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Mesh WiFi 2 kits for fast internet throughout the home

18th February 2021
Alex Lynn

Networking specialist devolo is putting an end to weak WiFi with its new Mesh WiFi 2 kits. This is made possible thanks to the innovative combinations of mesh WiFi and G.hn technology as the backbone that routes the signal through walls and ceilings. 

Utilising features such as multi-user MIMO to deliver fast WiFi to any room with Access Point Steering and beamforming, the system automatically brings all end devices into the network at top speed.

The new Mesh WiFi 2 product line brings state-of-the-art WiFi technology into your home. The plug in and play user experience means that once plugged in, the adapters automatically connect via auto-pairing and instantly turn any power socket into an Internet access point.

The new devolo Mesh WiFi 2 kits consist of two or three mesh WiFi adapters (Starter Kit and Whole Home Kit) that provide comprehensive network coverage throughout the home. Therefore, the router's WiFi function can be switched off. This is good news for users of older routers as they don't have to replace their device with a new and expensive Internet router to benefit from the latest mesh functions.

Instead, the Mesh WiFi 2 system handles all the wireless data transmission, giving the home network a significant upgrade. The tri-band system transmits in the frequency bands of 2.4 and 5 GHz and also uses G.hn (which is currently the fastest Powerline standard) as the backbone – for stable data transfer via the mains supply in the home.

In addition, the wireless home network is highly secure thanks to WPA3. The current security standard of the WiFi Alliance is based on the WPA2 protocol and thanks to improved 128-bit encryption, offers strong protection against unwanted access. This also requires that the WiFi clients support WPA3 encryption. For all other end devices, WPA2 protection is still available.

Mesh WiFi represents a networked WiFi environment with smart control. The devolo system deliberately guides end devices to hotspots with best possible connection for the specific device (Access Point Steering). The playback of streamed videos and video chats remains stable even while you walk from room to room.

The reason conventional WiFi performs comparatively poorly to Mesh WiFi when users walk around the home is because end devices usually remain connected to a single hotspot. This can quickly become a problem with smartphones, tablets or laptops (‘sticky clients’). In contrast, the smart mesh WiFi from devolo uses ‘Access Point Steering’ to automatically switch end devices over to the specific WiFi access point with the strongest signal. This ensures that the connection is always optimised.

This feature is just one of many mesh tools that helps to bring an end to poor WiFi signals. On their part, end devices can change hotspots faster due to ‘Fast Roaming’ (Client Steering). By using beamforming, the devolo Access Points can transmit data to end devices with even greater precision, thereby optimising connection quality. Another feature known as ‘Band Steering’ is, in a sense, the air traffic controller in devolo's Mesh WiFi series.

It ensures that receivers always use the optimal frequency band. Whenever the 2.4GHz band starts to get too bogged down with traffic, the system automatically switches to the 5GHz band. The Mesh package is rounded out by ‘Airtime Fairness’. This provides even more support for network performance by fairly allocating the maximum connection time that is available for use by all end devices.

Thanks to ‘multi-user, multiple input, multiple output’ technology (MU-MIMO), multiple end devices are simultaneously provided with optimal WiFi connections. MU-MIMO means multiple activities at once. You can stream your favourite TV series in the living room in smooth 8K resolution while your children game online and that important video conference in the home office is held without a single interruption.

The devolo Mesh WiFi 2 is now available in two different variants: The Starter Kit contains two adapters at a price of £199.99 inc. VAT. For coverage of larger living spaces, the devolo Mesh WiFi 2 Whole Home Kit offers three adapters at a price of £299.99 inc. VAT. There is also the option to expand the network with additional Magic 2 WiFi Next Add-on adapters.

The devices are fully compatible with products from the devolo Magic series and all routers. devolo provides a 3-year manufacturer's warranty on all products. The devolo Home Network app is available at no charge for iOS and Android. It guides the user step-by-step through the set-up process and, after initial start-up, makes home network management a breeze. This makes state-of-the-art technology accessible – even to users who have little to no experience in working with network technology.

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