In consideration of Google’s familiarization of the Meshnet, brands around the world have tried to have their own share of the new technology. Not to forget the Wi-fi revolution years back which conquered the modern technological world. Today, it is considered to be the best way in the eyes of consumers. Meshnet is not likely to integrate in all nature but overall, it is meaningful.

The coming of the Chinese technology brand that of Tenda to the Australian market anticipates that a fast move toward Mesh Technology adoption. It is a new era we are entering now. The era where Meshnet is starting to exist everywhere and all the time, especially when considering the right price which paves the way to adopt the technology more than the right technical configurations.

Bering in a mind the previously mentioned, Tenda’s perspective is not a complex one. It can be easily compared to Chinese smartphone brands such as Oppo and Huawei in the common motto: make it cheaper, make it better. 

The brand-new Tenda Nova MW6 (and the previous cheaper version Nova MW3) Mesh Wi-Fi embrace this motto with minimal exceptions: 

Tenda Nova MW6 Review

  • Router type: AC1200
  • Wireless: Dual-Band
  • MU-MIMO: Yes
  • Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 100mm per node.
  • Processor: 1Ghz
  • Antennas: 2 x 3dBi internal dual-band antennas
  • Memory: 8MB flash + 128MB RAM
  • Ports: 2x Gigabit Ethernet,
  • Number of nodes in the box: 3
  • App: Tenda Nova (available on both Android and iOS)
  • Color: White
  • Price: $399 for a three-pack, $349 for a two-pack, $189 for a single
  • Where to buy: Amazon

 

Tenda Nova MW6 Review

Specifications – Tenda Nova MW3:

  • Router type: AC1200
  • Wireless: Dual-Band
  • MU-MIMO: Yes
  • Dimensions: 90 x 90 x 90mm per node.
  • Processor: 600MHz
  • Memory: 8MB flash + 64MB RAM
  • Antennas: 2 x 3dBi internal dual-band antennas
  • Ports: 2x Ethernet,
  • Number of nodes in the box: 3
  • App: Tenda Nova (available on both Android and iOS)
  • Color: White
  • Price:  $199 for a three-pack, $149 for a two-pack, $89 for a single
  • Where to buy: Amazon

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Design – Looks and Features:

In its outlook, the Tenda Nova series attempt their best to adopt the lifestyle router and mostly accomplishes successful results. Since long considering the look we have front of us of the cube-shapes nodes. 

The equation is not of any complexion in here. The Nova Wi-Fi system comes with three white cubes devices. Decorated with dividing lines on each outward-facing side of the routers and heating ventilators underneath. Nevertheless, besides those elements, the Nova node provides nice features. 

From a distanced look, each Nova node looks concealed and novel adopting a modern technological view. One might not find them very fancy, but from a minimalist point of view, they have an easy-going look. Regrettably, concerning the touch, the nova nodes give a cheap idea as a hollow cube plastic. 

Not different from other mesh net settings, The Nova system uses beamforming spreading signals from between its nodes and other technologies such as “Smart Networking” to provide the best connectivity when moving in your place. Theoretically and practically, the Nova system is similar to other Wi-Fi systems when it comes to features. 

To trigger the differences between the Nova MW6 and MW3, the former supports MU-MIMO and incorporates gigabit ethernet ports, the latter indeed does not. The Nova MW3 comes with a smaller form. 

Choosing the size of the device depends on each costumer’s choice especially that the MW6 is designed for larger homes. The provider Tenda company claims that their new technology covers up to 600 square meters which about double of what the MW3 supports. For those who live in smaller spaces, it will be not necessary to have all those gigabit Ethernet ports. 

Setup:

The Nova system surprisingly provides a simple and spontaneous setup style. 

Although the Tenda Nova app lacks some features if we compare it to its Linksys and Deco, it was logically direct and easy. As soon as the setup is done, you can easily use the application to monitor and control your home network remotely which privileges the use of it in contrast with the other available options.  

Furthermore, the app provides certain parental features allowing you to organize the access the network upon your request depending on the periods chosen. It cannot be compared to the cultivated or decorated Circle found in Netgear”s Orbi or the Deco app, but it matches them to a great extent and if your intention is simple, it can be suitable to yours. 

In favor of its performance, I could always have what I need using the Tenda app. It is likely to not have the enjoyable experience one might find elsewhere, which is unfortunate, even if once based on aesthetics more than practicality. 

In a queer way, the app is the only manner to set up the Tenda system. That means, it cannot be done using the ordinary web navigator. It was also weird that the Tenda chose to give you the control access by synchronizing the router to their own account system. However, that does not any option in protecting the account with an authentication. It anticipates security inconvenience. But there must be a hope in a coming software update to handle that.    

 

Performance – How Do the Tenda Nova MW6 and MW3 keep up?

Talking about the authenticity, I was happily surprised to find that the signal power of the Tenda MW6 was better than many other Mesh Wi-Fi devices I have tried recently.  

To be honest, I installed nodes in the exact same locations in my home and measured them using Netgear’s Wi-Fi Analytics app. 

RoomMW6 Signal Strength/ Velop Signal Strength/ Deco Signal Strength/ Cover Signal Strength
Living Room100%100%100%100%
Kitchen100%100%100%86%
Bedroom 1100%100%100%100%
Bedroom 2100%68%95%55%

 

The sole element to bear in mind here is the spread of the network coverage. The Tenda Nova MW6 supports up to approximately 600 square meters of wireless coverage. TP-Link’s Deco M5 supports about 420 square meters, so the Tenda Nova MW6 is an upgrade over it when it comes to raw square footage – even if the software isn’t quite as powerful.

The MW3 did not expense much as well. But as previously mentioned, the performance and spread you can get out of any Mesh net system will reduce to your environment. 

RoomMW3 Signal Strength/ Velop Signal Strength/ Deco Signal Strength/ Cover Signal Strength
Living Room100%100%100%100%
Kitchen100%100%100%86%
Bedroom 160%100%100%100%
Bedroom 260%68%95%55%

Conclusion: 

Some may find the promising idea of Tenda to do it better and cheaper reasonable. But the claim may be limited by the Wi-Fi space invested. If you already own a modern mesh Wi-Fi system, there is no reason to replace it. There is a difference in the details but the nadir of the experience is to a great extent the same and the security involved probably is likely to be inferior.   

If the possibilities of mesh excite you, and you don’t mind saving a few bucks at a cost to aesthetics and performance, the Tenda Nova Mesh Wi-Fi System might be the gateway drug you’re looking for. However, if you’re willing to spend a little more, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a better fit without too much hassle.

The Tenda Nova Mesh Wi-Fi system is what you are looking for if you want to save money at the cost of its aesthetics and performance. However, if you think of spending more money, there is a great chance to find a better choice without any inconvenience. 

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