Introducing the AC2200 WiFi Mesh Router System
If your Wi-Fi is kind of spotty or it’s struggling to keep up with your devices, it’s probably time for an upgrade. I know, I know.. which router should I get? What’s 5GHz and 2.4GHz? Well, it may be time to just ditch a single router and install a mesh system. TRENDnet sent out their AC2200 WiFi Mesh Router System for us to look at. Let’s see how it performs.
As mentioned in my last TRENDnet review, I installed this mesh system as a companion to their AC2600 MU-MIMO router, but the AC2200 Mesh is capable of completely standing on its own.
Unpackaging the AC2200 WiFi Mesh Router System
The TRENDnet AC2200 WiFi Mesh Router System comes with two Mesh Routers in the box, but more can easily be added. In the box you’ll find the routers, small manuals, short Ethernet cables, the power cables, and wall mount brackets. The brackets were a welcome sight. It allows you to have more options than just finding a blank spot on a desk or table. Taking a look at the belly of the Mesh router itself, you’ll find the power port, wired Gigabit WAN and Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports, and a USB 3.0 port for Samba network sharing.
AC2200 WiFi Mesh Router System Technical Specs
- AC2200: 5GHz1: 867Mbps WiFi AC | 5GHz2: 867Mbps WiFi AC | 2.4GHz: 400Mbps WiFi N
Includes 2 x AC2200 WiFi Mesh Routers
- Designed to replace older WiFi routers, extenders, and signal boosters
- Intelligent WiFi mesh technology always connects users to the best WiFi Mesh Router
- Add additional AC2200 Mesh Routers to the system for expanded WiFi coverage in larger home applications
- Airtime fairness balances wireless client bandwidth resources
- Content filtering with Router Limits™
- LAN/WAN IPv6 support
- Multi-User MIMO for increased bandwidth efficiency and better user experience*
- Seamless WiFi roaming
- USB 3.0 port with Samba support
- Implicit/Explicit Beamforming
Installation of the AC2200 WiFi Mesh Router
So after the easy setup with AC2200 MU-MIMO router, I had an idea of what to expect when it came to installing this mesh system. With their custom app installed on your phone or tablet, TRENDnet made it even easier to set up their AC2200 Mesh system. Quite literally, ANYONE can follow the steps and have a smooth running WiFi network running in just a few minutes.
Open the TRENDnet Mesh™ app and log in with the free account you’ll have to create. Then plug one of the AC2200 WiFi Mesh routers in to power. Make sure it’s already connected to your broadband modem with the included Ethernet cable. The WAN port is colored blue for easy identification. The front status light on the mesh router will change during this step from blinking white to blinking orange. During configuration, make sure all of the Mesh routers are within 9 feet of each other. While the app walks you through the steps, you’ll notice the light on the router change from blinking orange to a rapid blinking blue. When setup is complete, the status light will change to a solid white. You’ll perform these steps for each mesh router you plan to install.
Once all of the configuration is done on each router, you’ll want to give them a unique identifier. I chose to go the simple route and named mine basement mesh, master bedroom mesh, and family room mesh. The Wireless SSID you choose won’t change, but it’s nice to know which router you’re connected to. If you’d like to take a test drive of the AC2200 Mesh router after installation, TRENDnet has an emulator available on their website.