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TENDA NOVA MW3 3-Pack AC1200 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System Upto 300m2 Coverage
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Tenda nova MW3 Dual-Band Whole Home Mesh WiFi System - 3 Pack - Dual Band: 2.4GHz + 5.0Ghz - 2x Ethernet Ports per Mesh Node - Primary Mesh Node: 1x WAN, 1x LAN - 2x 3dBi Internal Dual Band Antennas - Data Rates: 2.5Ghz (Up to 300Mbps), 5Ghz (Up to 867Mbps) - Dimensions: 90 x 90 x 90mm per Mesh Node - Includes: 3x Identical Mesh Nodes, 3x Power Adapters, 1x Quick Install Guide, 1x Ethernet Cable - MW3 - 3Pack - 3 Years Limited Warranty
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The app is very easy to use and better than web interface.
I found the my pings dropped compared to using cheap WiFi routers that ISPs provide.
No issue with using it with 20 devices over both 2.4 and 5ghz.
The app is basic and confusing for more advanced things. Like your cannot reserve an IP on the DHCP for a specific client.... Unless you forward an external port to the client, then it's IP will be bound.
It doesn't support ipv6 at all. The Ethernet is 100mpbs.
However it absolutely doors what it says it does. Seemlessly walk between rooms and it handoffs to other nodes without you having to do anything.
I have it set in bridge mode and have turned off my wifi via the Telstra modem. After initial setup was completed, I went back and changed the name & P/W of the Mesh to that of the Telstra network and then didn't need to bother updating all the devices connected.
Would recommend without any hesitation
If I had to find a con, the power lead could be a bit longer as you need to position as high as you can and most GPO’s are are close to floor level
Also noticed some comments about the 100Mbps wlan limit, noting that its not really a problem since Australian speeds aren't any higher than that at the moment! But a quick tip for anyone else, read/confirmed by other reviewers the MW6 as a primary node works with the MW3 so can go around that issue to have gigabit.
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We also have a number of Amazon devices and smart light switches/wall sockets, so each time the wifi dropped out these did not work correctly. Virgin have never been able to provide any help with this issue.
This was the reason for purchasing this MW3 setup. It really is as easy as it seems. You connect 1 of the cubes to the router (any cube) using the provided cable and the WAN/LAN port on the cube. This is then your primary. Using your phone download the Tenda WiFi app. On your phone, go to the wifi settings and connect to the cube (the wifi password is printed on the sticker on the cube) . In the app follow the setup, It asks you to name your network (SSID) and create a password (the one will enter on devices to connect a new device). I plugged in the other 2 cubes using the power cables provide in other rooms. and they showed up in the app. that is pretty much the full set up
It is very easy to use, it also has a few cool extra features built in. The coverage in the house is great, and it also give me wifi in the garden which i did not have before.
I wish I had bought them sooner, for anyone in a similar position I would definitely recommend buying them.
Living room = over 200mbit
Study = 60mbit
Main bedroom = 150mbit
Living room = 75mbit
Study = 40mbit
Main bedroom = 40mbit
Thought ah ok it's just the wifi channel lets change it, oh you cannot change it, hmm lets change the positions of them around the house, still no difference, decided to put them back in the box and send them back to amazon.
I would not say my house is very large and these boxes DID give excellent signal strength throughout the house but the wifi performance is VERY poor for me.
1. Switch off Wi-Fi on the main router. With mesh taking over the SSID which all your devices use, your main router has no role to play with Wi-Fi anymore. One exception though: if you have multiple SSIDs defined on your router say one for each band i.e. 2.4GHz and 5GHz, then you will need to keep one of the SSIDs active on the router as this Mesh can only have one SSID defined at the time of writing this review. Whichever SSID name is being ported to the Mesh should be turned off on the main router. Alternatively if the connected devices can be amended to use only one of the two (or more) SSIDs, then I would highly recommend that. Turning off Wi-Fi at the router will reduce band clashes and performance degradation.
2. Connect any one of the three NW3 nodes to the router via the supplied LAN cable. Once connected, use the Tenda app to name the WiFi SSID exactly what you had on the router with the same password. That way you won't need to change any devices' SSID and password and they continue as if nothing changed.
