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Tenda Nova MW3 3-Pack AC1200 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System $98.99 Delivered @ Harris Technology via Amazon AU

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Tenda Nova MW3 back in stock and currently at $98.99 (credit to camelx3).

MW3 is a 1200Mbps dual band distribution mesh WiFi system designed for 100-300m squared houses, bringing you with whole home WiFi coverage, as well as fast and stable internet connection. Pack of 3 provides you with up to 300m squared WiFi range; while a pack of 2 provides you with up to 200m squared WiFi range. Compliant with IEEE 802.11v and IEEE 802.11r seamless roaming protocols, MW3 supports automatic network optimization and automatic routing selection, allowing you to enjoy a more stable and flexible wireless network.

Features

  • MW3 creates a distributed WiFi network that covers up to 300m squared
  • Smart QoS intelligently allocated bandwidth to ensure smooth streaming, gaming, downloading and uninterrupted video chat at the same time
  • MW3 automatically performs handover without interrupting services
  • Offers a data rate up to 1200Mbps and prioritises 5Ghz network access
  • Easy and fast setup with pre-configuration from factory settings
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  • +1 vote

    Anyone know if this works for HFC connections, more so TPG. I have heard some mesh routers don't work with Tpg. Or I could be completely wrong

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      You need VLAN tagging support for any TPG group ISP.

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        Hmm yeah I thought so. But if I bought this, I could just plug it into the supplied tpg modem and then change ssid to save conflicts and use it like that?

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          Yes, or disable wifi on the supplied modem

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          I have the Nova MW6, and I have TPG HFC with the supplied NBN box and Huawei modem/router.

          I've just disabled Wifi on the Huawei and plugged one of the MW6's into a LAN port.

          Now the Novas do all Wifi, and for the 3 weeks I think I've had it now, the system has been a lot more stable than using the Huawei wifi + Archer router as a separate wifi + a TP-Link wifi extender to cover the house.

          When it was myself and my four kids all working from home we would have the Huawei router give up once or twice a week and need a reboot for internet to work.

          Have not had an issue the whole time I've had the Novas doing the network.

          And I also now have just 1 SSID instead of the bazillions I had before.

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          The thing with that is your running another router for no reason other than doing the VLAN 802.1q. If it was me I would purchase the TP-Link Deco models as they are suitable with all ISPs and you don't need to run TPGs modem.

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            @Twix: Unless you want to use the VOIP right? I do still have a 'landline' which gets used once in a blue moon, and so I still need the TPG modem to handle that yeah?

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              @spoco2: Yeah you do need TPGs modem with VoIP.

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      Reading a few post on forums just now everyone seems to say this wont allow VLAN2 Tag required would need to keep router and bridge to these.

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        Cheers that's what I was just reading on whirlpool..

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          I'm aso considering getting these as well to fix patchy wireless downstairs in our place. Certainly better value than $300+ router if it does the job?

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            @splango: Yeah there is a couple places in my house that have dead spots. Might bite the bullet and give it a crack. It's no orbi but I recon it will be good enough.

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              @adamshere: Complete side note in case this ever happens to you, I have ran the 1600V router for past 2 years recently slowed down to 50mbps on all devices over past week, paperclip rest fixed it up back to 95 now :) firm didn't have to bother putting back in username/password either.

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              @adamshere: Can confirm these work wonderfully for that, much better than my router.

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              @adamshere: Commenting in case people have the same questions as I do and it comes up on google.

              I just received the Nova m3, simply plugged it into my tpg router and put the other two in sperate rooms and bang all working. No dramas and my house is now filled with wifi 😍

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      I am on TPG and still have the home phone connected (not even sure why!) But my workaround is to setup the first node to passthrough from DMZ and disable wireless on the TPG modem. You won't even need to turn off DHCP on the router if you use another IP range. Works great! (Except for one time TPG updated their end and decided to factory reset my modem without telling me and i had to do my port forwarding again) but if it's for the sole purpose of just wifi, you won't need the DMZ port configured even.

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      The routers that have problems on TPG are Tenda, Google wifi, Nest wifi and eero as none of them have VLAN 802.1q settings. If you really want to use any of those routers churn ISPs.

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    i bought these couple months back, and i cannot figure out how to manually select the frequency? how to connect my laptop to 5ghz only, not let it switch to 2.5ghz automatically. could someone please help me?

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      嘗試谷歌

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        谢谢您的帮助。

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          you're welcome

    • +1 vote

      You can't I believe. On the phone you can temporary connect to 2.4ghz for 30 min via the app. The mw3 will try to connect your laptop/device to 5ghz whenever possible.

