Wi-Fi working perfectly at home is not always easy. Whether it’s because of the type of building, because of the distance between the router and the rooms, or because we have several floors, the complications to have an agile wireless network without interruptions can be many. And to avoid them all, we tried the new Devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi 6.
Fresh out of the oven, this Powerline from the German manufacturer claims to be the world’s fastest powerline adapter and the first with WiFi 6. And it is not for less for what we have verified. In our case, we had several “black spots” in the home, both in a secluded room and on a covered terrace with fairly weak coverage. These were the places where we placed two of the pack’s PLCs.
Installation was quite easy. We simply plug the adapters into the electrical outlet, the receiver into the router and ready to go with the help of the Home Network application in the house. That if we had to restart the system twice to make it work. However, at that time they were still in testing so it is very possible that they were making adjustments.
After choosing the option by which the existing Wi-Fi network is used, with its name and password, it is extended throughout the house without having to reconnect the device again. The other connection option is based on using the network name and password that come with the PLC itself, perhaps a bit more cumbersome as it makes you have to change access on all devices. However, it can provide extra security if we had a previous weak or long-unreplaced password.
Although we can leave the configuration as it is predefined, for those who want to go a step further, the free Devolo application allows it. With it, we can improve the configuration and performance of each of the PLCs, but we can also enable a network for guests or configure parental control. All this in a very simple way that allows you to condition the network to each preference with a few simple clicks.
Hassle-free cruising speed
The evolution of this Powerline, which had already been tested in previous versions, is noticeable. Once everything is configured, the connection speed has increased at critical points considerably. The Devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6 is capable of reaching a maximum Powerline speed of up to 2,400 Mbps and a Wi-Fi performance of up to 1,800 Mbps. A very good point for when we are using several devices at home for work or entertainment.
We have not had any connection problems. The devices, both with old Wi-Fi standards and with the latest generation, automatically connect to the Powerline that they find closest and with the best signal thanks to the “Access Point Steering” and “Client Steering” capabilitiesof Wi-Fi Mesh. Thus, we have been able to enjoy Netflix videos in 4K, play with the console or telework without any performance, speed or connection problems. In addition, since we have several devices with WiFi 6 (PS5 and a laptop) with which we have been able to see how the Internet performance improves without the need to change the router, which is an additional advantage.
In our case, the Powerline that was placed on the covered terrace allows WiFi coverage to be extended even in the common areas of the urbanization. With this we can take advantage of our wireless network when we use the common area in good weather, for example.
The Devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6 also uses the feature OFDMA, a state-of-the-art modulation technology that uses WiFi frequencies much more efficiently. This means that more bandwidth is available for each data flow and the number of end devices supplied with high-speed Wi-Fi is maximized, which is perfect for managing large traffic flows in homes with a lot of online life.
Prices and specifications
|devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi 6||Multiroom Kit version: three adapters|
|power line||Standard G.hn|
|power line speed||2400Mbps (MIMO)
|Powerline range||500 meters|
|Ethernet-LAN||Two Gigabit LAN ports|
|WiFi bands||2.4 and 5GHz|
|Wifi||WiFi Mesh and WiFi 6|
|WiFi speed||2.4GHz above 574Mbps
5GHz greater than 1201Mbps
|Security||128 Bit AES for Powerline connection and WPA2/WPA3 for Wi-Fi 6.|
|Additional functions||Access Point Sterring, OFDMA, Multi user MIMO|
|Consumption||Max 12.4 W, Normal 8.2 W and Low 2.5 W|
The devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6 system, like its predecessors, is prepared so that the devices that each user needs can be connected. In this way, the PLCs can be complemented or varied based on the needs of each family thanks to the individual adapters that the different packs bring.
As for the price, the basic version of the Devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6, the Starter Kit, includes two adapters and is available at a price of 239.90 euros (VAT included). devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6 Multiroom Kit includes three adapters to cover larger spaces and is priced at 399.90 euros (VAT included).
In addition, additional adapters are available at a price of 179.90 euros (VAT included). Prices may seem somewhat high, but being such a simple to use, reliable and complete solution, it is well worth it for the peace of mind and good use of the Internet throughout the house. In addition, devolo’s most advanced solution is also sold in the retail channel, at a discount on official prices: 224 euros for the Starter Kit and 160 euros for additional adapters.
The Devolo Magic 2 Wifi 6 is the first PLC with the latest wireless standard that improves performance, ease of use and speed. A device designed to tackle any challenge at home with the maximum guarantees and German quality.