Since the first MCO that has been implemented on March last year, more and more employees are now working from home. Even companies are now used to allowing employees to work from home now. Even kids were taking online classes at home. Due to these reasons, having a good internet signal at home is important no matter it is for study, work or leisure. We need to have a good Wi-Fi signal in all parts of our home as our family members were working on their activities.
In Malaysia, the modem that has been provided by our local internet providers are not sufficient enough to cover our home if you are staying in a double-story home or larger. You will definitely found some dead spots in your home that did not receive any Wi-Fi signal.
Best Way to Strengthen Your Wi-Fi If that is your problem, what do you be able to do? Pulling another ethernet line to the second floor will spoil your home design? Or getting a repeater for your home? NO! Repeater can’t help much as we had tested. The best way to solve this was through Mesh Wi-Fi! Mesh Wi-Fi can provide a better Wi-Fi experience for all your wireless devices by increasing WiFi coverage and removing dead spots, ensuring seamless Wi-Fi connectivity for your entire home. It’s easy to set up, just plug-and-play and you’ll be able to can manage and monitor your home network from a smartphone app.
Traditional range extenders are designed to help expand the reach of your wireless network, which in turn reduces speed and impacts performance levels. Mesh Wi-Fi technology transmits its signal at full power, resulting in better, more reliable Wi-Fi coverage for all your wireless devices, even when used simultaneously. Mesh Wi-Fi provides seamless handover (no break in internet connection as you move around at home) and automatically connects your devices to the node with the strongest Wi-Fi signal.
Affordable Solution There were many types of Mesh Wi-Fi in the market for sale. After checking and studying the Mesh Wi-Fi products that are available, we found one of the most affordable Mesh Wi-Fi in the market is from Tenda. With price RM 90 and above, you could get a better Wi-Fi signal in your home in just 10-15 minutes of your time depending on your home size. Tenda was a well-established brand in the market specializing in networking devices and equipment. We at eRayn3 has been using their laptop’s Wi-Fi adapter for our Windows and Mac’s for quite a long time and it has never failed us with its performance which makes us more confident in the quality of their products.
Tenda’s latest Mesh Wifi model is its MW5c model Mesh Wifi. It’s a whole Home Mesh Wifi system designed for medium to a large household that has a high-speed broadband service (100Mbps and above) coming into the home that could cover up to 2150sqft (2packs model – 2 floors home) and 3230sqft (3packs model – 3 floors home). Powered by proprietary Tenda’s mesh technology, each node automatically connects to one and another, creating a distributed network throughout the home. It comes with a 2pack and 3pack model. Based on our study this model offers stronger Wifi strengths compare to its predecessor. Even though our home was 2.5 floors, we have decided to test out the 2 packs (which normally were suitable for 2 floors home) model which supports up to 80 devices at a time; to check out the Wifi signal strengths for its Nodes. Before we start, we had checked out our dead spot, and below is the strength of our Wi-Fi signal in our home.
Easy Installation Now we have known where are the dead spot in our home, we will start unboxing and installing the Mesh Wi-Fi. In the box, it has Two (2) Mesh Wi-Fi Node, Two (2) Power Adapter, One (1) Ethernet Cable, and One (1) Quick Installation Guide.
How to Install? 1) Download Tenda Apps onto your phone 2) Connect the Main Mesh Wifi Node to the main modem with the Ethernet cable (connect according to either PPPoE or DHCP Setting image) 3) Power On the Mesh Wifi and look for the Wi-Fi signal on your phone. 4) Connect the phone to Mesh Wi-Fi (name and password available below the node)
Next Step: There were 3 ways to set up the Mesh Wi-Fi; PPPoE, DHCP, and IP Static. In this review, we will be trying 2 out of the 3 ways. PPPoE Setting – Recommended Setting(need to get your PPPoE username and password from your own internet service provider). The PPPoE setting sets the Mesh Wi-Fi as the main router for your home Wi-Fi. This can be done by removing your existing router and connecting the Mesh Wi-Fi to your modem.
Open Tenda Apps > select PPPoE > Key-in your PPPoE username and password > input your Mesh Wi-Fi Name and desired password > DONE!
DCHP Setting DCHP setting allows us to create an additional router instead of just having one. It means that you will still be able to use your existing Wi-Fi network to connect while getting another additional Wi-Fi option (Mesh Wifi). This is one of our preferred settings as it was the simplest and it also allows us to access different Wi-Fi lines depending on our location in our home.
Open Tenda Apps > select DCHP > input your Mesh Wi-Fi Name and desired password > DONE!
To connect to the second Mesh node, place the node on the desired location (preferable not more than 10 meters away from the main node), power it on, and wait till the light turn solid green
We have tried to install it ourselves and we found it as easy as 1,2,3. As long as you follow the steps from the instruction guide, you will be on the way to go in no time. In case that we failed, Tenda also offers technical support on WhatsApp at +6 012 621 7668 or we could call a Toll Free number at 1 300 88 3632. The Result We had tested the internet speed on both of the settings and speed too. Personally, we do prefer DCHP over PPPoE but it really depends on personal preference. Below are the results of our speed test for both of the Mesh settings and this was the result that we have got: Pst… our home internet was the basic home internet plans with the internet speed of 30Mbps only. Tenda MW5c are able to support up to 500Mbps internet speed which gives us more flexibility to upgrade our internet plans without the need to change the Mesh.
Our Thoughts Before installing Tenda’s Mesh Wi-Fi, we are unable to receive a single signal of our Wi-Fi and we were glad that after installing Tenda’s Mesh Wi-Fi, we are not able to access a great internet speed Wifi everywhere in our home even on our top floor! We love one of the features that are available in its Tenda’s App; Parental Control where it allows us to control the device’s internet browsing time remotely too. This would enable us to control our kid’s browsing time even if we are not at home. We could also set the browsing time on each device to refrain kids from sticking onto their phone or internet during dining and bedtime too.
Even though the 2packs Tenda Mesh Wi-Fi is recommended by Tenda for 2 story home, we found that the second node is able to penetrate into our 3rd floor with great Wi-Fi connectivity speed too!
Thanks to their Beamforming Technology that focuses a wireless signal towards a specific receiving device, rather than having the signal spread in all directions from a broadcast antenna. The technology also helps to improve the signal transmission intensity and sensitivity, making the MW5c performing fast while the conventional routers struggle.
Priced at RM 276, the Tenda Mesh Wi-Fi MW5c is definitely one of the most value for money and easy to install Mesh Wi-Fi that is available in town. It also comes with a 3 years product warranty too! For more information on Tenda’s Mesh Wi-Fi, check out their website at https://www.tendacn.com/my/default.html or their official Flagship Shopee (https://shopee.com.my/tendamalaysia) and Lazada (https://www.lazada.com.my/shop/tenda-malaysia) store.