Tenda Nova MW3 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System Pack of 4 £78.99 @ Box
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Tenda Nova MW3 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System Pack of 4 £78.99 @ Box

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Posted 2nd Aug
Pretty good price for 4 x MW3’s.

  • Blanket your house in reliable Wi-Fi
  • AC1200 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System
  • 4000 sq ft WiFi range
  • Hassle free gaming and streaming experience simultaneously
  • Easy and fast setup with pre- configuration
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I know people will moan about the speed and WiFi spec but the coverage this provides for under £80 is incredible - and I value coverage above raw throughput any day. Besides, anything is better than a Virgin router...
Not sure about all this excitement about the price...seems to be the going price. Only £1 more from amazon

amazon.co.uk/Ten…c=1
plewis0002/08/2019 22:45

If it acts like a wireless bridge as well that is pretty amazing, I think …If it acts like a wireless bridge as well that is pretty amazing, I think my Linksys Velop does this as well. The other port typically being for backhaul data (if feasible). We don't use backhaul ethernet as when I got the extension done and asked for Cat6, our really helpful builder decided not to pay the guy to terminate the cables so just left bundles of Cat6 scattered around my house...


As a total noob I terminated my own cat 6 into wall sockets. It is super easy to do.

You need a punch down tool (£3? Ish ebay) and the sockets themselves. I got mine on amazon. Basically the sockets do all the work. You just have to split up the 8 cables inside and then push them down with the tool into the right bits.

It is very easy and foolproof if you want to give it a go.
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Great system, great price.
I know people will moan about the speed and WiFi spec but the coverage this provides for under £80 is incredible - and I value coverage above raw throughput any day. Besides, anything is better than a Virgin router...
Just 2 of these do a great job have sorted out a couple of places with these - very handy to have around.
I have these and am happy with them. Provide decent speed and coverage for whole house and a fair bit of the garden too.
blake_702/08/2019 21:39

I have these and am happy with them. Provide decent speed and coverage for …I have these and am happy with them. Provide decent speed and coverage for whole house and a fair bit of the garden too.


I have these too. They are great....... except the WiFi channels cannot be changed. This wouldn't be a problem except my Honor Play has the problem that channel 6 (which is used) is very bad when you also have Bluetooth on. Speed drops from 60mbps to about 4mbps.

Worth considering if you have a Huawei device. Not sure which other devices have this problem
kerridge002/08/2019 21:38

Just 2 of these do a great job have sorted out a couple of places with …Just 2 of these do a great job have sorted out a couple of places with these - very handy to have around.


I'm guessing each unit is identical then (no slave and master?) so you can have 2 lots of 2 at physically different locations and networks?
plewis0002/08/2019 22:27

I'm guessing each unit is identical then (no slave and master?) so you can …I'm guessing each unit is identical then (no slave and master?) so you can have 2 lots of 2 at physically different locations and networks?


Yes. Absolutely identical.
plewis0002/08/2019 22:27

I'm guessing each unit is identical then (no slave and master?) so you can …I'm guessing each unit is identical then (no slave and master?) so you can have 2 lots of 2 at physically different locations and networks?


What I also like is it has a 'lan' ethernet port (along with Wan/Lan for the rest of the network) so I was also able to very simply plug in a wired printer at the remotest point.
kerridge002/08/2019 22:39

What I also like is it has a 'lan' ethernet port (along with Wan/Lan for …What I also like is it has a 'lan' ethernet port (along with Wan/Lan for the rest of the network) so I was also able to very simply plug in a wired printer at the remotest point.


If it acts like a wireless bridge as well that is pretty amazing, I think my Linksys Velop does this as well. The other port typically being for backhaul data (if feasible). We don't use backhaul ethernet as when I got the extension done and asked for Cat6, our really helpful builder decided not to pay the guy to terminate the cables so just left bundles of Cat6 scattered around my house...
For a simpleton with very limited knowledge or ability (in this area). Does this simply plug into a mains socket, then I select this WiFi router (using my phone), then enter my sky broadband password (again eg using my phone) , then I get decent WiFi coverage around the house?
Silly question, would these be any good for getting the wifi up to my garden, around 30-40 yards from my router ?
shanklyn02/08/2019 22:53

Silly question, would these be any good for getting the wifi up to my …Silly question, would these be any good for getting the wifi up to my garden, around 30-40 yards from my router ?


Should work. String the boxes out in a line between router and door(s) leading to garden.
(The first one doesn't have to be next to the router - it just has to be connected to the router via ethernet cable OR homeplug.)
Edited by: "Musicrab" 2nd Aug
Hot hot hot
How does this compare to the BT Whole Home Wifi disc thingys?
Not sure about all this excitement about the price...seems to be the going price. Only £1 more from amazon

amazon.co.uk/Ten…c=1
Sorry for the simpleton question, but we have a Plusnet router and I read systems such as Google Home would not be suitable with it as it has no modem mode, but BT Whole Home would be ok. Is this sytem like the Google one or the BT one? Can I just plug these in and wirelessly connect to my existing router?
sampain03/08/2019 06:55

Sorry for the simpleton question, but we have a Plusnet router and I read …Sorry for the simpleton question, but we have a Plusnet router and I read systems such as Google Home would not be suitable with it as it has no modem mode, but BT Whole Home would be ok. Is this sytem like the Google one or the BT one? Can I just plug these in and wirelessly connect to my existing router?


