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Huawei's Wi-Fi Q2 hopes to solve your Wi-Fi connection woes at home
- HUAWEI announced its latest attempt at a mesh Wi-Fi system, the Wi-Fi Q2
- You can connect up to 16 satellites to the base station
- The Wi-Fi Q2’s various bundles will be released at some point in 2018
At CES 2018, HUAWEI may be mostly focusing on its Mate 10 Pro flagship and its frustration with U.S. carriers, but it also announced a new non-smartphone product: the Wi-Fi Q2 mesh Wi-Fi system.
As with other systems, the Wi-Fi Q2 looks to push out a strong and steady signal throughout your house or apartment. The Q2 does this in a few different ways. One option includes a base and two satellites using G.hn PLC technology to deliver gigabit data over electrical, telephone, and coaxial wiring. Another option features a hybrid three-pack which uses wired and wireless connections for your Wi-Fi-dispersing needs.
According to HUAWEI, the result is a Wi-Fi system that can deliver speeds up to 1867 Mbps, which is ridiculous. Even more impressive, the company claims the Wi-Fi Q2 supports up to 192 simultaneously connected devices and up to 16 hotspots, if you want to go a bit overboard.
Other highlights include a 100 ms switch time between satellites and a dedicated channel for internet-of-things connections.
Of course, we will have to wait and see how it performs in the real world, and speeds will depend on whether your home internet can support so much bandwidth. Even so, the potential to achieve such high metrics is exciting, particularly when HUAWEI does it so securely — the Wi-Fi Q2 uses a security algorithm that protects against brute force attacks and includes Wi-Fi encryption and password protections.
If HUAWEI already has you convinced, you can pick up one base unit and two satellites for $220, while the hybrid three-pack will set you back $350. The former should provide Wi-Fi for four to five rooms, while the latter looks to do the same in five to seven rooms. You also have the option of picking up one base unit and one satellite, if you live in an apartment.
HUAWEI did not say when the Wi-Fi Q2 will be available, but we’ll provide additional information as we get it.
Stay tuned to Android Authority for more CES 2018 coverage.