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Tenda MW6 Nova Wave 2 802.11AC, Mu-Mimo Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System, 3-Pack
- REAL MESH NETWORK: Supports mandatory mesh Wi-Fi technical protocol 802.11s, the next-gen wireless router built for your smart home.
- ROUTER & EXTENDER REPLACEMENT: Replaces existing router and Wi-Fi extender solution, works as real Mesh wireless access point system behind current router. Compatible with major modem and internet service providers including AT&T, Comcast,Time Warner, Verizon Fios, Spectrum and others.
- HIGH CAPACITY AND COMPLETE FLEXIBILITY: Creates a seamless, one name mesh Wi-Fi environment for your high-capacity network demands. Supports a maximum of 90 connected devices simultaneously. Each node covers up to 2,000 sq. ft of living space and eliminates dead zones. Easily expand your Wi-Fi router network.
- SEAMLESS ROAMING FOR ALL: Every unit works together to form a real mesh Wi-Fi network, creating a truly seamless online experience. Phones, laptops and most Wi-Fi devices automatically connect to the strongest access point when moving throughout your home.
- EASY SETUP: Tenda Wi-Fi APP helps you setup, monitor and manage your home mesh Wi-Fi network easily and quickly. The APP allows you to add more units in minutes, monitor the network status, and includes built-in parental controls to schedule Internet access for your children.
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Support Multiple Devices
Nova's Wave 2.0 MU-MIMO and beamforming technology keeps multiple devices connected simultaneously, concentrating Wi-Fi signals and aiming them directly at the target.
Easy Setup And Parental Controls
Tenda WiFi App makes network setup and management efficient and friendly – joining your household under one Wi-Fi name and password, including parental controls and guest access security.
Enjoy Seamless Wi-Fi Roaming Throughout Your Home
If signals weaken as you move around, your devices will automatically scan for the strongest access point to deliver a better Wi-Fi experience (virtually eliminating dropped connections).
Get Your Wi-Fi Under Control
With the Tenda Wi-Fi App you can setup your network quickly, create a guest network to protect your privacy, see which devices are connected to manage access priority, and schedule your child’s online activity using parental controls.
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The mesh cubes connected with no interaction from me other than plugging in the power. Wonderfully easy.
This is most certainly overkill for my house. 1500 sq ft ranch. However it was built in the early 1900's so the walls are chicken wire and plaster. Almost making my house a faraday cage all by its self lol. Every wireless router I have had could not penetrate these walls easily. Leaving dead spots every where in the house. This is supposed to cover 6,000 sq ft. It does now cover my entire house and out into my yard for 20-40ft or so.So the coverage and the switching between mesh cubes is absolutely seamless. If the hardware holds up, it does a great job of getting through my chicken wire and plaster walls. None of the cubes are what I would consider in ideal locations either.
Now this is part bad and part good. The install, if I had of known the issues below, would have been super easy. reboot modem, connect after a few minutes, set wifi id and password and you were pretty close to being done. However, because I didnt know you couldnt even set basic dhcp settings, I spent a couple hours trying to get this up and running
The Wifi has both 2.4ghz and 5ghz. You can not separate them or turn one of them on/off or even set separate IDs. The cubes automatically bounce you between 2.4ghz and 5 ghz depending on your signal and throughput.Its both good and bad, bad if you like to have certain devices only on 1 bandwidth. now you cant separate them
Now the bad
The power adapters. the prongs are facing the wrong way. Instead of the adapter being out to the side of your power strip, Its going to cover at least 1 or 2 spots on your power strip unless you have an end spot open. I still dont understand why these are even an issue in 2018. Is it that hard to make it so it doesnt take up other spots on the power strip?
There is virtually no setup you can do with the Tenda network app. It will not allow you to set your own dhcp range. In fact, it gives you the option for 10.0.0.1 or the ip address from your modem, . Now here is the over the top upsetting one. It will give you a 192.168 address but... and your going to love this... 192.168.5.x address.
WTF?????? why in any sane civilized world would it select 192.168.5 for anything nor will it let you change it? Oh, all your devices that are configured with static ips are no longer even on the same freaking subnet!!!!
Here is one thats just going to make some folks laugh. It does allow you to have port forwarding but, and I cant stress how bad this is enough.... It does not allow you to set static IPs. what good is port forwarding when your ip is going to change? 99.9% useless.
There is also no web interface to get to via your computer.
I called tech support and asked about these issues. While the guy was very nice, I was basically told the current revision does not allow any of those things. Its possible it may get added in future revisions but I mean come on, this is super basic router stuff that any $20 router will have.
