D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home WiFi: Mesh Coverage for everyone

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Mesh routing coverage has become very popular these days and is replacing a single router for larger homes and dwellings. The Covr AC3900 whole home WiFi system is able to provide smooth consistent blanket coverage of up to 6,000 square feet. The Best of CES 2017 award winner provides increased range with smart coverage that allows you to move freely about your home without skipping a beat.

“With the COVR-3902, D-Link has got you Covr’d”

D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home WiFi: Mesh Coverage for everyone
COVR-2600R & COVR-1300 range extender

Convenience & Speed

A single SSID offers the ultimate convenience and frees you from constantly switching from your main router to one of your access points manually. The difference is that the Covr AC3900 mesh router system provides consistent mesh coverage with integrated Smart Band Steering that will automatically connect you to the best band and access point so you don’t need to think about it.

D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home WiFi: Mesh Coverage for everyone
Covr AC3900 Mesh WiFi system

The COVR-3902 whole home WiFi system provides fast, consistent speeds for heavy throughput like on 4k video, streaming media and the all important online pc gaming. Ultra-fast 4×4 MU-MIMO technology allows 4 devices to simultaneously send/receive data at the same time without degrading performance; unlike traditional router setups that force each device to wait their turn. Think of it as a 4-lane highway with each lane providing traffic in both directions.

A potential combined speed of 1732 Mbps on the 5 GHz band with an additional 800 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz for up to 2533 mbps can be achieved. Smart Roaming allows you to roam about your coverage area of up to 6,000 square feet with a single SSID name, an incredibly convenient feature. When your device is connected to the main AC2600 router D-Link’s PowrZone facilitates up to 2x faster speeds when compared with other routers.

D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home WiFi: Mesh Coverage for everyone
D-Link Covr AC3900: COVR-2600R & COVR-1300E

Performance

The COVR-3902 provides dual-band signal with extender that does what it says. Coverage is consistent and is able to provide fast speeds throughout our home and then some. Setup is incredibly easy as it is with most any D-Link device: easy setup D-Link has excelled in. We’re able to dismantle our dual-band MOCA (internet over F-Pin, cable line) range extender and cut some more wires which is always helpful around the home and office. It’s not outlandish to have upwards of 20 or more devices with all the connected cams, refrigerators, tablets, smartphones, connected door locks etc that can be continuously running or listening on your network these days.

Your performance will vary depending on the amount of walls & signal interference that is present at your location but positioning the router and extender away from obstructions and clutter is your best bet for optimal performance.

With mobile data usage being a concern for many, the Covr AC3900 WiFi system is able to provide consistent coverage and speeds over 4 floors (includes the basement) as well as outside our home so you can safely use your mobile devices without, weak signal, being knocked offline or incurring mobile data fees.

Look & Feel

D-Link has taken a more utilitarian approach to design and has moved away from the cool looking AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router DIR-895L/R and EXO designs that are worthy of display. In place of the gaming style designs D-Link opted for a more traditional one. The Covr system focuses on performance and convenience over the physical design of it.

As long as D-Link isn’t moving back toward those awful beer can designs we’re good.

The footprint isn’t that small with the COVR-2600R measuring 10.95 x 8.10 x 2.07 inches so for the benefit of your deskspace and transmission-sake you should position it away from obstructions, wall mounting is a good option. The COVR-1300 puck-style range extender is about the size of an Apple TV measuring 5.28″ x 5.28″ x 1.28″ and can comfortably sit on a tabletop or top of your bookcase.

The front of the 2600R router has 5 LEDs; Your obligatory Power and Internet LEDs, 1 for the 2.4GHz and 1 for the 5GHz bands and finally a USB LED for the USB 3.0 port located on the front edge of the router. The COVR-1300E range extender also includes 5 LED indicators for Power, 2.4GHz uplink/downlink and 5 GHz uplink/downlink connections.

D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home WiFi: Mesh Coverage for everyone
D-Link Covr AC3900, COVR-1300E Range Extender

Specs & Setup

Simplified and straight forward, mesh routing provides quick easy setup for most users that just want to provide the best internet experience they can to their family without the tinker time. If you prefer, you can even use D-Link’s iOS or Android app to setup the device over your smartphone.

The Covr AC3900 WiFi system is simple to setup with screenshots as virtually any other D-Link device and the range extender is pre-paired which makes things that much easier. The setup wizard will walk you through step by step. If you require additional help, D-Link provides some of excellent tech support.

D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home WiFi: Mesh Coverage for everyone
Covr AC3900 includes COVR-2600R router & COVR-1300 Range Extender

It comes with the COVR-2600R router with 4 detachable antenna, COVR-1300 WiFi range extender, Power Adapter, Ethernet cable, quick installation guide and WiFi config card.

The Covr AC3900 system handles both 2.5Ghz & 5Ghz network bands over IEEE 802.11ac/n/g/b/a wireless standards compatible with Windows, Mac or Linux OS’s. You can also extend the network further with the addition of an extra COVR-1300 Range Extender.

D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home WiFi: Mesh Coverage for everyone
Setting up Covr AC3900 Mesh WiFi system

A 4-port Ethernet array along with WPS setup, Reset and WiFi on/off button reside the rear of the 2600R along with the Power Port, Power button and Internet uplink port. The rear of the COVR-1300E features 2x LAN ports, Power Port, Power Button, Reset and Wi-Fi on/off buttons.

The COVR-2600R supports bridge mode if your ISP already supplies you with a router, though you may want to consider just buying just a range extender like D-Links DAP-1860 AC2600 or replacing your ISP’s router an using the COVR AC3900 whole home WiFi coverage system instead.

Additional Features

With the availability of USB 3.0 becoming more present in our world, sharing files over the router as your impromptu file server is more feasible than ever. Just a USB 3.0 stick and the appropriate bandwidth from your ISP you can effectively share files to yourself for streaming music, movies or just plain ol file access you might need while you’re on the go. Supports media players, game consoles, and TVs with DLNA (Digital Living Networking Alliance) support.

Public WiFi access points can be convenient but also unsecure. You can never tell if a WiFi network is secure or has been compromised. It wouldn’t be the first time hackers have set up a WiFi signal with the specific intention to intercept your sensitive information. Quick VPN (virtual private networking) allows you to connect to a public wifi signal and tunnel through over an encrypted connection to your home network’s internet when you are out traveling. This secures your transmissions from any prying eyes on an unknown or public wifi spot. This will also allow you to bypass any web filtering that denies access to certain websites.

Other features include support for IPv4/IPv6, Dynamic DNS, Guest Zone, Scheduling & Website Filter, QOS Engine.

A basic Website Filter allows you to block out sites manually at the router level. There’s also a very basic set of parental controls that allow you to use up to 10 schedules to apply to any number of users.

D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home WiFi: Mesh Coverage for everyone
D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home WiFi System

Conclusion

D-Link’s Covr AC3900 system is like a traditional router/extender setup that couples the COVR-2600R router with the COVR-1300 WiFi range extender to create a fast mesh networking experience. The AC3900 Whole Home WiFi system integrates D-Link’s AC SmartBeam Technology to provide you with a seamless experience throughout your home that is free of deadzones. Setup is fast and convenient. With a drop in price for the holidays, at $269.99 the 2017 CES award winning Covr AC3900 system is a no brainer if you’re in the market for a good mesh router for your family.

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