3. Using the app, go to settings and find the option for Internet Settings. Use the 'Bridge' option under it instead of the default 'DHCP'. The idea is to let the main router still be in control of all DHCP (including Static IP allocation), DNS etc and only let the Mesh deal with the Wi-Fi communication part. If you activate DHCP on the Mesh network, then you will get an IP range different to your router's. Nothing wrong with it except some devices can be very particular about the IP assigned and expect network shares etc to be available on the same network. Usually this mesh starts IP allocation at 192.168.5.* ... 5.254. You CANNOT change this to be the same range as the router's range, if DHCP is turned on at the router. Its one or the other device to control DHCP. Or do what I did, and use Bridge option to let the router decide and Mesh follow what the router allocates.
4. Start placing the other MW3 Mesh nodes in other rooms. Make sure the you check each nodes' signal strength before beginning to hammer nails on walls. I have simply left them under my beds in different rooms. They all have excellent signal strength so no more Wi-Fi blackouts, dropouts or unusable signal strength.
5. Turn on the 'Fast Roaming' option on the app. This important step will enable handing over of your mobile devices' connectivity from one node to another quicker, so you don't drop any signal strength. If you use older operating systems like Android 4 or iOS 4 etc then best keep this option off as it won't work with them.
That's it! I didn't need to read the manual in any great detail, but its included anyway if you wish to. For the price, the non-intrusive size, and most importantly the 100% signal strength in every corner of my house I can only give this product a 5*. I won't hesitate in recommending this to anyone looking to significantly improve Wi-Fi coverage their homes. Throw away those repeaters and large antennas and let the home router do just the wired networking and routing. Get this or any other Mesh network with at least 3 nodes and sort the Wi-Fi problem out forever!
After installing one Wi-Fi range extender, I was able use the Internet in the second floor, but really slow and the annoying fact to manually disconnect from one Wi-Fi to connect to the other, as the names are different, despite the same password and one being just "bridging" it.
Now the Wi-Fi signal is at 100% at any place in the house, as the new kit redirects you to the nearer box. As the Mesh truly bridges the original network, there's no need to disconnect/connect.
There's a lot of options and customization available, clearly in my case, this system is an overkill.
Now the speed: I didn't try to transfer files between computers, as I just have one desktop connected, 2 smart TVs and the PS4, plus the mobile phones.
I'm achieving about 90-95% of the 100mbps from my Virgin Broadband in the first floor. Connecting the desktop to the box, using a RJ45 is giving me better results. Wi-Fi gives about 80-85% of the 100mbps.
In the second floor is about 70-75% of the 100mbps, Wi-Fi. Didn't try connecting the desktop there yet using the RJ45.
Few other benefits was being able to connect my PS4 using the Ethernet, much faster than the limited 2.4GHz Wi-Fi.
Also was able to use online features from my Smart TV, as it is one of the "old" ones without Wi-Fi, and the dongle is eye-watering expensive.
Considering the price, and all the functions available, this item is a real gem. It will give you, not only a very good Wi-Fi coverage, but delivery very good speed, plus the flexibility to have 2 devices connected in the box via Ethernet cables, as if they inches from the original Broadband source.
Tried TP-Link boosters which helped slightly but not worth the money, also tried the WiFi over the power network devices, again not the best.
These popped up on the HotUKDeals site on offer and I’d not really heard of Mesh WiFi systems. I did some YouTube research and decided to take the plunge.
My only regret is not buying them earlier... simply amazing. Plugged the first one in the router and went to the furthest room in the house (previously no signal)... could not believe I had a full WiFi signal from just one device, ran a speed test and I was getting 70mb down and 19mb up.
Setup the other 2 devices around the house and now WiFi is a non-issue.
Simple to setup and almost plug & play
Highly recommend these if you’re have WiFi connection issues
Well, from unwrapping my parcel to sitting here in blanket wifi it has taken about 10 minutes to set up. The coverage is excellent and set up super simple. The speed tests in each corner of the house show I'm getting pretty much 100% throughout the house and its thick brick walls.
Now admittedly I don't do any gaming, but all the Alexa's and Hue's have been able to join with no problem and the devices are small and discreet enough that they don't look out of place in various points of the house.
I'm planning to build a home office at the bottom of the garden and I have no doubt that by adding an additional device it will get excellent coverage.
Colour me surprised and impressed!
These units were very easy to set up and it did not take me long to get good coverage across the whole place. The nice thing is that I have no problem roaming, which is such a relief after the frustration of "doing it myself" with extenders.
