D-Link have expanded their Covr range with the release of the COVR-2202 High-Powered Tri-Band Seamless Wi-Fi Mesh System. Similar to the COVR-C1203 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Mesh System, the new device also offers a scalable, mesh Wi-Fi. The unit looks ideal to fill the coverage gaps and provide ultra-fast speeds at home.
A quick intro to some of the COVR-2022’s key features:
- Strong Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi – The D-Link COVR-2022 incorporates a powerful tri-band mesh Wi-Fi network.
- High Performance – The COVR-2022 is equipped with a high-speed Tri-Band AC2202 system that is suitable for Lag-Free 4k streaming and seamless networking.
- More Coverage – The D-Link COVR-2202 comes with high-power amplifiers that covers up to 560 sqm.
- Smart Roaming – The Smart Roaming enables you to seamlessly hop from one access point to the next.
- Smart Backhaul – The Covr Tri-Band WiFi enables one of the 5GHz bands to be dedicated between the units to ensure you get maximum backhaul capacity.
- Smart Steering – You need to worry about what device connects to what frequency anymore. The smart steering feature of the COVR-2022 will automatically connect your device to the appropriate wireless band (2.4GHz vs 5GHz).
Setting up the D-Link COVR-2022 was extremely easy and can be done with the most novice of users. I actually found it easier than configuring the COVR-C1203 which gave me a couple of issues along the way. With this unit, it was a simple matter of unboxing, connecting power and Ethernet and running the D-Link Wi-Fi app. The quick start guide and the bottom of the units both have a QR code which is scanned in by the app at the start of the configuration process. The whole thing is very self-explanatory so I won’t bore you with screenshots.
Once the unit was configured, I placed one on the ground floor and the other a floor above. Using a D-Link EXO AC2600 wireless router as a baseline, I compared the difference in signal strength at different locations.
EXO AC2600 vs COVR-2022 – Ground Floor:
EXO AC2600 vs COVR-2022 – First Floor:
As we can see, the EXO AC2600 provided great coverage anyway but there were some pockets in the corner of the premises where the signal strength was not in the green. In contrast, in the same areas, the COVR-2022 showed great coverage. For gamers and streamers wondering what performance would be like using the Covr, check out the speed test results:
As with all great things in the tech world, performance comes at a price. Whether the price is worth paying depends entirely on the level of importance you place on wireless coverage at your location. For the student doing the occasional web browsing from their iPad, this is probably an overkill. Something more affordable like the D-Link DAP-1860 AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender would be more appropriate. However, if you are an avid gamer or heavy video streamer (Netflix 4K anyone) the COVR-2022 should be in your networking arsenal if you don’t have LAN ports everywhere.