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What­ever your home or of­fice’s sit­u­a­tion, whether you’ve got the lat­est op­tic fi­bre in­ter­net con­nec­tion or lowly ADSL1, ev­ery­one knows that feel­ing of frus­tra­tion when your mo­bile de­vice won’t con­nect to the in­ter­net. For­tu­nately, thanks to D-Link’s new Covr sys­tem, it’s not some­thing that any­body needs to suf­fer with any more.

Wi-Fi has been around for a while, but even the lat­est Wi-Fi routers strug­gle to beam a sig­nal up­stairs or to the far end of a prop­erty. Wi-Fi extenders can help but tend to be fid­dly to setup, suf­fer re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues and usu­ally end up re-beam­ing a cur­rent net­work’s sig­nal around the premises us­ing a sep­a­rate net­work with a dif­fer­ent name! All this hap­pens af­ter an ini­tial setup which can in­volve ac­cess­ing com­pli­cated set­tings and per­form­ing tricky firmware up­dates.

But now ev­ery­thing has changed.


D-Link’s Covr is a seam­less, mesh Wi-Fi sys­tem which uses three sep­a­rate Covr Points to beam Wi-Fi around your house. The Covr Points come pre­con­fig­ured out of the box so you don’t need to con­nect them to each other, just spread them evenly around your home and they’ll all start talk­ing to one an­other. Set­ting up is eas­ier than ever, just plug the pri­mary Covr Point into your ex­ist­ing mo­dem or router, down­load the D-Link Wi-Fi app, fol­low the brief in­struc­tions and you’re up and run­ning. Any firmware up­dates hap­pen au­to­mat­i­cally. If you pre­fer to set things up man­u­ally, you can easily do so via a web browser.


D-Link’s Wi-Fi app lets you name your net­work and of­fers other nifty fea­tures. It lets you set up a guest net­work so that vis­i­tors can ac­cess your in­ter­net with­out be­ing able to ac­cess other net­work de­vices, files and stor­age.

It can also set up ac­cess sched­ules which can, for in­stance, en­sure that Wi-Fi is only avail­able to an er­rant teenager’s de­vice at spe­cific times. The D-Link Wi-Fi app makes this very sim­ple: just click on the de­vice and set a sched­ule for it.

The app also shows you, at a glance, the net­work’s sta­tus plus its IP ad­dress, IPv6 ad­dress, net­work name and pass­word. It shows you what de­vices are con­nected at any one time plus the sta­tus of any extenders you may also have op­er­at­ing.


Con­nect­ing to the net­work doesn’t even re­quire a pass­word thanks to Wi-Fi Pro­tected Setup (WPS) switches be­ing lo­cated on each Covr Point – just press the but­ton, ac­ti­vate WPS on your de­vice and you’re con­nected!

If your de­vice doesn’t have Wi-Fi, you can make use of the two Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ports in each node and con­nect your de­vice with a net­work ca­ble.

One of the best parts of D-Link’s Covr sys­tem is that the one, seam­less net­work you cre­ate, has one SSID so you won’t have to re­con­nect to dif­fer­ent net­works as you get fur­ther away from or closer to dif­fer­ent Covr Points.

But what of per­for­mance? Not all Wi-Fi mesh sys­tems are cre­ated equal. D-Link’s Covr Points each sup­port the 1200ac Wave-2 du­al­band Wi-Fi stan­dards which means they’re ca­pa­ble of 1,200Mbps through­put speeds. They also have MU-MIMO which stands for Mul­ti­ple User Mul­ti­ple In Mul­ti­ple Out an­ten­nae. This means that each Covr Point is ca­pa­ble of main­tain­ing

mul­ti­ple in­di­vid­ual con­nec­tions across mul­ti­ple an­ten­nas within each Covr Point – in fact there are three re­ceiv­ing an­ten­nas in each! Con­se­quently, de­vices will nei­ther be able to hog all the band­width nor be able to slow the whole net­work down be­cause they use older, slower, legacy tech­nol­ogy stan­dards: each de­vice will main­tain speed with­out be­ing com­pro­mised by other net­work de­vices.


D-Link’s Covr sys­tem goes even fur­ther to boost per­for­mance thanks to its in­tel­li­gent “Steer­ing” tech­nol­ogy. If you’re a Wi-Fi en­thu­si­ast who cares about which band each de­vice is on (or if you’re a Wi-Fi novice who doesn’t know the dif­fer­ence be­tween 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands) Covr has you cov­ered by in­tel­li­gently and dy­nam­i­cally choos­ing which is the best band for your de­vice to con­nect to. If, for in­stance, a TV re­quires high band­width to stream Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion video, Covr will place it on the chan­nel with the most band­width thereby en­sur­ing a stut­ter-free stream.

An­other win­ning tech­nol­ogy from D-Link is called, “Smart Roam­ing.” This means that as you move around your home, Covr will al­ways en­sure you have the op­ti­mum con­nec­tion to the node with the strong­est sig­nal and that you won’t, say, stay con­nected to a dis­tant node while mov­ing up­stairs and get closer to an­other node. As such, there will be no buf­fer­ing or stut­ter­ing no mat­ter how far or wide you roam.

And how far is that? With a pack of three Covr Points, you can bring Wi-Fi ac­cess to up to 465 square me­tres, enough cov­er­age for a wide va­ri­ety of hous­ing sizes and con­fig­u­ra­tions.


Wi-Fi de­vices have a habit of be­ing the ugli­est de­vices in the whole world of tech­nol­ogy. D-Link’s Covr Points con­versely, might just be the pret­ti­est. Each diminu­tive Point sports smooth tri­an­gu­lar curves and looks like and ob­jet d’art that would easily fit into the most stylish homes or easily be stowed out of sight. Uniquely, the coloured cover of the Covr can be re­moved and re­placed with dif­fer­ent op­tions. It comes with a set of rose gold cov­ers, as well as a blue or gold cover if you want to mix it up.

With D-Link’s Covr Seam­less Wi-Fi sys­tem, you sim­ply don’t need to worry about con­nec­tiv­ity in your home any more. Whether you’ve got mul­ti­ple de­vices spread across mul­ti­ple fam­ily mem­bers or just need to guar­an­tee that your TV or gam­ing ma­chine has the fastest and most re­li­able net­work con­nec­tion pos­si­ble, Covr pro­vides the fastest to set up, fastest per­form­ing, zero-has­sle blan­ket of cov­er­age you’ll need.

“Covr pro­vides the fastest to set up, fastest per­form­ing, zero-has­sle blan­ket of cov­er­age you’ll need”

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