Despite the drama surrounding its Mate 10 flagship phone and its lacking availability on U.S carriers, Huawei also used its time at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to announce its first ever mesh Wi-Fi system. It is called the Huawei WiFi Q2, and it is available in two main variants: one base station and two satellites or three hybrid base units. Both systems will work the same essentially, as the main difference lies with how much coverage you’ll get.
Regardless of the version you get, Huawei WiFi Q2 can be installed in just five easy steps and kicks out speeds of up to 1867 Mbps which so happens to be a pretty wild number considering that the average internet speed is around 10 – 20 Mbps. If this claim is true, and if your home internet has the bandwidth to handle it, it would be an extremely fast connection. It takes just 100 milliseconds to switch between satellites, and the whole system supports as many as 192 devices at once at 16 individual hotspots. Huawei WiFi Q2 also defaults to a 5Ghz network rather than the older 2.4Ghz, and there’s a channel that is used specifically for smart home gadgets.
The three-pack base units will cover up to seven rooms in your house whereas the single base-two satellite unit variant will offer WiFi network to a maximum of 5 rooms. Huawei intends to use this new product to solve the basic problems of modern day WiFi routers namely; the presence of blind spots and slower connection.
According to the report, Huawei WiFi Q2 will hit the market in near future for a price tag of $219.99 for the single base-two satellite variant and $349.99 for the three base hybrid setup. Apart from the WiFi mesh, we haven’t seen many new products from Huawei at this years CES show.
Like other mesh Wi-Fi systems, Huawei’s Wi-Fi Q2 system aims to send a stable signal through a large home or an estate. The two variants would rely on G.hn PLC technology to deliver gigabit data over electrical, telephone, and coaxial wiring, or a hybrid three-pack, which relies on both wired and wireless connections.