Mesh WiFi Networking Reviews

D-Link COVR 1102 vs 2202 | Which Mesh system to buy!?

Recently, D-Link released two new mesh systems into their WiFi device lineup. The D-Link COVR 1102 and 2202. As the nice folks they are, they sent both over for me to test and now I am putting together this combined review to help you decide which system you should buy.

Big thanks to D-Link for sending this out for review!

What’s in the Box?

I somehow have lost the photos of the box for the COVR 2202, but I do have the shots of the COVR 1102 box which is basically the exact same except for the mesh points themselves.

Included in the box are the two mesh points themselves, two power adapters, one flat Ethernet cable and some documentation.

Design and Features

Firstly I’ll start with the COVR 2202 and get that out of the way.

COVR 2202

The D-Link COVR 2202 is the taller, more premium version of D-Link’s mesh system. The mesh points are super sleek looking with a glossy white plastic and Rose gold around the base of the mesh points.

Moving around the mesh point, you will find the main COVR logo/indicator light on the front. This is the only light that is found on the COVR 2202 and lights up different colours to let you know the status of your connection. 

Underneath the mesh points is the business end, where all the connecting happens. Here is where you will find the two Gigabit ethernet ports as well as the DC Barrel jack and a reset button. One of the things I prefer on the 2202 to the 1102 are the rubber feet that you will find on the 2202. These are super handy to have to stop them from sliding around and unfortunately these are lacking on the 1102.

Moving onto the COVR 1102 units

COVR 1102

The D-Link COVR 1102s are the smaller, cube mesh points that D-Link offers. They are really quite small and are only 10cm cubed. Moving around the unit you will find the COVR logo on the front but unlike the 2202 this one doesn’t light up. Instead the main indicator light can be found on the top of the unit as a small light up point in the centre.

Unlike the COVR 2202, all the connectivity for the 1102 is found on the back of the unit. These include two Gigabit ethernet jacks, one for internet and one as a spare for connecting something like a laptop. You also have the main power jack and power switch back here too.

Compared to the 2202, the 1102 is much more cheap feeling with it’s all matte plastic build and light feeling. But this is to be expected at only $300.

Features

D-Link COVR 2202

  • Simultaneous Tri-Band: Deliver faster Wi-Fi speeds of up to 2,200 Mbps with dedicated 5GHz Smart Backhaul
  • Ultimate Wi-Fi Performance: Stream HD multimedia across your home without interruption
  • Smart Steering: Automatically directs your devices to the optimal wireless band
  • MU-MIMO: Simultaneous streaming on multiple devices to increase speed and efficiency
  • Smart Roaming: Seamlessly connects you to the strongest signal as you move around your home
  • Gigabit Ethernet: For fast wired connectivity
  • Intuitive Setup: Configure your network using the D-Link Wi-Fi mobile app or easy to use web interface

COVR 1102

  • Dual-band Wi-Fi Wave 2 speeds up to 1200Mbps
  • Industry Standard Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh™ for more flexibility
  • 2 COVR points cover up to 325 sqm with high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Add COVR 1100 units to expand your mesh Wi-Fi network
  • Optional wired Ethernet backhaul
  • Profile-based Parental Control for setting boundaries online
  • Simple set-up with the D-Link Wi-Fi App
  • Supports the latest WPA3 encryption
  • Works with the Google Assistant and Alexa

Specs

COVR 2202 Specs

COVR 1102 Specs

Software and setup

Both the COVR 1102 and 2202 are set up using the D-Link WiFi app. Setup is super easy and is done just by scanning the included setup barcode in the app, follow the instructions and you’re good to go. It’s really that easy. 

The app itself is also quite easy to navigate, but personally, once I had the mesh systems setup I didn’t really need to go back into the app for anything. But if you do want to set up things like McAfee live safe or D-link Dfend for parental controls you will have to use the app. 

Performance

This where it comes down to the numbers. With my standard home router in my house I saw about 11Mbps down and about 8 up with a 16ms ping in the far back corner. Nevertheless, With the COVR 1102 I achieved 15Mbps down and with the COVR 1102, 20Mbps which is the best speed test I have ever gotten in that corner of the house. It’s usually a real dead zone there.

Pricing

The COVR 1102 are available online for about $300 AUD and the COVR 2202 can be bought for about $500 AUD from the D-Link webstore.

Conclusion

So, which one to buy. It really depends on the size of your home. If you have a large, older home that isn’t very open I would recommend buying the COVR 2202 just to get that wider range and better performance. Although, if you have a smaller or newer open home the COVR 1102 should do just fine!

Both the COVR 2202 and 1102 are available from the D-Link Australia

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Disclosure: Both the D-Link COVR 2202 and 1102 review samples were supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.

Summary

So, which one to buy. It really depends on the size of your home. If you have a large, older home that isn’t very open I would recommend buying the COVR 2202 just to get that wider range and better performance. Although, if you have a smaller or newer open home the COVR 1102 should do just fine!

Caleb Terawskyj
Cleb's Tech is completely owned and operated by me, Caleb Terawskyj. I have a huge passion for technology and love being able to play with the latest and coolest tech on an almost everyday basis. I started this website/blog to just share my opinion and it has turned into much more than that. I now work with some of the biggest tech brands in the market, I would have never in a million years thought that I would be when I started but with hard work and determination I was able to.
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