With more connected devices coming into our homes each day, Wi-Fi speed and coverage can take a hit. D-Link has announced two new “whole-home” Wi-Fi solutions at CES 2017 today: the Covr Wi-Fi System and the Covr Powerline Wi-Fi System.
“D-Link’s Covr technology transforms the traditional router-extender solution to an easy to use Wi-Fi System that eliminates the hassles of traditional Wi-Fi while blanketing an entire home with a reliable, fast signal,” said Anny Wei, president, D-Link. “Covr is a breakthrough system with advanced networking features designed to address today’s home Wi-Fi needs.”
Covr Wi-Fi System
The Covr Wi-Fi System is intended to be a simple solution for users and uses a high-performance router and seamless extender to create an ultra-fast and reliable single network within your home.
The Covr Wi-Fi router provides enough speed to manage 4K streaming and gaming on multiple devices. The seamless extenders help cover hard to reach areas of the home and work together to deliver a stronger Wi-Fi signal to your entire house. The included Wi-Fi SON (self-organizing network) features included with the Covr Wi-Fi systems help to simplify home networking.
Covr Wi-Fi System Key Features
- MU-MIMO Technology: Efficiently handles large groups of concurrent users
- Smart Steering: Devices automatically connect to the router and range extender depending on which networking device provides the optimal Wi-Fi signal
- 11AC Wireless Speeds2:
- AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-883) – 4×4 11ac with up to 1733Mbps on the 5GHz band and 800Mbps on 2.4GHz band for maximum throughput with less interference
- AC1300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Extender (DAP-1655) – 2×2 11ac with up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band and 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band
- Dynamic Adaption: Load balancing to ensure the 2.4GHz and 5GHZ bands are optimized
- Easy Setup: Router and Extender come pre-paired out of the box for simple setup
- Backwards Compatible: Supports legacy devices and Wi-Fi standards (802.11n/g)
Covr PowerLine Wi-Fi System
The Covr PowerLine Wi-Fi System, on the other hand, uses Powerline technology and connects to an existing home router and uses a set of adapters to create fuller coverage in your home. PowerLine technology uses existing electrical wiring to transfer network data, and each Covr PowerLine adapter features three Gigabit Ethernet ports for connecting computers, smart TVs, consoles, and other devices without needing to run long ethernet cables through your home.
Covr PowerLine Wi-Fi System Features
- The DHP-W732AV kit includes two DHP-W730AV Adapters (one for connecting to your home network and the other for extending the wireless network) offering a host of benefits.
- PowerLine AV2 1300 for speeds of up to 1200Mbps
- 11AC Wave 2 Technology with advanced MU-MIMO for better network efficiency
- Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
- Plug-and-Play installation
The Covr Wi-Fi System will have an MSRP of $299.99USD while the Covr PowerLine Wi-Fi System will cost $199.99USD. Additional Seamless Extenders will also be available. Both systems will be available in the second quarter of this year.
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