places and it costs more than this 2-pack which would give you two more satellites/nodes. COVR-1203 is the 2-pack AC1200 which I guess you can use with this too.
Is this better than the tp link m4 which is currently around £115 on Amazon?
thecoolalhambra25/11/2019 13:49

Is this better than the tp link m4 which is currently around £115 on …Is this better than the tp link m4 which is currently around £115 on Amazon?


The TP-Link is Dual band and AC1200, this is tri-band and AC2600, so much better specs.
thecoolalhambra25/11/2019 13:49

Is this better than the tp link m4 which is currently around £115 on …Is this better than the tp link m4 which is currently around £115 on Amazon?


This is tri-band so where you have coverage performance will be better, but that M4 pack could provide you have much wider coverage as there are three units. So it depends on your environment / needs.
Thanks guys. I like the parental controls on the tp link Sk drawn to that.... Not very tech savvy!
d_k_u_h25/11/2019 14:04

This is tri-band so where you have coverage performance will be better, …This is tri-band so where you have coverage performance will be better, but that M4 pack could provide you have much wider coverage as there are three units. So it depends on your environment / needs.


This is not really true, as the TP Link is 4000ft and the covr is 6000ft

The TP-Link is also ethernet, whereas the cover is gigabit. Don't be put off by more units meaning its better!
Chimper25/11/2019 14:12

This is not really true, as the TP Link is 4000ft and the covr is …This is not really true, as the TP Link is 4000ft and the covr is 6000ftThe TP-Link is also ethernet, whereas the cover is gigabit. Don't be put off by more units meaning its better!


Those are meaningless manufacturer's numbers. Who knows what methodology or assumptions they used to come up with those, or whether or not they're inflated to look better or even deflated to push other models in their lineup. Based on available specs more units will provide better coverage, especially in real conditions where walls, etc cause significant drops.
d_k_u_h25/11/2019 14:23

Those are meaningless manufacturer's numbers. Who knows what methodology …Those are meaningless manufacturer's numbers. Who knows what methodology or assumptions they used to come up with those, or whether or not they're inflated to look better or even deflated to push other models in their lineup. Based on available specs more units will provide better coverage, especially in real conditions where walls, etc cause significant drops.


I'm interested in DLink unit surely the gigabit wired connectivly to the router is better than the Tplink fast ethernet...gigabit is 10x times faster, meaning overalli performance will be faster.
CARTMAN1325/11/2019 15:15

I'm interested in DLink unit surely the gigabit wired connectivly to the …I'm interested in DLink unit surely the gigabit wired connectivly to the router is better than the Tplink fast ethernet...gigabit is 10x times faster, meaning overalli performance will be faster.


The M4 3-pack would provide wider wireless coverage than this. That's all I said.

Gigabit ethernet would be valuable if your internet connection is above 100Mb/s, you're running wired backhaul between units, or, you're using wired ethernet for something where faster speeds are desired on your internal network.

If you have more than one area in your property where wifi is poor then more units will serve you better. Myself, I would want two packs of these rather than something lower-specced like the M4.
DkUk good point,

I'm thinking not just internet speed, myself I've got a QNAP Nas unit, that I'm using as media server, I want to use, the greater wireless speeds to stream media to 4k TV and music from my sound system.

The dlink Covr product, should deliver the speeds I need to annoy the neighbours
Lowest price has been £73 in August so given that it's not even Black Friday yet I would wait until it drops.
NeutralObserver25/11/2019 13:22

Interesting.... I would swear blind that I have seen somewhere that you …Interesting.... I would swear blind that I have seen somewhere that you can buy single add-ons, but I can't find any reference to it now. I'm weighing up the notion of buying this pack to see if I can get the second 'satellite' I'd want (and leaving the second router in the box), but I don't know if they are 'paired' units that won't talk to a third. I find technology has to work for me out of the box or I get frustrated really quickly :-)Was adding the AC1200 straight forward? Thx


