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D-Link COVR AC3900 Whole Home Wi-Fi System Reviewed

Discussion in 'Wireless Article Discussions' started by thiggins, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. TheManFromUncle

    TheManFromUncle Regular Contributor

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    There are those security issues again, supposedly fixed. Where is a wooden advocate when you need one?
     
  2. iangw

    iangw New Around Here

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    I just picked up the COVR package for $349 CAD on sale to upgrade my ASUS RT-N66U (running DD-WRT) and a powerline extender setup to my HTPC.

    I have the main router at one end of my 1000-sq-ft condo and the extender at the other end (approximately 30-40 feet through a couple walls). I see about 30MB/s doing a CIFS file transfer from my Synology DS1813+ NAS (connected via gigabit to the router) to my HTPC connected via gigabit switch to the extender on the 2x2 backhaul. I'd like to get to 50MB/s sustained, is there anything out there that will do that?

    I'm a bit underwhelmed by the firmware on the d-link unit, but the speed is definitely an improvement over the TP-Link AV2 Powerline extender I was using (about 10MB/s with a significant amount of audible interference being picked up by my amplifier on the same AC circuit). I have since relocated the AV2 extender to another computer and it gets about 200mbps in iPerf without causing interference.

    My question is - being it boxing day and sales abound - for a bandwidth intensive user (I want the highest possible backhaul speed between my HTPC and my wiring closet) is the Covr the best value?

    I'm considering the TP-Link AC3200 + RE650 combo, the Linksys EA9300+RE7000, or a Linksys EA9500+RE7000, which are all comparable prices right now due to boxing day or refurb deals.

    I do intend to run a wired backhaul to the HTPC eventually, so I also want something that will retain value when we move to a larger house in 3-4 years (like Wifi tech wont have dramatically changed!)
     
  3. e38BimmerFN

    e38BimmerFN Very Senior Member

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    I have the COVR in my 3500sq ft house. Works well and has great range at distant ends of the house from where the main router is to the extender and everything in between.

    I hear that the extender can be connected wired as well to the main router for additional performances.

    If your an intensive bandwidth use, wired is recommended. I have CAT6A as my house wired infrastructure here. Im so ready for 10Gb LAN. :D

     
  4. iangw

    iangw New Around Here

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    Yeah, this condo is a short-term home for us so I don't want to buy expensive solutions to a temporary problem. I poked my head up in the attic and I think I can run some UTP between the closet and the living room, so then it comes down to whether the COVR is the best solution to keep long-term or just stick with my RTN66U or the ISP-provided actiontec T3200M.
     
  5. e38BimmerFN

    e38BimmerFN Very Senior Member

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    Even if you go LAN cable, you can wired up the extender as well for additional performances. The COVR seems to be doing a great job here. I prefer non ISP HW. Has better development and support all around. My 2 cents.
     
  6. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    If you're ok with the Covr's routing features, it's a pretty good extender-type solution. For your situation, you should be considering only four-stream based backhaul if you can't go wired.

    The tri-band NETGEAR EX8000 and Linksys RE9000 would be the way to go for an extender to go with either of the routers you are considering. Either lets you finally do something useful with the second 5 GHz radio in a tri-band router; dedicated backhaul to an extender!
     
  7. iangw

    iangw New Around Here

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Eliminating the back-haul and first-hop requirements, would you still recommend the Covr in a wired backhaul environment? I'm a big fan of DD-WRT, but it's not a deal-breaker if the baked-in firmware has plenty of configurability. I think $250 is my personal price cap for a 4x4 tri-band router which leans me towards the EA9500 and then I could consider the RE9000 or the RE7000? Sorry if I'm getting off topic.
     
  8. iangw

    iangw New Around Here

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    I should add, there's unused coax sitting right by my HTPC, and my ISP-provided T3200M has a bonded moca 2.0 port on it....
     
  9. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    If you have Ethernet where you need it, a simple access point is more cost-effective and will work just as well.
     
  10. e38BimmerFN

    e38BimmerFN Very Senior Member

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    And the COVR extender would work in this case as well being LAN connected too.