D-Link unveils whole-home Wi-Fi products at CES2017-01-04 14:02 by Daniela
D-Link today announced a new whole-home Wi-Fi solution, the Covr Wi-Fi System (DKT-883). The $300 Covr Wi-Fi System consists of a 4x4, AC2600, dual-band Wi-Fi router (model DIR-883) pre-paired with a 2x2, AC1300, dual-band Wi-Fi range extender (model DAP-1655).
The DIR-883 is a quad-stream (4x4) router that has a top speed on the 5GHz band of 1,733 megabits per second and on the 2.4GHz up to 800Mbps. The DAP-1655 is a 2x2 device with up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band and 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. It also has two Gigabit LAN ports. This unit automatically replicates the Wi-Fi setting of the router unit.
Unlike a mesh network, where the router and several access point all talk to each other, D-Link's Covr system will—at launch, at least—operate in a hub-and-spoke topology: Each access point (AP) will establish a connection directly to the router, but APs won't communicate with each other to form a mesh.
D-Link says a future update will enable these components to operate as a true mesh network, but it didn't provide details when that would happen.
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