WiFi mesh network

Tenda MW6 (3-pack)

Tenda Nova - Wireless-AC Dual-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System
Tenda MW6 (3-pack)

Tenda MW6 (3-pack)
Key Features (as described by the manufacturer)
  • RELIABLE WHOLE HOME COVERAGE - Coverage up to 6,000 square feet. Nova’s true-mesh technology provides a lag-free experience by navigating your connection through the optimal band.
  • PLUG AND PLAY - Straight out of the box, Nova units arrive paired to each other. Just plug in the cables, download the Tenda App and follws the instructions on your mobile device, let Nova do the work.
  • WAVE 2 MU-MIMO - Wave 2 offers greater density than Wave 1 in that it supports multiuser multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO).
  • THE CENTER FOR YOUR SMARTHOME - Nova can handle simultaneous connections from multiple devices and also works with Alexa to control your compatible devices with voice commands.
  • NETWORK ASSISTANT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS - The Tenda App helps you customize and manage your network and comes with features such as password management, network access control and parental control.


Tenda MW6 (3-pack) Test Review (methodology)
Whole Home Internet Speed Coverage

Internet Speed Download

The speed of download from the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP download speed
All Locations Average: 75.4%
All Locations Average: 75.4%
1st Floor Average: 91.1%
1st Floor Average: 91.1%
2nd Floor Average: 59.7%
2nd Floor Average: 59.7%
analiti @1: 93.4%
analiti @1: 93.4%
analiti @2: 91.8%
analiti @2: 91.8%
analiti @3: 88.2%
analiti @3: 88.2%
analiti @4: 26.3%
analiti @4: 26.3%
analiti @5: 69.5%
analiti @5: 69.5%
analiti @6: 83.3%
analiti @6: 83.3%

Internet Speed Upload

The speed of upload to the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP upload speed
All Locations Average: 99.5%
All Locations Average: 99.5%
1st Floor Average: 99.8%
1st Floor Average: 99.8%
2nd Floor Average: 99.2%
2nd Floor Average: 99.2%
analiti @1: 100.0%
analiti @1: 100.0%
analiti @2: 99.8%
analiti @2: 99.8%
analiti @3: 99.4%
analiti @3: 99.4%
analiti @4: 98.5%
analiti @4: 98.5%
analiti @5: 99.1%
analiti @5: 99.1%
analiti @6: 100.0%
analiti @6: 100.0%

RSSI Average

Signal strength
average
in dBm
All Locations Average: -39dBm
All Locations Average: -39dBm
1st Floor Average: -33dBm
1st Floor Average: -33dBm
2nd Floor Average: -45dBm
2nd Floor Average: -45dBm
analiti @1: -27dBm
analiti @1: -27dBm
analiti @2: -33dBm
analiti @2: -33dBm
analiti @3: -38dBm
analiti @3: -38dBm
analiti @4: -51dBm
analiti @4: -51dBm
analiti @5: -48dBm
analiti @5: -48dBm
analiti @6: -35dBm
analiti @6: -35dBm

RSSI 95th percentile

Signal strength
95% of measurements
are stronger than
in dBm
All Locations Average: -40dBm
All Locations Average: -40dBm
1st Floor Average: -34dBm
1st Floor Average: -34dBm
2nd Floor Average: -46dBm
2nd Floor Average: -46dBm
analiti @1: -29dBm
analiti @1: -29dBm
analiti @2: -36dBm
analiti @2: -36dBm
analiti @3: -39dBm
analiti @3: -39dBm
analiti @4: -53dBm
analiti @4: -53dBm
analiti @5: -49dBm
analiti @5: -49dBm
analiti @6: -36dBm
analiti @6: -36dBm

WiFi AP Speed Average

WiFi AP Speed Average
All Locations Average: 762Mbps
All Locations Average: 762Mbps
1st Floor Average: 866Mbps
1st Floor Average: 866Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 659Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 659Mbps
analiti @1: 866Mbps
analiti @1: 866Mbps
analiti @2: 866Mbps
analiti @2: 866Mbps
analiti @3: 866Mbps
analiti @3: 866Mbps
analiti @4: 245Mbps
analiti @4: 245Mbps
analiti @5: 866Mbps
analiti @5: 866Mbps
analiti @6: 866Mbps
analiti @6: 866Mbps

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile
All Locations Average: 750Mbps
All Locations Average: 750Mbps
1st Floor Average: 850Mbps
1st Floor Average: 850Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 650Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 650Mbps
analiti @1: 850Mbps
analiti @1: 850Mbps
analiti @2: 850Mbps
analiti @2: 850Mbps
analiti @3: 850Mbps
analiti @3: 850Mbps
analiti @4: 250Mbps
analiti @4: 250Mbps
analiti @5: 850Mbps
analiti @5: 850Mbps
analiti @6: 850Mbps
analiti @6: 850Mbps

WiFi AP Speed Maximum

WiFi AP Speed Maximum
All Locations Average: 810Mbps
All Locations Average: 810Mbps
1st Floor Average: 867Mbps
1st Floor Average: 867Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 753Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 753Mbps
analiti @1: 867Mbps
analiti @1: 867Mbps
analiti @2: 867Mbps
analiti @2: 867Mbps
analiti @3: 867Mbps
analiti @3: 867Mbps
analiti @4: 527Mbps
analiti @4: 527Mbps
analiti @5: 867Mbps
analiti @5: 867Mbps
analiti @6: 867Mbps
analiti @6: 867Mbps