The units themselves are compact and so do not stick out amongst the furniture. I could have done with a longer lead since the ideal wifi location and the location of power sockets did not line up in one case.
All in all very satisfied.
The Bad: On one of my node units the status light came on when first setup & went out shortly after & hasnt worked since, it doesnt effect functionality but disappointing new out of the box, contacting Tenda support is a complete waste of time, emails are just ignored as is tweeting their support on Twitter, some people on Twitter have received a reply & I’ve even tried to get a response that way by tagging onto their tweets but still ignored. This lets Tenda down badly & really taints an otherwise good product, it stinks when companies dont answer their customers when they have issues like this! A good company that values its customers should ‘always’ have good back up.
I thought I'd give these a go and it is simplicity to set up, almost plug and play.
Then the fun started. In spite of the blurb these really can't cope with thick walls unless you drastically reduce the distance between the devices or have more than three. They are also limited by quite a short power cable - its amazing how many sockets are in dead spots. However that's what extension cables are for.
In the end I had to run a 10 metre ethernet cable to high point in the house from the hub to hook up the first pod. I then downloaded the Netgear app for tracking wifi signal strength as the single LED on the pods really doesnt give much away, a simple green, amber or red.
The second pod is only 3 metres from the first but the signal passes at an angle through a 2 foot wall, the third around 5 from this. All of them are upstairs and by arranging them this way I've covered all bar 2 rooms.
So far the signal is holding steady albeit around mid strength, unless nearly on top of the pod.
For the money they are good value - I'm a typical user on fibre but in the middle of nowhere, speed isnt much above 40mbs and so I'm not fussed about the 10/100 port. They are a neat little thing and can be easily hidden in the clutter but look good on their own
Like I say, the cable could be a little longer and don't expect miracles with very thick walls or foil insulation but to be fair after a bit of faffing and £5 on some cat 6 ethernet cable they are doing what they said.
The seamless room to room roaming is very good too. Great on wifi phone calls. I've turned off the wifi from the sky hub as I'm not sure if there could be interference.
Bargain at the price and I'd say ideal for your average user streaming TV, music etc.
I run these attached to a Virgin Superhub 3, on which I've switched off the wifi and exclusively use the Tenda network. I'd thoroughly recommend these if you're struggling with extenders. Since installing these my partner hasn't once uttered the line "the bloody internet's down again".
One caveat, ensure you upgrade the firmware the moment you get the kit up and running. Also,use the maintenance schedule to do a daily reboot. doing both these things should result in smooth sailing.
While the MW3s performed flawlessly, an increase in my Virgin broadband speed to 350mbps caused me to look for an option to ensure that speed could get around the house. The MW3s have only a 10/10 port and thus, despite being able to communicate between each other at higher speeds, can only take up to 100mbps in from your router or modem.
Cue the purchase of a single Tenda MW6, with its two Gigabit ports.
Oh dear. Oh dear oh f***ing dear.
The MW6 was a nightmare to setup. I had to delete the entirety of my MW3 network in the app first. Then set up the MW6 then add each of the other MW3 nodes individually again (I only added 5 of them).
Speed was great. Getting close to 200mbps over wifi on my phone was fantastic but ...
The MW6 would fall over EVERY DAY. It would simply lose its connection to the internet despite being connected directly to my router. I changed cables, spent money on fancy CAT 7 cables bit nothing improved. Worse still the wifi stayed alive and gave you know indication you weren't connected to the internet until you tried to go online, or asked Alexa a question. The only solution was to pull the power.
I found that the robot schedule on the MW6 simply wasn't working. I contacted Tenda, put stuff other forum but no response. I even tried using a plug in timer to force the power off, first once every 24 hours and the every 12. Occasionally this would give a few days of trouble free internet but then the unit began to fall over after a few hours.
In the end I removed al the Tendas, boxed them up and put them under a bed.
I bought a Linksys Velop three node system which has been up and online since the day I bought it (19th April).
The Tenda system is cheap, but sadly I think it's a case of buyer beware. The MW3s are ok but they aren't fast enough for some modern broadband speeds. The MW6, for me, is about as useful as a doorstop.
The Velop, on the other hadn't, took 10 minutes to set up, delivers 220mbps by wifi all around the house and JUST WORKS.
If anyone wants a three node Tenda MW3 setup for £40 I have two under my bed ...