Don't know about the Google WiFi but this is like the BT whole home WiFi discs - not as fast though.
I'm thinking of getting the 3 pack to use with my virgin WiFi. I'm going to be changing broadband provider shortly though as my 12 month contract with virgin is now up for renewal and the price has gone up. I believe this system works with most providers.
Wheresmylaptop02/08/2019 21:44

I have these too. They are great....... except the WiFi channels cannot be …I have these too. They are great....... except the WiFi channels cannot be changed. This wouldn't be a problem except my Honor Play has the problem that channel 6 (which is used) is very bad when you also have Bluetooth on. Speed drops from 60mbps to about 4mbps. Worth considering if you have a Huawei device. Not sure which other devices have this problem


Got a similar problem with my kitsound speaker. It's so slow I can't use it I've had to turn on my regular WiFi also
sampain03/08/2019 06:55

Sorry for the simpleton question, but we have a Plusnet router and I read …Sorry for the simpleton question, but we have a Plusnet router and I read systems such as Google Home would not be suitable with it as it has no modem mode, but BT Whole Home would be ok. Is this sytem like the Google one or the BT one? Can I just plug these in and wirelessly connect to my existing router?


Yes they will work you'll need to set them to bridge mode in the app and then your regular router will work as normal
Wheresmylaptop02/08/2019 21:44

I have these too. They are great....... except the WiFi channels cannot be …I have these too. They are great....... except the WiFi channels cannot be changed. This wouldn't be a problem except my Honor Play has the problem that channel 6 (which is used) is very bad when you also have Bluetooth on. Speed drops from 60mbps to about 4mbps. Worth considering if you have a Huawei device. Not sure which other devices have this problem


I have these and have an issue with the Huawei Media pad 3 so have to turn off Bluetooth. But for pure coverage and ease of use to setup the tenda nova are brilliant. Just do expect crazy speeds or detailed settings it just works and that's good enough for me.
plewis0002/08/2019 22:45

If it acts like a wireless bridge as well that is pretty amazing, I think …If it acts like a wireless bridge as well that is pretty amazing, I think my Linksys Velop does this as well. The other port typically being for backhaul data (if feasible). We don't use backhaul ethernet as when I got the extension done and asked for Cat6, our really helpful builder decided not to pay the guy to terminate the cables so just left bundles of Cat6 scattered around my house...


As a total noob I terminated my own cat 6 into wall sockets. It is super easy to do.

You need a punch down tool (£3? Ish ebay) and the sockets themselves. I got mine on amazon. Basically the sockets do all the work. You just have to split up the 8 cables inside and then push them down with the tool into the right bits.

It is very easy and foolproof if you want to give it a go.
pomp0m03/08/2019 09:25

As a total noob I terminated my own cat 6 into wall sockets. It is super …As a total noob I terminated my own cat 6 into wall sockets. It is super easy to do.You need a punch down tool (£3? Ish ebay) and the sockets themselves. I got mine on amazon. Basically the sockets do all the work. You just have to split up the 8 cables inside and then push them down with the tool into the right bits. It is very easy and foolproof if you want to give it a go.


Thanks. I do and tbh didn’t know it was that easy - have you got a link to the stuff you used? Basically part of this is me not letting the builder off, having paid them an obscene amount of money, I shouldn’t be finishing the sockets myself. But it would be much nicer than unfinished cables...
SaadiMonkey02/08/2019 22:51

For a simpleton with very limited knowledge or ability (in this area). …For a simpleton with very limited knowledge or ability (in this area). Does this simply plug into a mains socket, then I select this WiFi router (using my phone), then enter my sky broadband password (again eg using my phone) , then I get decent WiFi coverage around the house?


No, it's not that simple.

There are three components to an all-in-one router: the modem, the router, and the WiFi Access Point. You'd need to flip your sky router into bridge mode which means it only acts as the modem, then this tenda kit needs its WAN port plugging into the LAN port of the sky router. After that you configure the tenda kit to use pppoe with your sky broadband login details. The tenda kit then takes over the roles of router and WiFi access point. Scatter the other nodes of this tenda kit throughout your house and then you'll get good WiFi coverage.

Edit: various people below have said that the tenda kit is happy being a WiFi access point only without handling the routing functions. This is unusual but welcome since it means you don't need to flip your existing router into bridge mode though it is advisable to turn off your existing router's WiFi AP to reduce interference. Alternatively since the tenda kit seems locked to channel 6 on 2.4ghz WiFi you could force your existing AP to broadcast on channel 1 or channel 11 which would also reduce interference, usually they're set to 'auto'.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 4th Aug
They are limited by a 10/100mbps ethernet port which if you have over 100mb Internet this will bottleneck at 100 and not go any higher that's the only downfall when I fit one of these for someone who had 300mb Internet.
I seem to be in the minority here but I had six of these and they were TERRIBLE... never really understood exactly why but I suspect it’s because they don’t actually have a separate backhaul channel for their connection to one a other.

