Sure, you mainly know Huawei as a manufacturer of smartphones, but it was actually as a manufacturer of routers and modems that we first got to know the manufacturer. Maybe you yourself have used a mobile broadband from Huawei, but then probably with Telia’s, Tres or some other operator’s logo on instead of Huawei’s own. In any case, Huawei is far from a beginner in the field, on the contrary.
When we now test the Huawei Wifi Mesh 7, it is about a powerful package with two mesh wifi units that should fit well for those who need coverage in a slightly larger home. On paper, this router pair (also sold in a single-pack) offers the most you could ask for. A mesh system, first and foremost, is wifi that gives you coverage throughout the home and allows one and the same network with the help of several interacting routers to work seamlessly and without you having to pull cable. Of course, your Internet connection and its speed limit at home are still the limiting factor, but Huawei has done a lot to get the most out of your connection, even when many devices are connected. When I tested, we had about twenty connected devices, but Huawei says that the mesh system should work well with up to 250 connected. It should therefore suffice well for almost every household and during the test, the network delivers consistently stable connection, in addition to a range that is on a par with the best competitors.
One or more
I test Huawei Wifi Mesh 7 both in pairs and individually and in several different places with different challenging features. Throughout, I get good coverage even in the nooks and crannies where other systems have to fight. The bathroom with thick walls is no problem and also the range through the outer walls out into the garden is impressive, so I can surf via wifi outdoors. Huawei itself says that one unit can cover 300 square meters and two units 600 square meters. This of course depends on how many and dense walls you have and a number of other factors, but when we test, the coverage is really good.
Huawei’s routers of course support Wifi 6, which enables more efficient connection of several gadgets, as long as the devices that connect have support for this, but it is becoming more common. You often install and manage mesh routers via an app and Huawei’s routers are no exception. The app in question is called AI Life, is available for both Iphone and Android and it is by the way the same app that you use to install, for example, Huawei’s headsets and speakers.
It’s easy to get started. I connect the ethernet cable to one of the four inputs and then it does not take long before I am running. The other unit, which will thus expand the coverage further, I just need to plug into an electrical outlet and the rest will take care of itself. A couple of smart features are in the app. I can see which devices are connected, test the connection both in general, to individual devices and in specific places in the home, in order to optimize the network. The app even has a function where I can draw my home in the form of a drawing and then get a sketch of how good the signal strength of each room is. However, it is so complicated to draw in the app that after a long series of attempts I completely give up. You can start from certain templates and then move individual walls, but it is so tedious that it is not worth the work. I am content to start from a finished template and in that way get a schematic picture of what the coverage looks like. It’s better than nothing.
The app thus gives me an overview of how the network works and when Huawei releases firmware, I can choose to have it downloaded and installed automatically. By default, it takes place between 03 and 05 at night. In order for the app to be able to give me information, I must be on site and connected to the network. It is thus not connected to any cloud service, so that I, as with some other mesh networks, can receive, for example, a notification when the network goes down and I am not at home, or control and keep track of the network remotely.
Touch instead of password
A particularly convenient feature for you who have an Android phone is the NFC circuit located on the top of the router. By quickly placing the phone against it, the router shares the password and allows the phone to connect. This is a convenient way instead of handing out complicated passwords. It works smoothly and in the phone you only get a question if you want to connect to the network. A quick click on connect, and it’s done. It is also possible to create a separate guest network for visitors and it is then possible to limit it so that, for example, it only provides a limited speed if you want it. The guest network gets its own name and password, or can be password-free if you choose.
The app also has a special parent mode to limit network access for specific devices. There you can set time limits so that the network is only available between, for example, 08 and 22 so as not to jeopardize the night’s sleep. Huawei Wifi Mesh 7 impresses with stability, range and, so to speak, pure raw power. In a direct comparison with, for example, Google’s Nest Wifi, Huawei provides better performance and coverage, but Google provides a more refined app experience, with control even from a distance.
Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.
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