IF YOU WANT UL­TI­MATE 4K STREAM­ING & FAST KILL CA­PA­BIL­ITY YOU NEED A MIMO WI FI NET­WORK

SmartHouse - - ACCESSORIE­S // TV REMOTES - Writ­ten by DAVID RICHARDS

To get the ul­ti­mate sound and dis­play ex­pe­ri­ence out of a 4K Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion TV you need two ad­di­tional com­po­nents, a 24-bit sound bar to han­dle the high res 4K au­dio and above all the lat­est in MIMO wire­less net­work tech­nol­ogy.

There is no point spend­ing thou­sands on a new gen­er­a­tion premium TV to then find that your Net­flix or stream­ing con­tent is slow or you have just missed a gam­ing kill be­cause of the speed of your net­work.

The re­al­ity is that de­vices we use ev­ery day are be­com­ing “smart” and can be linked to a home net­works. Whereas just a few years ago a home router com­monly had just a phone, PC, and maybe a tablet con­nected, you’ll of­ten now find more con­nec­tions than you can count on two hands. Stream­ing TV, mak­ing calls, dim­ming lights, and ad­just­ing the tem­per­a­ture in your place is all han­dled over wire­less in­ter­net, pro­vided by a Wi-Fi router.

The fastest home routers to­day use MIMO tech­nol­ogy and one good op­tion is he new D Link Covr router that is both stylish and dis­creet while also be­ing able to de­liver the speeds and sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased mul­ti­ple con­nec­tion ca­pa­bil­ity.

When I first saw the new D Link Covr mesh net­work sys­tem at CES 2018, I was sus­pi­cious that a de­vice so small, could de­liver the Wi Fi cov­er­age and the band­width to be a se­ri­ous top end con­tender up against of­fer­ings from Google, Net­gear with their Orbi and Linksys, how wrong I was.

The $449 Covr C1203 is a dual-band dual-con­cur­rent AC1200 mesh sys­tem that is specif­i­cally de­signed to de­liver full net­work cov­er­age across mul­ti­ple level of a home or of­fice. What you im­me­di­ately no­tice when you un­pack this Wi Fi sys­tem is that it’s not only small and stylish it’s very clev­erly de­signed and like the Google Wi Fi of­fer­ing in­cred­i­bly easy to con­fig­ure.

Mesh net­work­ing is new and if you have pur­chased a new top end 4K Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion TV or are into stream­ing High Res au­dio you def­i­nitely need to in­vest in a prod­uct like the new D Link Covr for the sim­ple rea­son that it han­dles stream­ing sig­nif­i­cantly eas­ier and faster that a two or three-year-old router.

To­day one of the most vi­tal pieces of tech­nol­ogy in a home is the wire­less router, for the sim­ple rea­son that it has to han­dle mul­ti­ple at­tach de­vices, while also de­liver a lot more dig­i­tal traf­fic than in the past.

At CES D Link showed five new home Wi-Fi router prod­ucts.

Their brand new Covr line of wire­less mesh net­work­ing so­lu­tions come in two of­fer­ings the dual-band COVR-C1203 and the tri-band COVR-2202 which is set to be re­leased shortly.

The dual-band C1203 which I re­viewed uses three units to ex­tend Wi-Fi cov­er­age up to 465 square me­tres. The de­vice uses the AC1200 stan­dard and is built on MUMIMO tech­nol­ogy which is specif­i­cally de­signed han­dle large groups of users.

All you do to set up this de­vice is open your smart­phone and down­load the D Link Wi Fi An­droid or iOS app. The process only takes a few min­utes and is ex­tremly easy.

When you open the box, you will see that the top node is marked A this is the router while the other two nodes are ex­ten­ders that in­ter­con­nect to de­liver the best pos­si­ble sig­nal in a home.

You sim­ply con­nect the A router to your mo­dem which in my case was a Tel­stra ca­ble mo­dem.

Each node emits a bright white light which can be an­noy­ing.

All you do to set up this de­vice is open your smart­phone and down­load the D Link Wi Fi An­droid or iOS app.

The app warns you that the full syn­chro­ni­sa­tion process is in process and will take around 3 min­utes. This was not the case, it took longer leav­ing one won­der­ing whether the de­vices are ac­tu­ally sync­ing.

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