The Chinese based support is beyond terrible

Replaced them with 4 x BT WholeHome discs (three would have done) and now I have no problems.

Just something to think about.
Michael_Rodriguez03/08/2019 09:58

They are limited by a 10/100mbps ethernet port which if you have over …They are limited by a 10/100mbps ethernet port which if you have over 100mb Internet this will bottleneck at 100 and not go any higher that's the only downfall when I fit one of these for someone who had 300mb Internet.


This can be overcome by adding a single MW6 (with GB ethernet). These can be got for around £20 on eBay. The MW6 is completely compatible with MW3. MW3 has WiFi speed of up to 1200Mbps. The MW6 enables faster internet to be used throughout the mesh network.
Daft question, can this be used with a Sky Q system? I was always under the impression that we needed to keep the Sky Q routerso that it could communicate with the sky Q viewing box and additional mini box?
Wheresmylaptop03/08/2019 10:22

This can be overcome by adding a single MW6 (with GB ethernet). These can …This can be overcome by adding a single MW6 (with GB ethernet). These can be got for around £20 on eBay. The MW6 is completely compatible with MW3. MW3 has WiFi speed of up to 1200Mbps. The MW6 enables faster internet to be used throughout the mesh network.


Worth a try! I'll give it a try cheers.
Noveed03/08/2019 02:40

How does this compare to the BT Whole Home Wifi disc thingys?


In my experience... terribly
Please make sure you turn the WiFi off at the router and let these do the job. So you know what your connecting to. Makes a massive difference and no interference.
Thank you
plewis0002/08/2019 21:15

I know people will moan about the speed and WiFi spec but the coverage …I know people will moan about the speed and WiFi spec but the coverage this provides for under £80 is incredible - and I value coverage above raw throughput any day. Besides, anything is better than a Virgin router...


I'm liking just for the VM note. Mine is forever resetting itself and VM claim that's ok because it's still working. Yes, but it's changing my SSID and password to default each time. Idiots
Edited by: "zeffania" 3rd Aug
plewis0002/08/2019 22:45

If it acts like a wireless bridge as well that is pretty amazing, I think …If it acts like a wireless bridge as well that is pretty amazing, I think my Linksys Velop does this as well. The other port typically being for backhaul data (if feasible). We don't use backhaul ethernet as when I got the extension done and asked for Cat6, our really helpful builder decided not to pay the guy to terminate the cables so just left bundles of Cat6 scattered around my house...


Are they accessible?
They're not difficult to terminate yourself with a simple, cheap tool.
Edited by: "ra786" 3rd Aug
Dont get these for higher virgin speed... get mw6. There are lot of bad reviews by the way. Mw6 so much better for me. Im on 350 speed. 50 megabyte
I used a mw6 for the primary node (as I am on 200mbp internet) turn off the virgin WiFi signal from the router settings and have MW3 around the house. Now I get 100mbps in the attic before I used to get 2mbps.
just for info, folk talk about bridge mode, router wifi off etc etc, all i did was connect 1 to the router via lan cable, install the app on my phone, setup network name and password then add another box using add box tab in the app, then added a 3rd. my routers wifi still works fine as i get a better ping for gaming off it so both WiFi are active. I can watch netflix 4k anywhere in the house and the final commendation is that my kids now say our wifi is great, if there happy im happy
Mine came in 2 box's so i thought i might not be able to use them as 1 system but you can, just use add box in the app, i also found 3 was enough for our ext semi house, for the money there fantastic
plewis0002/08/2019 21:15

I know people will moan about the speed and WiFi spec but the coverage …I know people will moan about the speed and WiFi spec but the coverage this provides for under £80 is incredible - and I value coverage above raw throughput any day. Besides, anything is better than a Virgin router...


Tbh unless you're going faster than 100mbs this should be more than adequate I think.
Word of warning on these, I’ve had a bunch now and they work great in setups of 2-3. But I cannot get any reliability using any more than that. I read in the manual that it supports up to 5, and other people online had said they had 6, but it just doesn’t work.

If you only need 3, these are great
I had 3 and they worked great but in the end I swapped for 2 BT Whole Home and its working great, max speeds. The only reason I switched is I'd trust BT to support their stuff longer and rather have them snooping on my stuff than some Chinese company
Noctu03/08/2019 10:22

Daft question, can this be used with a Sky Q system? I was always under …Daft question, can this be used with a Sky Q system? I was always under the impression that we needed to keep the Sky Q routerso that it could communicate with the sky Q viewing box and additional mini box?


Yes, you can set up the Sky Q box to connect to the Tenda.
Edited by: "pgilc1" 3rd Aug
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