I will be installing it at my mum's over the weekend. Did anyone test it with Vodafone Home Broadband? :)
Got my set today. Super easy to set up, didn't have to tinker with my VM router. Just hooked up the primary node's WAN port to one of the ethernet ports on the router, went through the app set up including hopping onto the new network, plugging in the other nodes, 'forgetting' the original WiFi credentials on all my devices and that was it. Great, stable coverage across the house. Not getting full speeds at the most distal node (50-60Mb/s from my 100Mb/s connection) but more than good enough.
Gotcha, thanks bud
It may not have changed at all. It may also be on the hub itself on a sticker, or will be in your setup instructions, or will be on their website under instructions for that model.
Cheers for that as I had actually completely forgotten and a superhub 3 is exactly what I have.
Is this the best from the £100 range? BT Whole Home Mesh system and the TP S4 is also on for the same price.
Excellent price. I do have some problems where after clearing my cache in app, I can't control nova now.
Unless you have pretty light usage, I wouldn’t consider any mesh system unless it has a dedicated wireless back haul. Ethernet backhaul is obviously preferred, but most don’t want to run wires.
Was looking at these, now considering the MW12 instead. I have three neighbours with range extenders using all the channels and need to batter their EM radiation into submission. My BT WiFi is flaky even with 2 extra discs.
It is only working as an extender. When did I say otherwise? The person asked about mesh so I answered.
As a pure 'dumb' extender, I'm not sure if it's a great price given a proper basic mesh with 3 nodes such as the Nova MW3-3 regularly comes on Amazon for under £50 and will provide better coverage for a larger property than this + the AX82u router combo. I know someone who uses the MW3-3 on a property with 4 levels (basement +3 floors) and gets good speeds everywhere after trying some premium routers with extenders. I'm not sure if he had ever tried the AX82u though.
I doubt you're getting the mesh functionality with an Asus router - TPLink have a very strict compatibility list for using these as a part of a mesh ('OneMesh') network and only certain models of their Archer routers are included. https://www.tp-link.com/uk/onemesh/product-list/ I suspect it's working only as an extender, but given the superlative capabilities of the AX82u, the latter is delivering a high strength signal to the repeater that itself then broadcasts a decent signal.
I use this exact one (not as a mesh), price is decent for the extender without Mesh features. Can you link to a cheaper one? What I have stated is correct.
Actually, you can change the SSID to match your current network on both mesh capable and 'dumb' extenders. A dumb extender repeats the WiFi packets from the router, thus with these devices you'd typically double the latency and in most cases halve the bandwidth. A mesh system replaces your router and acts as a series of nodes dotted around the property, there's no repetition of packets. https://uk.pcmag.com/how-to/117310/wi-fi-range-extender-vs-mesh-network-whats-the-difference As someone has already commented, TPLink do a range of these, all similar looking, and in both mesh and non-mesh versions and one should take care the correct version is received. This particular device is the RE550 v1, and to create a mesh system, you also need to have one of several TPLink Archer router models in the compatibility list below - this creates a 'OneMesh' network as TPLink like to call their own proprietary mesh solution. Don't buy this to use with other routers unless you don't mind having a dumb repeater/ extender only - at this price, I'd say that's a tad too expensive. https://www.tp-link.com/uk/onemesh/product-list/
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Another dumb question, so ive just bought a Tenda nova AC1200 for £60. It’s decent, but now I’m thinking if I should have forked out the extra £45 and bought this, because it’s AC2600. But what I’m trying to work out is the difference between AC1200 and AC2600, will the AC2600 provide me with faster speeds? Total newbie question
The S4 has 2 antennas and this has 4. The S4 is AC1200 I believe whereas this is AC2600.
Hi all, quite new to mesh networks, wondering if this is better than the DECO S4? My internet service provider is Sky.. any help would be appreciated
I bought this last time it was on offer. Excellent bit of kit.It helped massively when I lived in a shared accommodation. I had one of this plugged the main router, then the other two in the hall and bedroom. It essentially gave me direct access to the router bypassing all the other network traffic from other housemates. Wouldn't be without it now. Great price.
True up to a point, but mesh access points, especially those with a separate backhaul channel, are different from simple repeater/extenders. Many of my devices (including NAS) are still wired, but switching to these (two of them wired) to cover the rest of the house without the cables to old access points (and one pair of powerline network adaptors) I used to have has definitely been an improvement. I could have bought better wired access points and improved the cabling instead, but this was easier.
How do these compare with the BT Wifi Discs - the standard white discs?
Okay thanks for confirming
I've ordered the Devolo mesh WiFi 2 at £150, hopefully my home wiring allows it to work properly. I don't really want a mesh system if it means having trailing wires all around the house, so if the Devolo doesn't work then I I'll go for an Asus GS-AX3000 at £109. Or wait for a deal on a better WiFi 6 router.
Hey would like to know which one you went for please as I’m in a similar boat!
