There are two problems with wireless routers at home. The first is getting seamless coverage -- there are always blind spots. The second is that the further you get from the access point, the slower your connection speeds. , in which devices on the network can talk to each other, have addressed both of these issues by blanketing your home with multiple satellite access points.
A new contender in this market is Huawei, one of the world's biggest suppliers of networking infrastructure equipment. It got up on stage at CES 2018 to announce its humble offering, a hybrid 5G-powerline Wi-Fi system called the Huawei WiFi Q2. It pairs base units and satellite repeaters that plug into an ordinary wall outlet.
Huawei will sell the base units and repeaters in sets. A three-pack of base units will cover five to seven rooms in your home (think kitchen, living room, bedrooms...), and a base unit and two satellites will supply Wi-Fi to four or five rooms. If you've got a smaller place, like an apartment, the smallest grouping of one base and one satellite should suffice.
The Huawei WiFi Q2 is $349.99 for three bases, or $219.99 for one base plus two satellites.
We'll update this when Huawei reveals when the units will hit the market -- that could help make or break the WiFi Q2's appeal compared to other options out there.
More Huawei WiFi Q2 details
- Defaults to 5GHz network
- Supports up to 16 hotspots
- Dedicated channel for internet-of-things connections
- Hybrid network: 5G mesh Wi-Fi plus powerline
- Seamless roaming, faster switching at 100ms, on 802.11v protocol
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