Internet Dns Success

Internet Dns Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Dns Latency Average

Internet Dns Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 18.2ms
1st Floor Average: 17.1ms
2nd Floor Average: 19.4ms
analiti @1: 16.0ms
analiti @2: 15.8ms
analiti @3: 19.4ms
analiti @4: 21.9ms
analiti @5: 18.2ms
analiti @6: 17.9ms

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 37.3ms
1st Floor Average: 36.7ms
2nd Floor Average: 37.9ms
analiti @1: 37.0ms
analiti @2: 33.5ms
analiti @3: 39.7ms
analiti @4: 43.0ms
analiti @5: 37.6ms
analiti @6: 33.0ms

Internet Dns Latency Jitter

Internet Dns Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 6.1ms
1st Floor Average: 6.0ms
2nd Floor Average: 6.3ms
analiti @1: 5.5ms
analiti @2: 5.6ms
analiti @3: 6.8ms
analiti @4: 7.6ms
analiti @5: 5.8ms
analiti @6: 5.5ms

Internet Http Success

Internet Http Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Http Latency Average

Internet Http Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 29.8ms
1st Floor Average: 28.4ms
2nd Floor Average: 31.2ms
analiti @1: 27.4ms
analiti @2: 27.2ms
analiti @3: 30.7ms
analiti @4: 32.8ms
analiti @5: 30.6ms
analiti @6: 30.2ms

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 48.8ms
1st Floor Average: 45.4ms
2nd Floor Average: 52.2ms
analiti @1: 44.0ms
analiti @2: 41.0ms
analiti @3: 51.3ms
analiti @4: 53.7ms
analiti @5: 54.0ms
analiti @6: 49.0ms

Internet Http Latency Jitter

Internet Http Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 7.4ms
1st Floor Average: 7.0ms
2nd Floor Average: 7.9ms
analiti @1: 6.4ms
analiti @2: 6.6ms
analiti @3: 7.8ms
analiti @4: 8.3ms
analiti @5: 8.0ms
analiti @6: 7.2ms

WiFi Router Ping Success

WiFi Router Ping Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

WiFi Router Ping Latency Average

WiFi Router Ping Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 10.5ms
1st Floor Average: 7.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 13.2ms
analiti @1: 5.7ms
analiti @2: 5.9ms
analiti @3: 12.2ms
analiti @4: 21.4ms
analiti @5: 8.7ms
analiti @6: 9.3ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 28.8ms
1st Floor Average: 23.6ms
2nd Floor Average: 34.1ms
analiti @1: 11.7ms
analiti @2: 14.3ms
analiti @3: 44.9ms
analiti @4: 61.3ms
analiti @5: 21.2ms
analiti @6: 19.7ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 6.5ms
1st Floor Average: 5.0ms
2nd Floor Average: 8.1ms
analiti @1: 3.3ms
analiti @2: 3.8ms
analiti @3: 7.8ms
analiti @4: 14.0ms
analiti @5: 5.2ms
analiti @6: 5.2ms

Our whole home WiFi testing methodology

We test whole home WiFi products - but our tests are independent and objective:

  • We test only products that were purchased from well known retailers when they were publicly available. We don't test samples pushed to us by the manufacturer prior to release date that may contain different software and hardware than the actual units that you can purchase.
  • We only test performance, measurable with objective metrics. You will not hear what we think of design, or apps, or functionality that has nothing to do with product performance or subjective preferences.
  • We test with a publicly available tool - the fasTest app. Our tests are repeatable - not just by us, but also by you, in your home or office.

We test whole home WiFi products in a real home lab. It's a two level apartment in multi-family building, comprising of the two top levels. The levels are separated by a concrete slab, making it especially difficult for wireless signals to pass through.

Lab layout
whole home WiFi testing lab

The orange squares are locations where we have routers, access points or range extenders placed, whereas the blue circles are location where we perform measurements. We use the fasTest | speed test app (in the "deep" testing mode) for running the tests (and you can, too - in fact, it is recommended you test your solution at home, before you install it and after you set it up, to make sure you got an effective solution for your specific situation).

We perform the fasTest Deep test (using a single TCP connection for data download or upload) in every location for 3-5 times - measuring and recording multitude of parameters. We then pick the top (best) three measurements and average the measurements fto get the result for the specific parameter using the specific network at the specific location.

We then calculate the average whole home performance by averaging the location-specific results in all measurement locations.

Test configurations

Our test configuration depends on the type of UUT (Unit Under Test) - whether a range extender, a standalone router or a WiFi mesh system - as well as the form factor of the UUT components - desktop or wall-plug

Test configuration for range extenders
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The range extender (the UUT) is placed at location @B
  • The range extender is connected to the ISP modem/router using WPS Push Button method.
  • The range extender is configured to use both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for serving clients, regardless of the capabilities of the ISP modem/router (that are limited to 2.4GHz only).
Test configuration for mesh systems
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • Primary mesh unit of the UUT placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
  • Additional mesh units of the UUT are placed at location @C and @E (for the desktop form factor) or @B and @E (for the wall-plug form factor)
  • For UUTs with only one additional unit - that unit is placed at location @E
Test configuration for standalone routers
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The standalone router (the UUT) is placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
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