Turn on your Mesh WiFi! devolo presents new “Mesh WiFi 2” kits for fast Internet throughout the home
The Aachen, Germany-based networking specialists from devolo are showing the red card to weak Wi-Fi. Thanks to the new Mesh WiFi 2-kits, unstable connections are a thing of the past. This is made possible thanks to the innovative combinations of mesh Wi-Fi and G.hn technology as the backbone that routes the signal through walls and ceilings. This makes fast Wi-Fi available in any room. Thanks to features such as multi-user MIMO, Access Point Steering and beamforming, the system automatically brings all end devices into the network at top speed.
Switch off your WiFi. Turn Mesh WiFi on!
The new Mesh WiFi 2 product line brings state-of-the-art Wi-Fi technology into your home – while keeping unstable connections out of the picture entirely. The user experience here is simple plug-and-play: 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 Wi-Fi adapters (Starter Kit and Multiroom Kit) that provide comprehensive network coverage throughout the home. Therefore, the router's Wi-Fi function can and should be switched off for good. On most routers, you can do this by simply pressing a button. This is good news, primarily for users of older routers: 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 simply handles all the wireless data transmission, thereby 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 Wi-Fi with Autopilot: Access Point Steering
Mesh Wi-Fi represents a networked Wi-Fi 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 videos that are streamed online always remains stable and video calls with those near and dear to you don't get interrupted – even while you walk from room to room.
But why does conventional Wi-Fi perform so poorly when users walk around the home, for instance from the living room to the kitchen? This is because end devices usually remain connected to a single hotspot, which quickly becomes a problem with smartphones, tablets or laptops (“sticky clients”). In contrast, the smart mesh Wi-Fi from devolo uses "Access Point Steering" to automatically switch end devices over to the specific Wi-Fi access point with the strongest signal, thereby ensuring that the connection is always optimised.
This feature is just one of many mesh tools that helps to bring an end to poor Wi-Fi 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 2.4 GHz band starts to get too bogged down with traffic, the system automatically switches to the 5 GHz band – without the user having to do a thing. 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.
More fun for everyone: MU-MIMO
Thanks to "multi-user, multiple input, multiple output" technology (MU-MIMO), multiple end devices are simultaneously provided with optimal Wi-Fi connections. One example: 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 climb to the top of the online high score lists in their game and that important video conference in the home office is held without a single interruption.
Prices and availability
The devolo Mesh WiFi 2 is now available in two different variants: The Starter Kit contains two adapters at a price of 249.90 euros (including VAT). For coverage of larger living spaces, the devolo Mesh WiFi 2 Multiroom Kit offers three adapters at a price of 369.90 euros (including VAT). 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.