D-Link Introduces COVR Mesh Router with WiFi 6 and Voice Support

D-Link has announced nine new routers in the run-up to CES, including the COVR X1872. This is a mesh system consisting of a router with satellite with support for Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax, and voice control.

The D-Link COVR X1872 offers four integrated antennas for 2×2 mu-mimo connectivity. The mesh router supports two streams on the 2.4GHz band and two streams on 5GHz for respective throughputs of up to 574 and 1201Mbit/s. There are four lan ports and a wpa3 variant on the COVR router and satellite, and the system supports wpa3 security. The mesh router can be operated via the app and also by voice control with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. For example, users can set up a guest network using voice control.

D-Link will start selling the COVR X1872 in Q2 2020 under the name “AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System” for $270. It is not yet known when the product will be released in the Benelux and what it will cost in euros.

D-Link is also releasing a single COVR router with WiFi 5 instead of WiFi 6 support: the COVR-1900. In addition, four WiFi 6 routers will appear, of which the Smart AX5400 is the most interesting. This network product has six antennas and can handle two 2.4GHz and four 5GHz streams for throughputs of 547 and 4804Mbit/s respectively.

D-Link Smart AX5400 DIR-X5460

Finally, there are two more WiFi 5 routers in the DIR series. All of the company’s new routers are mesh products with support for wpa3 and the Wi-Fi Alliance’s EasyMesh standard. This should make it easier to place network products from different manufacturers in a mesh setup. They can also all be controlled by voice via the app.

D-Link product name, 2020 lineup Type Wi-Fi Generation Introduction (US) Price (US)
AC1900 Mesh, COVR-1900 router Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac Q1 2020 $120
AC1750 Mesh, DIR-1750 router Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac Q1 2020 $100
AC1900 Mesh, DIR-1950 router Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac Q1 2020 $120
AC1750 Mesh, DAP-1755 range extender Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac Q1 2020 $100
AC1950 Mesh, DAP-1955 range extender Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac Q1 2020 $110
Smart AX1500 Mesh, DIR-X1560 router Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ax Q1 2020 $120
Smart AX1800 Mesh, DIR-X1870 router Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ax Q2 2020 $140
Smart AX2400 Mesh, DIR-X2460 router Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ax Q3 2020 $160
Smart AX5400 Mesh, DIR-X5460 router Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ax Q1 2020 $280
AX1800 Mesh, DAP-X1870 router Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ax Q2 2020 $130
AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System, COVR-X1872 router Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ax Q2 2020 $270
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