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Tenda Nova MW3 Whole Home Mesh WiFi Extender / Booster System Pack of 3 - £59.99 delivered @ Currys

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Posted 1st May

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A good price for these, especially delivered.

Not sure if it helps others, but based on my 4-5 hour research, it will help me a lot at the moment with this work from home whilst you have two children and a partner screaming around. I will be able to go to the quiet corner of the house with a working internet too

  • Complete WiFi coverage with any broadband provider
  • Network security software
  • AC 1200
  • Dual-band (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
  • Three unit system

Also available on Amazon (prime) but only Sold and Dispatched by a third part seller (so I gave it a miss):
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I know a lot of people are happy with these but I do find that they drop the connection now and again I'm tempted to get the TP Link Deco M4's that seem to be more stable.
They are very well reviewed everywhere and have the most reviews on every site. They are apparently very good for most of the people's homes in UK, especially as they allow bridging . They are also generally compared to much more expensive options:
techadvisor.co.uk/tes…10/
Personally I would trust Currys over Ebay / CCL.
tuftyhill01/05/2020 15:58

I know a lot of people are happy with these but I do find that they drop …I know a lot of people are happy with these but I do find that they drop the connection now and again I'm tempted to get the TP Link Deco M4's that seem to be more stable.


I’ve just got the deco m4’s and I have to say I’m very impressed ( got pack of 3 from very £99.99 ) nearly £150 on Amazon
i picked a set up from ebuyer with a "free" MW6 from ebuyer for a tenner more
Tillboy01/05/2020 16:11

i picked a set up from ebuyer with a "free" MW6 from ebuyer for a tenner …i picked a set up from ebuyer with a "free" MW6 from ebuyer for a tenner more


That is actually not bad... you can use the MW6 as the master (with the router) and the MW3s as satellite nodes.
tuftyhill01/05/2020 15:58

I know a lot of people are happy with these but I do find that they drop …I know a lot of people are happy with these but I do find that they drop the connection now and again I'm tempted to get the TP Link Deco M4's that seem to be more stable.


This.

I got the 3 pack with free mw6 from the RetailerThatMustNotBeNamed and found that they would randomly cut out, even thought two were wired in via ethernet backhaul.
Also found through pi-hole that all units would ping Baidu, QQ and Taibao every couple of seconds.
Returned them as of today, had them plugged in for 9 days.
I got the three pack a couple of days ago. I have a Sky 59Mbps BB service and usually get arround 66Mbps when wired direct to the router. The SKY Hub/Router's WiFi is rubbish. Been using TPLink power adapters with WiFi and lucky to get 30Mbps in different rooms, but often lose signal or connection dropped down to 10Mbps.

With the first unit placed next to and plugged into the router was getting 66Mbps from WiFi. Playing around with the other two unit's placements around the house it then varried from 45Mbps - 50Mbps in other rooms, but with a consistant signal/speed and no droputs.

I have ethernet connections in two other rooms spread across the house, so tried them in those rooms using backhaul connections. I now get 66Mbps in every room in the house and even 50Mbps in my workshop at the end of my garden!

As I have Sonos, I found it best to run it in bridge mode. I will leave it for a few days to see how it goes.

musty_f1001/05/2020 16:26

Also found through pi-hole that all units would ping Baidu, QQ and Taibao …Also found through pi-hole that all units would ping Baidu, QQ and Taibao every couple of seconds.



I have to admit that this give me concern though. Why would it be pinging these random servers ?
Edited by: "jerrysimon" 1st May
musty_f1001/05/2020 16:26

This. I got the 3 pack with free mw6 from the RetailerThatMustNotBeNamed …This. I got the 3 pack with free mw6 from the RetailerThatMustNotBeNamed and found that they would randomly cut out, even thought two were wired in via ethernet backhaul. Also found through pi-hole that all units would ping Baidu, QQ and Taibao every couple of seconds.Returned them as of today, had them plugged in for 9 days.


More information about this in this post. Sounds like it does not send any data and simply is trying to ensure that it is internet connectivity.
I checked this with wireshark when I first saw this post and can only see icmp packets, presumably to check online status. Could always port forward these on your router if you’re concerned
blacksky20001/05/2020 17:18

More information about this in this post. Sounds like it does not send any …More information about this in this post. Sounds like it does not send any data and simply is trying to ensure that it is internet connectivity.