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      I think it selects automatically. But my galaxy s8 seems to be connected to both 2.4 and 5 at the same time (according to the app) is it actually possible?

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    Can the ethernet ports be used on these to connect? Say I had one in my office, it is part of the mesh system, but then plugging in a PC to the ethernet on the back?

    • +3 votes

      You sure can.

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    are these better or worse than the google wifi? money aside.

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      Quality wise I'd think Google Wifi is better, and that's why it's more expensive. These are budget ones that do the job but are fairly basic in terms of settings and stuff.

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      Check reviews.

      This Tenda MW3 is very cheap so I guess it's great for its price. It's pretty crap coverage though (among the worst mesh systems AFAIK). The dearer Tenda MW6 has much better coverage and actually outperforms many dearer products on that metric. MW6 is also gigabit LAN ports which is kinda important too, the MW3 is 100Mbps which can be the speed limiting factor for devices that you choose to cable into the wireless mesh nodes.

      Both Tenda models have horribly little in the way of exposed settings. Super simple to set up. AFAIK google network devices are similarly biased to simplicity over flexibility but probably not as extremely restricted. I kept my existing router as the router and put my Tenda's in bridge mode or whatever it's called, I assume that's going to be the only practical way to use them in many cases due to how limited the settings are.

      I can't force AES-only WPA2 encryption on my MW6. I'm stuck with AES+TKIP dual mode. It'll either be the same or even worse on Tenda MW3 I assume. So they aren't the greatest devices for security. That said, WPA2 TKIP is still good enough, I believe the main reason why it's not recommended is just because AES exists and is considered superior, not because WPA2 TKIP is broken.

      I've been reasonably happy with my MW6's, they're doing pretty well and I didn't expect much out of them. They've solved my tricky blackspot, but probably not providing as much bandwidth as the much dearer alternatives would. My MW6's are actually the only network devices I've got here (among half a dozen products from other companies) that stop my printer from regularly crashing and needing to be power cycled. Maybe they work happily together just because they do similar things wrong though, networking is a bit like that =)

      • +1 vote

        I got the MW3 and it has quadrupled the WIFI speed in one of the bedrooms. for $65 it's a OZB for me.

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      I used to sell tenda products 4-5 years ago now and every one I sold I saw back. Wouldn't recommend but things may have changed however I'd put the farm on the google nest being much better.

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    So previous posts suggest the wan/lan port is 100mbs not gigabit.

    Does that mean connecting my pc via the port will mean I only get file transfers of 10MB/s?

    But if I connect my pc via wifi, I'll get 1200mbs? Bit confused here..

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      Yes you will get more bandwidth with a good wifi connection than via the 100mbit lan port… depends on your use whether you will actually notice the speed difference, also you should get a slightly lower ping by using the lan port if gaming is your focus.

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        The dearer model MW6 has gigabit ports, I think they go for ~$150 for a 3pack in a good sale.

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      Does that mean connecting my pc via the port will mean I only get file transfers of 10MB/s?

      Roughly yes. This mesh is strictly for casual internet surfing. If you have a home server / backup, this will not help you.

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      yeah MW3 has 100mbps lan ports, MW6 has Gigabit. Was one of my deciding factors to go for the MW6 three pack, because my upstairs and downstairs are wired connection, and I wanted that to continue to be Gigabit.

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        What speeds are you getting on the MW6, between the gigabit ports across the two nodes?

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          I have no idea! :P

          There's really only two main PCs which share the wired link and would transfer at maximum speed, and one of those I've pretty much not used for the entirety of lockdown thanks to having my work PC setup here instead!

          So, sorry, don't actually know.

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    I recently bought the TP-LINK WA850RE wi-fi extender to extend the reach of my Wi-Fi router to the other part of the house. That cost ~30. I might need another one for upstairs too. I am wondering if it is better to get rid of my Teltra router alltogether and use this Tenda Mesh thing. Thoughts?

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      I suggest to buy a decent mid level Mesh like Deco M5 and hardwire them for best performance.
      You can go wifi mesh as well if cabling is a big deal , keep a router as gateway in front for flexibility and use mesh devices in AP mode only.

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    Cheap but beware of poor support…

    Got mine from Shopping Square and one of them went faulty (no longer connected but green light keeps lighting up almost like it's frozen there, can't reset) after less than a month. Contacted Shoppingsquare and they directed me to the Tenda Australia customer service personnel who still haven't replied my email from 3 weeks ago…

  • +1 vote

    The name of this brand sounds like how a New Zealander would say Tinder

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    This is back with $3.8 price increase