Today we will be reviewing D-LINK COVR-1100 – a mesh WiFi that is capable of supporting up to 300Mbps bandwidth package, it’s also worth noting that it is one of few devices with EasyMesh certified – which I’ll explain in a sec.
In this post, we’ll be comparing the improvements that you can expect by comparing it against a regular AC1200 router in terms of performance and WiFi coverage.
Unboxing D-LINK COVR-1100
D-LINK COVR-1100 comes with:
- 3x COVR-1100
- 3x Power Adapter
- RJ45 Ethernet Cable
- Quick Installation Guide
- Warranty Card
Key Features & Benefits
Whether it’s seamless roaming, smart steering (changing between nodes and frequency bands), D-LINK COVR-1100 got you all covered.
Each mesh node comes with two-gigabit ports, a power socket, on-off button and not forgetting the WPS button.
Hardware & Specification
|Ethernet Ports||2 x Gigabit Ports|
|Antennas||Internal antenna (2x2+2x2)|
|Wireless Speed||1200Mbps (2.4G + 5G)|
|Dimensions||92 x 92 x 92 mm|
|CPU||Dual Core CPU|
|Coverage Area||Up to 5,000 sq. ft. ( 3-pack )|
|Features||EasyMesh Certified & Latest WPA3 Security|
Designed For WiFi Coverage Issues
As common household now regularly stream videos, video calls and the insurgence of smart home devices, COVR-1100 comes with MU-MIMO (2×2 + 2×2 internal antenna) that gives you better speed and optimization for the mentioned tasks.
You can also kiss goodbye to your WiFi deadzone spot as this AC1200 Mesh WiFi is able to cater up to 5,000 sq. ft, which means even if you’re living in a triple-storey house, it wouldn’t be an issue.
Networking gears used to be a “locked” product ecosystem as you gotta pair the different devices under the same brand just to get better performance due to different network profiles and settings.
Well not anymore.
EasyMesh certification is the latest WiFi standard initiated by WiFi Alliance, devices with this certification can interoperate without performance issues, even if they are not the same brand.
Happy to see that COVR-1100 is one of the few devices that comes with EasyMesh certification that promises interoperatibility with other EasyMesh-certified mesh products.
It’s a breakthrough in the industry as it gives you the flexibility to mix and match EasyMesh devices in your network.
Latest WPA3 Security
To our pleasant surprise, COVR-1100 actually came with latest WPA 3 security. It is the latest WiFi standard that offers better encryption and security!
Works as A Router or Bridge Mode
D-LINK COVR-1100 can directly replace and work as your router, or it can also act as a bridge/access point to work with your existing router to boost WiFi coverage.
How To Setup & Install & Setup COVR-1100?
Here are a few quick reminders before we proceed with the installation:
- Make sure you have your ISP credentials ready as you will need to setup your PPPoE connection.
- Take the D-LINK quick install card with you.
- Download the D-LINK Wi-Fi App
- Follow the in-app instructions step-by-step.
D-LINK Malaysia has also issued a tutorial on how to setup COVR-1100 (all you need to do is to follow the on screen instructions).
Make sure to select the right ISP profile when you are setting up.
Important note: Make sure to select the RIGHT ISP profile for your router, for example, if you’re using UNIFI, select UNIFI, if you’re using Maxis select Maxis, so on so forth.
Speed Test – AC1200 Router vs COVR-1100
The purpose of this speed test is really to demonstrate the WiFi coverage, hence we will be comparing:
- AC1200 router vs COVR-1100
- Google Pixel as Speed Test unit
- Areas of test:
- Furthest room away (first floor – 2 walls)
- Car porch (15M away)
- Master Bedroom (second floor)
Speed test were done in a double storey house, speed test areas were picked based on weakest WiFi coverage, where in some cases, we had full WiFi but unable to stream videos.
Here you go with the speed tests:
Master Bedroom (second floor)
This is by far the best improvement where we only had 0.2Mbps on AC1200 router, after opting to COVR-1100, you can feel the impact directly.
- AC1200 Router: 0.2Mbps download / ~0Mbps upload
- COVR-1100: 55Mbps download / ~50Mbps upload
Furthest room away (first floor – 2 walls)
- AC1200 Router: 97.5Mbps download / ~15Mbps upload
- COVR-1100: 123Mbps download / ~50Mbps upload
Car Porch (15M away)
- AC1200 Router: 40.9Mbps download / ~8Mbps upload
- COVR-1100: 75.4Mbps download / ~50Mbps upload
Here are some overall download and upload speed segmented by different rooms for easier comparison:
Overall D-LINK COVR-1100 just works – it solves your WiFi headaches by giving you a better WiFI coverage. It also certified with EasyMesh certification and also latest WPA3 standard, which is nice to have.
If you’re looking for a decent mesh WiFi that works, do consider COVR-1100 as it is an affordable AC1200 Mesh WiFi with latest WPA3 security.