Devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh review

Devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh review

A versatile – if expensive – mesh Wi-Fi system with PowerLine connectivity. Epblogs goal is to be the tech side of trust. We are proud of our independence and of our Devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh review thorough testing methods, in which we take our time with a product. We regularly check our test reports for changes and thus keep them up-to-date over a longer period of time – regardless of when a device was released.guaranteed reviews . Trust our Epblogs comprehensive reviews. We tested the products over a longer period of time and were able to see how they cope with everyday tasks. This is how we help you to find the best product for your read our guaranteed reviews.

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The Magic 2 WiFi 6 Mesh offers a dependable and adaptable combination of PowerLine cable connectivity and mesh wi-fi that can reach every room in your house or workplace, however it will likely be overkill for many homes.

Quick Summary

Devolo’s Magic line of adaptors combines PowerLine technology, which can send a wired network connection to other rooms over your existing mains wiring, with a wi-fi range extender. These adaptors are especially helpful in buildings where thick walls or other obstructions may interfere with your wi-fi signal.

Devolo’s newest top-of-the-line option is the Magic 2 WiFi 6 Mesh, which, as its name implies, combines PowerLine features with Wi-Fi 6 mesh networking to offer a comprehensive set of wired and wireless networking capabilities that should be able to reach even the most difficult spots in your home or office.

Devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Price

  • Two-piece Starter Kit for $390/£300
  • Three-piece kit is $590/£450

There are two alternatives, including a Starter Kit that costs £299.99 and comes with two identical adaptors appropriate for one- or two-story buildings (about $390/AU$520). The Whole Home kit, which we evaluate here, costs £449.99 (about $590/AU$785) and comes with three adaptors for larger structures up to three floors.

Even though it’s pricey, if you want PowerLine and wi-fi to provide dependable networking for your home, it can still be a wise purchase.

Price and availability: 3/5

Devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Design and Features

  • Easy to set-up
  • PowerLine, Ethernet, and mesh wi-fi
  • Chunky design

The three adaptors in the Whole Home kit are fairly chunky – more than twice the size of a normal 3-pin plug. That’s because they also incorporate a mains pass-through socket that allows you to plug other electrical devices into the adaptor. That’s handy as it means that you can set up your new network without losing the use of that electrical socket.

There are also two Ethernet ports on each adaptor, to provide a wired network option for a laptop or other devices that prefer a lag-free wired connection. It’s a shame, though, that the Ethernet ports are located right on the top of each adaptor, as that leaves you with Ethernet cables poking up and out of the adaptor, and looking rather untidy.

The Magic 2 WiFi 6 Mesh supports dual-band Wi-Fi 6 with a top speed of 1800Mbps. That’s not particularly fast, but it should still be more than adequate for most home broadband services. It’s also important to remember that the emphasis here is on reliability rather than sheer speed, so 1800Mbps is certainly better than no wi-fi at all. The wired PowerLine connection also supports speeds of up to 2400Mbps, so you can also use the Ethernet ports for a fast wired connection when required.

Getting Started is a piece of cake, as you simply need to plug the three adaptors into nearby power sockets and then use Devolo’s Home Network app to scan a QR code on the box. The app takes just a couple of minutes to automatically link the three adaptors together, then asks if you want to create a new name and password for the Devolo mesh network, or to simply use the same log-in details as your existing network. 

The Devolo software blends the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands into a single network by default, but you may, if necessary, build individual networks on each frequency. Although the software is relatively simple to use once you get it going, there are a few kinks. With its parental controls, you can plan when your kids have access to the Internet, but the software makes the unhelpful assumption that you are familiar with technical terms like MAC addresses. Other functions, like Airtime Fairness, which enables you to give particular devices top priority for optimal performance, are tucked away in the app’s depths and are difficult to locate.

Design and Features: 4/5

Devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Performance

  • Good, reliable wi-fi performance
  • 2x Ethernet for wired connections
  • Top wi-fi speed is 1800Mbps

These little issues apart, the Magic 2 WiFi 6 Mesh performs admirably in terms of network performance. In order to use the Internet connection provided by our main router, we attached one adaptor to it. We then placed another adaptor in our back office, where we typically use a wired PowerLine connection for our office computers due to the terrible wi-fi there. To maximize wi-fi coverage, the third adaptor was placed in a hallway roughly halfway between the other two.

With that set-up, the Magic 2 WiFi 6 Mesh had absolutely no trouble breezing along at 110Mbps when using the Ookla Speed Test app, and a rock-steady 12.5MB/s for Steam downloads. Those are the highest speeds supported by our office broadband service, so the Magic 2 WiFi 6 Mesh really does provide a fast and reliable – if rather expensive – solution for homes that suffer from poor wi-fi.

  • Performance: 4/5

Devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Review Verdict

Older buildings often have thick walls or other obstructions that can block the wi-fi signal. The Magic 2 WiFi 6 Mesh uses PowerLine to break through those obstacles and then creates a new wi-fi network in the desired location.

It’s very reliable, but the Magic 2 WiFi 6 Mesh offers relatively modest wi-fi speeds of 1800Mbps. Gamers and other power users might prefer something a little faster. Many homes may find that an affordable range extender or more basic PowerLine adaptor provides a reliable wired or wi-fi connection for just one or two rooms.

The Whole Home kit that we review here is very much designed for larger homes with bedrooms spread over two or three stories. One adaptor on each floor will create a mesh network that provides reliable wi-fi for every room.

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