Another issue. This assigns a connection specific dns setting to tendrawifi.com
This causes your first 2 dns lookups to fail as its trying to resolve this tendawifi.com suffix, then it will go to your dns settings in the router. This is very bad and needs to be removed.
This has been out for at least 5 months that I can tell, and none of these features have been added in that time? Either this is currently their first actual live rev or I cant even imagine what functionality it didnt have if there are earlier revs.
There is no dynamic dns options for those of us that like to remote into our home systems either (probably a little more advanced feature)
Now with all this said, this could easily be a 4-5 star product IF and this is a huge IF they add these basic features that can be found in practically the cheapest routers known to man all over the world... This is for firmware version 220.127.116.11(4258)
Im trying to make this work but I have a feeling im going to have to send this system back.Its just lacking in so many basic needed features.I would say that if you are average joe user with almost no networking knowledge and are trying to set this up, You could do it easy enough. But if you do anything other than connect your computer and tablets to it, your not going to be able to do any configuration. This means cameras with static ips are screwed, any servers you may be running and a host of other stuff. This firmware needs serious work.
Edit note: If these features get added, I would gladly update my rating to reflect it. Like I said, this has great potential. They just need to get some basic features in and some advanced features would be nice as well, Dynamic Dns, configurable vpn so you can use the vpn settings of your favorite service. Some basic firewall settings as well.
Update Number 1 4/20/18
They updated the wifi app and added 2 new features.
And guess what, you can now assign your ip range. Well, the starting range of the detected choices. You get a pinwheel to select your numbers. Still have a long way to go, but it appears they are listening.
I was able to, in the span of ten minutes, unbox one cube, shut down my existing modem and router combo, swap out the router for this little cube, install the app on a phone since that's how they want you to set it up, and power up everything.
The in-app setup was almost too easy, as I had the network named the way I wanted, with the password we needed, all with minimal, guided effort. Getting the second cube set up 30 feet and one thick wall away was very, very easy. All that was needed was positioning the cube, and getting it power. Beyond that, it paired itself, and had a good, solid connection inside of two minutes.
I spent five minutes afterward, cursing and complaining that it was too easy to set up.
There are a number of out-of-box quirks that I've observed:
1. There is no web-based user interface AT ALL.
Yes, for those of you who like to manage your routers from the comfort of your desktop browser, this is well and truly not available.
It forces you to rely on your Android or iOS bearing cellphone or tablet to manage connections and see who's connected, what IP address they have in the network, and so on. For those of us who still use Windows Phone or Windows Mobile, we're out of luck.
2. There is no IPv6 support! This is very disappointing, given that this is hardware that supports 802.11ac, the current standard for wireless connections, made long after it's been known that IPv4 is facing depletion.
It's an annoyance, but NAT is a thing that's been going on for a while. I'll deal with it, especially since it's possible for a future firmware update to actually add in IPv6 support.
3. The default IP range is strange, but there are a couple of other choices in the app.
4. There's no option to set a dedicated IP for hardware that connects to the network.
This will make printing a small headache, as we have one laser printer which would fare best with a static IP.
The Tenda app is still useful, as it does help you to visually identify what is connected to your network, including the brand, operating system, or given hostname of most devices. I could identify my desktop PC immediately, along with the smart TV, my tablet, and my cellphone. As others came online, I could identify them, from the lonely Amazon Echo Dot upstairs to an HTC cellphone, and a laptop. There are handy dots running down the left side of the device page with brand logos, and info on whether a device is using a 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, or wired connection in the case of the printer.
The connection to the router will attempt to auto-negotiate the fastest options first, so wired devices that can also be plugged in will go to the wired connection first. Wireless devices will attempt to latch on to the 5 GHz connection first, and only if that fails does it move down to the 2.4 GHz connection. It will start with Wireless-AC first, and then negotiates down to Wireless-N. It may go further, but I lack devices to test that far down the spectrum at the moment.
For those who need wired connections, each cube has ONE, repeat ONE Ethernet port on it for your use. I've not tested whether it will let you use a switch with that port to multiplex that out.
On wireless connections, though, I've not had a connection this strong since moving into this house, even with a traditional repeater setup. I'm pulling 150-160 Mbps down from our ISP according to a casual SpeedTest run, which is just under our modem's speed cap, from the far end of our house, and it is beautiful.
For comparison, prior to this installation, I would pull 30-40 Mbps from the same computer.
The short takeaway from this is simple:
If you need a mesh router system that is simple, has no bells and whistles, and is most importantly EASY to set up, Tenda has a nice piece of kit here for an easy price.
If you need additional bells and whistles, and deeper configuration, you may need to look at more traditional solutions, as it is not available in this hardware and software config.