Friday, 14 December 2018 00:09

The first mesh Wi-Fi under $200 has launched in Australia

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Today, access to Wi-Fi is almost as much a daily requirement as food and water. Tenda, a pioneer in the Wi-Fi router industry, wants to ensure your home is fully covered.

Tenda has released its mesh Wi-Fi products, the Nova MW6 and smaller sibling Nova MW3, in Australia, just in time for Christmas. These devices represent excellent value.

Tenda is a global brand recognised widely for its routers and other networking products. The company started in China and has recently branched out to Australia. While the brand is new to Australian audiences the company isn’t holding itself back in offering the best of what it offers to our region, entering with the Nova MW6 and MW3.

These mesh Wi-Fi units directly target smart home and moderate-to-big homeowners who are looking for reliable and stable Wi-Fi across their property.

These flagship Tenda products are available as of December and are the most affordable mesh Wi-Fi systems on the market. Tenda has secured a strong relationship with authorised resellers, as listed on their website.

The MW6 is the big brother of the to, and is a 1200Mbps gigabit mesh router. It has a strikingly simple yet unique cube-link design with symmetrically drawn lines across it, giving a distinctive and stylish appearance. The MW6 comes in sets of one, two or three units, to suit your needs and home size. The sets come with adapters, ethernet cables and an installation guide. Tenda promises up to 500 square metres of coverage and our tests certainly showed this to be the case.

Thanks to the interlinked technology of mesh Wi-Fi, I could use my smart bulb and thermostat connected to other MW6 units from my bedroom. The MW6 comes equipped with a gigabit ethernet port to provide a powerful wired connection for your smart TV or game console or any other device that needs a cabled connection.

Why mesh however? Well, a conventional Wi-Fi access point right in the centre of a single storey, thin walled, home may provide perfect coverage. For the rest of us, no doubt you and your children know about the spots in your home and yards where Wi-Fi weakens significantly and even drops out. The solution previously was to use Wi-Fi extenders or repeaters, stand-alone devices that you positioned somewhere inside the “good” Wi-Fi zone, and which would then broadcast Wi-Fi again within a radius from there.

Yet, you were largely left to your own experimentation as to whether this was well-placed. If you had multiple dead areas - a multi-storey house, for example, then you needed multiple devices, and each was independent, necessitating its own set-up. Worse, they could potentially interfere with each other.

Here’s where the Nova whole home mesh Wi-Fi system by Tenda comes in.

Connecting Tenda nova mesh unit is a breeze, one unit needs to be physically connected to your internet connection. The remaining modules will talk to each other, leaving all the remaining LAN ports for cabling in devices or a network switch to provide Ethernet connectivity. The app also allows you to implement parental controls, to disable or enable groups of devices, to create a guest Wi-Fi network separate from your main one, to set up QoS for traffic prioritisation, and to block unauthorised users. 

With wire-line backhaul and pre-paired devices out of the box, Tenda nova are your go-to mesh routers in today's time. 

The features are wonderful, but what’s also wonderful is the price. The MW3 retails for $199 for a three-pack, making it the first mesh unit in Australia under $200 that covers up to 300 square meters with reliable Wi-Fi. The MW6 retails for $399 for a set of three. You can also buy the units in single and double packs. The units are pre-paired when bought together. This price point makes them one of the most affordable power-packed Mesh units available.

Tenda has a strong history in the tech industry and as such, it is a reputable brand, even if it was previously not one familiar to Australia.

In fact, Tenda is well-known in homes around the world, being a global networking brand. The company was established in 1999 with the goal of providing the best networking solutions at the best price. Tenda has made its way into customers hearts and minds. The company holds expertise in mesh, routers, range extenders, access points, Powerline, Wi-Fi adapters, switches and other products. It has two well-equiped research and development centres to ensure the brand keeps offering best-in-class technology to customers.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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