We tested the new Multiroom WiFi Mesh 2 Kit from Devolo

Tired of unstable connections at home? Maybe the problem is with the internet equipment you are using at home? In this case, the new Mesh 2 WiFi Multiroom Kit from Devolo promises to eliminate these small problems. We tested them to find out (see the review of the previous version)!

A complete kit

Devolo is back with a new range of devices that will allow you to seamlessly connect throughout your home. The kits contain everything you need to enable all of your devices to automatically connect to an ultra-high-speed network.

They offer two or three WiFi adapters (Starter Kit and Multiroom Kit) that sensibly combine Wi-Fi Mesh and the latest Powerline technology (G.hn) to solve small connection problems. In practice, the kit offers a system that is able to transmit on the 2 frequency bands, ie in 2.4 and 5 GHz (practically for all connected objects and home automation only compatible in 2.4 GHz).

The bundle of the Devolo WiFi Mesh 2 Multiroom Kit. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

The kit then allows the Internet signal to be sent efficiently through the walls and ceilings of your home via the electrical network. No matter what room you are in, as long as there is an outlet, the connection is usually there. Especially since the kit also enables the automatic management of wireless data transmission throughout the house.

Convenient functions

These new devices are much more than just WiFi adapters. They also have several useful functions. Starting with MU-MIMO technology (for “multi-user, multiple inputs, multiple outputs”), with which multiple devices can benefit from an optimal WLAN signal at the same time. For example, you can relax and watch streaming movies while the kids play online.

The kits also offer the “Access Point Steering” function for an intelligent wireless network. Connected devices are automatically “directed” to the Wi-Fi access point with a better signal. In addition, there are many other convenient functions that allow you to optimize the connection in all circumstances, e.g. B. “Fast Roaming”, “Band Steering” or even “Airtime Fairness”, whereby the time can be better distributed. Connection between devices.

A kit that can be plugged into the socket upside down or upside down, depending on the space available. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

To top it off, the Devolo WiFi Mesh 2 kits also promise a 100% secure wireless home network via an encrypted connection. The devices use improved 128-bit encryption based on the WPA3 standard. Otherwise, the WPA2 protocol will still be available for WiFi devices that are not yet compatible with this standard.

Unpack and design

The packaging contains the 3 WiFi / CPL modules, an RJ45 cable and installation instructions. Each plug has a socket that allows them to be used without locking an electrical outlet. The devices are quite large, but since Devolo doesn’t cut things in half, it is possible to plug them into outlets straight or upside down.

installation

Installation is a breeze. Simply download the Devolo Home Network app on your smartphone (Android or iOS) and follow the various steps. To start the application, you will be asked to scan the packaging code to identify the product to be installed. This is very convenient.

All you have to do is follow the installation steps, which will take about ten minutes. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

You then have to plug the 3 modules into 3 separate sockets, preferably not too far from the router to start. Remember to turn off your phone’s cellular data for easier installation.

Caution, as described in detail in the manual, it is important not to connect it to a multiple socket in order to use PLC technology. The same applies to double or triple wall sockets, which must remain free, even if several sockets have to be connected directly to the module.

Follow these instructions carefully for optimal flow. Photo credit: Devolo

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In terms of configuration, there isn’t much to do other than rename the various devices and enter the name and password of the wifi SSID. The easiest way is to disconnect the WiFi from your current box and use the same IDs to keep your devices connected.

A rather sober application, but not very stable. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

Direct debit

In terms of throughput, this obviously depends on many parameters. Conformity of your electrical installation for the PLC, thickness of the walls for the WIFI, etc. We carried out the various benchmarks in our offices on 3 floors and, as you can see below, achieved very good results. Whether wired or via WLAN. The new Devolo kit is much more powerful than the previous version.

Wifi benchmarks on the same floor and two floors below

299 Mbit / s when downloading and 291 Mbit / s when uploading at a distance of 10 m from the main connector. The speeds are lower in the right window, the connector is installed two floors below the router. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

Wired benchmarks (RJ45) on the same floor

Download 325 Mbit / s and upload 372 Mbit / s 10 m from the main connector. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

Conclusion

The new Powerline / WIFI Mesh Kits from Devolo offer good coverage of your network and your WiFi throughout the house. Installation and configuration only takes a few minutes and the result is impressive. For the price, the kit costs 369.90 on Amazon, a bit high price, but largely justified by the quality and performance of the devices. Only negative point, the application seems a little unstable, but you shouldn’t need it after the installation is complete.

Very good results compared to the other devices we tested. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

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The new Powerline / WIFI Mesh Kits from Devolo offer good coverage of your network and your WiFi throughout the house. Installation and configuration only takes a few minutes and the result is impressive. For the price, the kit costs 369.90 on Amazon, a bit high price, but largely justified by the quality and performance of the devices. Only negative point, the application seems a little unstable, but you shouldn’t need it after the installation is complete.

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