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Tenda Nova MW3 Home Mesh System 3pk $98.96, Tenda Nova MW6 3pk$179.96 Delivered @ Shopping Square (Via Mobile Site)

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  • Yes they're Chinese, but gosh for the price they've been brilliant. I made the switch from one big powerful router with wifi to these mesh ones and they've been rock-solid with no dead spots for my place.

    Something to note that I didn't find out until after I got them, they say they each have two ethernet ports, one for internet and one for LAN. But you can actually use both ports for LAN. This was very handy for hooking up devices in my entertainment centre, and less lag too because they're going LAN -> Wireless instead of Wireless -> Wireless if I were to use the device's inbuilt wifi, if that makes sense.

    I use moonlight on a raspbery pi to stream my PC to my TV, with both of them are plugged in via the ethernet ports and it's very playable, often little to no lag. This is with the MW3s, it might be even better on the MW6s since they have dedicated backhaul channels but yeah, totally fine and playable @1080 res even on the MW3s.

  • Can I use this with my main Asus router or it needs to replace the main router?

  • How would the Tenda Nova MW6 compare to the TP-Link Deco-M5? Thanks. As an alternative the MW6 system is $179 from pcbyte https://www.pcbyte.com.au/store/product/tenda-nova-mw6-3-pac...

    • Very curious on this as well.

      Totally new to the idea of mesh systems so if someone can shed some light that would be great :)

    • The Deco M5 comes with a beefier CPU & more RAM to handle more connected devices at one time & has more powerful wifi radios.

      Deco M5
      1000 Mbps WAN & LAN.
      Quad-core processor @ 638MHz & 256MB of RAM.
      Dual band AC1300 with 4 antennas on each node.
      VLAN 802.1q support.

      Nova MW6
      1000 Mbps WAN & LAN.
      Single-core processor @ 1Ghz & 128MB of RAM.
      Dual band AC1200 with 2 antennas on each node.
      No VLAN 802.1q support.

      • Asking for the moon.

        But translation to real world application/usage?

        • I need more info. How large of a space are you trying to cover?

          How many devices are connected to your network?

          Who is your ISP?

          • @Twix: ISP: ABB
            Size: Doublebrick house, single storey, ~150sqm of internal space.
            Devices: 10 devices.

            • @Grimsquid1604: Both routers are suitable with Aussie BB. Deco M5 is suitable to work with all NBN providers and Nova MW6 only works as a router replacement with most NBN providers but not all.

              • @Twix: Do you know if Tpg with a NBN HFC connection is suitable for MW6 aswell?
                Thanks

                • @chaino: On TPG the MW6 is not suitable as a router replacement. For this purchase the Deco M5 or another mesh system that has VLAN 802.1q support.

                  MW6 is suitable with TPG if used only as a wifi access point.

                  • @Twix: Hey, how did you know which ISPs are suitable? One relative is on iinet and I'm not sure where to get the info you're referring to.

                    • @ily: I ask the ISP or check the ISP help section. Settings for iinet

                      For iinet purchase the Deco M5 or another mesh system that has VLAN 802.1q support.

  • Not coming up as free delivery for me.

    • yep, all 3 items have delivery fee

      edit: After entering into paypal, it excludes shipping

      Thanks OP!

  • Mesh system still won't work between brands, right?

    • Most mesh systems can't be mixed between brands. There is a couple of products with the Wi-Fi EasyMesh standard that can be mixed between brands.

  • Price drop on the Amazon Tenda store to $185.00 with free Prime delivery.

    https://www.amazon.com.au/Tenda-MW6-802-11AC-Mu-Mimo-System/...

  • +1 vote

    Super basic question, but how do these get set up? Not physically but from a more technical standpoint. I have FTTN internet using a TP-link modem/router (TD-W9970 - terrible by the way, would not recommend). Do I turn the router to modem only mode and pass everything through it and then into the first of the mesh units which sits next to the now modem? Then the other 2 units just need a powerpoint to connect?

    I also use pihole with my modem/router. Would this still work if used as described above?

    • I have the DSL 3900, D-Link VIPER 2600 MU-MIMO VDSL2/ ADSL2+ Modem Router.

      am also interested in this.
      Can i still use my existing unit as the modem/router and have another wifi point pickup and resend the signal.

      • You can use the D-Link Viper but the Tenda won't pickup and resend the D-Link Viper wifi signal. Tenda makes it's own wifi signal and you turn off the D-Link Viper wifi signal.

        The first Tenda hooks up with Ethernet to the D-Link Viper and the other two Tendas only need power.

    • I take it that for FTTN, you need a router which this isn't. So you should turn off wireless on your existing router, hook up one of these via ethernet and set up the others.

    • Yeah turn the TP-Link into a VDSL modem. The first Tenda hooks up with Ethernet to the TP-Link and the other two Tendas only need power.

  • Can someone please elaborate the main difference MW3 and MW6?

    • Mw3 is fast ethernet so only 100m. The coverage is 300 square meters.
      Mw6 is 1000m. Coverage is 500 square meters.

      • Anyone know why the coverage is quoted differently given they both have AC1200 with two antenna's?

    • +3 votes

      Nova MW6
      1000 Mbps WAN & LAN.
      Single-core processor @ 1Ghz & 128MB of RAM.
      Dual band AC1200 with 2 antennas on each node.
      No VLAN 802.1q support.

      Nova MW3
      100 Mbps WAN & LAN.
      Single-core processor @ 600MHz & 64MB of RAM.
      Dual band AC1200 with 2 antennas on each node.
      No VLAN 802.1q support.

  • is MW6 worth it for double the price of MW3?

    • FTTN, FTTB, FTTC, FTTP or HFC?

      Do you do file transfers over your local network?

      How many devices are connected to your network?

      • I have HFC with Aussiebroadband, my house internal size is around 420 square meters spanning across 3 levels, is it right to assume that I should purchase the MW6?

        • In theory the MW6 should cover your place. Good wifi over 3 levels can be difficult without hard wiring Ethernet to each wifi access point.

      • Provider TPG
        Type HFC
        No file transfers atm
        ~10 devices

        Thanks

        • On TPG the MW3 and MW6 is not suitable as a router replacement. For this purchase the Deco M5 or another mesh system that has VLAN 802.1q support.

          MW3 and MW6 is suitable with TPG if used only as a wifi access point.

  • Can I use this with Testra HFC replacing Telstra smart modem?

  • MW6s might be great, but I'm reluctantly returning my 6 x MW3s. The wifi coverage is fantastic, but the high latency between LAN and WAN is highly variable somewhere between annoying and intolerable.

    I did a full factory reset, connected a single node direct to my NBN modem, and connected my laptop to the LAN port. I sent pings to my ISP's next-hop router. I was getting round-trip times between 10 and 500ms. It was even worse over wifi. I did a factory reset and setup a second node, in place of the first, just in case I had a dud, but I got the same results.

    As far as I'm concerned, the advertised claims of "fast and stable internet" are not borne out by the product, thus are not fit for purpose.

    I emailed Tenda tech support almost 6 weeks ago, and still no reply.

    I'm really disappointed. My broadband gets up to 50Gbps so I've no need for anything more than 100Mbps. I just wished the darn things worked well enough.