Yes I did do my research and saw a few people looking at the packets, I have no idea what I was looking for. They do look like they're not sending any data but all nodes literally ping every other second.
Tenda listed MW12 on their site. With Tri band should be some interesting competition
Ebuyer has these for £10 more with an mw6 for free. Sold mine for £50 on ebay not checked if its still active bjt worth a look before you buy.

Also would recommend them they work well and are easy to set up
Be careful with Currys PC World, I bought mine 2 weeks ago, it's not working properly... I have been trying to contact customer support 3 times, up to 2 hr waiting on the phone, then they hang up... Pay the extra £5 and get it from Amazon
Great deal
lee_79_uk01/05/2020 18:07

Be careful with Currys PC World, I bought mine 2 weeks ago, it's not …Be careful with Currys PC World, I bought mine 2 weeks ago, it's not working properly... I have been trying to contact customer support 3 times, up to 2 hr waiting on the phone, then they hang up... Pay the extra £5 and get it from Amazon



I got mine from Amazon with Prime via CCL Computers. It includes an Amazon discount bringing total cost down to £59.99. Said two day delivery, but came next day

The deal is still available. Easy to return until 31st May if there are any problems.
Edited by: "jerrysimon" 1st May
jerrysimon01/05/2020 18:17

I got mine from Amazon via CCL Computers with an Amazon discount bringing …I got mine from Amazon via CCL Computers with an Amazon discount bringing total cost down to £59.99. Said two day delivery, but came next day Easy to return until 31st May if there are any problems.


Agree Amazon have been amazing.... Unlike the Currys PC World.
Need to do a firmware update when you get them out the box mine were a lot faster after that
Tillboy01/05/2020 18:20

Need to do a firmware update when you get them out the box mine were a lot …Need to do a firmware update when you get them out the box mine were a lot faster after that



Yep I did that first

My first foray into Mesh technology and I have to admit for the cost I am impressive. See if I still think the same in a week or so.
Edited by: "jerrysimon" 1st May
blacksky20001/05/2020 16:01

They are very well reviewed everywhere and have the most reviews on every …They are very well reviewed everywhere and have the most reviews on every site. They are apparently very good for most of the people's homes in UK, especially as they allow bridging . They are also generally compared to much more expensive options:https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/network-wifi/best-mesh-wi-fi-network-systems-3661110/


You call this a reviews? Really?
Got my set about 2 hours ago.
If you have Sonos, use bridge mode as someone said earlier.

I have a wifi signal in both gardens now which was my goal.

The only downside is that if, like me, you have a house full of gadgets, you'll spend a whole evening changing their wifi settings.
darrenrapley01/05/2020 19:08

Got my set about 2 hours ago.If you have Sonos, use bridge mode as someone …Got my set about 2 hours ago.If you have Sonos, use bridge mode as someone said earlier. I have a wifi signal in both gardens now which was my goal.The only downside is that if, like me, you have a house full of gadgets, you'll spend a whole evening changing their wifi settings.


Got some of these mesh units the other day and like you have loads of gadgets. Read somewhere to change the Tenda name and password to whatever your current broadband is, now everything connected without me having to change every gadgets wifi settings. Had a few things which didn't connect so had to power off and on whatever gadget it was which sorted it. Not sure if this is different if connected via bridge mode mind, I'm not that technical!
Skinny.Chris01/05/2020 19:20

Got some of these mesh units the other day and like you have loads of …Got some of these mesh units the other day and like you have loads of gadgets. Read somewhere to change the Tenda name and password to whatever your current broadband is, now everything connected without me having to change every gadgets wifi settings. Had a few things which didn't connect so had to power off and on whatever gadget it was which sorted it. Not sure if this is different if connected via bridge mode mind, I'm not that technical!


So funny... I tried this first of all but then I got confused as my devices only showed one network of that name and I was not sure which I was on. I then tried to turn off the wireless signal on the original modem and got even more confused as I didn't know if I had done it or not as the new wifi name was the same as the last.

A more clever person than I would have been able to do this. I ended up resetting the Tenda and starting again with a new name.

It does make a lot of sense to do it your way though.
darrenrapley01/05/2020 19:28

So funny... I tried this first of all but then I got confused as my …So funny... I tried this first of all but then I got confused as my devices only showed one network of that name and I was not sure which I was on. I then tried to turn off the wireless signal on the original modem and got even more confused as I didn't know if I had done it or not as the new wifi name was the same as the last.A more clever person than I would have been able to do this. I ended up resetting the Tenda and starting again with a new name.It does make a lot of sense to do it your way though.


