Devolo: New mesh WiFi repeaters with WiFi 6 without powerline

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With the WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 and the WiFi 6 Repeater 5400, Devolo is launching two new dual-band WiFi repeaters with WiFi 6 that rely entirely on the fast wireless standard and don't use powerline. They fit into Devolo's mesh WLAN and can therefore also complement Devolo's Powerline adapters.

However, the new WiFi repeaters are in no way dependent on other Devolo products, but can also work with all WiFi routers from other manufacturers and expand their wireless network as repeaters. You set up a mesh WLAN with the devolo dLAN 550 WiFi and dLAN 1200+ WiFi ac, as well as all Magic WiFi models and all repeaters from devolo, since these also use devolo OS as a platform.

4×4 or 2×2 MU-MIMO

As the names already suggest, the WiFi 6 Repeater 5400 offers a cumulative WLAN data rate of up to 5,400 Mbit/s and the WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 of up to 3,000 Mbit/s. With the WiFi 6 Repeater 5400, this is divided into up to 574 Mbit/s over 2.4 GHz and 4,800 Mbit/s over 5 GHz. With the WiFi 6 Repeater 3000, on the other hand, a maximum of 2,402 Mbit/s is supported over 5 GHz, which is due to the different antenna configuration. The Repeater 5400 is designed as a 4×4, while the Repeater 3000 is designed as a 2×2. They support channel widths of 20, 40, 80 and 160 MHz. Both models support IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, WPA3 and 802.11 k/v/r for fast and uninterrupted roaming of end devices between the repeaters.

LAN connections

During the WiFi 6 Repeater 5400, two additional network connections with 1 Gbit/s offers, the smaller repeater has an additional gigabit LAN port, which can be used to connect network-enabled devices via a LAN cable.

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devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 5400
devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 5400

The Devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000, which is placed directly in a socket, measures 71 × 149 × 45 mm. The WiFi 6 Repeater 5400 with external power supply, which can be positioned more flexibly, measures 115 × 37 × 140 mm. Devolo specifies the typical power consumption of the WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 as 6.1 watts, with a maximum of 9.7 watts. With the WiFi 6 Repeater 5400 it is typically 8.2 and a maximum of 13 watts.

LEDs on both repeaters not only provide information about the status of the repeater, but also the signal strength of the WiFi to the router. The LEDs can also be switched off. They can be quickly added to the network via a WPS button without having to deal with details of the network configuration.

Web interface, app and Software

For administration and configuration, the device website can be accessed via browser or the Home Network app for Android and iOS and the Cockpit software for Windows, Mac and Linux can be used. These can be used to configure functions such as guest WiFi, parental controls or time controls.

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devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000
devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000
devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000

With the WiFi 6 Repeater 5400 and the WiFi 6 Repeater 3000, Devolo wants to satisfy customer needs for easy installation and high stability combined with good performance.

Prices and availability

The two new Devolo repeaters will be commercially available during the summer of 2022 – probably in July or August. The Devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 will be available at a recommended retail price of EUR 99.90. With the Devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 5400, on the other hand, this is 149.90 euros.

Devolo grants a 3-year guarantee on both WLAN repeaters.

Restructuring at Devolo

At the beginning of this year, Devolo announced that it would reorganize itself as part of a protective shield procedure and push ahead with restructuring on its own after the company was hit by the corona pandemic after an initial increase in sales had to contend with a sharp fall in demand in 2020 combined with high purchase commitments in 2021.

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