Thank you. That's one off the list then. I was looking at the eero 6 (not pro), could have 3 for £140 approx but read that there could be some issues with them in the UK.
Exactly. Powerline and mesh make a great combo Got a 3 pack for my parents. It's so good that I only needed 2 nodes for great coverage. Covers 25m down the garden too!
I have these and they are amazing. Ethernet backhaul works really well. Owned them for two years and only had to restart them once during that time. Not sure why you would avoid these. The M5 are worse and cost more.
If you want something better avoid these, these are just the M4 with the powerlines, look at the M5 they are so much better and if you want to spend lots more the M9 are the way to go.
The description is wrong usually pack of 3 is for £149
Don't understand why powerline is part of these as it will be the slowest link in the chain. So no good if it's used for back haul. I use the S4 devices. I do use powerline devices seperately for devices like TV/streaming so I can keep that traffic off the WiFi as that works well via powerline as bandwidth is enough for 4k streaming.
They have gigabit ethernet ports..... I wired backhauled them using them (see my post above).
I would have bought these but the lack of Ethernet is a big no
I always get ASUS routers, can't fault them. Millions of options, usually DD-WRT compatible (no idea bout these specifically) and no crappy app to control everything.
Found cheaper option hence updated the deal, reduced to £186 now
These are really good, installed in a family members home. The range is very impressive, could get decent wifi signal about 50m from the house. The only issue is they are dual-band, not tri-band (hence the price). This means if you connected them via wifi a lot of the bandwidth is taken up by them communicating (wireless backhaul) and you lose internet speed. So the primary one in my case has 300mbps internet speed, but dropped to 150mbps on the 2nd one, then around 60mbps at the top of the house. This is fine if you are not concerned about maintaining internet speed through the house. However, as the family member wanted high internet speed at the top of the house I connected them with powerlines so the backhaul was wired, If you don't mind losing some internet speed then can recommend them. but if you want high internet speed throughout the house then consider needing to spend extra for powerlines. However, factoring in the cost of the powerlines then you may just want to spend more on a tri-band option instead, which also means less things to go wrong.
The 3rd hub is connected to the main node or the 2nd one?
Many thanks. I have been reading horror stories about using a mesh and Sky Broadband. Is this still the case?
I bought these couple of months ago at the same time when I bought my Asus router rt-ax82u. I returned them as the asus router signal was stronger from all 3 mesh boxes. So I didn't see any point of keeping them. They are great boxes, it has AiMesh where you can setup very easy through the asus Web gui. They will boost the WiFi signal to full bars in all parts of your house, if you positioned them correctly.
Bought these a couple of weeks ago after fighting with power line adapters for so long. Get full bars all over the house and half my Internet speed at the furthest hub on the 3rd floor, compared to 0.5mbps from powerline adapters. Would 100% recommend them
(lol) (lol) my wife and I both have one…but I meant to type macbook pro
I have a similar setup. eero is downstairs and when laptop is on the same floor, wifi speed is between 400 and 500 mbps, tested on fast.com and speedtest.net When I go the first floor, speed drops dramatically, need to get a second eero for upstairs. Agree with security and websites, had to turn all security off.
So I bought Netgear Orbi Pro SRK60 from amazon and got no better speeds than my Gig 1 VM BB. In theory should this be better?
Nice find @70sven - thanks for taking the time to post your first deal :)
Thanks! I would never have known (embarrassed) Gotta try figure out this range issue I seem to have with the velop system now…
It doesn’t allow you to update the firmware as that’s managed by CF and GigaClear. For example Apple HomeKit has been supported on the “normal” retail versions for some time now but won’t work on CF models. Hence they don’t have full functionality.
I got the velop from community fibre when i recently joined and bought a couple from ebay that was gigaclear devices. What functionality might be a little hidden? I'm actually not that impressed with my velop mesh (3 nodes) as it feels like the BT whole home i had previously had a far better range
They have full functionality, you just need to know how to get there. There is bigger problem, they have CF branded firmware and I haven't found the way to change it to Linksys one (CF firmware is bit older). Looks like there is OpenWrt build for it, but it might miss so features, as is not fully supported yet.
Didn't know this, do you know where I can find the differences? Can't seem to find the answer online!
@MrSwitch I know this was a good deal but as you are the techie expert on here what other mesh system would you recommend at a decent price? Cheers.
Ordered these but seller said they couldn’t find them in the warehouse so refunded. Poor business. Who covers the 20% off deal? Is it ebay or the seller? Just can’t help feeling the seller wanted to keep them and sell them at higher price. Probably just me being too cynical.
Just received a refund from the seller for my order, no mention that my order is cancelled or anything
If you live in a large house a cheaper alternative than 3 pack, is to buy two twin packs of these (@ £180) and extend the mesh network, plus it's wi-fi 6. Seems a really cost effective, they also get good reviews.
I need to know this too
Would have bought this if only it can separate the channels.
Ignoring the price difference, this Dlink or the TP Link X20 (and why) please?
I guess these don't do wired backhaul as I can't see any mention of it?