I did that as well! Managed to switch off my sky WiFi so presumed the one I was picking up was the mesh unit. All seems ok, though have lost a bit of speed. Just happy to have a WiFi signal throughout the house now mind.
Just set up one MW6 and two MW3s today (bought from Ebuyer) and wifi throughout the house finally! So far so good and easy to set up. Will look at firmware updates as mentioned above
Yes you can change the WiFI name to the same as your old one. One problem with the SKY hub is that although you can turn off the Access Point it does not actually turn off the WiFi on the HUB/Router, just disables any access to it. WiFi is still active and broadcasting. However the old Sky hub (not sure about the latest one) is such a crappy weak signal it does not seem to interfere with the Mesh.

Like other I chose a new WiFi name and then had to change all my SMART device's WiFi access, before realising that I could have just use the same WiFi name as I had before. As I said I am very impressed with the units, even more so if you can connect them with backhaul. Even if you can't, the WiFI access is significantly improved over some of the previous options of using powerlines and extended WiFi points.

Also, as stated, putting it in bridge mode saves a lot of hassle if you have things like Sonos. Without this the units run on a seperate subnet (with it's own DHCP) and therefore can't then see devices on a different subnet without setting up port forwarding. However bridge mode does turns off various options like guest network and child access etc.
Edited by: "jerrysimon" 1st May
musty_f1001/05/2020 16:26

This. I got the 3 pack with free mw6 from the RetailerThatMustNotBeNamed …This. I got the 3 pack with free mw6 from the RetailerThatMustNotBeNamed and found that they would randomly cut out, even thought two were wired in via ethernet backhaul. Also found through pi-hole that all units would ping Baidu, QQ and Taibao every couple of seconds.Returned them as of today, had them plugged in for 9 days.


Could you not have used Pi-hole to blacklist the pinged sites?
I've had this set up running in my home for over a year now and have no complaints at all. Never noticed a drop out or any other problem.

Our 3 bed semi has great coverage all over, including the garage and garden.
jpking200101/05/2020 19:52

Just set up one MW6 and two MW3s today (bought from Ebuyer) and wifi …Just set up one MW6 and two MW3s today (bought from Ebuyer) and wifi throughout the house finally! So far so good and easy to set up. Will look at firmware updates as mentioned above


I couldnt get my MW3s to connect to the MW6. I now have two different wifi connections. Any ideas what I am doing wrong?
Noteddie01/05/2020 21:27

Could you not have used Pi-hole to blacklist the pinged sites?


I did originally. Then the LEDs started flashing red and my PiHole was going into over drive. Wasn't worth the hassle if it was only empty packets being sent.

Might have been faulty units but the past couple of days the nodes used to drop off from each other and devices used to disconnect. Might be my own crappy copper 10mb broadband but just waiting on openreach to finish off the FTTP installation to my house and all should be well. The M4 TP links at £20 extra (when on sale) just seem like a safer and more polished option, which is what I'll be going for.
darrenrapley01/05/2020 19:08

Got my set about 2 hours ago.If you have Sonos, use bridge mode as someone …Got my set about 2 hours ago.If you have Sonos, use bridge mode as someone said earlier. I have a wifi signal in both gardens now which was my goal.The only downside is that if, like me, you have a house full of gadgets, you'll spend a whole evening changing their wifi settings.


Why do you need to use bridge mode with Sonos? I've got Sonos and have used mine in bridge mode, PPPOE, and DHCP. In all cases the Sonos speakers connect and work fine.
Bought these a few months back, and was very very impressed... but now not too sure.

I have Sky with a max possible speed into the router of 30Mbps. Around the house we typically get around 5-12Mbps....but this can drop to 3Mbps... or even lower, but on the whole 5-12 is average..

Invested in these - a 3 pack. placed one next to the Sky router, connected via Ethernet, and placed the other two around the house. Downloaded the app, setup a new SSID and password, and reconfigured all devices to the new network. (don't forget the printer!). Mine is setup in DHCP mode and not Bridge mode.

Did some speed tests and bloomin imprssive - average was around the 28Mbps mark.

But now months on the actual speed I get does fluctualte vastly - day by day - with no real reason - it can be right down to 1Mbps. .. and toally unusable. I have set the device to reboot morning at 3am, but still remains the same.