TBH from memory it took about half an hour of attempting to wipe the 1200 and then getting it seen by the 2200. That said its been solid since. Ideally I'd add a 4th 1200 but I can't be bothered with the messing around :). I still have the 1200 base and a second node so may set up a 2nd network and cascade it off the 2200 network (I know, terrible network design / practice)
j_hankey25/11/2019 18:33

TBH from memory it took about half an hour of attempting to wipe the 1200 …TBH from memory it took about half an hour of attempting to wipe the 1200 and then getting it seen by the 2200. That said its been solid since. Ideally I'd add a 4th 1200 but I can't be bothered with the messing around :). I still have the 1200 base and a second node so may set up a 2nd network and cascade it off the 2200 network (I know, terrible network design / practice)


Your 'confessing' to the wrong person. I have worked in IT for nearly 25 years and all I want to do is get it get out of the box, plug it in and hope it works
NeutralObserver25/11/2019 19:19

Your 'confessing' to the wrong person. I have worked in IT for nearly 25 …Your 'confessing' to the wrong person. I have worked in IT for nearly 25 years and all I want to do is get it get out of the box, plug it in and hope it works


Somehow that got me thinking about a lost BNC terminator cap and Novell Netware...
NeutralObserver25/11/2019 19:19

Your 'confessing' to the wrong person. I have worked in IT for nearly 25 …Your 'confessing' to the wrong person. I have worked in IT for nearly 25 years and all I want to do is get it get out of the box, plug it in and hope it works


You and me on both fronts !
Myatu25/11/2019 23:31

Somehow that got me thinking about a lost BNC terminator cap and Novell …Somehow that got me thinking about a lost BNC terminator cap and Novell Netware...


But wasnt it fun when someone stuffed tiny pieces of tinfoil into various T pieces and BNC terminator caps to ruin your day.......
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No issues with set up here. Took about 15 to 20 mins. Seems good to me so far. Coverage to certain areas appear to be better. I will keep an eye on it for sure. I do wonder if I could have gone with a cheaper option, who knows. Theres no reason I can't stick the main unit on the end of a powerline is there?
KDC8527/11/2019 15:13

No issues with set up here. Took about 15 to 20 mins. Seems good to me so …No issues with set up here. Took about 15 to 20 mins. Seems good to me so far. Coverage to certain areas appear to be better. I will keep an eye on it for sure. I do wonder if I could have gone with a cheaper option, who knows. Theres no reason I can't stick the main unit on the end of a powerline is there?


So long as the throughput is higher than your internet speed you're all right, it will add a little latency though.
j_hankey25/11/2019 11:45

I've got this set and added on a COVR 1200 to create a 3 device mesh. It's …I've got this set and added on a COVR 1200 to create a 3 device mesh. It's OK. It's not enterprise class by any means but it has a dedicated backhaul and is currently handling 36 devices (bulbs, echoes, ipads, Pcs etc) with relatively few issues. Not sure I'd recommend but for lighter users than I is likely fine.


What would you recommend
d_k_u_h25/11/2019 15:31

The M4 3-pack would provide wider wireless coverage than this. That's all …The M4 3-pack would provide wider wireless coverage than this. That's all I said.Gigabit ethernet would be valuable if your internet connection is above 100Mb/s, you're running wired backhaul between units, or, you're using wired ethernet for something where faster speeds are desired on your internal network.If you have more than one area in your property where wifi is poor then more units will serve you better. Myself, I would want two packs of these rather than something lower-specced like the M4.


I am new to all this and have cat5 wiring in my home. How to chose a system where all nodes are plugged in to take advantage of the existing infrastructure?
I am new to all this and have cat5 wiring in my home. How to chose a system where all nodes are plugged in to take advantage of the existing infrastructure?
TOFO06/12/2019 08:06

I am new to all this and have cat5 wiring in my home. How to chose a …I am new to all this and have cat5 wiring in my home. How to chose a system where all nodes are plugged in to take advantage of the existing infrastructure?


Every model I've seen supports this. Look for terms like "wired backhaul" or "dedicated" backhaul."
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