I need to do some more investigating but at the moment I would not buy again - I did a quick seach and it does look like others also have similar experiences.

Anyone got any tips on any of the app settings that may help me? I still have the original Sky router preseting the original SSD, and the Tenda showing a new SSD (different name)

Just to add.... I have also found that when ever I get a slow speed... if I'm using an Apple phone, if I turn off Bluetooth then the speed jumps up dramatically. I need to look into this further.....

Finally does anyone use QoS? (quality of service) - if so whats the point of hard coding the download and upload speed?

BTW - have some heat - good price,
Edited by: "soled73" 2nd May
musty_f1001/05/2020 23:54

I did originally. Then the LEDs started flashing red and my PiHole was …I did originally. Then the LEDs started flashing red and my PiHole was going into over drive. Wasn't worth the hassle if it was only empty packets being sent.Might have been faulty units but the past couple of days the nodes used to drop off from each other and devices used to disconnect. Might be my own crappy copper 10mb broadband but just waiting on openreach to finish off the FTTP installation to my house and all should be well. The M4 TP links at £20 extra (when on sale) just seem like a safer and more polished option, which is what I'll be going for.


Worth keeping an eye on these refurbished BT Whole Home units with AC2600 shop.bt.com/pro…tml just came back in stock and will likely go on offer again for about £100 as they did middle of April.
@soled73 'I have set the device to reboot morning at 3am, but still remains the same.'

I have mine set the same, have yours started rebooting at 15.00 as well?
I'm never here in the daytime, but notice on the 'what's connected' bit in the app, that all the smart items are connected from 03.00 until 15.00 then it says they are connected from then. I'm not sure if it's rebooting or something else. It's only started happening over the past couple of months.

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Sorry to hijack this thread, I did ask in discussion but it got overlooked I think.
These sound like what I need but just want to check.

I have a Netgear Nighthawk router and want to extend the wifi range from the ground floor where the router is, up to the loft where there is an Ethernet connection.

I should say I also have some Sonos components running through both Ethernet and WiFi

What do I need to extend the Wi-fi. Is it one of these Tenda MW3 or MW6. Or are there better options given my setup.

Thanks for any help
Edited by: "Bl1ng" 2nd May
qwertasd01/05/2020 21:52

I couldnt get my MW3s to connect to the MW6. I now have two different … I couldnt get my MW3s to connect to the MW6. I now have two different wifi connections. Any ideas what I am doing wrong?


Mine connected fine so can't be much help I'm afraid. Did you try connecting them close to the MW6 and then moving them to the right rooms?
Bl1ng02/05/2020 09:35

These sound like what I need but just want to check. I have a Netgear …These sound like what I need but just want to check. I have a Netgear Nighthawk router and want to extend the wifi range from the ground floor where the router is, up to the loft where there is an Ethernet connection. I should say I also have some Sonos components running through both Ethernet and WiFiWhat do I need to extend the Wi-fi. Is it one of these Tenda MW3 or MW6. Or are there better options given my setup. Thanks for any help



If you connect one directly to you router and another via ethernet in the loft it should give you the same speed in both places. The third can be placed elsewhere in your house either wired or not. Depending on the walls/construction you may be able to just wire one to your router and the others will connect ok though you may see a drop on those not wired, to be less than what you get on your BB connection.

Note these will only do up to 100Mbps so if you have a faster connection it might be worth looking at other more recent models in this range or alternatives. I have a SKY 59Mbps BB connection so suits me fine. All mine are wired and I get full speed up to my BB connection any room in the house and about 80% in my workshop at the end of the garden.

If you have Sonos then the simplest solution is to set the system to "bridge" mode. I have Sonos throughout the house some wired and the rest using the Sonos private WiFi setup and as long as this system is set to "bridge" if works fine.

If you have other SMART devices that use your existing WiFi then you will either have to reset them to whatever name you use for this Mesh WiFi or set the Mesh to the same name as your existing WiFi. All this is detailed above if you read through the comments.
Edited by: "jerrysimon" 2nd May
Is there any reason to go for mesh Wi-Fi over powerline?
Do most folk realise that if you blag your isp you can get sent something from them for free? I've got two of the powerline WiFi sockets from virgin for nothing. I can get 130mbps at the far end of the garden! Just worth trying to get something for free first but if you can't these seem a good deal. Some people must get the free ones from virgin then flog them on ebay. Seem them go for well over £50 for one!
Edited by: "martynhardacre" 2nd May
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